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Our 8'x12' pontoon boat kits are the sweet spot for recreational boaters who need full sized boat capacity in a small package.
The 8'x12' kit is the boat that TPB's owner hits the local lakes with on the weekend (modified frame configuration) and is shown below. Ask Aaron about his boat if you call! These kits use our 26" wide floats and have 129" long decks, which is enough room for 4-5 people to ride comfortably. The 8' wide version has a 1881 pound capacity* (1695 pounds with aluminum decking package).
These kits are great for a mini party barge to cruise lakes and ponds with your closest friends, but also make greats boat for compact work platforms. Best of all, you can build one of these systems in a weekend in your garage. We sell this kit as just the frame with floats, or as a kit with the frame, floats, and our aluminum decking package. Both options come with all the required hardware, and we have super thorough assembly instructions here on our website.
These kits are available with black, blue, and orange floats.
|Platform width||95.75" (96" w/decking)|
|Frame & float kit weight||729 lbs.|
|Frame & hardware kit only weight||303lbs.|
|Weight of optional decking package||186 lbs.|
|Weight of full kit w/AL decking||915 lbs.|
|Weight of floats only||426 lbs.|
|Capacity of floats||2184 lbs.*|
|Capacity of frame & float kit||1881 lbs.*|
|Capacity of full kit w/AL decking||1695 lbs.*|
Our boat kits float on super durable, foam filled HDPE plastic floats that simply can't sink. Every one of our kits use multiple independently sealed float sections, so our boats are safe as possible. Our frames consist of two custom extrusions that make for a strong, yet light weight structure, and include all the stainless hardware required to put them together. The backbone of the design is our main beam extrusion (patent pending), which is a 6000 series aluminum component that has two slots that accept standard 3/8" square nuts. This allows our hat channel frame crossmembers to bolt in place anywhere you need them. Our boat kits include all the aluminum frame structure components and floats, which are easy to bolt together, but you do have to drill the holes for mounting the floats themselves due to slight variations of the molded plastic parts.
Why run a bolt-together kit? This means that you can make the boat any way you want! Also, you can build it in your back yard or workshop and we can ship it to you for a reasonable cost. If you've ever tried to ship a fully assembled barge, you know that it costs a fortune and can easily be damaged in transit due to the large size. Our kits arrive as two shipments. The floats will arrive on one truck as they ship direct from our partnering plastics factory in AR, and the frame kit ships from us in NH. The shipment from us will include all your frame members and stainless hardware. Also, YES, our hardware kits will have spare nuts, bolts, and washers. We all know how annoying it is when you buy a kit and lose a couple pieces. We don't want anyone to be dead in the water part way through assembly.
Are these whole boats ready to register? No, they are not! When you purchase a kit from us, you are purchasing floats and frame components, not a whole boat with a Hull Identification Number. If using your new boat on public waterways, you will have to register the boat as home-built, and we can guide you through this process.
We have thorough assembly instructions for our mini pontoon boat kits, as well as full CAD models available for each kit that we offer. If you need any additional information, just ask! For further details on shipping, and other frequently asked questions, please read through the info below and check out the FAQ section at the bottom of this page.
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