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Pontoon boat railings are typically located on pontoons for safety and aesthetic reasons. While railings don't take up the entire perimeter of the boat, you can usually get them customized to represent your interests.

Pontoon Boat Railings

Materials

Railings are made from anodized aluminum and are mostly tubing. However, some pontoon boat railings are more solid, but give more weight to your boat. The panels, which cover the bottom half of the railing structure, are made from aluminum as well, but include a special laminate for outdoor use. Also, this laminate portion can be painted a different color.

No matter what the railings are made from, manufacturers make them easy to assemble and maintain. Don't worry that you need to be an engineer or an expert mechanic to put railings on your pontoon boat.

Why Do You Need a Railing?

You should have a railing to provide safety for you and your passengers. The seats on a pontoon provide some protection, but only when you're sitting. Chances are, not everyone will be sitting down at the same time through the boat trip. The only area that should not have a railing is the rear of pontoon where you enter and exit the boat. This is typically three or four feet in length.

On the railing, you can either have square insets or nothing at all. This is your opportunity to flash up your boat with graphics and decals. Some of the companies below offer customized graphics to place on your boat and others have pre-made decals you can purchase.

Where to Find Pontoon Boat Railings

Some companies specialize in pontoon boat railings but you can also find railings through pontoon boat dealers. The dealers will most likely have railings for the boats they currently sell or have sold in the past few years, so if you need to replace a railing, then check with your local dealer first.

  • At Pontoon Boat Kits Etc., you can order customized railings as well as customized graphics to place on the panels. The graphics can be just about anything you want based on a description or something you've drawn. Since the railings are from a third-party, you send the dimensions to the company and they build the railings from those measurements.
  • While Pontoon Stuff, has only four railing sizes, this site contains four railings for the popular sizes of pontoons. You can also purchase decals and parts for the gate and various deck parts.
  • The Pontoon Specialists, has 16 sizes to choose from in three different styles. If you have a pontoon with or without a sundeck, or you need a railing with a rear-entry gate, you can probably find it at The Pontoon Specialists. Besides the full railings, this company also sells different railing parts and hardware to repair your railing as well as decals and graphics.
  • U-fabboats.com, carries different sizes of pontoon railings in standard duty and heavy duty. The heavy duty railings are for industrial or commercial applications like tour boats or pontoon ferries.
  • Another pontoon railing company, based out of South Carolina, is USA Pontoon. They also offer many different sizes in standard duty and heavy duty. The railing is sold by the linear foot, but make sure you calculate any shipping costs.

If you can't find the right railing from an online dealer, then check your local pontoon dealer or local marina. If they don't have railings in stock or on site, ask the dealer for help to find where you can find what you're looking for. If that turns out to be a bust, you can always leave your name and address in case he comes across a dealer or person who can help.

Most of your good deals are probably on the Internet, but don't count out any local stores or dealers for railings for your pontoon boat.