Pontoon boats come in a variety of shapes and sizes offering more manoeuvrability, greater power options, increased comfort and even the possibility to undertake watersports such as skiing and fishing.
But, the various different types of pontoon boats are quite different in their operation from traditional V-hull boats. Let’s look at some of those differences.
Leaving the dock
Wind is an important factor to consider with a pontoon boat.
Because of the inherent block-like shape of a pontoon boat, and that it typically sits high on the water, it is far more susceptible to wind. Small gusts of wind will move a pontoon a much greater distance than a V-hull. So how can you solve this problem?
Be ready, and aware to counter the gusts of wind with short controlled blasts of power from the engine. After using a short blast of power, release the throttle; redirect the drive and then power up again to change direction.
If you get into a pickle and if conditions allow it, try operating in reverse, as this places the outdrive as far up-wind as possible and minimizes the effects of the wind. You’ll just have to be well versed at using the wheel in reverse because it can get confusing.