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13 Awesome Pontoon Boat Accessories

One of the best features of owning a pontoon boat is the 1.25″ standard size railing all around the boat.  It’s perfect for mounting accessories to customize your rig.

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I’m always looking for cool accessories, so in this post I’d like to share a few of my favorites.

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Our Top Pickbtbtbl2-table__image Green Blob Boat Bow Light Strips
  • Vibrant colors
  • Easy installation
  • Waterproof
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btbtbl2-table__image Arnall's Pontoon Grill Bracket Set
  • Attached to the fencing
  • Can be used with any portable camping stove
  • Made with marine stainless steel
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btbtbl2-table__image AIRHEAD AHDL 4 Bungee Dockline 4 Feet
  • Absorbs shock
  • Acts as a built-in snubber
  • Two foam floats protect the boat from chafing
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btbtbl2-table__image Taylor Made Products Pontoon Boat Corner Protector Fender
  • Offers options for both square-cornered and rounded-cornered boats
  • Constructed from a special Gray PVC
  • Designed to provide an air-cushioned impact when docking
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btbtbl2-table__image Strips Boat Marine Interior Accent Lighting
  • Smartphone app controlled
  • Syncs to your music
  • 16 million vibrant colors
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btbtbl2-table__image Streamlight 44900 Waypoint Spotlight
  • 550 lumen beam
  • Powered by 4 "C" alkaline batteries or 12V DC power cord
  • Has a 50,000 hour lifetime
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btbtbl2-table__image Pontoon Boat Rail Fishing Rod Holder
  • Made of durable metal
  • No tools or clamps needed
  • No assembly required
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btbtbl2-table__image DRY PAK DP-46 Case for Cellphones
  • Adjustable
  • Yellow sealing clip
  • Applicable for beach, pool, boating, snorkeling and more
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btbtbl2-table__image TurboSwing Ski Tow Bar
  • Elevates the tow rope above the wake
  • Has a stainless steel tow bar
  • Can be mounted to virtually any outboard powered boat
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btbtbl2-table__image Onyx m 16 Belt Pack Manual Inflatable Life Jacket
  • Extremely low profile
  • 1" buckle and body belt
  • 200 denier nylon oxford protective cover
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btbtbl2-table__image Adidas Climacool Boat Lace Shoe
  • A comfortable pair of shoes
  • Has drain holes at the bottom
  • Stretchable heel insert
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btbtbl2-table__image Lillipad Pontoon Diving Board
  • Designed for kids and adults up to 250 lbs
  • Constructed out of heavy wall aluminum
  • Has quick release pins
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1.  Under-Deck Lighting

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Green Blob Outdoors LED Red & Green Navigation Boat Bow light Strips Kit Rub...
247 Reviews
Green Blob Outdoors LED Red & Green Navigation Boat Bow light Strips Kit Rub...
  • INTRODUCING: Red & Green Navigation Light Strips Kit. . Extremely bright providing a smooth and even illumination effect, Your watercraft will be able to be seen from much greater distances than other nav lights. Kit Includes 1each 12 inch Green Strip, 1each 12 inch Red strip. Both with 3m tape backing. Easy Crimp On Wire Caps.
  • BRIGHT & SMOOTH: Our LED Strips are extremely bright and provide a smooth and even illumination effect.
  • EXTREMELY FLEXIBLE: These LED strips are the most flexible and durable strips availablle. Perfect for mounting around extreme corners and bends
  • WATERPROOF Rated for both fresh and salt water. Strips are encased completely in silicone.
  • EASY INSTALLATION: Use the provided wire crimp nuts to connect to a common 12 volt power source. Connect directly to your existing Nav wires or connect to any 12 volt power source.

Marine-grade lighting under the deck of your boat isn’t something you’ll want every time you’re on the water, but when you do stay out until late it’s an incredibly fun accessory.  The water under the boat lights up with vibrant color from the lights as you cruise around the lake and really adds to the atmosphere.  The nice thing about under-deck lighting is that it doesn’t mess with the lighting you already have on the boat (rope lights, accent lights, etc.)  Having vibrant colored lights on the boat may be fun for a party, but it is a little annoying for the rest of the times.  Usually, just the little accent of colored light under the deck gives a fun feeling and still allows you to see normally.

The best time for under-deck lighting is the Fourth of July (in the United States) or other times when you’re watching fireworks on the boat at night.

Installing marine-grade LED lighting is incredibly simple–even for a guy like me who is not handy at all!  LED lights are definitely the right choice because of their brilliance and low-heat, making it a safe and easy install as long as you follow the directions.  Using other types of lighting can drain your battery, but LEDs draw an incredibly small amount of power.  Click the link above to get a kit with everything you need.

