There’s no better way to pass the time during a Minnesota summer than hitting the lakes. In the Land of 10,000 Lakes, there are many different ways to enjoy warm air and cool waters. Whether you’re thinking about buying a pontoon or recently did, Miller Marine is your pontoon headquarters in the state of Minnesota. If the floor models don’t match your desires though, what options exist to customize your pontoon?
Do You Feel the Need for Speed?
Most pontoon boats are built with leisurely jaunts on the lake in mind. Pontoons make great family boats because they have plenty of room, can transport everyone in style and deliver a comfortable ride. For this reason, many pontoons are built on a two-pontoon frame because it works well at low speeds. However, if you want the freedom to fly across the lake or tow the kids behind on the tube, a three-pontoon frame (tri-toon) is a better choice, as it delivers greater stability at high speeds.
Whether you go with a two-pontoon or three-pontoon frame (tri-toon), you may also want to consider upgrading to a 150hp [or larger] outboard motor. It will deliver the speed you’re looking for, and it's more efficient with larger-frame pontoon boats.
Be the Life of the Party
Spending time out on one of Minnesota’s 10,000 lakes doesn’t mean you have to leave amenities at the shore. Buying a pontoon boat with a larger deck allows you to not only accommodate more people each time you go out but also showcase your pontoon as the life of the party on the lake. Miller Marine can help you upgrade your boat with a variety of customizable options, from wet bars and a booming speaker system to plenty of storage spaces for food, drinks and life vests. The only limitation is your imagination and the available floor space of your pontoon!
Bring Home Dinner the Next Time You’re Out
Just because pontoon boats are typically for family cruising doesn’t mean they can’t lead a double life on the water. If you enjoy fishing, you can add on to your pontoon with specialized fishing equipment to make your boat the ideal platform for fun and fishing. Miller Marine can install a swivel chair that allows you easy 360-degree movement while you battle the “big one,” and install a live well for your catch and extra storage space for all your tackle and gear.
Keep Little Kids in Mind
Since pontoons are often a platform for party and family outings on the lake, it’s good to think of the little swimmers in your crew when you’re looking at enhancement options for your boat. Getting into the water is the easy part, but getting out and back into the boat can be tough for little kids. A stainless steel ladder makes it easy for the kids to climb back in.
If a day on the water swimming is going to roll right into pulling up dockside at one of your favorite lakeside restaurants, you might want to change first. Miller Marine sells and installs pop-up changing areas and can build screened-off corners for enhanced privacy as well.
Go Next Level with Luxurious Touches
Pontoon boats can be, with a little inspiration, floating palaces on Minnesota lakes. You can upgrade your boating experience by buying a pontoon with pillowtop upholstery, extended couches, reclining chairs and even tables for dining. Again, the luxurious finish of your pontoon is limited primarily by your own imagination.
How Do You Choose?
When you’re buying a pontoon boat, the enhanced options you choose depend on what you want the purpose of your boat to be. If you’re an avid fisherman and you want to be able to take all of your buddies along, you can deck out your pontoon to get the job done. On the other hand, if you just want to be the life of the party on the lakes, then your pontoon can be customized to match that desire!
Miller Marine Can Do It All!
Don’t search online for "boat stores near me,” just come into Miller Marine’s showroom in St. Cloud and check out some of the 300-500 new and used boats in stock today. If you can’t find exactly what you want on a floor model, Miller Marine’s state-of-the-art body shop can help you customize your new pontoon to be the boat of your dreams.