For durability, the nose cones on the tubes are double-plated. This means they won’t pop like oilcans — a common flaw on bargain pontoons. They’ll last longer too, since oilcan flexing stresses metal and welds. Spray-deflecting fins are durable too, offering more resistance to an unexpected bump. For safety, all tubes receive closed-cell-foam logs before being welded airtight. To ensure plenty of buoyancy for big crews — this one is rated for 12 — the tubes are a hefty 23 by 25 inches. Strengthening the weak spot on some boats is the all-welded engine pod, fastened directly to the frame. Its design helps bring the boat up to speed quickly on acceleration by adding lift while ensuring that an uninterrupted, turbulence-free flow of water reaches the prop.