There are a number of factors to consider when determining whether a two-tube (pontoon) or three-tube (tritoon) boat is right for you. In a nutshell, it simply boils down to whether you are exclusively seeking pleasure cruises on calm waters or instead have plans for towing.
Tritoon boats are equipped with three tubes underneath the deck, offering better balance and weight distribution. This allows for more powerful engines while maintaining a stable ride. Those who crave water skiing, or simply want more control in choppy waters, will tend to favor a three-tube option.
If leisurely voyages on calm waters are all you are interested in, a pontoon boat will absolutely suit your needs and save you money.
Harris Boats offers two-tube and three-tube options on most models in its pontoon series. Certain models, like the Crowne series, are only available in three tube configurations.
Tritoons offer optimal balance and weight distribution and typically have high-horsepower engines. The improved buoyancy and weight distribution allow for better handling at higher speeds, and the large deck size allows more room to be merrier, with space for up to 10 people or more. Also, the added engine power allows three-tube pontoons to be equipped with ski tow bars at the back of the boat for thrills and spills.
Tritoon boats also maneuver better through choppy waters, with the stability to provide you with a drier ride. Because three-tube Harris Boats are designed with the center tube lower in the water they will bank into turns more, like a deck boat or fiberglass boat.
So, in summary, three-tube pontoons allow for a wider range of activities, a more stable ride and a little more speed than a traditional two-tube pontoon. If that’s important you, the extra money is likely justified. If not, a two-tube pontoon will provide all you need.
For more details about the benefits of a three-tube pontoon, view our performance packages.