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Pontoons and sports boats are both fantastic boats to take out on the water. However, they serve very different purposes. Here is what you need to know about these two types of boats before deciding which one is best for you:

What is a Sports Boat?

The meaning of sports boats is ever-evolving; however, it is generally understood to be a high-performance boat with a V-shaped fiberglass hull – this type of hull allows for less friction on the water. Sports boats, otherwise known as bowrider boats or runabouts, are typically smaller motorboats: such as those used for water sports like waterskiing & wakeboarding.

What is a Pontoon Boat?

A pontoon boat is defined by its use of tube structures (or ‘pontoons’) to float and large decks with luxurious couch-like seating. These recreational boats are often used for leisurely activities like cruising and fishing. With their expansive decks and seating – it’s the perfect vessel to host a party out on the water! On most pontoon boats there’s also an on-board bathroom, perfect for all-day boating excursions.

What is the Difference Between Pontoons vs. Sports Boats?

Sports boats are known for their speed but having more than a few people aboard can cause some issues. If you are looking for a fast-paced boat to hit the water on with just a friend or two, a sports boat may be just what you need. Alternatively, if you are looking for a slower-paced day out on the water and don’t want to limit your guest list, consider a pontoon boat. While by no means a racing boat, some pontoon boats can reach well north of 30 mph depending on power.

Activities on Sports Boats vs. Pontoon Boats

Pontoon boats are great options for inshore fishing and pulling tubers. Pontoon boats are more laid back than sports boats which makes them great for slower-paced activities and more comfortable for lounging around and taking the whole family to the beach! Both sport boats and pontoons are great for cruising the intracoastal rivers, and riding to lunch/dinner spots.

Buying Pontoons, Sports Boats, and More

Regardless of whether you are interested in a pontoon, sports boat, or another type of boat entirely— it’s worth checking out each type of boat in person. At Fish Tale Boats, you can view various boat options from brands like Grady-White, Robalo, Chaparral, and Premier Pontoons. The 14,000-square-foot sales and service center at Fish Tale is the perfect spot to compare boats and get a feel for which boat best fits your needs. Visit us in South Fort Myers, Naples, or the Bonita Bay Marina in Bonita Springs!