If you’re thinking of adding a fun, new inflatable toy to your collection—and especially if you already have one too many towables—get your family a pontoon water slide.
This is one of the most fun accessories you can get for your pontoon boat, and it’ll ensure that you stay cool for the summer season!
Pontoon water slides are great fun for the whole family and a winning idea to entertain kids. But yes, even adults can get in on the fun too. The slides can be inflated and deflated easily and taken anywhere you go to vacation or long-haul your pontoon for the season. So, if you ever just want to break for lunch and drop anchor in a cove, it can turn your pontoon into a water park.
Not only that, but slides make for excellent, luxurious pontoon gifts for a fellow ‘tooner in your life, especially those born in the spring and summer months. It’s a timely toy to give!
Meet the Pontoon Boat Slides
Designed especially for pontoon boats—although some reviews do mention being able to adapt it to powerboats—this slide has really great reviews.
Not only does it have an attractive design, with molded handles and welded footsteps for boarding, but this slide is super heavy duty! Some reviewers describe the slide as more of a piece of equipment than an add-on toy. Constructed with UV-coated PVC, it truly is a commercial-grade water toy.
The heavy-duty, webbed straps have stainless steel anchor rings, and they’re standard and replaceable should they become lost or broken. These attach securely to your pontoon boat, making sure it doesn’t act more like a water tube than a slide! Plus, this set-up makes it more stable—the slide fits tightly and gets locked down sturdily.
It inflates to 120″ long by 42″ high. At around 35″ wide, it’s nicely designed to fit inside the front deck space of most pontoons by clearing over the bench seating. Once inflated and cast over the side, the slide will give you an exciting, five-foot drop into the cool waters below.
This one is certainly well constructed. With a 200 lb weight capacity, even adults can enjoy it without fear of popping a seam.
Included in the purchase is a 12 volt turbo pump to make sure it inflates fast. When you’re ready to take a dip, just attach it and let it blow itself up! You’ll only have to wait about two to three minutes.
It’s a bit bulky and heavy! And although it does easily deflate and roll up to store at 36″ x 26″ x 15″—as one Overton’s reviewer approximates—it’s still not tight enough for some picky pontooners. We want all the space we can get!
That being said, one of the biggest complaints in reviews was that it doesn’t come with a storage bag. I must say, that seems pretty annoying to me, having to lug this giant plastic slide around. Of course, you can always invest in a carrying bag on your own, but it’s an added cost to consider.
Here’s we’ve got commercial-grade construction materials, though the manufacturer doesn’t specify exactly what it’s made out of. You’d need to call up the manufacturer if that’s important information for you to know.
There are central air chambers which provide added stability and bounce resistance, along with four molded vinyl steps and two assist handles that have been inserted into the plastic ladder side.
This pontoon slide purchase comes with a 12 volt, high-pressure inflator, but it operates from the pontoon battery—I suspect that all inflators do, but some fail to mention this.
It deflates and compacts fairly well “to the size of a sleeping bag” according to reviewers.
Reviews on this slide mention that it can fit over the side of a gate, as opposed to the first slide which can only fit over a foredeck bench.
With that in mind, one might think that a bimini on top of this slide could be constricting, given that it’s so close to the edge, but that doesn’t appear to be the case. Owners of the slide mention that it’s fine, even with a double bimini shade.
Oh, and it has a nine-foot sliding surface! That means fun is guaranteed.
Once again, same as the first slide, this one doesn’t come with a storage bag. The description says that the slide is capable of being stored in a cooler, duffel or under the seat.
Like the other slides, it has four steps molded into it to allow climbing up, plus two molded handles you can push off from for extra momentum and bigger splashes on an eight-foot slide.
The material is heavy-duty, UV-treated and reinforced PVC made of 1,000 denier polyester. And the seams are hot-air, overlap welded for extra durability.
To keep the sliders centered and straight, the manufacturer added raised, inflatable safety chambers to both sides.
Looks sporty and adventurous, like an actual emergency spillway, with bright reds and caution stripes. As an adult, you might care less about what it looks like. But remember, kids have stronger imaginations!
Materials are heavy duty and made to last a lifetime if properly stored and maintained.
It’s been made to place directly over pontoon benches. But one reviewer suggested—even though the manufacturer recommends strapping in place over an unobstructed side railing—that it could be placed up front on the pontoon nose and strapped to the logs.
Although this only accounts for two straps, you can add a few eye bolts to the rail to secure the other pair. This saves on seating space if you have a large group of family and friends on board.
Not only does this product not come with an inflator, it requires a special type of valve adapter.
At first glance, I wanted to mention that if you already own an inflator—for all those other towables you play on—this is no big deal. But to invest in another type of valve adapter just seem excessive!
The manufacturer’s instructions suggest an H-valve (Halkey-Roberts) adapter. But if this inconvenience is of little importance to you, instead of purchasing the special air pump on Sportsstuff’s website, you can find inexpensive adapters like the one mentioned below (keep reading).
Beyond that, it inflates in approximately five minutes, which is tolerable but a bit slower than the other slides.
Tips for Inflating and Maintaining Your Pontoon Boat Slide
Bring your own pump. Though two out of the three slides here come with their own pump, you might run into a situation where you lose your pump—or even clumsily drop it into deep waters—and are in need of a replacement.
If this happens, AIRHEAD Air Pump (check price on Amazon) works just as well with an inflator you likely already own. It has great ratings (and appropriate valves for all toys).
Choose your location wisely. Be certain to locate yourself in a quiet cove or somewhere that’s protected by winds. These slides are giant, inflated balloons after all.
Keep an eye on the water depth. Always practice safety and anchor your pontoon past shallow waters and with enough depth. I mean… where’s the fun in a slide if you can’t dunk underwater?
Get it wet. As with any water slide, make sure to splash water on it or take a dive first. On a dry slide, your derriere will squeak and squeal the whole way down. And when dealing with PVC plastic, a dry slide may even burn your skin. Once your bathing suit or swim trunks are wet, you’re good to go!
Take care with storage. To extend the life of these slides, during the off-season, store them away in a covered area like a basement or backyard shed. You can clean them with mild soap—and dry them completely!—before rolling them loosely and placing them in an insect-proof and rodent-proof container. A few mothballs in the container couldn’t hurt either.
So, ready to slide into those warmer months?
Inflate one of these babies, and you’ll be all set to have a blast on the water.