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5 Toys You Need for Your Pontoon Boat

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Having a pontoon boat will open up a whole new fun world for you and your family. There are many different activities that you can do on a pontoon boat, and if you purchase amazing add-ons you can add even more fun to the boat.

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Pontoon Fire Pit

Even though you can already fish, cruise, camp, and ski on your boat, you can also add a fire pit.

These fire pits, fueled by natural propane, offer yet another way to relax an evening on the lake, particularly during cooler weather.

Pontoon Lighting

Lighting that can be put under the deck offers illumination for nighttime barbeques and parties. It is not something that you will use every time you are on the open water; however, it adds to the ambiance when it is night.

The water underneath the boat will glow with amazingly vibrant colors from the lights as you are cruising around the lake. They lights can even be used for better ambience the next time you have a party on your dock!

Mounted Barbeque Grill

Tpontoon boat grillhere are numerous options for a barbeque grill that you can add on to your boat. Most options offer a mounting unit with an accessory pole that will fit in the same hole where you would put a drink table.

It offers a way to cook for your family and friends while you are enjoying the water. Throw some hotdogs and hamburgers on the grill while everyone is swimming.

Diving Board

Everyone expects to swim when you take the pontoon boat out on the water. You can purchase different size diving boards that will fasten to the boat and your guests can use it to dive into the water and have fun.

As always, when it comes to diving make sure you check for debris and to ensure that the water is deep enough before you do any diving.


Slides can be purchased to fasten to the pontoon boat so that your guests, and kids in particular, can really have fun. There are different designs and sizes of slides that you can purchase to anchor to your boat.

It will offer some more fun activities that you are able to provide for your guests and family. Some slides are fastened and some are inflatable. The inflatable ones can be blown up and used, then when it is time to pack it up for the day, the slide is then deflated and can be packed away to offer more space.


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Glenn S. Phillips is the CEO of Lake Homes Realty. He is also an author and speaker. When not thinking about real estate and technology, he periodically plays his ugly tuba (complete with a bullet hole), enjoys exploring cognitive thinking, and prefers dark chocolate.

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Eliza Cranston December 1, 2015 at 2:59 pm

Thank you for sharing these fun accessories for a pontoon! I have a pontoon boat that I use mainly for fishing and cruising the lake. I think it would be really fun to add a diving board and a barbecue so that I can entertain my nieces and nephews. How easy is it to install a diving board on a boat?


John Sims May 9, 2016 at 7:50 pm

Hi Eliza!

I was reviewing some of our previous articles and came across your comment and question. I too think the diving board and grill would be excellent for entertaining the nieces and nephews! One word of caution regarding the diving board – ensure the water depth is safe for use!

Here’s a link for the installation of a diving board on our pontoon. All brands have similar installation instructions so this will give you a good idea of the expertise needed. Depending on your comfort level, you always have the option of visiting your local boating supply shop for installation advice.

Thanks for your comment and happy boating!



Ray February 14, 2017 at 10:43 pm

Thanks for the article, always interesting to see what’s out there…
We’ve got a grill, radio and lights on ours for fun and downriggers and rod holders for fishing.


Braden Bills June 9, 2017 at 2:51 pm

I’m looking to get a pontoon boat, and I want to make sure I get all the bells and whistles. I didn’t know that you could have a mounted barbeque grill! That seems like a great way to have a convenient meal while relaxing on the waters.


Johnny Garrett September 29, 2017 at 12:45 am

Glenn, I am building my 3rd rental pontoon boat. Was hoping to get a new idea for this boat since my insurance company adamantly says “no” to the idea of an angled trampoline off the aft deck. But check out my first build at It’s called the 30’x14′ Island. In addition to the grill, diving board and sliding board you mentioned, I installed a bathroom and 2 inflatable SUP’s come with the rental.


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