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How Much Does a Pontoon Boat Weigh?

Because pontoon boats can range in size from mini pontoons of around 8 feet by 4 feet all the way up to 30 foot pontoons, the average weight can be a little misleading unless you set some more strict rules for what you’re considering. If we ignore the mini pontoons and focus on medium sized…

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What is the Risk When a PWC Passes Too Closely Behind Another Boat?

The major risk of passing too close behind another boat in a personal water craft is that the much smaller PWC can easily get lost in a blind spot. When a personal watercraft is obscured behind something like a pontoon boat or a fishing boat, the operator of that boat may not be able to…

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How to Release Brakes on a Boat Trailer

Boat trailer brakes can sometimes lock up on you and render the trailer immovable. Releasing locked brakes can depend on why exactly they’re locked in the first place but if the reason relates in some way to an issue with your breakaway switch cable, you may be able to get the brakes to release by…

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Which Type of Anchor Has Little Holding Power?

Mushroom anchors arguably have the most limited holding power of any anchor that you can get for your boat. This doesn’t necessarily mean a mushroom anchor is a bad anchor, it just may not be the right anchor for the right circumstance. There are many types and variations in anchors, after all, and the mushroom…

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Why Do Dolphins Follow Boats?

Dolphins can often be found swimming alongside boats in the open sea for several reasons including exploiting the current created by your boat, to try to get food, or perhaps even just for the fun of it. It’s one of the most exciting and memorable experiences you can have as a boater, and no matter…

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310 Pontoon Boat Names

Deciding on a boat name is not always an easy task, and that’s also the case with naming a pontoon boat. Funny boat names are often the most popular, but if you’re an angler then maybe you want a specific fishing boat name. If your pontoon is a party boat, maybe you want an alcohol…

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What Safety Feature Was Designed into PWC Fuel Tanks?

A personal watercraft’s fuel tank is designed to have additional room into which fuel can expand. They leave space to prevent dangerous conditions like overflowing fuel, fires and explosions. For that reason, as an operator of a jet ski, you always need to know how much fuel your PWC can hold and how to properly…

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How to Drive with a Boat Trailer

Driving for the first time with a boat trailer is not necessarily going to be difficult, but it won’t be easy, either. This is something you will need to practice to master. I strongly recommend practicing in an open space like an empty parking lot until you are comfortable enough with all aspects of driving…

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220 Banned and Inappropriate Boat Names

Coast Guard rules ban certain words in the naming of boats, even though it may not seem like it sometimes. These are the specific guidelines for boat naming, which are actually pretty lax.   “The name may not be identical, actually or phonetically, to any word or words used to solicit assistance at sea; may…

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How to Winterize a Pontoon Boat

There are a handful of steps you need to take to prepare your pontoon boat for winter that include prepping your engine, getting the boat clean, removing all the gear and equipment, lubricating your fittings, running antifreeze through the lines and more. Because it can be such an in-depth process you may be tempted to…

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Types of Sailboats: Classification Guide

Sailboats can be divided into three basic types based on their hulls (catamaran, monohull or multihull), their keel and their rigging, and then further subdivided from there. The result is that there are actually well over a dozen different kinds of sailboats out there. Sailboat Hull Types There are three main hull types that you’ll…

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The Largest Cruise Ship in the World

The biggest cruise ship in the world changed in the year 2022 when Royal Caribbean unveiled their Wonder of the Seas, one of their Oasis-class line of cruise ships of which there are five with a sixth one in construction. It measures a stunning 1,188 feet in length. If you Google it, the answer you’ll…

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How Do Surge Brakes Work on a Boat Trailer?

Surge brakes are one of several kinds of brakes that a boat trailer may have. Surge brakes are a kind of hydraulic brakes and arguably the simplest and easiest to both use and understand of the brakes a trailer might employ. The process of braking your tow vehicle will cause the trailer’s momentum to push…

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How to Anchor a Pontoon Boat

Anchoring a pontoon boat is slightly different than anchoring other kinds of boats and it may throw you off. Proper anchoring of a pontoon boat requires positioning your pontoon correctly and also having a good understanding of the depth of the water you’re in. Because pontoons are so much more buoyant than most other kinds…

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140 Latin Boat Names

Latin boat names add a touch of sophistication to any boat. Not every boat you run across has to have a funny boat name, although many are and they’re great. But choosing a Latin name can give new meaning and gravitas to your boat. If you like a boat name to be distinguished and powerful,…

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Jet Boat vs Propeller Boat: What’s The Difference?

