How to Choose the Right Floating Pontoon

How to Choose the Right Floating Pontoon

ponAre you tired of having your ailing jetty repaired? I don’t blame you if you are. Jetties are highly functional, but once they reach a certain age, they become nothing but trouble.

Jetties may have been the preferred choice in the past, but today, they are being out-numbered by floating pontoons; which is ideal for Micks Marine Maintenance. We fix old rotted jetties, but we enjoy installing new floating pontoons more so. Floating pontoons are a result of the evolution of time, and thus, are more robust and better suited to serve marine environments.

If you’re considering having your jetty replaced with a floating pontoon, or are even tossing up whether to get a jetty or pontoon, then this article will serve you well. Continue reading as I share with you everything you need to know to choose the right floating pontoon for your needs, location, and budget.

Floating Pontoons based on needs

To choose the right floating pontoon, the first consideration to make in is your needs; what’s your reasoning for getting a pontoon? Do you want it to moor your boat? To dry-dock your PWC or jetski? To fish off? Or, do you want one simply so you can end your day sitting on the deck watching the sun go down?

Your answer will play a role in the best type and size pontoon for your needs. For example, if you’re looking to moor a large boat, you will need a large floating dock that has the support to moor such a boat. Whereas, if you simply want to watch the sunset go down in an afternoon, a smaller, less robust floating dock will suffice.

Floating Pontoons based on location

The second step in choosing the right floating pontoon comes down to your location. By this, I mean the seabed terrain where the floating pontoon sits and your physical relation in terms of sea conditions. Both will play a role in identifying which floating pontoon is right for you.

For example, if your location has a rocky seabed terrain, then a piled floating pontoon may not be a feasible option. But, if you live in areas that experience rougher waters – such as the suburbs of Runaway Bay, Hollywell, Paradise Point, Sovereign Islands, Hope Island, Sanctuary Cove, and Helensvale – then the strength of a piled floating pontoon would be a better choice than the alternatives.

Floating Pontoons based on budget

The last consideration to make when choosing the right floating pontoon is budget. And it must be said; you can’t always select a pontoon based on your budget.

As you can see from the information above, in some cases, your needs and location will define the price for you. Obviously, the bigger the deck and the more robust the solution, the higher the costs.

If you’re not looking to moor a large craft and have calm waters, then you’re in the best position to choose based on budget, and in such a case, strut arm and cable pontoons will be a viable option. However, if you do need to moor a large craft, and have rougher water conditions than a piled pontoon is recommended. They are the most expensive option, but they are also the most robust.


Floating pontoons are quickly overtaking jetties as the prefered mooring option, but with various types of floating pontoons available, how do you choose the right one?

Choosing the right floating pontoon comes down to three things; your needs, your location, and your budget; and sometimes your needs and location will determine your budget.

If you would like advice or a quote, then get in touch with Micks Marine Maintenance. We specialise in pontoon sales, installation and maintenance on the Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast and are more than happy to assist you in any way we can. Contact us online or call 0431 778 468.

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