Why are your pontoons not round?
There is a misconception that rounds pontoons are the best way to build pontoons. This is simply incorrect. Round pontoons do have some advantages; firstly the cylindrical shape offers excellent strength and so big pontoon manufacturers can get away with using thinner gauge aluminum and less bracing. Secondly a circle provides the the most area for the amount of material used. All of this means that the big pontoon manufacturers save lots of money by using the least amount of metal possible. The thin material however does not offer much in the way of abrasion resistance or damage from hitting objects. Secondly, when round pontoons are loaded beyond half capacity they begin to rapidly loose buoyancy. Lastly, but most important for a pontoon boat that is going to have any significant power behind it, the flatter the bottom the better the boat is likely to get up on plane. However a true flat bottom would tend to ride rough going through any waves, so for our boats we make the bottom vee shape which helps to cut through the wave.
What aluminum grades do you use in your docks and pontoons?
"All of our pontoons are built using 1/8" marine grade 5052 aluminum. For the cross members and other framing we use marine grade 6061 aluminum. All of our fasteners are 316 stainless steel.
Can I use pressure treated wood on one of your dock kits or any aluminum?
Absolutely not! Pressure treated wood, especially ACQ treated which is what is commonly used these days contains high levels of copper. Pressure treated wood or any copper is highly corrosive to Aluminum due to the galvanic reaction that occurs. The use of any pressure treated wood on our pontoons or kits will completely void any and all warranty.
What decking do you use on your docks?
We use ThruFlow Legacy decking as we believe it is one of the best products on the market for docks. Its also made in Canada! Click here to visit the ThruFlow website for more info and to view their warranty.
Do your pontoons have baffles, or separations in them so that the whole pontoon won't flood and sink if there is a leak?
Yes we put baffles every 5 feet or less inside of our pontoons.