While you probably choose to take a pontoon boat due to its large size and spacious deck, this does make your job of anchoring all the more challenging. So aside from getting the skill down, it also helps to prepare your boat just in case you park into the slip with more force than necessary.
How to drive a pontoon boat in open water.
How to drive a pontoon boat into a slip. My slip is extremely tight, with a couple pretty expensive boats on either side, so i usually do not let the wife practise. You may find it surprising that pontoon boats are actually rather difficult to anchor when compared to the ease afforded by other types of boats. Secondly, parking properly in a slip is just basic boating etiquette.
Fenders for pontoon boats can minimize the risk of scratches and dents by taking on the brunt of the force as you move into the dock. This will prevent your bow from rising out of the water and you getting the maximum performance from your engine. Pontoon boats are great for taking into the shallows but you need to careful of other people and travel slowly as you make your way up to the shore.
The key is to go slow, and make a 3 point turn, as you would in a car. Aim the front of your boat at the far corner of the slip until you are about 5' away with the wheel turned in towards. Trim the engine as you approach so it reduces draft and just starts gasping for air, then drop it back down a couple of inches.
Heres how to handle and back a boat into a slip. Please hit that like button if you enjoyed the video and let me know if you would like to see more videos li. Keep one hand on your steering wheel and the next hand on your throttle.
How to get boat into slip. Many pontoon boats are 8’6 wide, but compared to a v bottom boat that is 8’6 wide, it will be easier to get into if you have a wider slip. Best way to anchor a pontoon boat.