Let us understand the basic design of a pontoon boat before we delve into the uses of such a water craft. A pontoon boat gets it name from the pontoon bridge. Pontoons were first used in constructing temporary bridges on the water. A pontoon is typically designed to look like a cylinder that floats on the water.
A pontoon boat is constructed out of two such cylinders and is fitted with a flat deck above the pontoons. The deck usually has a railing around the ends to prevent anyone falling over board. The deck usually has some sort of covering like a shade to shield the passengers from the sun and heat. These shades are usually constructed out of canvas for smaller pontoon boats but the larger variety of pontoon boats are fitted with permanent structures made of fiber glass or metal. These boats are not intended to be used for speed sailing but more of a leisurely pastime on the water.
A pontoon boat has many uses and is generally party boats. One can own a pontoon boat as it is not such an expensive proposition as a yacht, and they come in various sizes with bills to match the size. The basic structure would consist of two tubular cylinders semi submerged with a flat deck constructed out of wood. The deck is usually rectangular in shape, and is about three feet above the water surface. A cabin may or may not be added to this structure, which almost definitely sports a canopy of sorts over half or more of the deck for shelter from the sun.
Pontoon boats are generally used in waters that are not too rough such as a river, but a lake or still water body is best suited for pontoon boats. The reason for this is that pontoon boats are quite difficult to maneuver. Never take the pontoon boat out to areas of the sea that can suddenly break into dashing waves. The flat design of the pontoon boat cannot survive a lashing by the waves that will definitely wash off all the contents of the boat including the passengers.
If you are in the mood to get yourself a pontoon boat you will best start with the internet. Many pontoon boat manufacturers have set up web sites that assist their clientele to place orders online and are advised as to the nearest point of sale where they can collect their boat. Some sites accept payment online but some require you to go to their nearest dealer to deposit the payment and complete the formalities while they process your order for a pontoon boat.