Pontificating On Pontoons

By Michael Vatalaro
Published: August/September 2013

Whether pontoon or deck, powered by engines big or small, lake boats excel at entertaining your guests, and lots of them at that. Maybe it's time you toon'd in?

Berkshire Pontoons 250E

The "E" stands for entertainment and this model, from Berkshire's premium series of pontoons, features a wet bar with built-in stainless-steel drawers and refrigerator, a separate entertaining bar with four stools, LED lighting, and a propane grill in yet another corner of the boat. Even with the rear half of the boat devoted to food and drink, the forward half still has plenty of seating, with L-shaped lounges port and starboard, with a small table in the center. If you're into watersports as well as entertaining, the 250E can be upgraded with a triple-toon BP3 package, allowing outboards up to 300-hp to be hung on the stern.

Photo of a Berkshire Pontoons 250ELOA: 25'2" | Beam: 8'6" | Weight: 2,900 Lbs. | Fuel: up to 52 gal. | Max Person Capacity: 12
(14 with BP3 package)

Carolina Skiff Fun Chaser

Carolina Skiff shook up the definition of a pontoon boat by introducing the Fun Chaser series, with pontoons made from fiberglass rather than aluminum. Billed as a more salt-water friendly option (though many builders offer saltwater packages now), and built with stainless-steel components, the twin-fiberglass hulls do add a tremendous amount of storage, enough to swallow a 70-quart cooler in one compartment in fact. Other family-friendly features include a stainless-steel propane grill that mounts on the rail and locks away when not in use, and a pop-up changing curtain.

Photo of a Carolina Skiff Fun Chaser LOA: 21' 4" | Beam: 8' 6" | Draft: 13" | Weight: 3,375 Lbs. | Fuel: 27 gal. | Max Person Capacity: 14

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