Deciding Between Restoring or Buying New?

Is my pontoon even worth spending the money to restore?

  1. How are the toons on your pontoon? Check to ensure your toons don't have a lot of defects and/or dents. They should, of course, still hold air and keep water out. If they are, this is a big factor on whether it is worth restoring.

  2. What is the diameter of your pontoons?  The higher quality materials we use in restoring pontoons may weigh more if you have a pontoon that used lower quality products to start. Go to the back of your pontoon and measure from edge to edge of your toon. Is it at least 19"? If so, you should be good to go. If it is 18" or less, you need to be very careful. You don't want to overload the boat. These may not be worth money in restoring with higher quality materials.

  3. How is your engine? Engines can be a very costly replacement, so you want to make sure you have a good engine in place. If it runs nice, doesn't fail while you're out on the water and was maintained, you should be good to go. Whether restoring and using your old engine, restoring and buying a new engine or buying new, you want to maintain that engine!

Some other things to consider that might make your decision easier:

Cost: $7,000 to $12,000 VS $35,000 to $70,000

  • We understand cost is always a factor when making this type of decision.

  • The cost of buying a new model pontoon can be anywhere from $15,000 to as high as $100,000. "Value"-priced, lower quality model pontoons will range from $15,000 to $30,000. 

  • Higher quality pontoons with sundecks, the best flooring and 28 oz rated vinyl will be at least $31,000 to $70,000.

  • The highest quality pontoons can be six figures, but most people buying those aren't looking at restoration pages, as price is often not as much of a factor.

We can restore your pontoon using the same high quality materials you find in pricier pontoons for $7,000 to $13,500. We don't use the lower quality materials or workmanship that you find in the "value" priced new pontoons, so the finished product is the higher to highest quality pontoons at a price lower than the "value"- priced new models.

Use vs. Cost: $150 to $270 VS $700 to $1,400 each time you take your pontoon out.

  • Typically people up north use their pontoons approximately 10 times per year. 

  • Over the course of five years, the cost each time you use your pontoon, assuming you use it ten times per year, would be $150 to $270 on a restored pontoon. 

  • Compare that to buying a new, higher quality pontoon at $700 to $1,400 per use.

If you use your pontoon more, your cost per use is less of course, and if you use it less, well ... you may want to consider renting. (Give us a call! We can refer you to the best local rental services in your area.)

Choice: You have control over the quality of the products and materials used and, if you're looking to save money, you can prioritize the things that are most important to you.

  • We will guide you with higher quality materials, while still providing you choices. We have the highest quality to good quality materials available to us, and everything in between.

  • There are things you don't think about when you look at your pontoon, but the thickness of the flooring, the weight of your carpeting and even weight of your seating vinyl can make a huge difference in how long your pontoon will last. To make it cheaper, many companies are using low quality materials to make that new pontoon more "affordable," while in the long run it ends up costing you more money.

We won't install vinyl flooring that is only 60 mil thick (some is even less!), carpet that is only 20 oz or use seats or seating vinyl that is less than 30oz - it just doesn't last. It's way too much work to waste on products that fail!

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