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Tritoon vs Pontoon Boats; How are they Different?

Updated: Feb 27

Pontoon and Tritoon boats are both great choices of boats but what difference does a 3rd tube make?

Comparison of a pontoon boat to a tritoon boat with a logo in the middle of Macatawa Marine Group
Tritoon vs Pontoon

It all depends on how you want to use the boats! Pontoons are great for families and an inexpensive way to enjoy water and friend/family time from spring to fall. If you have thought about getting a pontoon boat check out the differences below on Pontoons and Trtoons so you can pick the best one for you!

  • Pontoon Boat:

    • A pontoon boat has two large pontoons that support the boat's deck.

    • Pontoon boats offer stability on the water and are often used for leisurely cruising, fishing, and socializing.

    • They have a relatively simple design and are generally less expensive than tritoon boats.

    • Pontoon boats may have various amenities and features, including seating, storage, bimini tops, and more. Take a look at the pontoons we have in stock.


  • Tritoon Boat:

    • A tritoon boat has three pontoons instead of two, like the traditional pontoon boat.

    • The additional pontoon provides extra buoyancy and stability, making tritoon boats even more stable and capable of handling higher speeds and heavier loads compared to pontoon boats. These boats are better for choppy water like on Lake Michigan.

    • Tritoons are often preferred for watersports such as tubing, waterskiing, and wakeboarding due to their enhanced performance capabilities.

    • The middle pontoon of a tritoon boat is usually larger in diameter than the two outer pontoons, allowing for better handling and performance.

    • Tritoons can accommodate more powerful engines, which can result in faster speeds then a typical pontoon. Take a look at the tritoons we have in stock.


Pontoon boats are known for their simplicity and versatility, while tritoon boats offer enhanced stability and performance, particularly for watersports and higher-speed cruising. Pontoons are known for their fuel efficiency, especially when equipped with smaller, more economical engines. This can lead to lower fuel costs and extended periods of enjoyment on the water for families and friends.


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