Most boaters have seen boats at boat shows and dealers’ showrooms, or featured in a boat-related magazine. Are the dealers’ offerings all there are to choose from? We decided to look at a builder that sells direct from the factory, with no dealers to market their boats, yet whose name is becoming well known in central Virginia. Leisure Kraft pontoons is based in Crossville, Tennessee and operates as a family-run business. For more than 20 years, these folks have been building some fine looking pontoon boats.
Leisure Kraft prides itself on the details that set them apart from many of the larger pontoon boat builders. All of the design and construction, from the pontoons to the Bimini tops, is done in their shop. Leisure Kraft uses a patented seamless pontoon design for increased strength and less chance of developing a leak over the years. Buyers have a choice of tongue-in-groove marine plywood decking or all-welded aluminum flooring, both with a limited lifetime warranty.
Attention to detail continues to the furniture as well. Leisure Kraft uses trademarked Gore Tenara thread in the seats and canvas tops that resists UV radiation. All hardware and fastenings are stainless steel.
Be sure to look over a few of these upscale pontoons in the slideshow. Don’t bother asking your local boat dealer about them; you won’t find these pontoon boats in any showroom except the one at the factory in Tennessee. Buyers can look over the seven different layouts on the Leisure Kraft website after clicking on “Build a Pontoon”. Once they choose a size and layout, buyers can choose engines, accessories and practically any option a pontoon owner could think of.
Do you like to cruise in relaxing comfort, or fish in a quiet cove? There are layouts and engines to make your days on the water everything you wanted them to be. Maybe your way of boating is a bit more exciting – how about your pontoon boat skimming across your favorite lake at more than 50 miles per hour! They can build you a pontoon to do that too!
Leisure Kraft is proud to offer Suzuki outboards on all their boats. “Leisure Kraft has partnered with Suzuki marine to power each boat with a lightweight, affordable and low-maintenance engine,” said Michael Blankenship, marketing and sales at Leisure Kraft.
Service after the sale is a huge part of building owner loyalty and there is no corner-cutting here. In fact, Leisure Kraft earned the Suzuki Cutting Edge Service excellence award in 2010.
If you want more information on Leisure Kraft and the awesome boats they build, go their website at www.LeisureKraft.com and design that pontoon boat you have always wanted without that dealership hassle.