  • Cost: $300        
  • Time: 30 minutes

2. Fencing-Mount Barbecue Grill

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Arnall's Pontoon Grill Bracket Set - Marine Stainless Steel 7 GA
264 Reviews
Arnall's Pontoon Grill Bracket Set - Marine Stainless Steel 7 GA
  • This is for the brackets ONLY. Provide your own flat bottomed grill
  • Requires OPEN FENCE railing Search "Arnalls Universal" to see CLOSED FENCE options
  • Made with - Marine Stainless Steel 7 GA / Mounts to 1.25" Square Pontoon Boat Railing
  • You may need to drill the bottom of your grill to install,Very strong and durable / wont scratch your railing
  • Another version of this Specific for COLEMAN exist Search "Arnalls pontoon grill gracket set colman" to see it

There are a variety of options for adding a barbecue to your pontoon or tritoon even if you didn’t buy it with a barbecue station.  Most of the options out there are mounted on an accessory pole that fits in the same hole where you put a drink table (standard size).  These work okay, but it means more stuff to carry around and sometimes space on a toon can be tight when you’re loaded up with people.

The coolest grill around is a simple bracket made by Arnall.  It’s a simple bracket that attaches to the fencing and then you can use any portable camping stove with it.  The bracket is cheap and gets great reviews from customers.  If you don’t already have a portable camp stove to attach it to, Arnall recommends this complete kit with the brackets and the stove.

  • Cost:$35
  • Time: 5 minutes

3.  Bungee Dock Lines

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AIRHEAD AHDL-4 Bungee Dockline 4 Feet
3,527 Reviews
AIRHEAD AHDL-4 Bungee Dockline 4 Feet
  • Absorbs shock to boats, cleats, docks, pylons and other hardware
  • Bungee cord is hidden inside the rope and acts as a built-in snubber
  • Two foam floats protect the boat from chafing and sliding adjustment at both ends for quick docking
  • Recommended for docking boats and PWC's up to 4,000 pounds. Tensile strength is 2,150 pounds
  • 4 feet in length, stretches to 5 1/2 feet

Haven’t quite figured out your marine knots for docking the boat securely, or you want a much quicker way to connect at the dock?  Get a bungee dock line for a few dollars and be done with it.  Much quicker and more convenient, and allows for a little play as the waves move the boat without rigidly strapping it to the cleats.

I like the bungee dock line from Airhead, because it also has foam pieces on it that prevent it from rubbing up on the boat and causing any chafing on the toons.

  • Cost: $9
  • Time: 1 minute

4.  Corner Bumpers

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Taylor Made Products 31033, Pontoon Boat Corner Protector Fender, 90 Corner, 3.5...
22 Reviews
Taylor Made Products 31033, Pontoon Boat Corner Protector Fender, 90 Corner, 3.5...
  • Designed for 90 degree square corners, will not fit rounded corners
  • 90 degree corner is 3.5” wide and measures 8” down each side. It is 11.5 “ wide if measured directly from tip to tip
  • Mount to the original factory installed aluminum corner, includes all stainless fasteners
  • Constructed from a special Gray PVC formulated to match the aluminum color of the boat
  • Designed to provide an air-cushioned impact when docking

Probably the most likely place for your pontoon to be damaged is at the dock as people moving around and waves pushing the boat pushes it up against the dock.  Also, it’s common for pontoon boats to get dented in the corners of the deck if you don’t get your angle quite right as you approach the dock.

A great preventative measure is to purchase rubber bumpers for the four corners of your boat.  It’s almost perfect protection, but there’s a caveat: they look kinda ugly.  I’d love to see Taylor Made make a thinner version of these bumpers, and in black or silver.

When purchasing, be aware that there are two versions of these bumpers: one for more square cornered boats and one for more rounded cornered boats.

  • Cost: $30 each
  • Time: 20 minutes

5. Controllable Lighting from Your Phone

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8pc 36' + 8pc 10' Strips Boat Marine Interior Accent Lighting XKchrome App...
3 Reviews
8pc 36" + 8pc 10" Strips Boat Marine Interior Accent Lighting XKchrome App...
  • Smartphone BLE 4.0 app controlled. Most advanced smartphone controller on the market.
  • 8pc 10in flexible strips. 8pc 36in flexible strips.
  • 16 million vibrant colors, DIY pattern maker, music sync, and ALL NEW speed sync.
  • XKchrome's Music Sync feature enables lights to dance with the rhythm of any song in your phone.
  • Waterproof controller, leds, and plugs ready for the elements.

I’m a technology nerd. I admit it. If it’s wireless and has a chip in it, I want one. Maybe that’s why I really like the idea of these cool accent lights for the interior of your boat that allow you to change the colors with an app on your phone.