Most boats on the water are propelled by one of two main systems – jet propulsion or propeller propulsion. Jet boats use an impeller pump to draw water in before forcing it out in a high velocity jet that moves the boat forward. Propeller driven boats use a propeller to push the water away from…

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How Much Is a Pontoon Boat?

Pontoon boats, like most other kinds of boats, can cover a remarkably wide range of prices from as low as $12,000 to as much as $400,000. With such a huge range to cover, there are a lot of variables that go into determining figuring out pontoon boat price. What is the Range of Pontoon Prices?…

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Biggest Ship in the World: Listed By Ship Type

The biggest ship in the world is a bit hard to pin down because the definition of “ship” can be a little malleable. As well, biggest could refer to either length or gross tonnage. The largest ship ever built was the Seawise Giant, also called the Happy Giant, the Jahre Viking, and the Knock Nevisa,…

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What’s the Best Way to Avoid Overloading Your Boat?

The best way to avoid overloading your boat is to have a clear understanding of your boat’s weight capacity and then simply not exceed that capacity. Every boat has either a capacity plate that explains how much weight it can safely hold or an explanation of the same in the owner’s manual. If you have…

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What is a Pontoon Boat?

Pontoon boats are flat decked, recreational boats that rely on air-filled tubes called pontoons to achieve buoyancy in the water. Traditional pontoons use a pair of pontoon tubes located on either side of the boat under the deck to achieve stability and buoyancy. Some models may have a third tube located under the center of…

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How Much Does a Boat Trailer Weigh?

The average fishing boat trailer weight will probably be around 600 lbs. There can be a fairly large potential range for these trailers however, running from just a couple of hundred pounds at the low end to well over 1,000 pounds at the higher end of the scale. And that’s for an unloaded trailer. Once…

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200 Best Fishing Boat Names: Funny, Classic, And Unique Names

A fishing boat should be named to reflect the fact that fishing is what it’s for. Every boat needs a name. It’s a rite of passage. But not every boat needs the same kind of name and fishing boats need good fishing boat names. You’re not calling your fishing boat Windancer or something if it’s…

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Tritoon vs Pontoon: Key Differences

Tritoon boats are a kind of pontoon boat that has three pontoon tubes rather than the standard two tubes you’ll find in a traditional pontoon. There are some key differences between the two that are worth understanding, especially if you’re considering purchasing one. Appearance In general, above the pontoons, you’re not likely to notice any…

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Why Are Boats So Expensive?

Boats cost more than other items we think of in the same ballpark, like cars, for several reasons. It costs more to build boats in terms of time, materials and standards. Boats are also less in demand than cars and, as such, it’s a much more niche market which means boat makers can charge more…

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Can a Pontoon Boat Go in the Ocean?

The answer to this question is yes, you can take a pontoon boat in the ocean. In fact, some modern pontoon boats with things like V-frame construction, tritoons and more durable materials may be fairly adept at handling open waters and strong enough to hold their own in the chop if you head out with…

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45 Types of Boats

There are literally hundreds of different types of boats in the world. For some, the difference between them is very little. For instance, a pontoon and a tritoon are the same boat save for the addition of a single extra pontoon tube. Other boats are highly specialized like a crane boat which may be used…

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5 Fastest Production Pontoon Boats

The fastest commercially available pontoon boats in the world will be able to reach speeds of around 60 to 78 miles per hour. This is rare for a pontoon boat and most do not achieve speeds anywhere near this fast. How Fast Do Modern Fast Pontoon Boats Go? Any pontoon boat that can pull over…

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Can a Pontoon Boat Sink?

Yes, pontoon boats are capable of sinking. Please don’t go boating on a pontoon boat under the mistaken impression that they are incapable of being sunk. That said, a pontoon is also a very safe and reliable kind of boat. They offer great stability and in most circumstances they will hold up better than other…

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Boat vs Ship: What’s the Difference?

The internet is full of dictionaries with different definitions of what is and is not a boat. You may be surprised (or maybe not) to see that some describe a ship as a boat and a boat as a ship. Here are two ways to define both boat and ship. Boat Definitions a vessel for…

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What Is A PWC? Understanding Personal Watercraft

A PWC is a personal watercraft. You might better know them by names like Jet Ski and Sea-Doo. Both of those are manufacturer names that have become synonymous with the product over the years, kind of the same as how we call any tissue a Kleenex, even though Kleenex is just one brand. Defining What…

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