21 Pontoon Boat Owner Gifts, Ideas, & Suggestions...
...They Will Absolutely Love!
Whether it’s Father’s Day, Mother’s Day, a birthday, Christmas, or you just want to spoil the pontoon lover in your life, what can you get them as a gift?
Let’s be honest, pontoon boat owners are notoriously hard to buy for. At least that’s what my family tell me! Maybe it’s something about the perfectionism and attention to detail. I don’t know. All I do know is that it can hard to find the perfect pontoon boat owner gifts.
I wanted to fix that problem and offer some advice with some great pontoon boat gifts.
What I did recently was canvas opinion at the local marina with some of the guys and gals who have pontoons. I had some great present and gift recommendations and suggestions. Some were good, some were inspired, and some where downright strange.
Gifts for Pontoon Boat Owners
Below you can see a list of gift idea for pontoon boat enthusiasts and owners that won’t break the bank and will make their day when they open it. I have listed them in order of price and cost bracket so it should mean you can find the perfect present idea this year for the man or woman in your life whether for Christmas, a birthday, or just as a gift.
Fishing Rod Holders – Under $15
They do exactly what they say, and I can’t really go into too much detail other than they work. The ones I use are the Extremes on Amazon. They last long and have never broken on me and have a simple mechanism to fit them onto to boat – you don’t need to screw or glue anything.
At this price it would be crazy not to get some as a gift for your pontoon boat owner or lover if they love to fish. Go check them out, they are cheap, but essential accessories. I have also recently put together a list of the best pole holders that will give you some additional ideas.
Captain’s Hat – Under $20
We all know what he’s like when out on his pontoon boat. He’s the captain of the ship, and the master of seas – at least he likes to think so anyway!
Let’s stroke that ego a little bit, with the addition of his very own pontoon captain’s hat. It certainly makes him look the part, even if is about as authoritative and seaworthy as the captain of the Titanic.
Go take a look at one that I like on Amazon. It’s in navy blue and has an anchor embroidered onto it – see latest prices.
Floating Beer Pong Game – Under $20
Elevate your party with this brilliant game which can be played on the still water. It comes with 5 beer pong balls and two inflatable beer pong racks.
It’s definitely one that the adults will enjoy whilst out on the pontoon boat, but perhaps is best left for when the kids aren’t with you! Take a look on Amazon.
Pontoon T-Shirts – Under $20
Whether it’s the captain of the boat you’re looking to buy a shirt for, or a pontoon boat t-shirt that anyone can wear, we’ve got something for you. Browse the captain t-shirts here, or browse all pontoon t-shirts. They come in various sizes, colors, and prices.
Fishing Shirt – Under $25
It’s important to wear a shirt with a breathable fabric when out fishing. This fishing shirt is a great gift idea. It will help you to keep cool, but also comes with plenty of pockets for all those small fishing accessories.
It will dry quickly in the sun and offer UV protection to help keep those harmful rays of your pontoon loving friend or family member.
Cup Holders – Under $30
Any pontoon boat owner will love these cup holders and will wonder how they did without them once they’re fitting onto the boat. These one fit all sizes of cans and bottles, and are really simple to attach and fit. They just hook onto rails.
Check out the SkiffDaddy cup holders on Amazon (view current prices) and read some of the reviews which will soon tell you how great these are. I’ve got 2 sets, positioned on either side of my deck – they are invaluable, and at a good price too.
Telescopic Boat Hook – Under $40
Accidents will happen, and I’ve lost count of the amount of times I have dropped things into the water whilst out on my pontoon. Thankfully I have a handy boat hook which has a telescopic handle, letting me hook almost anything up and out of the water.
I have a Davis boat hook which can reach out to 12 feet once fully extended. Amazing eh! Go take a look at this boat hook on Amazon, it won’t cost the earth, and will be an invaluable accessory for any pontoon boat owner.
The Plano Fishing Tackle Box – Under $40
Is the pontoon boat owner in your life a fan of fishing? If so, then I have the perfect gift for him or her. It’s the Plano fishing tackle box, and it’s absolutely huge.
