Nautical technology advances have never been more present than in the watercraft of today. This is immediately evident when you climb aboard a Tritoon for the first time – leaving little doubt that your grandfather’s pontoon is a vast world away from the millennial upgrades of modern times. But pontoons have certainly not faded into the abyss. While pontoons steadfastly maintain their niche in the boating world, they have spawned some intense engineering design transformations that can only be described as a marvel of supercharged fun called a ‘Tritoon.’ So, what are the differences between a Pontoon and a Tritoon?


The average pontoon is constructed with a dual tubular design meant for leisure cruising at low-to-moderate speeds, with optimum floor space on a single flat deck in calm waters. The steering ratio is wider and engine capacity only allows for small outboard motors – which means it is not the ideal choice for towing, skiing or tubing. Additionally, pontoons sit lower in the water, factoring in buoyancy and weight distribution; this limits the passenger capacity aboard the craft. While pontoons are perfect for pleasure cruising with a handful of guests, it can become a turbulent wet ride in rough waters or challenging wakes from other nearby boats. Overall, pontoons are designed for the low energy ‘taking it easy’ lifestyle. Models can host activities such as cruising and swimming, grilling and fishing, and small parties.


Tritoons are larger and heavier, typically requiring a larger trailer with additional tube support and larger slips for docking and storage. Unlike the Pontoon, it is engineered with a beneficial three tube design built to satisfy the fun, action loving boaters without compromising structural stability and comfort. High energy thrill seekers will be pleased to know the tritoon is equipped to receive larger horsepower engines, translating to less resistance, faster acceleration, and top speeds. These features make the tritoon excellent for towing tubers and skiers. One of the many benefits of a third tube is the improved weight distribution and buoyancy – leaving it to sit higher in the water with a larger deck and passenger capacity. The Tritoons’ structure cuts through rough waters and impending wakes smoothly without the cringing tweaks and torques common to its predecessor. Smaller turning ratios and tighter cornering with power-assisted hydraulic steering have made maneuverability a breeze.

Contributing price factors will vary depending upon your intended purpose and desired comfort, accessories and style. The possibilities are pleasantly endless. Whether you are contemplating a recreational pontoon or the high performance thrill-seeking tritoon – each will bring your family and friends years of fun and adventure.