There are quite a few different types of inflatable pontoon boats on the market. They are most popularly used for fishing.
Their smaller design and inflatable pontoons make them ideal for those who want to be able to store them away in a small space and transport them in the trunk of their car.
Some of these boats have metal frames while others are frameless meaning they set up in minutes and completely store away in a carry bag.
The 5 listed below are the best pontoon boats for your money. They are the most popular, the most versatile and the most convenient. They are comfortable, loaded with accessories and a lot of fun to own and use.
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This one is extremely popular and for good reason. It is frameless meaning that there is no metal from that needs to be attached.
The frameless design makes it high versatile and one of the easiest pontoon boats to transport anywhere. There are no parts to assemble and it can be set up in only 5 minutes!
The quality is excellent. It is tough as nails and can withstand a fair amount of abuse. It is ideal for fishing on lakes, ocean bays, remote ponds and even rivers.
It has 4 different package options to choose from depending on your needs.
The price is excellent for what you are getting and Sea Eagle is known for including everything in their price tag including the hull, the seat, the carry bag, the pump, the oar set , the stow bag and the repair kit as well as much more depending on the package you choose.
This frameless pontoon boat comes with a great 3-year warranty and 180-day risk free trial… meaning if you are not satisfied within 180 days of purchase you can return it for a full refund. I love this policy as it lets you shop online with confidence.
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This is one of the cheaper options. The quality is not as good as the higher priced models but for what it’s worth, this is a great boat.
It is extremely popular and receives great reviews by almost everyone who has used it. If your budget is small this one is your best deal.
Classic Accessories has been making pontoon boats for a long time and they have several models to choose from.
I think the reason this Colorado boat has been so popular is the fact that for one it is very affordable and two for a low price you really get a boat that is decked out for fishing, performance and fun.
It’s a nice size at 9’ long and has a decent storage capacity with a wire rear storage, 10 mesh pockets and 12 zippered pockets. There are also 2 insulated drink holders.
This pontoon boat is only rated for class I rivers so it is really best suited for flat water. It can hold up to 400 lbs. and weighs 71.5 lbs. It has a two-position motor mount for trolling and comfortable padded fold-down seat.
It comes with a two-year warranty.
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The Bucks Bags pontoon boats consistently get great reviews. This one in particular has been quite popular and is a nice middle of the road price.
The quality is good, it comes with a decent 2-year warranty and it is equipped with everything you need.
It has a powder-coated steel frame, a dual-position anchor system, adjustable footrests, a motor mount and a fairly roomy cargo deck.
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The Foldcat is very unique in that it has a folding frame. If you have any experience with other pontoon boats you will know that the metal frame can take quite a bit of time to assemble and there are usually several parts involved.
This boat has a folding frame that assembles in only 5 minutes. It also stand out because under the frame it has a full floor that gives you far more useable space and eliminates the possibility of losing gear or fish that might get dropped through the frame.
The Sea Eagle Foldcat is a two-seater so it is perfect for fishing with a buddy. It has two package options to choose from depending on your needs and as with the other Sea Eagle pontoon boat, the packages include a ton for your money.
This is a very popular boat and comes with a great 3-year warranty and 180-day risk free trial.
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Technically a ‘cataraft’ this pontoon boat is in a league of it’s own.
It is longer with a larger middle frame unit. It is extremely tough and made to withstand any river.
It is designed for extreme performance, maneuverability, stability and agility. It can be used for sport, for fishing, or for transporting passengers or gear.
These catarafts are priced much higher than the smaller inflatable pontoon boats. If this is the type of boat you need, this one is awesome. With a little care, it will last a lifetime.