The lucky owner of one of these bad boys is never going to lose a single essential fishing item or tool again, as this box comes with a ridiculous amount of storage to suit any fishing trip you could imagine. View the latest prices on Amazon.
Inflatable Portable Rescue Device – Under $40
Looking for the perfect holiday gift for the recreational pontooner in your life? How about giving them the gift of increased safety and visibility with a wearable portable rescue device – view now on Amazon.
I don’t’ have one of these myself but am seriously considering buying it for my kids whilst they are out on the inflatable tubes behind the boat.
It might look odd, but it can save lives.
It’s quite a simple, yet intriguing concept. You strap it to your wrist whilst out in the water, or even on the boat, and inflates in just one second with one pull of a lever. It can support the weight of up to 275 pounds, so whilst I like it for kids, it will suit most adults too.
Fishing Rod Racks and Storage Ideas – Under $50
If your pontooner is out on the water fishing all day, then there are going to be times when they just want to sit back, relax, and crack open a beer. At times like this it’s essential that they have a solution to store their rods that is robust, secure, and won’t damage the poles.
I’ve put together a list of just a few storage ideas that you might want to consider. Click here to see rod racks and storage ideas.
Fancy Boat Registration Numbers – Under $50
On most pontoon boats, the registration numbers never really look like much. They are very standard from boat to boat. So how about something that will let your pontoon owner’s boat stand out from the crowd?
These ones on Amazon are raised up in a 3D chrome design and will look stunning when stuck onto the boat. They are sure to be a talking point down at the marina or by the side of the lake from jealous pontoon owners. An ideal and affordable gift.
Waterproof Speakers – Under $70
When at home I use a pair of AOMAIS Go waterproof Bluetooth speakers for our backyard movie nights, but they also perfect for taking on my pontoon. Easy to carry, very robust, and with a clear sound quality, it’s possible to hook them up to a phone or similar device.
If the pontoon owner doesn’t have a stereo sound set-up already on his boat, then these speakers are perfect. Even if they happen to fall in the water they will be fine, as they can go up to 33 feet under for half an hour and still work. Have a look at the Amazon reviews to see for yourself.
Alternatively have a check through my list of the best waterproof speakers which come with Bluetooth functionality, making them ideal for boating.
Wetsuit – Under $70
The NeoSport wet suit on Amazon is designed for all forms of water sports including diving, scuba, paddle boarding, surfing, and kayaking – and so is the perfect gift idea for a pontooner who loves to get into the water.
It will keep them warm and dry and is considered one of the best in this price range due to the protection that it offers when the wearer slaps against the water. That is an essential safety feature for any person being pulled on a tube or water skis.
Captain’s Life Vest – Under $90
It’s important that your loved one if safe whilst out on the water, and if they don’t have life vests already on their pontoon, you must, must, get them one – it could even be a legal requirement in your state to do so.
Unfortunately, many pontoon captains don’t wear life vests, I see it all the time. They seem to think that they are safe from harm due to the design of the boat, but it’s simply not true. Take a look at this exceptional life vest kit on Amazon and have the peace of mind your loved one if safe with this recommended gift suggestion.
A great solution to this that encourages pontoon captains to wear a vest is a waist pack manual inflatable life vest. It’s small and discreet, but a quick pull of the rip cord and you’re safely floating.
Tide Indicator Watch – Under $100
This watch is a perfect gift idea for a pontoon boat owner as not only is it rugged and waterproof, this watch will also show the tide times – essential information for any boater when planning a trip or out fishing.
The best one available to buy is the Shark Tide Classic on Amazon. It comes in black and has a clear digital interface with plenty of options. It looks good enough to wear whilst on-shore too.
Specialist Boat Shoes – Up to $100
But the pontoon boat owner in your life already has perfectly fine shoes, why would you buy specialist boat shoes? Good question! They offer great grip, are waterproof, and really rugged meaning your pontoon lover can skip around the boat in all weathers with ease.
