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Pontoon Market Size - By Tube Type (Two-Tube, Three-Tube), By Drive Type (Gasoline, Diesel, Electric, Jet Propulsion), By Application (Recreational, Fishing, Water Sports, Entertainment, Luxury), Engine Horsepower, Size & Global Forecast, 2023 - 2032

  • Report ID: GMI6541
  • Published Date: Aug 2023
  • Report Format: PDF

Pontoon Industry Analysis

Pontoon Market size was valued at USD 10.5 billion in 2022 and is projected to register a CAGR of 16.5% between 2023 and 2032, due to the increasing attraction of marine-based tourism and leisure pursuits. Pontoons offer versatile docking and mooring solutions for boats, making them ideal for recreational activities including fishing, water skiing, and leisurely cruising. As more individuals seek immersive experiences on water bodies, the demand for pontoons as safe, convenient platforms for enjoying marine environments continues to grow. This trend aligns with the desire for unique travel experiences, boosting the need for pontoons in popular tourist destinations and coastal regions.

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Pontoons are crucial in transforming waterfront real estate into attractive and functional spaces. As urban areas expand and properties adjacent to water bodies gain popularity, pontoons will gradually be considered vital access points and docking facilities. These platforms add value to properties by enhancing their appeal to potential buyers or tenants seeking the convenience of waterfront living. From private residences to commercial ventures, the integration of pontoons enhances the overall aesthetic and utility of waterfront developments.

The pontoon market growth can be impeded by the complex web of regulations and permitting requirements associated with installing pontoons in various water bodies. Navigating these processes can be time-consuming and expensive as different regions have distinct environmental & zoning regulations. Striking a balance between development and environmental preservation becomes crucial as stakeholders seek to harmonize the benefits of pontoon installations with concerns about their impact on aquatic ecosystems & biodiversity, and waterfront aesthetics.

COVID-19 Impact

The COVID-19 pandemic disrupted the pontoon market as supply chains were disrupted and construction projects were delayed. The demand for leisure-oriented pontoons declined due to restrictions on recreational activities. However, the market showed resilience by adapting to remote work and safety protocols. As restrictions eased, outdoor activities resumed, enabling the pontoon market to recover. Pontoons gained popularity in private recreation and social distancing-friendly events. The market rebounded through strategic marketing, emphasizing versatility & safety, and catering to the increasing interest in outdoor experiences.

Pontoon Market Trends

The emergence of electric pontoons has cultivated a lucrative growth trend in the pontoon industry. With increasing environmental awareness, there is a growing demand for eco-friendly watercraft. For instance, in April 2023, Pure Watercraft unveiled the ultimate blueprint of its self-designed Pure Pontoon Boat, marking the company's maiden in-house vessel. Supported by EV batteries from General Motors, this electric pontoon boat showcases the company’s potential to cater to environmentally conscious consumers seeking tranquil emission-free excursions. With the growing interest in electric propulsion, manufacturers are now offering innovative electric-powered pontoons that provide both leisure and responsible boating experiences.

Pontoon Tube Type Segmentation

Global Pontoon Market Size, By Tube Type, 2021-2032, (USD Billion)

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The three-tube segment holds more than 50% of the pontoon market share in 2022. The latest triple-tube configuration pontoons are driving the market growth by offering enhanced stability, improved performance, and increased carrying capacity. For instance, in December 2022, Harris’ Solstice 230, a triple-tube configuration, was re-launched with many updated features and aesthetics.

The transformed configuration includes a modern & streamlined appearance of the fence line, which was achieved by reducing the number of perimeter rails. The logo badge was refreshed to serve a dual purpose, seamlessly integrating both docking and navigation lights. The increased load-bearing capacity is suitable for various recreational activities and appeals to consumers looking for versatile pontoons, thereby making the triple-tube configuration a significant factor in expanding the market.

