Now that you've decided to buy a new pontoon boat, there are a few accessories you should think about buying along with it to optimize comfort, convenience, and safety. Here are four accessories that you shouldn't be without as a new pontoon boat owner:
A Bimini Top
Without a bimini top attached to your pontoon boat on sunny days, you and your passengers will have to worry about fighting off the heat and sunburns the entire time you're on the water. But with shade to relax under during your travels, you can expect to use less sunscreen and sweat less. Bimini tops come in a variety of sizes so it should be easy to customize the coverage your pontoon boat gets. For example, you can cover the seating area with a bimini top and leave the tail of the boat open so passengers can get some sun when they want to.
Investing in some carpet for your pontoon boat will increase comfort levels for you and passengers and help to protect the floor of the boat so it stays in optimal shape throughout the years. Pontoon boat carpeting is designed for outdoor use and can get wet without molding as time goes on. Stains are typically easy to scrub away too. And the addition of carpeting is sure to improve the overall visual appeal of your boat.
A Couple of Extra Seats
You never know when a couple of extra passengers will want to come aboard your pontoon boat for an outing on the water, so it's a good idea to make sure you have plenty of seating for those last-minute plans. Choose seats that stand alone so they don't need to be bolted into the floor of the bolt. They should also fold up so you can easily take them out of your boat and store them when they aren't in use. And make sure that the seats are made out of waterproof material so they don't get damaged if they get wet when putting them in the boat or taking them out.
An Access Ladder
Your pontoon boat may have come with a basic rope or metal ladder that sits in the water, but these ladders can be tough to climb up for younger and older passengers, as well as those who aren't in very good physical shape. Make swimming more enjoyable by installing an aftermarket access ladder to your boat. The ladder should extend above the water and onto the deck of your boat so people can climb all the way out of the water and simply step onto the deck instead of having to pull themselves up onto it after swimming.