Garmin Fishfinder – Under $110
Something a little bit more expensive now, but an amazing gift for any fishing fan who loves to catch from their pontoon boat. I am massive fan of the Garmin Striker on Amazon. It is simple to use and leads your boat straight to where the best catches are.
If you want more gift ideas for a pontoon owner who like fishing then check out this guide, and scroll down to the bottom.
Inflatable Kayak – Under $100
Your pontoon might already be equipped with inflatables such as inner tubes that you pull behind the boat, but how about an inflatable kayak that lets you explore narrow channels or just get out on the water for some free paddling fun?
The Intex Explorer Kayak (see on Amazon) is the best that money can buy at this price, is made from a durable rubber, and has two seats meaning kayaking needn’t be a solo activity.
Cooling Carry Bag – Under $110
For a reasonably low cost, yet robust cooling bag, how about the RTIC 20 Soft Pack? It holds up to 20 cans and ice, won’t leak on you, and can keep things cool for up to 5 days. Crazy huh?
You can also buy larger ones which will hold between 30 and 40 cans of drinks, but for me the RTIC 20 soft pack bag is perfect for the guy who loves to fish at the weekends with a buddy but will also be taking the family out on trips.
Fish Finder Maps – Under $150
Looking for a gift for a fisherman who already has a fish finder or depth finder on-board? If yes, then you might want to gift them some new fish finder maps so that can find the best catches no matter where on the water they are.
Inflatable 4-Person Tube – Under $350
I’ve previously written a guide to what the best 4-person tubes are, and you can take a look at that if you want further options. But for me, the best one you can buy would be the SportsStuff Bandwagon 2+2 (view on Amazon). The way that it’s designed means it seems to be far safer than anything comparable out on the water.
If you want a gift idea that can work for the whole family then look no further than this inflatable tube. It’s made from great materials that won’t tear and rip under the strain of being pulled behind a pontoon boat at speed.
Pontoon Boat Slide – Under $400
For maximum fun, invest in a pontoon boat water slide. I have reviewed and rated 3 of the best pontoon slides elsewhere on the website, so go take a look at those and see for yourself just what a great investment a slide can be. They are great fun for kids and adults alike!
Portable Cooler – Under $500
Yes, it’s expensive, and I know what you’re thinking… it’s just a cooler right? Well, yes, you are correct, but when it comes to coolers this is the best on the market for taking on your boat. It’s called the Yeti – go take a look.
Not only will it let a fisherman keep and store bait or fish correctly, but also has room for up to 50 cans of drink. Just imagine the kind of parties they could have on their pontoon boat with that!
Pontoon Diving Board – Under $1,300
This is an awesome gig, but please don’t let the price tag put you off. If you can afford it and you think it’s going to be a great accessory to enhance the fun your pontoon lover will have whilst out on the water, then for me, it’s money well spent.
The Lillipad Diving Board on Amazon is one of the most well-respected and reviewed boards that you can find online. It’s constructed from stainless steel, and can take weights of up to 250 pounds. It’s simple to store and dock, and will result in hours of fun.
Boat Clubs & Rentals For Precious Cargo | Aloha Pontoons
By: Aloha Pontoons
Rental boat customers are precious cargo and they deserve the very best constructed pontoon. Aloha is the only company who can provide a pontoon that will stand up to these rigorous conditions. We have outfitted marinas from coastal waters to the smallest of lakes throughout the nation since the 1960's.
See for yourself what Bill Barnes, President of Tri-Pennant Family of Resorts has to say about working with Aloha.
Whenever anybody asks me to recommend a brand of pontoon boats, I have an immediate response to them. "Aloha" manufactured by Waco Manufacturing in North Little Rock, Arkansas.
The reason that I do not hesitate with this recommendation is because of almost 30 years of buying and renting Aloha pontoon boats, which we believe are some of the nicest and most durable pontoon boats built.
