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Average Pontoon Boat Weight (With 10 Examples)

In short, most pontoon boats weigh around 2,200 pounds (998 kilos) including the motor, and hold around 2,000 pounds (907 kg) of people and gear. A pontoon boat trailer weighs approximately 1,200 pounds (550 kilos).

As a general rule, you can expect your boat to weigh about 100 pounds (45kg) per foot of boat, including boat, furniture and motor, but not trailer).

If you’re trying to figure out how much a pontoon boat weighs for your pontoon boat lift or to make sure you can pull one in a trailer okay, then know that an average empty boat with motor and gear on a trailer will weigh somewhere around 3,600 pounds (1,634kg).  As a general rule for pulling pontoon boats, I recommend a vehicle that advertises a towing capacity at least 2,500 pounds (1,133kg) more than the actual package weight of the boat, gear, and trailer. So, in general, I’d say a truck that advertises it can tow 5,500 pounds is adequate for towing most pontoon boats.

Here are a few examples of common pontoon boats and how much they weigh:

  • G3 Suncatcher 22′ X22RF weighs 3,600 pounds total package weight (with trailer and motor)
  • A Yamaha 115hp motor weighs just under 400 pounds (181 kilos)
  • An Avalon Catalina DRL 24′ Pontoon Boat weighs 2,050 pounds (929 kilos) dry weight (meaning it includes the motor but not any gas or other liquids, and doesn’t include the weight of the trailer or gear in the boat)
  • Avalon Eagle 16′ weighs 1,350 pounds (612 kilos) dry weight
  • Lowe SS210 20′ Pontoon Boat with 115hp motor weighs 1,860 dry hull
  • Suntracker Regency 254XP3 27′ Pontoon Boat weighs about 3,300 pounds (1,497kg) dry hull and 5,695 pounds (2,583kg) package weight with trailer
  • Sweetwater SW 2086 22′ pontoon boat weighs about 1,773 lbs (804kg) dry weight or 2,448 pounds (1,110kg) wet weight

Filling up a 30-gallon gas tank on a pontoon boat will add 185 pounds (83kg).

Custom Pontoon Boats

If you decide you want to build your own pontoon boat, this is where it can get tricky to calculate. The weight of pontoon houseboats and even pontoon tiny houses can add up quickly, so it’s important to use durable—but lightweight!—materials.

This is especially true when building a pontoon house, because you’ll eventually need to determine how many tubes you’ll need based on your pontoon tiny house’s weight and length.

 

Comments

  1. Hey — we are entering the boat market focused on pontoon boats for our family. Your site has had some good info!
    Just confirming that the above reference is a typo…..at the end of paragraph 3, you recommend 2500 lbs of towing, but reference it as 1133kg above the weight. Was this supposed to be a 5,500 lb towing capacity?
    Thanks!

  2. Author

    @Derek – Yes, you’re right. There was a typo but I updated the post now. Thanks for pointing that out. 5,500 pounds is the general tow capacity I recommend for most pontoon boats.

  3. If you are primarily just pulling the boat in and out of water once per year and driving to a storage place, do these towing req. still ring true?

    I have a Dodge Grand Caravan right now and and can’t afford a new truck and a pontoon at the same time.

  4. what is oppinion on running these 10 inch tires on 22 foot fishing barg and trailor. is that to much weight for those small tires at today’s hiway speeds?

  5. You should be fine with a 6 cylinder Caravan. Most V6 models are rated at 3500 pounds. I used my wife’s Murano (also rated for 3500 lbs.) to haul around our 20 ft. Northwoods with no adverse effects.

  6. I have a 2014 GMC Terrain Denali. Towing capacity is 3500lbs. I plan on getting an 18 foot pontoon. Towing should be ok but what about in and out of moderate to steep boat ramps? Thanks for the help.

  7. Hi. I am entertaining the possibility of building a cabin on a 24′ pontoon boat. Any idea the max weight the deck will be able to hold? I am in the beginning stages of planning and I am determining what size cabin and building materials. Any feedback would be appreciated.
    C

  8. I’ve got a 2012 Jeep Wrangler. I’m rated at 3500 lbs and have the v6. Do you think it would pull a 24′ pontoon boat?

  9. Thanks! Yes, my car has a 5200 capacity and I’m concerned with pulling the boat on trailer out of boat ramp -as that is more stressful to the car than say inner city towing. I feel like I’m right on the line of being able to…advice? My boat is a 22 foot crest.

  10. I have a 2005 playbouy pontoon what size trailer is right for my boat? 20-25 Venture too big? Thanks Jack

  11. Can we put a 22 foot pontoon on a 18foot trailer?

  12. I am looking at a used pontoon lift for my 1999 northwood 20-20 party fish pontoon i found a great deal on a lift but the weight capacity of the lift 2500lbs. will this work for me

  13. I have 2003 bass buggy 18 we have a mercury 70 two stroke on it , I want to go with a four stroke what do you recommend?

  14. You would definitely be fine hauling your boat with a vehicle with a towing capacity of 5200 lbs. Also, make sure you’re using a Class III hitch.

  15. That is highly unlikely, unless the pontoons themselves are only 18 feet. Sometimes the decks on these boats will be longer than the logs, but not often. You’re best bet is to check the pontoon length and deck length. You also don’t want the deck running into the back of your vehicle. Long story short, it may work, but I’d look for a 20-22 ft capable trailer.

  16. Can my 2015 Mazda rx9 pull my 2008 Harris pontoon in and out of the water

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