Best Pontoon Boats in 2017 – Fishing & Compact Models Compared

Best Pontoon Boats

Lounging around in the best pontoon boats is a surefire way to beat the heat during summer, not mention catch some big fish.

Today’s pontoon boats have gone a long way and offer more space and comfort than before. Performance and features wise they’ve improved a lot, and different types are available too.

Of course the question is, how do you find the right kind of pontoon boat for you? To make things easier we have narrowed the list down and picked the top pontoon boats available today.

Best Pontoon Boats in 2017 - Comparison

Picture

Product Name

Safety Feature 

Seat

Comfort

Body

Check Price

Colorado XT Pontoon Boat

Colorado XT Pontoon Boat

ABYC standards

Single

Seat and footrests adjustable

Steel tube frame

Sea Eagle Green 375fc

Sea Eagle Green 375fc

safety net

Two

Folding system

1000 Denier Reinforced

Classic Accessories Colorado Boat

Classic Accessories Colorado Boat

ABYC standards

Single

Footrests adjust

Steel tube frame

Sea Eagle 285fpb Pontoon Boat

Sea Eagle 285fpb Pontoon Boat

NMMA Certified

Single

portable

1000 Denier Reinforced

 Roanoke Inflatable Pontoon Boat

Roanoke Inflatable Pontoon Boat

ABYC standards

Single

Footrests adjustable

Steel tube frame

Cumberland Inflatable Float Tube

Cumberland Inflatable Float Tube

Safety flag holder

Single

Adjustable backpacking

Hydrodynamic

Togiak Pontoon Float Tube

Togiak Pontoon Float Tube

Safety flag pocket

Single

adjustable backrest

Hydrodynamic

Sea Eagle 285 Pontoon Boat

Sea Eagle 285 Pontoon Boat

durable materials

Single

Ultra-portable

1000 Denier 36 mil

Skagit Inflatable Pontoon Boat

Skagit Inflatable Pontoon Boat

ABYC standards

Single

Seat and footrests adjustable

Steel tube frame

9 Best Pontoon Boats - Reviews

Without further ado, here are top pontoon boats. I’ve included the most pertinent information in the reviews below so you’ll know what to expect from each one.

1. Colorado XT Inflatable Pontoon Boat

Colorado XT Inflatable Pontoon Boat

The 9 ft. Colorado XT has a 400 lb. capacity, and it comes with detachable storage bags, and that includes two drink holders and 20 pockets.

The XT pontoon boat  also has a built-in transport wheel for convenient moving. Pontoon boats are made from heavy duty materials, and the XT is no exception.

Other notable features on the XT are its retention cord, adjustable cushioned seat and multi-position rod holder. Its foam fly patches are detachable and the motor mount is weather proof. The XT pontoon boat anchor system has a mesh bag and you can set the anchor on boat sides.

Highlighted Features:

  • The side pockets are detachable and allows for custom storage
  • You can take out the side pockets so it’s more portable
  • You can configure the rod folder in different ways
  • The transport wheel makes it easy to get to your fishing location
  • Durable construction

2. Sea Eagle 375FC

Sea Eagle 375FC

The 375FC (Fold Cat) is the top rated pontoon boat for fishing if your focus in on quality. The Fold Cat sports a patent pending frame which folds in just a few minutes.

The 375FC can seat two people with its maximum 650 lb. capacity. Other features include a 1000 denier hull, a foot pump and a couple of carrying bags.

The Fold Cat is compatible with a 3 HP gas engine and has a top speed of 8 knots. The pontoons have superb buoyancy and rod holders built in. Fully assembled, the Fold Cat is 148 by 54 inches (W x L) and comes in at 75 lbs.

Highlighted Features:

  • Assembly time takes only 5 minutes
  • Can comfortably sit two people with a maximum load of 650 lbs.
  • Designed for heavy duty use
  • The Fold Cat is light and easy to maneuver
  • You can add more power by using a gas or electric motor
  • Its speed can withstand headwinds and tides

3. Classic Accessories Colorado Boat

Classic Accessories Colorado Boat

The Classic Accessories Colorado Boat comes with a couple of insulated drink holders and more than 20 pockets for storage. With a 400 lb. capacity it’s more than capable of meeting the demands of heavy users.

The motor mount is weather resistant, and you can set up the rod holder in half a dozen positions.

The seat and foot rest are adjustable and the padded plastic adds convenience. It comes with combo quick/fill valves, and you don’t need tools to assemble the Colorado. The bladders are resistant to heat and cold and there’s a 1 year warranty.

Highlighted Features:

  • Generous storage capacity, with 12 zippered and 10 mesh pockets
  • Foam fly is detachable
  • 2-positon mount motor is ideal for trolling
  • Cleat and pulley controls can be set on either side
  • Rod holder can be configured in three different positions
  • 108" long x 56" wide x 30" high fully assembled

4. Sea Eagle 285fpb Pontoon Boat

Sea Eagle 285fpb Inflatable Pontoon Boat

The 285FPB fishing pontoon boat is portable, lightweight, and built for rugged use. This boat is for one person / 450 lbs. and weighs only 42 lbs.

Fully inflated the 285FPB  tube boat is 9 foot long, but when deflated you can fit it in a bag. The hull is made from solid materials, ensuring its durability.

The swivel seat is optional, and when installed provides you with a high seat with 360 degree capability. The floorboard is made of wood, giving you a place to cast. Thanks to its versatile design you can use the 285FPB boat in lakes, saltwater flats, rivers and more.

Highlighted Features:

  • Two rod holders are built in
  • Very light and portable
  • There is a 3 year warranty against defects and has NMMA certification
  • Optional mount for three HP gas or electric motor
  • Durable carry handles
  • Aluminum footrest

5. Classic Accessories Roanoke Inflatable Boat

Classic Accessories Roanoke Inflatable Pontoon Boats

The Roanoke is built for reliability and flexibility. One of the best fishing pontoon boats today, the 8 ft. long Roanoke has a Class 1 river rating and a weight capacity of 350 lbs.

The Classic Accessories Roanoke Inflatable Boat also comes with several unique features like adjustable foot rests, fold down plastic seats and storage at the back.

You can put various items in the armrest pockets, and the bladders are temperature resistant, and the steel frame has powder coating for extra durability. Like the rest in the Classic Accessories series, the Roanoke boat  is lightweight and easy to operate.

Highlighted Features: