Add a Bassroom to your Pontoon Boat

This aftermarket privacy product helps you answer nature's call onboard.

July 22, 2015

The Bassroom

The Bassroom installed on a pontoon boat. Dan Armitage

Options have been few for pontooners who need to heed nature’s call while sharing the deck with mixed or questionable company. When privacy is called for, being aboard a boat equipped with a porta-potti is only half the battle, as without adequate cover your duties remained exposed. If you’re fortunate enough to be afloat a boat fitted with a pop-up privacy enclosure complete with head when you hear the call, count yourself blessed – for many of us own pontoon boats that simply are not so equipped.

Which is why my spouse was so relieved to discover the Bassroom portable pop-up privacy shelter designed for pontoon boats. Since welcoming a son into our lives and onto our pontoon, we have made sure to have a portable head aboard the family Flote Bote. Now that he has come of age, no matter how distant the closest boat, beach or building, there is no way the teenager will consider doing his business – any business – without full cover. I assume that shyness comes from his mother’s side, for she’s copped the same “No way, Jose” attitude about such matters ever since we met.

“Order that” was the short order from my bride as she dog-eared a page in a popular boating accessories catalog she was thumbing through. As any self-respecting, multi-boat-owning husband would do…I did. Immediately and without question.


And I’ve never questioned the decision since. Since I’ve had to use it a few occasions, as I come of a certain age myself.

Here’s what the folks at Cover Your Bass (, who developed the Bassroom, have to say about their product, which retails for $109. But I urge you to visit the web site personally to learn everything you’ve ever wanted to know about answering the call afloat.

-You can enjoy an entire day on the lake without running back to shore. -Feel confident to use the Bassroom even when in view of people and homes. -How often have you needed a bathroom and find no access in your time of need? -Sets up in seconds and stores away quickly when not needed. -The Bassroom also serves as a rain shelter to provide safety during a rain shower. -Provides shade and shelter for pets on boats.


Fishing Guides

-Having a Bassroom onboard for the convenience and privacy of your clients will make a lasting impression. Advertising that you have a Bassroom will appeal to more anglers and increase your client base and profits.

-Having a Bassroom will save on gasoline and add to important fishing time.


Bassroom Flexibility

-Bassroom Cover is flexible and will accompany most boating electronics. -Bassroom cover has zippered doors in front and back providing cross-ventilation, and easy access. -5″ skirting provides more privacy and protection from the wind. -The Bassroom fits great on most pontoons and bass boats, many open-bow ski boats and center console boats.

Bassroom Specs


-The Bassroom dimensions are 72″x72″x48″ tall. If the cover is a little wider than your boat – that’s OK. The Bassroom design provides shade and privacy for you and your family.

-The Bassroom system itself consists of heavy duty 190T polyester material which is waterproof and flame resistant.

-The lightweight portable toilet stand is made of 1″ steel tubing and double ply 1″ wide nylon webbing for extra strength and support. It comes with a regular full size toilet seat. The complete toilet system stores in a bag 18″x21″x11/4″ thick, @ 7 lbs.

-The Bassroom cover comes with 12 tie downs; eight are primarily for boat use, six of which are adjustable straps with snap hooks. It also comes with four mini bungee cords and four self-adhesive hooks (if needed) to allow a custom fit to most fishing boats. An additional four tie downs are in the corners to allows optional method of securing to the ground.

Other Bassroom Uses

-Great shelter for the survivalist packing minimum gear. -Campers and hikers appreciate the facility when visiting the backwoods. -Ice fishermen can use this product as a quick shelter. -Great addition to pontoon boats that do not have a privacy option. -Guides can increase their client base by advertising they have a Bassroom on board. -Bassroom can be used for privacy when changing clothes. -The Bassroom makes a great pickup truck bed cover for privacy, shade or camping -Use the Bassroom on highway trips in roadsides parks that have no restroom facilities. -The Bassroom adds convenience to tailgating parties. Never stand in a long line for a dirty bathroom again.

Hunters & ATVers: Take a Bassroom along, make it a trip for the whole family. Little League Teams: Now you can have a private bathroom at the practice fields. Scouting Organizations: Don’t risk the liability, have a Bassroom on all your outings – for you and your scouts.

Tradesmen & Contractors: Plumbers, electricians, landscapers, sprinkler system companies, brick masons and concrete paving companies can now have a portable toilet with privacy on the job without the costly expense of porta-potty rentals. Sets up in seconds on the back of a truck – providing you with a portable bathroom on any construction jobsite.

Bassroom, $109.95


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