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Boating and Fishing

Hello, my name is Terrance and this is blog details everything I have learnt about recreation and sports in the last year or so. I have always been a bit of a couch potato, but last year when I spent a long weekend with my son-in-law, he got me up from the TV chair and out and about. He owns a boat which is docked in Sydney harbour. We spent a day sailing on the sea and fishing. It was the first time I had done it and I loved it. Since then, I have started to get more involved and I can't wait to see what sport he intorduces me to next!


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Fishing with the Family? Here Are Four Reasons to Charter a Pontoon Boat

by Pamela Bennett

If you're not familiar, a pontoon boat relies on pontoons rather than a traditional hull to stay afloat. A pontoon is simply a hollow tube filled with air that provides buoyancy. Such boats were once very basic, but new pontoon boats are excellent for fishing charters, and they're even more advantageous for if you're bringing your family along. Here are just four reasons why.

1. Pontoon Boats Provide Plenty of Space

One of the best things about pontoon boats is that the buoyancy of the pontoons and lack of a natural curving hull means that designers can create huge decks. Compared to boats of a similar length and width, pontoons provide a whole lot of deck space. That's great when you have a family because kids have more than enough room to move around and play. Most pontoon boats have tables built along the deck for eating and loungers for people who simply want to soak up the sun. If your family aren't as keen on fishing as you, they can still enjoy themselves.

2. Pontoon Boats Offer Outstanding Stability

Younger children typically don't cope as well with the rocking motion of smaller fishing vessels. This is partly because, still growing, they tend to be clumsier, but children also tend to be more prone to feeling queasy, even if you're not out at sea. A pontoon boat is extremely stable, so much so that you'll barely realize you're afloat. That means more time for you to fish, less time looking after the sick.  

3. Pontoon Boats Optimize Safety

Of course, a more stable boat is a safer one, and that isn't the only safety advantage that pontoon boats provide. Because of the way they are designed, most are fenced with high side rails, so it's very hard to fall out. If you have little kids, this can be a real benefit. Additionally, pontoon boats are very heavy and have quite large turning radiuses. As such, they are almost impossible to flip.

4. Pontoon Boats Provide Lots of Storage

Finally, pontoon boats tend to offer a lot of storage space. If you're taking a fishing charter with your family, you'll probably want to bring along changes of clothes, lots of food, and perhaps a few toys to keep the little ones happy. That can be tough with a regular vessel, but a pontoon boat can take it all with room to spare.