Why You Should Invest in Quality Pontoon Boat Materials

By Jill Roush
man welding aluminum pontoon boat

Now more than ever, the old saying, “You get what you pay for” holds true. In today’s world, there are so many things you buy knowing that more than likely, in a couple of years, you’ll just “throw it away and buy a new one” when the time comes. Gone are the days of major appliances given as wedding gifts still working at a couple’s 25th wedding anniversary. Now, you’re lucky if you get more than a few years out of that brand new washer or dryer. 

At Pond King, the opposite is true. We don’t want you to have to keep throwing money away buying another one or replacing parts. When you buy a Pond King pontoon boat, it’s the last one you’ll have to buy, because it’s a high quality pontoon boat brand, Built-to-Last with quality materials!


There are lots of things to consider when you’re looking at the cost of a small pontoon boat. The materials used to build the boat should be high on the list to make sure you’re getting the best quality and product.



We manufacture our small and mini pontoon boats from start to finish right here at our facility in Gainesville, TX. We source high quality pontoon boat materials and have complete control of the manufacturing process from the very beginning to the finishing touches. We start with flat sheets of aluminum and roll our own pontoons to the size and capacity we need for the mini and small pontoon boats. 

Rolling aluminum pontoon

Each pontoon is then welded to a bracket, which is then welded to the all-aluminum square tube frame. Unlike other pontoon boat manufacturers who bolt their frames together, the welded sub-structure of a Pond King pontoon boat is one rigid piece. If you pick up one corner of the boat, you’re picking up the whole side of the pontoon boat. There are no bolts to work their way loose, and there are no flex points in the frame to wear down or cause issues over time.

welding pontoon boat frame


We have a couple of different options for our pontoon boat deck coating materials. When you’re looking at the cost of a new pontoon boat, this could be one area you could save some money. A couple of our pontoon boats have a marine-grade plywood deck that is a little better for our budget-conscious customers, but our most popular, and best option is our custom extruded, tongue-n-groove, powder coated, aluminum pontoon boat decking.  Marine-grade plywood is a quality option, and will last for several years, but there will come a day when it’ll need replacing. If you opt for an all-aluminum deck, it’s a one-and-done option. It’ll never need to be replaced.

aluminum pontoon boat decking


When we originally started building the boats, the seats we used were from the most-popular, and seemingly only manufacturer out there. We knew that all of these seats were mass-produced in a factory overseas, and over time, we could tell the quality of the cheap plastic wasn’t up to our standard of quality materials. We were then introduced to Tempress Seats. Like us, Tempress is a Texas-based company, and we were excited to partner with them to offer quality, comfortable seats on our pontoon boats. Even though we knew it was going to add a little to the overall cost of a pontoon boat, we knew the end result would be worth it, and they have been a game changer for our customers. 

Tempress All Weather Seat with fish logo


Quality isn’t just in the pontoon boat materials we use, it’s also in the people who build the products. Each pontoon boat is hand-made, in the good ol’ U.S. of A, by people who care – not some machine overseas. We take pride in everything we do, knowing that this pontoon boat is going to be used on great-great-grandpa’s pond, by a 3rd generation owner and his son, and it’s important to us that every detail is meticulously examined and perfect, so every time they go fishing on this pontoon boat, they have the best possible experience Down at the Pond. 

Father and son fishing on pontoon boat

Call us old-fashioned, but in this “throw away society”, Pond King is still holding on to the hand-made, quality, built-to-last motto. Why should you invest in quality materials for your pontoon boat? When you buy a Pond King pontoon boat, you’re not just buying a boat, you’re investing in a boat that is going to last for many generations to enjoy. 


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