A little history - my dad started Mountain Harbor 47 years ago. We are located on Arkansas' largest lake - Lake Ouachita - a 49,000 acrew wilderness lake surrounded by the Ouachita National Forest.
I assumed management control of Mountain Harbor almost 35 years ago and recognized very quickly one of the necessary cash flow components of our company was first-quality rental equipment for the marina. We tried a couple of other brands of pontoon boats which were okay but didn't seem to hold up well. We started using Aloha around 30 years ago.
As Mountain Harbor (Arkansas' largest family owned resort) has grown to its present size of 900 acres; two residential areas; 1300 slips; and various pools; tennis courts; riding stables; dive shop; conference facilities; etc.; so has our fleet of Aloha pontoon boats.
Over the years of our relationship with Aloha we have learned a lot about renting pontoon boats and have shared a number of ideas with Aloha that have, we believe, made their pontoon boats not only better for us, but a better overall product. One of the values of our relationship has been the ability to exchange information back and forth. The owners, management and the rest of the Aloha family have had a wonderful influence on us and how we offer our fleet to our customers.
The bottom line is we are extremely proud to offer Aloha pontoon boats which we believe are as luxurious as any in the industry - truly first class, but are extremely durable and will give us several years of service without significant maintenance.
We applaud you for constantly improving your equipment. They are always stylish; always constructed to the very highest of standards; and have always pleased our customers. We will continue to offer Aloha barges at Mountain Harbor, Iron Mountain and Self Creek with pride.
- Bill Barnes
Tri-Pennant Family of Resorts
Pontoon Changing Rooms: How to Pick the Best One for You!
By: Better Boat
Have you ever been in a situation when you realized you need a pontoon changing room?
How ‘bout the time you tried changing behind two friends, who couldn’t stop giggling because they’d already downed a whole bottle of wine!
How’d that work for you?
You were probably either (A) mortified or (B) didn’t care. (‘Cause you helped them down that bottle of wine!)
Either way, your changing room is meant for privacy, to do anything that requires privacy. The style and size will determine how much privacy is provided and sets the tone for its uses.
This guide can help you find the perfect pontoon boat changing room, discussing reasons to consider and questions to ask yourself before picking your own. Plus, I’ll touch on three different examples.
Reasons to Consider a Pontoon Changing Room
There are many reasons you might want a changing room on your pontoon, some you may not have previously considered:
1. Clothes changing. While you’re on your pontoon, anybody on board might wanna change. It’s nice to know you have a private place to go, instead of hiding behind friends.
2. Portable toilet. A changing room is perfect for housing a portable toilet, which can be a necessity, especially for long outings or if you have small children. It’s always a plus for parties, too; some invited guests may not come if they’re worried there won’t be a bathroom.
3. Diaper Changing Area. For some parents, diaper changing requires privacy; other parents don’t care. But, if a passenger has a baby in diapers, a private changing area is a nice option, especially when it requires more cleaning (or bathing!).
4. Breastfeeding. This is another gray area; some mothers don’t mind breastfeeding in public, but others wouldn’t dare. A changing room is a great place for privacy for both mom and baby.
5. Seasickness. Have you ever gotten sick in front of somebody? Talk about embarrassing! If you have a portable toilet in your changing room, a passenger has a place to go if nausea won’t subside (even after using a seasick remedy) and until you can get back on dry land.
6 Questions to Answer Before Purchasing a Pontoon Changing Room
1. What Size Changing Room Do You Need?
This depends on the size of your pontoon.
Naturally, you might wanna get a huge one, thinking the more space, the better. While that’s probably true, it might not work for your pontoon’s size.
You need to consider the deck size and layout of your pontoon. How can you comfortably fit a changing room into your floor plan without compromising too much space?
Determine the best spot for setting up a changing room, as this will help determine the ideal type.
2. What Will You Use Your Changing Room For?
Will you use the changing room just for changing, or do you plan on adding a convenient portable toilet? Will it be a room to escape a torrential rain? (And if so, how many will need to fit in there?)
Consider all your needs, then determine the type and size you need.