If you haven’t already bought this from reading that part of the description, I’ll add the feature that is sure to tip the scales: it syncs to your music!  So if you’re playing music from your phone, the lighting will beat with the beat of the music. Awesome.

Necessary? Absolutely not. That’s why I want it so bad.

  • Cost: $250
  • Time: 1 hour

6. Emergency Light

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Streamlight 44900 Waypoint Spotlight with 12V DC Power Cord, Yellow - 550 Lumens
452 Reviews
Streamlight 44900 Waypoint Spotlight with 12V DC Power Cord, Yellow - 550 Lumens
  • High: 550 Lumen Beam, Low: 40 Lumen Beam
  • C4 LED Technology Bulb Is Impervious To Shock And Has A 50,000 Hour Lifetime
  • Deep-Dish Parabolic Reflector Produces A Long-Range Targeting Beam With Optimum Peripheral Illumination
  • Length: 6.75 In. (17.15 Cm) Height: 7.14 In. (18.14 Cm) Head Diameter: 3.5 In. (8.89 Cm)
  • Powered By 4 "C" Alkaline Batteries Or 12V DC Power Cord

You might as well accept the fact that if you boat in the evenings, you’ll eventually stay out a little too late and find yourself making your way back to the dock in the darkness.  If your boat doesn’t have docking lights, or if your lights aren’t very bright, it can be pretty scary.

I think the perfect solution for this problem is a cigarette lighter powered spotlight.  Just plug it in and you’re ready to navigate safely.  This one is incredibly bright and has great reviews, it also uses a special bulb that makes it impervious to shock, so you don’t have to worry about it rattling around in the boat storage for a year before use.

  • Cost: $50
  • Time: N/A

7. Rail-Mount Rod Holders

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Pontoon Boat Rail Fishing Rod Holder
27 Reviews
Pontoon Boat Rail Fishing Rod Holder
  • Great Gift Idea! This will keep your hands free while fishing
  • No breakable plastic used in this product
  • No assembly required
  • No tools or clamps needed
  • Note - The rail bracket is for 1-1/4" square railing, the most common size

There are a million rod holders on the market and they are all pretty similar, but this one is specific to pontoon boaters because it’s made to mount on the rail of your pontoon’s fencing.  I like these rod holders because they come out from the boat a little so you aren’t bumping into the rods as you walk around the stern area of the toon.  Cheap, made of durable metal with no plastic, and gets great reviews.  The only caveat is that I wouldn’t use these for saltwater fish or salmon as they aren’t sturdy enough.  But they’ll be fine for kokanee, walleye, trout, panfish, bass, and just about anything else.

  • Cost: $15
  • Time: 10 minutes

8. Cell Phone Dry Case with Lanyard

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DRY PAK DP-46 Case for Cellphones, GPS and Mp3 - Yellow / Blue
546 Reviews
DRY PAK DP-46 Case for Cellphones, GPS and Mp3 - Yellow / Blue
  • 4 in. wide x 6 in. long with maximum circumference of 7 1/4 in.
  • Clear TPU front, blue TPU back, padded and lined
  • Adjustable neck lanyard & anodized aluminum spring hook
  • Yellow sealing clip for high visibility
  • For beach, pool, boating, snorkeling and more

Last week I was boating with my brother-in-law, who accidentally forgot to take is expensive cell phone out of his pocket when he waded into the water to launch the boat.  Ouch.  While boating you want your phone handy to play music on the stereo system, take pictures, and control your wireless trolling motor or the lighting mentioned above, but it also means that sooner or later, you are sure to ruin a phone in the water.  It’s inevitable.

This cell phone case is unique because it allows you to use the phone normally through the plastic not worry about getting it wet.  It’s easy to slip the phone in and has a convenient lanyard to tie to your PFD or swim suit.  Next time you ruin a phone, you’ll hate yourself for not spending $10 on this easy solution.  I put one in my boat’s console so that as soon as I step into the boat to get it prepped for launch, I put my phone in the case first.

  • Cost: $10
  • Time: N/A

9. Monster Swing Tow Bar

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TurboSwing Ski Tow Bar
52 Reviews
TurboSwing Ski Tow Bar
  • Elevates the tow rope above the wake, provides smooth consistent pulls and can improve towing power up to 20 horsepower
  • Features a stainless steel tow bar with mounting clamps that attach directly to your existing outboard motor bracket
  • Enables the rope to smoothly travel from side to side resulting in less effort and better performance
  • Turbo Swing can be mounted to virtually any outboard powered boat
  • Great for: inflatables, runabouts, cabin boats and pontoons

Most pontoons just aren’t built for performance, but that doesn’t mean you can’t get a good ski or tube ride out of a pontoon or tritoon boat. To do it well, however, pontooners need every advantage they can get for a fast and smooth ride for the skier or tuber.  The monster swing is expensive, but gets the rope above the motor and wake to reduce drag, and also has a pulley on the bar that slides around to add smoothness to the ride even with pontoon boats that can’t turn as sharply.

