Pontoon Boat?  Or Float Tube?

Ponderay frameless pontoon boat

The Ponderay frameless pontoon boat is an excellent blend of functionality and comfort. Large pontoons add stability and an extremely comfortable seat allows for long hours out on the water. It has nearly the ride-height of a pontoon boat with the light weight and ease of transport of a float tube, coming in at only 27 lbs. Large pockets offer significant storage capacity and adjustable foot rests accomodate all shapes and sizes. With a 350 lb capacity, this boat can handle almost any angler. I have sat in this boat and it is honestly the most comfortable one I’ve been in. The padding is at least 2 inches thick and the seat back is infinitely adjustable. Just a great combo of portability, comfort and capability.

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Colorado Pontoon Boat

Pontoon boat? More like pawntoon

The Colorado pontoon boat has been my best-selling boat for years. Introduced over 4 years ago, it has maintained a strong presence in the market long since its contemporaries were discontinued or made-over. It has several variations, as well, with re-badged versions selling as the Wilderness and the Outfitter, for example. You may own a Colorado and not even know it.

A rugged and relatively feature-rich boat, the Colorado is right in the sweet spot for introductory personal pontoon boat buyers. For years it was around $450, out the door, affording retailers a decent margin and buyers a pretty good deal. Recently, however, the Colorado has become a pawn in the ever-worsening price war between Amazon and Wal-Mart. Sadly, this once-great source of contribution margin is going the way of the pontoon boat or RV cover: a high-dollar item that buyers use to inflate average order size and top line sales dollars at the expense of gross margin. Amazon’s current strategy of sacrificing profit for sales is a boon to the consumer, if not for schmucks like us.

3 months ago, the Colorado sold for $417.54 at Wal-Mart and Amazon. It is now around $350, including shipping. This is amazingly low, and a fantastic deal for the consumer. I hate to say it, but buyers should take advantage of this pricing if they don’t mind buying from these two behemoths. Don’t forget who told you if you need, say, a grill cover. We’re still competitive with those.

DryGuard Canvas Boat Cover

Waterproof canvas boat covers are here


If you own a boat, it is wise to keep your investment in the best shape possible, and canvas boat covers can do the job. Constant sunlight, wind, and rain can all slowly break down the exterior of the boat, and may destroy the interior quite quickly. Cover Bonanza offers everything from pontoon boat covers to personal watercraft covers, perfect for jet skis. Consider the different types of canvas boat covers available before you buy.

Most of our covers are adjustable and reflective so that they fit your watercraft perfectly while protecting it from sun fade. Most people enjoy showing off their boat and are not thrilled at the prospect of throwing an unattractive cover on it. However, it is possible to find a boat cover that looks stylish, contemporary, and perfectly fitting for your boat. You might even consider custom boat covers if you want to show some of your own personality through your boat’s protective covering. Overall, you should remember that the best way for your boat to retain its beauty is to stay protected from the elements when not in use, which is how Cover Bonanza can help you.

We pride ourselves on providing a large selection of covers so that customers with all types of watercraft are pleased. Many of our customers need pontoon boat covers for their flat-bottomed boats, while others have a need for a pedal boat cover. Of course, if you own a jon boat, pond boat, or canoe, we also have you and your watercraft covered. If you are unsure what kind of cover you need in order to protect your boat from the elements, feel free to ask us for a recommendation. We likely have a strong canvas cover that will suit your needs perfectly.

Canvas boat covers are the best protection against inclement weather when you cannot keep your boat in a garage. No matter where you live, there is likely some kind of danger to your boat when it is kept outside, whether it is direct sunlight, constant rain, or strong winds. Fortunately, you can cover both your entire boat and even each seat to shield it from damage over time. All you have to do is contact Cover Bonanza to get started protecting your boat today.

Delaware pontoon boat

A boat that can go on a plane.

The Delaware portable pontoon boat is now only $274.95 with free shipping. It is one of the few portable personal pontoon boats out there, coming with a rolling travel bag much like an overnight carry-on bag. Kind of amazing when you consider that it has a 350 lb. weight capacity and still has 8′ pontoons for good stability. It even comes in at under 50 lbs so you could check it if taking it on a flight. It’s also equipped with dual-chambered pontoons for extra safety. In other words, if you have a pontoon failure, it won’t completely deflate, letting you limp into shore.

delaware pontoon boat duffel

Roll your boat to shore.

Colorado Pontoon Boat

March 15, 2011

Colorado Pontoon Boat

Fish will fear you.

The Colorado pontoon boat is the most popular personal pontoon boat that I sell. It has 9′ pontoons for great stability, a rear basket and several pockets for storage, a comfortable folding seat and is made of tough 900 denier polyester and 3 mm PVC.

Currently on special for $389.95 with free shipping, this pontoon boat is a steal. Perfect for waters that prohibit motorized craft, these boats keep you out of the water and fresh for a long day of fishing. This boat is also sold by retailers like Costco, and you may have seen it under different names like the Wilderness, the Outfitter, or the Rogue SP. The differences are purely cosmetic and you can save money if you buy the original under the current promotion.

Float Tubes Rock

February 15, 2011

Bighorn Float Tube in Red

The Sofa of Float Tubes

Float tubes have come a long way. When I was a kid we’d take a large truck tire inner tube, wrap some webbing around it if we were feeling productive and call it good. These days, float tubes are basically floating easy chairs with all kinds of pockets, fishing tools like stripping aprons and rod holders and compartmentalized bladders for extra safety. Most are made of tough 420 denier and up polyester with at least 3 mm of thickness for the bladder material. While more complicated, they are certainly more comfortable. A friend of mine has pulled his out as an extra chair at gatherings many times.

Modern float tubes typically offer at least 300 lbs of weight capacity, though keep in mind that as you approach that weight, of course, more of you is going to be sitting in the water. Most will be able to keep your rear out of the water, however. Float tubes are ideal for fishing in small lakes, ponds and slow-moving rivers. They are extremely portable and most weigh under 15 lbs, a significant weight advantage over their brawnier cousins, personal pontoon boats, which can weigh as much as 70 lbs or more.

It is one of the best times of year to purchase a float tube as well, as most manufacturers have discontinued older models and are looking to move them out the door in time for March, when float tube season starts to heat up. I have a Bighorn float tube on special right now at $98.02, including shipping, which is quite a break from their original retail around $180. If you can see yourself in a float tube, now is a good time to make it happen.

You could be rolling this to the lake next week.

That’s right. It’s time to get out on the water. Fishing season is open pretty much everywhere. Bass, perch, and trout are asking to be caught.

Now, the weather is also getting gorgeous. And gas prices are above $3 a gallon where I’m at. Why break the boat out when you can use a little muscle power with a pontoon boat or a float tube?

These boats will let you go places that you can’t get the trailer to or prohibit motorized watercraft. They’re also a ton of fun. Want to keep your hands free? Just put some swim fins over your boots. No oars necessary, though they are included with the pontoon boats. If you’re a hiker, fish those mountain lakes with the 48 lb Delaware pontoon boat, or, for a lighter load, go with the 15 lb. backpackable Togiak float tube. These craft offer an excellent opportunity to keep the boat in the garage and get out in the sun without shelling out $100 for gas. A great way to spend a day.

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Float tubes and their cousins, one-person pontoon boats, give an angler a great deal of mobility in slow-moving bodies of water. They are perfect when boats are not allowed or if you are hiking to your destination as these are more portable than say… a boat.

Here’s an interesting post on pontoon boats from someone who knows more than I do.

I’ve seen these things at Costco and Wal-Mart and they look fun, even for just hanging out on. I may need one now that it’s river floating season.

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