As a leading pontoon boat manufacturer, we often receive questions about the distinction between pontoon boats and tritoon boats. In this article, we'll dive into the key differences and shed light on the construction features that make our pontoon boats at Harris truly stand out.
Understanding the Terminology
The term "tritoon" was introduced as pontoon companies began incorporating a third center tube into their designs. This addition serves a significant purpose, enhancing the boat's buoyancy and enabling it to accommodate more passengers and support higher horsepower engines.
In essence, the term "pontoon" can encompass both two-tube and three-tube boat designs. However, the term "tritoon" specifically denotes boats equipped with three tubes.
The Benefits of a Tritoon
What advantages does a tritoon configuration offer over traditional pontoons? The presence of a third tube provides several benefits that water enthusiasts can appreciate:
- Enhanced Buoyancy: The additional tube grants the boat increased buoyancy, resulting in improved stability and smoother rides even in rougher waters.
- Increased Capacity: Tritoons can accommodate more people compared to their two-tube counterparts. This makes them ideal for social gatherings, family outings, and parties on the water.
- Higher Horsepower: The enhanced buoyancy of a tritoon allows for the installation of higher horsepower engines, translating to greater speed and performance.
Harris Pontoon Boat's Innovative Construction Features
At Harris, we take pride in our innovative approach to pontoon boat construction. Our tubes are the heart of our boats, and we've implemented patented features that set us apart from the competition:
- Two-Piece Cone: Our unique two-piece dolphin nose cone design offers improved hydrodynamics and durability, contributing to a smoother and more efficient ride.
- Patented Full-Length M Bracket: Unlike segmented M brackets used by some competitors, our patented full-length M bracket extends from the front to the back of the tube. This construction ensures exceptional rigidity and prevents torsion while cruising.
- Segmented Chambers: Our tubes feature segmented chambers that are strategically welded for optimal strength. These chambers enhance the overall structural integrity of the boat.
- Full Length Keel: A solid keel runs the full length of each tube to cut through the water and provide added protection to the bottom of the hull.
- Lifting Strakes: Our performance packages offer uniquely designed strakes to provide a faster time to plane and improve handling in turns.
- Flared Motor Pod: Our tritoon models feature a patent-pending motor pod design that flattens the water at the back of the boat which improves spray design and reduces vibration throughout.
Unwavering Quality Assurance
We stand firmly behind the quality of our pontoon boats. The construction features mentioned earlier are backed by our limited lifetime structural warranty. Enjoy your time on the water without worrying about weld failures or structural issues. Discover how our innovative designs and dedication to quality can elevate your time on the water to a whole new level.
Whether you're considering a classic pontoon or a cutting-edge tritoon, understanding the differences in construction and design is essential for making an informed choice. With Harris, you're not just buying a boat – you're investing in a legacy of excellence on the water.
To find the perfect boat for you, get started today by visiting our online boat builder, or locate a Harris pontoon dealer near you.