PONTOON TRAILERS: BUNK-TYPE VS. SCISSOR-TYPE
Bunk-type trailers, sometimes referred to as “Drive-on” , feature a wide base with two raised bunks that support the pontoons along either side of the boat. These trailers resemble the standard boat trailer you’ve probably seen before.
Scissor-type trailers, sometimes called “Fold-down”, feature a narrow frame that fits between the pontoons and lifts the boat by the deck in the center. Because of its design, this type of trailer cannot haul triple pontoon models.
You should choose a trailer based on your location and usage. We’ll go into the pro’s and con’s of each type below, so you can decide which is a better fit for you.
LAUNCHING AND LOADING
If it’s practical for your commute, choosing a scissor-type trailer will add convenience to your trips when launching and loading your pontoon. Scissor-type trailers can launch in much more shallow waters because they hold the boat from the deck rather than the pontoons. The base can be raised and lowered mechanically, allowing you to lower your boat directly onto the ground then push it into water of any depth. This can also come in handy if you plan to store your boat in a garage or shed and you need to clear the opening. The top of the boat is much lower on this model than it is on a bunk-type.
With a bunk-type, you must load and launch your boat using the trailer as a ramp. This means the trailer must be submerged in the water enough to drive your boat on and off, which isn’t always practical in shallow tides. If your usual location has a long, shallow wake, you’ll probably want to choose a scissor-type trailer for ease of access.