Mini Pontoon

Smaller and lighter pontoon boats are becoming more and more popular.  Not only for the cost advantage - you can save anywhere from 10-50% of the cost as compared to a full size pontoon boat.  Mini pontoon boats  get much better gas mileage and are easier to trailer and store.  In today's tough economic times,  it makes great sense to consider your real needs and budget.  

If you've got money to spare and you want a full size pontoon boat, that's great.  Full size luxury pontoon boats can accommodate 8 passengers or more.  Although, the cost is alot higher, but if you don't mind spending alot more, you get alot more.  Not only in size and capacity but also power, handling, speed and amenties.

There are several varieties of mini pontoon boats or they are also called compact pontoon boats and they come fully furnished and able to seat up to 5 people comfortably with luxurious seating and amenities just as you would find in a full size pontoon,  but they also come in smaller sized platform style pontoons with a few fishing seats or bass seats mainly for fishing.   These smaller scale -mini pontoons are able to hold 2-3 persons and are equipped with electric trolling motors.

But if you're like alot of people,  a smaller, less expensive pontoon boat that is easier to trailer and store, make's great sense. When you start looking into the different types of Mini Pontoons and Compact Pontoon Boats you will discover that there are many varieties.  For example most mini pontoons are very simple compact pontoon boats that are set up especially for a few passengers and are generally intended for fishing.

However,  there are some that are designed for pleasure boating which include paddle systems, that is to say they do not include  a power motor of any sort, electric or gas motor.  These type of mini pontoon or compact pontoon boats are sometimes classified as green boats or eco friendly boats since they do not burn fossil fuels.  Electric powered mini pontoon boats or compact pontoons are also classified as Eco-Friendly Pontoons for the same reason.   If you're pontooning on a smaller lake or pond, an  electric powered or paddle mini pontoon maybe your best choice in terms of cost and convience.

In the next sections below we explore in more detail the main providers or manufacturers of mini pontoon and compact pontoon boats and also break them up in terms of styles and features.  We 'll compare the luxury or multiple passenger versions - sport cruise versions and also compare the most economical mini pontoon versions called the fish and cruise styles.

Fish and Cruise Mini Pontoon  

One of the most popular mini pontoon styles is the "Fish and Cruise". This mini pontoon is very simple yet versitile compact pontoon boat and there are several manufacturers to choose from.   Most come with electric powered trolling motors while others offer small gas powered outboards as well.   There design is very simple with two mini pontoon tubes, a platform which is normally six feet by eight or ten feet ,  two or three fishing or swivel chairs and a console.   Some are rutter steered .   Below we compare fish and cruise mini pontoon models from several manufacturers.

Mini Pontoon Boats by Logo Boats

Logo boats manufactures Eldebo Mini Pontoon Boats in several varieties. There focus is mainly basic mini pontoon fishing models in various styles and lengths. They also offer cruise models and full up luxury models.  Below are a few of their most popular mini pontoon fishing models.

 

 

Eldebo 11 Foot Little Quincy

  • 6 feet wide by 11 feet long
  • Rear Tiller Steering
  • Marine Grade Carpeting
  • Matching Bimini Top
  • 2 Fold Down Seats
  • Aluminum Floor Rail
  • Livewell Pump Mounting Brackets
  • Transom Mount Electric Trolling Motor

Eldebo 11 Foot Bass Baby    

  • 6 feet wide by 11 long
  • 2 Plastic Swivel Seats
  • Aluminum Floor Rail
  • 20 inch Pontoons
  • Marine Grade Carpeting
  • Optional Cushion Bass Seats
  • Optional Bimini Top
  • Optional Trolling Motor

Eldebo Fish and Cruise 14

  • 6 feet wide by 14feet long
  • Steering Wheel Console
  • Marine Grade Carpet
  • Matching Bimini Top
  • Front/ Rear Seating with Storage
  • 20 inch pontoons
  • Max 30hp Rating

 

Eldebo Mini Pontoon  Summary

Models include several bass fishing and fish and cruise models.  All are 6 feet wide and range in length from 11 feet and up. Shorter models are electric powered only and models of 14 feet and longer are designed to carry gas powered outboards of 8 to 30 hp.   Prices range from approx. $2500-$6000.     

Mini Pontoons by Kennedy Pontoons Inc.

Kennedy Pontoons Inc. makes several models of Mini Pontoon boats in both electric and gas powered outboard models.  They have been manufacturing mini pontoons since 1967 in Centuria Wisconsin.  Their designs are unique in that the pontoons they use are square.   They offer an 11 foot electric mini pontoon in two color options.  They also offer an 11 foot mini pontoon that is designed for gas powered outboard and an 17 foot gas powered outboard model. This is their luxury cruise model.

