Over the last couple of years, I’ve put together a vast range of guides to show the best ways in which you can customize or pimp your pontoon boat, all of which you can access under the recommended gear section.
Some of them are very functional and “must have” practical items, and you can see a selection of those listed below. But it easy to forget why you bought your pontoon in the first place, which was probably to have fun. After all, that’s what pontoon boats are designed for. You’re spoilt for deck space, and the layout design means it’s possible to entertain and spend memorable days out on the water.
The best memories of your boat will be the fun that you and your family had. So, with that in mind, I decided to compile what I believe to be the most fun pontoon boat accessories that money can buy, followed by the more practical items – and all into one place where you can access them. I hope you enjoy using these essential and fun accessories as much as my family and I do!
Fun Pontoon Boat Accessories for Families
Pontoons are a great family boat. Whether you have young kids, teenagers, or just a partner and extended family members you want to spend quality time with, nothing beats getting out on the water for a party or celebration on one of these vessels. Here are some suggestions that will really make the day one to remember.
1. Inflatable Tubes
Spend a fun day out on the water with an inflatable tube. Most pontoons are more than capable of pulling one person, and if you have more horse power on your engine you should even be able to pull a 4-person inflatable (read my reviews).
If you want to get started with this awesome fun activity then you would need one tube, a tow rope, and a willing volunteer who doesn’t mind getting wet! The best one you can buy right now is the AirHead Mach 2 towable tube which is one of my top-rated towable tubes.
2. Water Slide
If an inflatable tube simply isn’t enough fun for you, then you could consider an inflatable slide that attaches to the side of your boat.
You can see one here, it’s the Rave Sports slide. Slides are expensive compared to most of the fun pontoon boat accessories recommended on this page, but in terms of hours to fun ratio, I don’t believe anything really beats it.
I love my water slide as it’s given us three years of constant summer entertainment. If you want additional suggestions, then take a look at some more you might wish to consider. You will be the envy of every other pontooner on the lake once you get yours set-up and will have a long list of friends and family who want to join you for a fun day out.
3. Floating Volleyball Game
Once everyone has slid into the water successfully, how about getting some competition going with a game of water volleyball? This mini floating volleyball set is awesome. It’s best played with two people on each side… but I do advise tethering it to the lake floor with weights.
It’s inflatable, takes just seconds to blow up, and provides hours of fun. Oh, and it’s a cheap accessory as well that will take up no space at all on your boat. Go take a look.
4. Vinyl Graphics and Decals
One of the coolest things you can do to your boat is add vinyl decals and stickering onto the side panels. It will make your boat stand out from the crowd and will help to give it character out on the like.
You can either design your own or get a good designer to come up with something impressive. Read my vinyl decal guide to find out more, plus tips on how to get started.
Fun Pontoon Accessories & Gadgets
I love my gadgets, I simply can’t get enough of them. Here’s a quick list of the fun pontoon boat stuff I always carry when on the water. Some fun, some practical, but all of them I use regularly and couldn’t do without them. You can probably see why when you take a closer look below.
5. Controllable Lighting from Your Phone
I’ve got lights on my pontoon boat that I can control using an app on my iPhone. I can even get the lights to pulse, fade, and change color in sync with the music being played. It’s truly insane and doesn’t cost too much money either.
You can take a look for yourself at the OPT7 lighting kit on Amazon. This gadget combine being an essential item from my pontoon boat accessories and fun combined into one cool piece of kit.
6. Diving Board
This won’t come cheap, but if you love the water and want a way to keep fit and keep cool on those hot summer days, then surely there is nothing in the cool pontoon accessories range that can rival a diving board. Yes, that’s right, a diving board… on your boat!
The best on the market is the Lillipad (view Amazon prices). Made from stainless steel and aluminum, it’s a serious piece of kit with a weight capacity of 250 pounds. Fun for all the family, guaranteed!
7. Mounted Flag
You can mount a flag to your Bimini top or off one of the rails to proudly fly the American flag, or perhaps the colors of your favourite football team. To see which f