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All About Pontoon Boats (And Why You Should Rent One)

Kayak or canoe rentals are a great option if you want to get out on the water while remaining close to the surface, paddling your way along. However, canoes and kayaks necessitate sitting in one place for the entire ride, without much room to move around, especially if you’re with other people. That’s why if you’re looking for a proper boating experience on 30A, The Rental Shop also offers pontoon boats. Want to learn more about pontoon boats to determine whether they’re the right call for you? Let’s break down everything you need to know about them in this blog.

All About Pontoon Boats

What Are Pontoon Boats?

From the outside, a pontoon boat looks like a typically flat, somewhat rectangular structure — typically between 14-30 feet — placed atop a sort of platform. This platform is a “pontoon,” an air-filled metal tube used to help keep the boat afloat. This allows for a larger deck, meaning a 24 foot pontoon boat can hold as many as 10-13 guests. Though pontoon boats have a reputation for being slow, these days, that’s not necessarily true. In fact, many pontoon boats come with an engine to help to pick up the speed.

What To Do With Pontoon Boats

A 24-foot pontoon boat is on the larger end of what would be considered a mid-sized boat. These boats are perfect for lakes and rivers or even an ocean excursion close to the shore on a calm day. They’re perfect for fishing or even just a day of boating around with family. You can host a small party on a pontoon boat or take them out to explore the coastal dune lakes or areas like Choctawhatchee Bay. You can even attach water skis to a pontoon boat to have an athletic adventure for the day. Planning to snorkel or scuba dive? A pontoon boat can take you to the spot where you might want to dive.

Why Rent a Pontoon Boat?

At The Rental Shop on 30A, we offer several rental options to make your South Walton day relaxing and enjoyable. Why should you choose a pontoon boat over something like a kayak or canoe or even a stand-up paddleboard? Here are a few of reasons you might lean towards a pontoon boat:

  • More elbow room. Canoes and kayaks are good for one or two, or maybe even three. But if you want to enjoy a day out on the water with the whole family or with all of your friends, you don’t want to have to take turns with a canoe or kayak. A pontoon boat can hold everyone, and you’ll even have room to breathe.
  • Room for storage. You can also bring more refreshments onto a pontoon boat, like a full cooler or ice chest. If you’re renting a pontoon boat because you want to take some marine photography or for some other hobby reason, you can bring your equipment on board easily.
  • Party boat. Have a graduation party? A bachelor or bachelorette party? Even a small family reunion can be celebrated on a pontoon boat, making it a venue more than just a vessel.

Interested in renting a pontoon boat for your 30A vacation? Contact The Rental Shop today by calling us at (850) 260-0001.