Pontoon boats generally are lower in cost, offer more value per people capacity, and are generally less expensive to insure than a normal boat, even when equipped with engines of over 200 hp. Their shallow draft, usually about 8", also reduces threat of damage from submerged objects and allows shallow water operation on lakes and rivers.
Two of the most impressive features of new pontoon boats are (1) the luxurious helms, similar to what you'd find on an expensive cruiser and (2) the comfortable pontoon furniture, which evolved from simple lawn furniture or fishing seats into the fully furnished interiors seen on today's pontoon boats.
The pontoon boat also has a great deal of seating capacity that truly set the pontoon boat apart from other boat classes. With a pontoon boat you can enjoy water sports such as skiing and tubing - you can also fish, cruise and entertain large groups of people comfortably. On a pontoon boat you can take your family out on the water for hours of enjoyment and not feel cramped. The pontoon boat is truly is the best family fun boat you can buy. That is why it has also been one of the fastest growing segment of the recreation boating industry, seeing significant growth.
As the baby boomers age, it has increased the desire for a boat that not only will provide the ability to perform well but more importantly allow you to spend time with your family and not have to squeeze into a small runabout or bow rider. A pontoon boat provides the best of all worlds; performance, luxury and space in a single package.