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Speed-Run Pontoon Ideas Trickle Down to Consumer Models

It’s likely the first pontoon boat race occurred the day the second pontoon boat was built. That’s the nature of competition. But the notion of going very fast in a pontoon might seem a bit counter-intuitive. If you want to go fast, why not just start with a faster boat? Maybe that would be too easy for people like Brad Rowland, a 51-year-old plumber from Sullivan, Ill., who holds the pontoon speed record, a blistering 114 mph run at the 2013 Lake of the Ozarks (LOTO) Shootout speed trials.