Whatever Floats your Pontoon Boat


Pontoon boats and catamarans are a favored way to enjoying a day on the water. They offer a spacious deck for comfort and maneuverability, while being agile yet sturdy in the water. It is said that the first pontoon boat was built in 1952 by one Mr. Weeres of Minnesota, and ever since has been a powerful contender in the boating market. While we all know just how exciting they can be, do we know how they look? How does two or three aluminium tubes keep an entire boat filled with people above water? Is there anything inside the signature pontoons that helps the pontoon or catamaran float?

To answer how a pontoon boat works, or rather, how any boat works, we have to turn to the ever resourceful world of science. There are two main forces that determine if an object will float in water. These two forces are gravity (downward force) and buoyancy (upward force). The gravitational pull of an object must be less than the buoyancy of the water it is displacing. This means if you took an area of water that was 2 feet tall, 5 feet wide, and 8 feet long, and weighed it, a boat of the same size would have to weigh less than the weight of that water in order to float. This is the key behind pontoon boats floating.

The inside of the aluminium pontoons that pontoon boats and catamarans have are mostly empty. Some may come with dividers in them, in case of a leak, but otherwise there is nothing but air in them. Even though there is empty air inside of them, the insides still count as a part of the overall weight of the pontoon boat, because the pontoon as a whole is displacing the water it is floating on. Aluminum being light yet durable itself makes the pontoons even more buoyant. Even with the higher quality aluminum and build that is used by sightseerboats, the overall weight is very light compared to water filling the same amount of space. This special attention to detail is important because when you take your custom built catamaran from sightseerboats out over the water with customers on board, their mass gets added to the overall weight of the boat. You want dependability along with buoyancy, or else you may want to start giving out refunds.

When you put two or three of these pontoons under a boat, you gain enough buoyancy to keep the rest of the boat, and the people standing on it, safely above water. If one of these pontoons were to get damaged and let water inside, however, the entire equation changes, which can cause problems. This is why sightseerboats.com uses top quality materials and techniques to make their custom catamarans more durable, so you can relax as you set sail.

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A Business Adventure

Ever since the dawn of discovery, the water has fascinated us. Rather it was the ancient religious aspects many cultures gave it, to the scientific explorations performed in it’s depths, to the simple imagination and fascination of a child seeing the ocean for the first time, the water has always been magical. While you can see many wonders of the aquatic world in an aquarium, to really capture to raw beauty of nature you need to witness it without glass panes between you and it. With the right kind of boat, you can easily bridge the gap between our world, and the world beneath the water’s surface.

This is where the commercial catamaran becomes a valuable resource in witnessing the natural world, and sharing that experience with waiting customers. People love to see marine animals like dolphins and manatees from the edge of a boat more than in an aquarium because it promotes a sense of adventure in them. Traveling the open waters, fresh air all around them, and an entire world filled with life thriving beneath them.

It is also a place where the marine wildlife can be more free and natural, not limited by the confines created by an aquarium. The entire experience becomes not just more authentic, it also becomes more environmental friendly. It is hard to argue that wildlife flourishes best when it is left in the wild. This is where they are most at home, and the best place to see them first hand.

Of course, wildlife doesn’t exactly work off any real schedule. One day a whole pod of dolphins may swim right by your catamaran, and the next day you may not see a fish all day. This is why it is also good to include landmarks in your tour. Historical areas and general information about the area you will be touring can help keep a tour interesting even when your main stars are a no show. Offering food for when you do find fish on the tour for free or for a little extra is another fun way to engage customers and make the tour more interesting.

If you have plans on starting your own business venture on the water, the first step is getting a quality catamaran for it. Sightseerboats.com offers high quality custom catamarans. We can design your catamaran around your business needs, making sure your vessel is comfortable, safe, and fun as it glides across the water’s surface.

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