Staying Afloat


We all know that pontoon boats are a well designed vessel that offers stability, and a open deck plan, but did you know they are also quite durable as well? The signature pontoons on a pontoon boat have a special ability that allows them to stay above water, even if punctured. While normal pontoon boats have this ability, a Fiesta pontoon boat takes that ability and drives it even further. So how does a pontoon boat stay above water if there is a hole in it?

The simple answer is air pressure. The pontoons are filled with air, and with no holes for that air to escape, the air simply stays there, helping the pontoon boat stay afloat. Now, pontoon boats are built durable, making it hard to puncture them, paired with the fact they don’t typically sit that low in the water, and you rarely have to worry about damaging your ponting boat. Much like any boat however, they are not invincible. If a hole or tear is created in a pontoon, the water will only fill up to the rupture. The air inside of the pontoon will become trapped, stopping any more water from coming in. Combine this with multiple buck heads, and not will the water be stopped from rising above the rupture, it will be stopped from flooding the entire pontoon.

How does a bulkhead work? There are two kinds of bulk heads, one that is open in the center and one that is fully closed. Both serve the same purpose. They keep water confined to a single area. This way if you have four sections in a pontoon, each divided by a bulkhead, water can only fill up a small part of a single section instead of moving to the rest of the pontoon. When you consider that a Fiesta pontoon boat has two pontoons, with at least four sections each, a single leak will affect less than 15% of the boat. You could get a hole in a pontoon, relax for a little while, then return to dock to repair the hole.

Of course, this doesn’t cover catastrophic damage done to a pontoon. If another boat collides into your pontoon boat, or you get a serious rupture a foot or longer in size, you might need a little help. The chances of damaging a pontoon if you drive your boat responsibly is rare, and a serious incident like that is even rarer. To reduce the chances of damage even further, shop with Fiesta Marine for your pontoon boat. More bulkheads than their competitors, better materials, and a better build ensure you stay afloat. Visit to see what makes our Florida saltwater Pontoon Boats so dependable.

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Pontoon Vs. Tritoon

If there is one thing the boating world offers, its options. Not only do you get to choose what kind of boat you want, but you get to choose what kind of that kind of boat you want to choose. For instance, you can buy a pontoon boat, with two pontoons beneath it, or you can get a tritoon boat, that has three pontoons beneath it. The one you should go for, like any boat, is all dependant on two things. The first, is budget, the second, is purpose. Unless you have an orchard filled with money trees in your backyard, chances are you are buying a boat with a goal in mind. That goal is important in determining the perfect boat to buy for your needs. Therefore we will look at the pros and cons of owning a Pontoon Boat vs owning a Tritoon boat.

Pontoon Boats: Pontoon boats are a highly popular model for casual boaters. They are simple, fun, and spacious. They operate by having two pontoons running the length of the boat, and a motor hanging off the back between them. A pontoon boat is designed more around cruising than it is for speeding through the waterways. They are perfect for a family outing on the lake, or a scenic trip down the canal. Their engines come smaller than a tritoon, and the entire package tends to cost less as well.

Tritoon boats: Like a pontoon boat, only a third pontoon is added to the design. Tritoon boats are more stable than a pontoon boat when it comes to rough waters, and come with either bigger motors, or more motors than a pontoon boat, making them idea for going at higher speeds. While this may seem like a bonus compared to owning a pontoon boat, it is important to realize that a tritoon has more, and also costs notably more. If you do not plan on speeding around the water, than purchasing a tritoon is spending money on something you don’t need. However, if you are working for a nice blend of comfort and thrill, then the extra money for a Tritoon might just be worth it in the end.

If you are having trouble trying to decide which form of pontoon boat is best for you, Fiesta  Marine can help. We carry multiple pontoon and tritoon boats in various sizes and designs. Visit us at to compare our different models, or give us a call at (727)-856-6900 to find out more about any of the models we offer.


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