Consider any pontoons accessories you may want to house in your changing room, too.
3. What’s Your Budget?
What can you afford? With endless varieties on the market, you should be able to find one that’s budget-friendly.
And remember: Unless you have a custom changing room built into your pontoon, you can always upgrade later.
4. What Weather Conditions Should You Consider?
You need to consider environmental factors that might affect the sturdiness of a changing room.
Do you live or go boating in an area prone to high winds? If so, you need to consider the durability of your changing room, as well as how it’s installed. You want it to withstand your area’s typical weather conditions.
5. Do You Have Safety Concerns?
If you have young children using your changing room, consider safety precautions before buying. Read labels and packaging thoroughly. Study zippers, hooks and hardware to determine safety. Call the manufacturer to ask questions. Make sure there have been no safety recalls or complaints.
6. Where Is the Best Location?
Another thing to consider is the placement of your changing room. Where will you need to place it, according to your needs and the installation instructions? Then decide if the type you buy provides enough privacy for your needs.
5 Pontoon Changing Room Options
Changing rooms come in all forms, shapes and sizes. You can find them in pop-ups, drop-downs/partitions, privacy screens/dividers, combos, bow-enclosures and even custom built.
Your choice of changing rooms will depend on your budget, your pontoon size and your overall needs, so the ultimate choice is up to you.
Here are five top-notch choices you’ll want to investigate.
1. Collapsible Pop-ups
Pop-up changing rooms are like camping tents; they pop up when you need them and collapse to take up minimal space—perfect for smaller pontoons.
This GigaTent Pop Up Pod (Available on Amazon) is a pretty affordable changing room option.
There’s no installation or mounting involved. None. Just find the best spot and open it where you want it. (Some have no floors, and some have removable mat floors.)
This pop-up pod can be fully enclosed for privacy, accessible by a zippered door.
Made to be taken onshore, this changing room has sand-bag pockets to make the pop-up much sturdier. Alternatively, it has sewn-on loops with stakes. Now, as a warning, the stakes are short so if you plan on taking it onto the beach, I’d highly suggest longer sand stakes (Available on Amazon) to keep it from catching wind.
The downside to certain pop-ups (and this one is the case) is the lack of screen ventilation or windows, so it can get pretty hot in there!
2. Changing Room Combos
These are similar to pop-ups, but contain a little something extra, offering more features and accessories.
There’s a floor mat for showering, should you ever need to rinse off sandy feet or go pontoon camping and sleep multiple nights on your boat. There are even extra storage compartments for keeping toiletries and a hanger for towels and a fresh change of clothes. (Do you know a lady who brings extra clothes? I know I take extra!) Plus, a built-in clothesline is awesome because spilling a drink on your clothes is par for the course on a boat.
This Campla Portable Pop up Dressing/Changing Tent (Available on Amazon) is an affordable pontoon changing room option.
This changing room also comes with a convenient carrying bag!
For taking onshore, there are stakes but I’d recommend getting longer sand stakes to secure it in high winds.
Drop-down changing rooms are made to attach to your pontoon bimini top. Some boaters feel they look best and provide more privacy.
One such drop-down changing room is the Carver Industries Boat Bimini Top with Adjustable Privacy Curtain (Available on Amazon). This drop-down partition has a universal fit that should work with any bimini top and one-inch polypropylene straps for easy-peasy attachment and installation.
The straps even have quick-release buckles for taking down when storms hit! In fact, this drop-down partition is made of marine-grade polyester (Poly Flex), which makes it durable with high tear strength, allowing it to last for many boating seasons!
4. Pontoon Bow Enclosures
Pontoon enclosures can fit over the lounge area and even across the bow, providing shade and shelter for passengers. But with the variety of pontoon enclosures available, you can also find one that doubles as a changing room!
This Taylor Made Bow Enclosure (Available on Amazon) with a zippered entryway allows passengers some extra privacy. The best part about using this enclosure as a changing room is its overall size and height, meaning you don’t have to shimmy into a swimsuit while performing a balancing act in a 4-foot square box! You can actually rest on the pontoon bench seating.
