I’ll be honest. My pontoon has a changing room and I have contemplated taking it out so the compartment can be used as additional storage. I prefer to wear a swimsuit onto the boat, so there is no need to change. Further, you wouldn’t catch me pooping behind a thin curtain on a boat full of people. I’d rather make a run to shore.
Too much information? Probably, but before you get changing room envy, I want to point out that there are advantages and disadvantages of having a pontoon boat changing room or privacy partition. You may find that it’s perfect for hiding a portable toilet for pontoon camping. Or you may need one for changing out of wet swimsuits. Or you may, in fact, discover you’re better off not having one at all as it takes up too much room where you’d rather store gear.
Having said that, adding a changing room or a privacy partition to a pontoon boat is a simple project if your boat is laid out for it, and even if not, there are simple options for “potty rooms.”
Option #1: Use a collapsible pop-up changing room
If you don’t want to go through the expense and hassle of building a changing room into your pontoon boat, then a collapsible pop-up is the perfect solution.
Collapsible changing rooms can be purchased for as little as $60 and fit easily into an under-seat storage compartment in a pontoon boat.
These pop-up rooms are most commonly used by photographers as a way for models to change wardrobe on-location during a shoot. This one gets really good reviews.
Option #2: Bimini drop-down changing room
A nicer-looking option than the collapsible changing room, but one that is not as easy to set up and take down is the bimini drop-down changing room.
It can be purchased for as little as $70 and is a popular option for pontoon boats that don’t have a custom changing room built into the boat, and comes in a variety of colors.
Option #3: Build in a custom changing room from parts
Lastly, you can go the DIY method and build a custom changing room to your liking.
Probably the best place to find the parts for building in a pontoon boat changing room is on eBay. They have a number of ready-built changing rooms that all you need to do is slip into an enclosure on the boat suitable for fitting the changing room station.
It’s really a very simple process if you’re rebuilding or renovating a pontoon boat and don’t want to go through the hours and hours of work that can be necessary to install the hinges and springs to make your own. The cost is a little high on some of these solutions, but it will end up looking professional and functional.