Pontoon Application Segmentation

Global Pontoon Market Share, By Application, 2022

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The recreational segment accounted for 36% of the pontoon market share in 2022. Partnerships are playing a vital role in boosting the growth of recreational applications in the market. For instance, in August 2023, Boat Fix, a company specializing in telematics for recreational boating, started offering remote monitoring, GPS tracking, geofencing, and round-the-clock customer support. It collaborated with Bentley Pontoon to introduce the Bentley 24/7 Assurance program, an inclusive feature for all 2024 model-year boat purchases. By combining forces, these partners aim to expand the range of their recreational offerings, attracting a wider audience and fostering the continued expansion of the market.

Pontoon Regional Analysis

North America Pontoon Market Size, 2021-2032 (USD Billion)

North America pontoon market generated USD 5 billion revenue in 2022, attributed to a surging interest in water-based recreational activities. Boating, fishing, and watersports have become increasingly popular outdoor pursuits, increasing the demand for pontoons as versatile platforms that cater to consumer preferences. Pontoons offer spacious and stable environments for families, friends, and enthusiasts to enjoy water activities, making pontoons an appealing choice for individuals seeking relaxing experiences on lakes, rivers, and coastal waters. This heightened interest in water recreation is fostering a robust market for pontoons across the region.

Pontoon Industry Leaders

Major companies operating in the pontoon market are Polaris, Winnebago Industries, Inc., Brunswick Corporation, BRP, Avalon Pontoon Boats, MasterCraft Boat Hldgs, Envision Company, Sylvan Marine, White River Marine Group, and Bennington. The market features a competitive landscape with several prominent players vying for a industry share through innovation and diverse offerings.

Pontoon Industry News:

  • In August 2021, Winnebago Industries, Inc., a prominent manufacturer of outdoor lifestyle products, acquired Barletta Pontoon Boats, a manufacturer of premium pontoons.

This pontoon market research report includes in-depth coverage of the industry with estimates & forecast in terms of revenue (USD Million) and Volume (Units) from 2018 to 2032, for the following segments:

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Market, By Tube Type

  • Two-tube
  • Three-tube

Market, By Engine Horsepower

  • <100 HP
  • 100 HP to 200 HP
  • 200 HP to 300 HP
  • 300 HP to 400 HP
  • >400 HP

Market, By Size

  • Small (below 20 ft)
  • Medium (20 ft to 24 ft)
  • Large (above 24 ft)

Market, By Drive Type

  • Gasoline
  • Diesel
  • Electric
  • Jet propulsion

Market, By Application

  • Recreational
  • Fishing
  • Water sports
  • Entertainment
  • Luxury

The above information has been provided for the following regions and countries:

  • North America
    • U.S.
    • Canada
  • Europe
    • UK
    • Germany
    • France
    • Italy
    • Spain
    • Norway
    • Finland
    • Sweden
  • Asia Pacific
    • China
    • India
    • Japan
    • Australia
    • South Korea
    • Thailand
    • Singapore
    • Malaysia
    • Philippines
    • Vietnam
    • Indonesia 
  • Latin America
    • Brazil
    • Mexico
    • Argentina
  • MEA
    • UAE
    • South Africa
    • Qatar
    • Bahrain
    • Oman
    • Egypt


Authors: Preeti Wadhwani

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) :

The market size of pontoon reached USD 10.5 billion in 2022 and is set to register over 16.8% CAGR from 2023 to 2032, due to the increasing attraction toward marine-based tourism and leisure pursuits among consumers worldwide.

The three-tube type segment held more than 50% of the market share in 2022, on account of their ability to offer enhanced stability, improved performance, and increased carrying capacity.

North America market size recorded USD 5 billion in 2022, owing to the surging interest in water-based recreational activities in the region.

Polaris, Winnebago Industries, Inc., Brunswick Corporation, BRP, Avalon Pontoon Boats, MasterCraft Boat Hldgs, Envision Company, Sylvan Marine, White River Marine Group, and Bennington., are some of the major pontoon companies worldwide.

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  • Base Year: 2022
  • Companies covered: 10
  • Tables & Figures: 444
  • Countries covered: 30
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