2015 - Volume #39, Issue #4, Page #21[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
Fold-Out Pontoon Has Built-In Trailer
“It seats up to 17 people comfortably with room to spare. And after you’re done boating for the day, you can pull up to the dock and automatically fold the pontoon back up to road legal width.”
The Unique Pontoon has 4 separate 25-in. dia. pontoons on the outside to make room at the center for the wheel assemblies to fold up. In addition, there’s a full length pontoon down the center of the boat.
To launch the boat you unlock the trailer tongue on shore and back up straight into the water. As you back into the water the pontoons and wheels will start to float. Once they float, the trailer tongue automatically separates from the receiver hitch on your pickup.
Then you fold the boat out by pushing a button on the boat’s control console. “The deck retracts flat, the trailer retracts underneath the deck and out of sight, and the wheels retract up and out of the water. It all takes just under 2 min.,” says Little. “The system is set up on limit switches so you simply press a button to fold the boat out, and it will automatically stop when it has reached its maximum width. Power is provided by a 12-volt, gear-reduced motor driven by the outboard battery.”
According to Little, the 11-ft. wide deck adds a tremendous amount of room to keep your party from feeling so cramped. “The extra 3 ft. of width also adds for a lot of stability on the water.”
After you’re done boating for the day, you fold the pontoon back up, hook the trailer tongue back onto your pickup and lock it down. Now you’re ready to pull your boat out of the water.
“While your boat is hooked up to the pickup, the pontoon and wheels are floating. Simply drive forward and a few feet from shore your wheels will touch the launch apron and your boat will pull out of the water,” says Little.
“Because the wheels for the trailer are located on the outside of the pontoons, you have a 7 1/2-ft. wheelbase which makes it very stable down the road, especially for cornering.”
Little says he’s gearing up for mass production and is now taking pre-sale orders.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Jeremy Little, Unique Pontoons, 6636 50th St. N., Oakdale, Minn. 55128 (ph 651 962-4554; email@example.com).
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