Built for stability on the water, lazy drifting days, and fun waterway excursions with multiple passengers, pontoons are easily one of the most popular boat choices on the market. If you have a pontoon boat of your own, you should consider yourself lucky—these boats tend to require the least amount of maintenance because the majority of the structure sits up and out of the water. However, there are a few good marine maintenance supplies that it is good to keep on deck just in case you need them when you are out on the water. Here are a couple of items to pick up for your pontoon at the marine maintenance parts supply store.
In the event something happens while you are out on the water and the pontoons on your boat get damaged or ruptured with a small opening, it is best if you go ahead and do what you can to seal off the opening. This is an unlikely situation, but these damages can and do happen. If you use your pontoon with a small rupture in one of the hulls, you are in danger of getting water inside of it, which can cause the pontoon to lean to one direction and possibly sink on one side. Cold-weld epoxy for marine repairs comes in a tube and lasts a really long time as long as the tube is not opened. You should also have a bit of wire mesh to cover openings that will be used with the epoxy.
Engine Flush Solution
If your engine takes on too much water during operation, which can happen with some outboard motors on pontoons, you will need to flush the water through the engine so you can reattach the fuel lines and be on your way. It is a good idea to pick up a bottle of engine flush that you can run through your motor to flush out any water or debris in a pinch.
This is more of a tool than a supply, but it is definitely something you should have on deck on your pontoon. The pontoons on these boats are made out of aluminum. If there is a gash in one of the pontoons and you do have to patch it with cold-weld epoxy, you will need to trim away any shards of aluminum that are sticking out so you can get a good seal with the epoxy when you spread it over the mesh patching materials.
For more information, get in touch with a marine maintenance parts supply store.