EASY DOES IT
For novice boaters, there's definitely an intimidation factor when sliding behind the helm. This is especially true in big, high-nosed glass boats. But driving a modestly powered fishing boat or pontoon is simple, since both designs offer such a fine view from the helm. The operators at Adventures at Sea Watersports in Panama City, Florida, are often asked whether experience is necessary to rent their 24-foot pontoons. They assure customers that it is not. "That's why pontoon boats are immensely popular with tourists," they say. The learning curve is so short that a person with little or no time at a boat helm can safely and confidently use one all day. The experience will not turn people off boating, like, say, a first-time snowboarding or golf outing might do.