Like most of these changing rooms, however, they’re not made for long-term use or while underway. While the hardware is permanently mounted, it’s not strong enough for high winds and is safest when removed.
5. Custom Built
If you know a handy carpenter, you can have a changing room specifically designed, built and installed on your pontoon.
Depending on design and installation, it may or may not be permanent.
While they’re often more expensive, they’re also built sturdier and considered more convenient.
The Best Pontoon Changing Room for You
With lots of changing rooms available, you’re sure to find one to suit your needs and budget. But always do your research before buying.
A few more tips before making a final decision:
- Check all reviews on as many sites as possible.
- Ask your boating friends for their opinions.
- Visit marinas and ask owners who own what you’re interested in.
- Get current owner contacts from manufacturers.
A little research goes a long way. There’s a changing room for all your pontoon needs. Happy hunting!
A Life Vest With Speakers Kickstarter Campaign Underway
At PDB magazine we sometimes get a sneak peek at boats, products or even breaking news before others. It's just one of the many perks as a member of the boating media. Often we have to wait to share exciting new products with our readers, but this time we're able to let you in on something special. If you love listing to music while wakeboarding, tubing, skiing, etc. then you're going to want a Groove Vest. This is truly a gamechanger for the wakesports industry.
“I wanted to listen to music out on the water and found out that I was not alone,” said Drew Bartek, co-founder and chief financial officer of Groove Watersports. “Our vests are made to bring the best listening experience out on the water without compromising the comfort and range of motion of your vest.”
The Groove Vest combines the enjoyment of listening to music with the safety of an impact vest and was created by riders for riders. The Groove Vest is designed to solve the issue of not being able to listen to music while out on the water. The vest is ideal for individuals looking for a comfortable, high quality, lightweight impact vest that has the added benefit of playing music.
“I’ve always been frustrated when riding behind the boat and never could hear the music clearly. Then I tried waterproof headphones which just caused more problems,” said Gus Gehlen, co-founder and chief executive officer of Groove Watersports. “I knew there had to be a better way so we have designed our vests to solve this problem through the integration of powerful speakers in the shoulder area of our vest for an easy all in one solution.”
The Groove vest has 8GB of internal memory so you can ditch your phone, grab your vest, and get in the Groove as you play your tunes for up to 6 hours of continuous playback. You then simply charge your Groove vest with any micro USB charger (provided) and that's it. IP68 is the maximum Ingress Protection rating against solid particles or liquid so your vest can handle just about anything you throw at it. Just remember to spray it down after a saltwater session.
As your own DJ you can control your music with easy access buttons on the front chest of your vest. There are four buttons to help you get in the Groove: Play/Pause, Volume Up/Down, Skip/Back, Power On. Engineered for the folks who like to “SEND IT!” the vest is designed to withstand high impact crashes.
- Speaker Type: Portable Waterproof Speaker
- Connection Type: 8GB Internal Memory (1,000 songs)
- Impedance: 4±10%ohm
- Speaker Output: 3 watts
- Driver Diameter: 40mm
- SNR/Sound Pressure Level: 87±3dB
- Weight: approx. 700g
- Charging: Micro USB
: 200Hz-20KHz Frequency Range
- Charging Voltage: DC 5V
- Charge Time: approximately 2 Hours
- Playback Time: approximately 6 hours
- Housing Material: Polycarbonate
JerseyKnit Nylon Bonded to Scuba Stretch Neoprene
- Foam: Closed Cell MLC Foam
- Zipper: YYK #10 Marine Grade Zipper
- Pocket Flap: Magnetic Neoprene Flaps
Groove Vests are available in sizes Small to XL and those interested have the opportunity of pre-ordering on Kickstarter that begins today. The Groove Vest will retail for $299, but during this Kickstarter campaign in August, the vests can be pre-ordered starting at an early bird special of $150. For more information visit GrooveWatersports.com.