Frankly, I think it’s strange that so many of the pontoon boat manufacturers are still manufacturing boats without a ski tow bar, but it’s the fact of the matter.

  • Cost: $600
  • Time: 2 hours

10.  Belt Pack PFD

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Onyx m 16 Belt Pack Manual Inflatable Life Jacket (PFD)
831 Reviews
Onyx m 16 Belt Pack Manual Inflatable Life Jacket (PFD)
  • Extremely low profile
  • 1" buckle and body belt
  • D-ring attachment for small accessories
  • 200 denier nylon oxford protective cover
  • Approved for persons 16 years of age and older; and over 80 lbs. - Type V with Type III performance.The oral inflation tube can be used to provide additional buoyancy up to 26.5 lbs

Many captains foolishly don’t wear a PFD.  They can be uncomfortable, but they should be used.  The perfect solution is a small and discreet belt pack PFD.  Many more experienced boaters are moving to this style of PFD when in the captain’s chair for that added bit of safety.

I like this belt PFD because it actually looks decent.  I’m not on the water to make a fashion statement, but at the same time I don’t like looking like I’m wearing a 1980’s fanny pack.

  • Cost: $70
  • Time: N/A

11. adidas Climacool Boat Lace Shoe

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adidas Climacool Boat Lace Shoe - Men's Lead/Chlk/Semi Solr Green 10
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adidas Climacool Boat Lace Shoe - Men's Lead/Chlk/Semi Solr Green 10
  • Upper: Climacool open mesh for enhanced breathability
  • Upper: EVA tongue top for enhanced fit and comfort
  • Upper: Stretchable heel insert for optimal fit
  • Midsole/Outsole: Climacool tooling construction for enhanced breathability and comfort
  • Sustainable Content: Environmentally developed pattern and 5-10 recycled non visible content

A comfortable pair of shoes that you can wear riding the boat, in the water launching at the dock, hiking around on shore, or even riding the tube makes for a much more comfortable day at the lake.  I love the look of the Adidas boat shoes with tons of drain holes at the bottom to keep your feet dry, but they also wear like a normal shoe so you can keep the same shoes on from the moment you leave the house, out on the lake, and back home again.

  • Cost: $70
  • Time: N/A

12. LilliPad Diving Board

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Lillipad Pontoon Diving Board with Quick Release for Storage
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Lillipad Pontoon Diving Board with Quick Release for Storage
  • Item may ship in more than one box and may arrive separately
  • Energy canceling design means you can play for hours without rocking the boat
  • Designed for kids and adults up to 250 lbs
  • Constructed out of heavy wall aluminum with stainless steel hardware
  • Quick Release pins allows for easy storage and docking

Do I really need to provide anything to talk this one up?  A boat diving board!  On your BOAT!  Insanely awesome.

Sometimes towing people on a tube can get a little dull, so pulling out a full diving board is a fun way to get the party started again and get the kids’ imagination pumping.

If anyone balks at the price of $,300, just tell them it’s for your children.

  • Cost: $1,300
  • Time: 1 Hour

13. Pontoon Fire Pit

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You can already fish, ski, cruise, and camp on your pontoon boat.  Now, you can also warm up by the fire.  This kit allows you to put a fire pit right in the deck of your ‘toon!

What I don’t understand about this product is how it doesn’t melt the vinyl seating and other vinyl parts to the boat, but apparently it doesn’t.

A fire pit in the pontoon definitely sets your boat apart with something incredibly unique.

  • Cost: $1,300
  • Time: 2 Hour

Comments

  1. I’m doing research on purchasing a pontoon so I liked the info you provided on pontoon accessories. I didn’t know there were so many options to add to my pontoon, like a monster swing tow bar, it sounds like so much fun! I definitely want to try out a diving board. Thanks for your post.

  2. I’m wanting to get a pontoon so this post has been very helpful in choosing accessories. The barbecue grill looks amazing, that would be such a great addition for a fun time at the beach. I’ll have to work up to the monster swing tow bar but that would be awesome.

  3. We installed the Lillipad diving board on our Suntracker two years ago and absolutely love it! If you go for it, I recommend the surface mount kit versus the undermount kit. The undermount is aluminum and ours has broken twice. Our pontoon has aluminum underskinning and the underfloor mounting hardware is quite a pain to access. Our boat is the talk of the lake when we break out the diving board!

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