Safety is always our No. 1 concern when it comes to life on the water. Yes, pontoons are recreational, but you can’t truly have fun unless you are sure you are prepared for the worst-case scenario. Have you taken courses in boating? Do you know CPR? Do you have all the communication equipment you need in case of an emergency? Cell phones and data plans go a long way, but they are no substitute for true emergency preparedness.
Once you understand the boat ownership basics, it’s time to design a Bennington and find a dealer near you. Boating is one of life’s great pleasures, and if you understand the risks and responsibilities, you will have better success addressing whatever arises.
All vehicles must be properly maintained. Your pontoon boat, like all watercraft, faces many more natural elements than even your car. Plants, animals, and other environmental issues are of consequence if you take your pontoon on the lake. Add salt to the list if you go boating in the ocean. Wash your boat often, remove barnacles and other debris. Has it looked at by a professional boat mechanic? Take it to the dealer when necessary. These are not optional. If you take care of your boat, it should last you many happy seasons without incident.