Captaining a pontoon boat isn’t exactly complex in comparison to captaining a V-hull, but there are some distinct differences. That’s why we put together this short video, which outlines three simple but important things all pontooners need to know.


There are, of course many other aspects of seamanship that relate to both pontoons and V-hulls. If you’re new to boating, be sure to check out:

And then, of course, there’s always learning about what not to do… so be sure to take a look at these perennial favorites:

After you’ve had a chance to absorb all this info, we do hope you remember that boating is, statistically speaking, one of the safest outdoor experiences you can enjoy. And while it may take some time for new captains to become accustomed to handling the helm, a good supply of common sense is just about the most important tool you have at your disposal. Take things slowly, don’t press the envelope, and use your best judgment. We’d bet that if you do so, you’ll be a happy boater for many years to come.

Written by: Lenny Rudow
With over two decades of experience in marine journalism, Lenny Rudow has contributed to publications including YachtWorld,, Boating Magazine, Marlin Magazine, Boating World, Saltwater Sportsman, Texas Fish & Game, and many others. Lenny is a graduate of the Westlawn School of Yacht Design, and he has won numerous BWI and OWAA writing awards.