It might not officially be summer yet, but it sure feels like it. And good weather means it's time to take those get-togethers outside — possibly on a pontoon boat.

Edgy and ultra-modern, the Aqua Patio 250 XP pontoon.

Edgy and ultra-modern, the Aqua Patio 250 XP is clearly designed to appeal to your youthful nature.

The great thing about pontoons is that they're so versatile: They're capable of more than just parties on the water.

They're the perfect vessel for bass fishing, or you can choose a sportier version for wakeboarding. And if you really want to swank it up, you can go that route, too.

Plus, as our fishing guy Lenny points out:
Practical pricing is another pontoon perk. They often cost about half what a similar length V-hull fiberglass boat would, and you can get some 18-footers for under ten grand. Part of the reason is their efficient nature, because many boats of this type can run with relatively small powerplants.

With such a broad range of capabilities, it's no wonder pontoons are one of the fastest-growing segments of the boating market. We wrote a roundup of our favorites here. Which are yours? Leave us a comment in the comments section.