 

 

 

Kennedy Electric Mini Pontoon 

Kennedy Gas Outboard Mini Pontoon 

Kennedy Luxury Cruise Mini Pontoon 

  • 6 feet 4inches wide by 11 feet 1 inch long
  • Capacity - 2 persons
  • Electric Powered Trolling Motor
  • Marine Grade Carpeting
  • Color Matching Bimini Top
  • 2 Soft Cushion Seats
  • Center Table with Cup Holders
  • On Board Battery Charger
  • Soft Cushion Rear Jump Seat
  • Corner Safety Rails
  • Comes in Two Color Styles - Blue/Green
  • Weight - 305 lbs.
  • Includes 2year warranty

 

 

  • 6 feet 4inches wide by 11 feet 1  inch long
  • Capacity - 2 persons
  • Maximum 3.5 HP gas four stroke outboard
  • Marine Grade Carpeting
  • 2 Color Matching  Custom Cushion Swivel Seats
  • Custom Perimeter Railing
  • Custom Mooring Handles
  • Comes in Two Color Options - Blue/Green
  • Weight - 295 lbs.
  • Includes 2year warranty
  • 6 feet 6 inches wide by 16 feet 8 inches long
  • Capacity - 6 persons
  • Maximum 40 HP Gas Outboard
  • 23 inch square octagon pontoons
  • Marine Grade Carpet
  • Side Railing and Panels
  • Color Matching Bimini Top
  • Sport Furniture Package
  • 2 Sport Front Seats
  • Navigation Lights
  • Snack Table with Cup Holders
  • Stainless Steel Fasteners
  • Weight - 900 lbs.
  • Includes 2year warranty
  • Options- radio, cover, trailer

Kennedy Mini Pontoon Summary

They manufacture a wide range of mini pontoon boats from paddle mini pontoon boats to electric mini pontoons, gas powered mini pontoons that are basically fish and cruise style (2 person) but they also offer a slightly larger mini pontoon that's approximately 17 feet in length and can hold 6 persons. This is their  luxury model and still maintains a narrow beam or width of just 6 feet 6inches wide. Their designs are a bit different from Eldebo Mini Pontoon styles including their square shaped or octagon shaped pontoons, but the construction and quality appear high.  Prices aren't available through the manufactured, you have to check a dealer to confirm pricing.  Our guess is that the prices will be a little higher as compared to Eldebo mini pontoons.

Gillgetter and Qwest Mini Pontoon Boats

Manufactured by Apex Marine in St. Louis, MI since 1990, Apex manufactures the largest number of mini pontoon varieties and models.  Apex Marine offers several models in 6 foot and 7 foot widths ranging from 10 feet to 20 feet mini pontoon boats.  Their base versions include Gillgetter, Qwest Adventure and Qwest LS Mini Pontoon Models.  Each segment contains a number of varieties.  Gillgetter mini pontoon models include; Fish and Cruise, Sport Deluxe, Family Cruise, ITL models, Outfitter models and Tiller Model Mini Pontoons.  These Mini Pontoons offer boaters a great range of function and amenities. They service and support fishing, family cruising and sport cruising with a large range of offerings of amenities and options, which we will get into more detail below.   The Qwest Adventure and Qwest LS Mini Pontoon models are a step up from Gillgetter in the type of seating and luxury amenities offered.   The Qwest line up boasts over 17 varieties ranging from  Cruise, Fish, Sport Cruise, Sport Deluxe, Fishmaster II and Outfitter mini pontoon versions.  And within each segement is a number of sizes and option offerings.  

 

 

 

 

Gillgetter 615 Fish and Cruise 

Gillgetter 715 Sport Deluxe 

Gillgetter 715  Family Cruise 

  • 6 Feet wide by 15 Feet long
  • 19 inch Pontoons
  • Maximum capacity 6 persons
  • Maximum 25 HP rating
  • Driver's Console
  • Cushion Rear and Front Seating
  • High Grade Marine Carpeting
  • Heavy Duty Hardware
  • Navigational Lights
  • Weight 825 lbs

Options:

  • Stereo System
  • Mooring Cover
  • Corner Rod/Cup Holders
  • Depth Finder
  • Docking Lights
  • 7 Feet Wide by 15 Feet Long
  • 23 inch Pontoons
  • Maximum capacity 7 persons
  • Maximum 40 HP rating
  • Deluxe Driver's Console with Stainless Steel Steering Wheel
  • Custom Cushion Front and Rear Seating
  • High Grade Marine Carpeting
  • Front Swivel Bass Seats
  • Matching Bimini Top
  • Navigational Lights
  • Weight 1150 lbs.

Options:

  • Docking Lights
  • Depth Finder
  • Stereo System
  • Corner Rod/Cup Holders
  • Mooring Cover
  • 7 Feet Wide by 15 Feet Long
  • 23 inch Pontoons
  • Maximum capacity 7 persons
  • Maximum 40 HP rating
  • Deluxe Driver's Console with Stainless Steel Steering Wheel
  • Custom Cushion Front and Rear Seating
  • High Grade Marine Carpeting
  • Front Bench Seat with Armrests
  • Center Table with Cup Holders
  • Matching Bimini Top
  • Navigational Lights
  • Weight 1150 lbs.

Options:

  • Docking Lights
  • Tachometer and Volt Meter Gages
  • Stereo System
  • Colored Inner Panel Skins
  • Mooring Cover

 

 

Gillgetter and Qwest Mini Pontoon Summary

 They offer the widest array or mini pontoon boats  including fishing mini pontoon,  sport cruise versions and the more luxurious family cruise models.  By far,  Apex marine is the largest manufacturer of mini pontoons with a larger number of options available.  In addition their specifications and warranty coverages are also very well defined and better detailed than their competitors.   If you're looking for a mid to upper level mini pontoon then the Gillgetter and Qwest Mini Pontoons are a good choice to consider.  Prices start at around $10,000.