ROBOT MINI PONTOON PLATFORMS - THE FLOATING BASE YOU NEED FOR YOUR USV OR AUTOMATED BOAT
HOW OUR KITS WORK

Do you need a simple to assemble, durable, mini pontoon boat base for your USV? Customers around the world have based their robot and autonomous boats on our mini pontoon boat platforms and the reason is simple. Our boat kits are quick to assemble and use a proven frame system that easily adapts to your needs. Our design allows crossmembers to be placed where you need them and provides a simple means of bolting on your control components along the length of the boat. Best of all, our USV boat bases use our stout HDPE plastic floats that simply can't sink.

Our frame kits are simple, very simple. If you can operate very basic tools, you can put together one of mini pontoon boat bases. Our easy-to assembly design uses two proprietary extrusions that make for a strong, yet light weight frame that goes together in just a few hours. Integral to the design, our main beam extrusion is made to fit into the top mounting channels on our 17" and 26" wide floats, and holds everything together. This custom 6000 series aluminum frame member (patent pending) has two slots that accept standard 3/8" square nuts. Our frame kits include all the frame components, and are quick to bolt together, but you do have to drill the holes for mounting the floats themselves due to slight variations of the molded plastic parts.

Why run a bolt-together kit? We can ship your kit anywhere you need it, it can be assembled anywhere, and it can be pulled back apart for storage. Our kits arrive as two shipments. The floats ship direct from the partnering plastics factory in AR, and the frame system ships from our fabrication and machine shop in NH. The shipment from NH will include all your frame members and stainless hardware. Also, YES, our hardware kits will have spare nuts, bolts, and washers. We all know how annoying it is when you buy a kit and lose a couple pieces. We don't want anyone to be dead in the water part way through assembly.

Are these whole boats ready to register? No, they are not! When you purchase a kit from us, you are purchasing floats and frame components, not a whole boat with a Hull Identification Number. Depending on your application, your automated boat may need to be registered if operating in public waters. You will have to check with the municipality that you're intending to work within or from to find out what their requirements are. If your boat requires registration, you will need to register it as a "custom" built or "home built" boat, and you may need to have your local vehicle registry assign a HIN for you.

We have thorough assembly instructions for our boat kits, as well as full CAD models available here to download. For further information on shipping and company policies, please check out the FAQ section at the bottom of this page. If you have other questions not covered here, please contact us.

48"x60" BOLT-TOGETHER PONTOON BOAT KIT
-$1698 FOR FRAME & FLOATS

This is the smallest pontoon boat frame and float kit that we offer and is intended for the robot industry. This kit is NOT intended for people to ride on, but is made to be a base for USV (unmanned surface vehicles) equipment that is remote controlled or automated. This micro boat kit uses our 17" diameter floats and provides a platform that measures 48" wide and 50" long. The crossmembers can be moved wherever you need them to best suit your needs and are easy to bolt, rivet, or weld to. This super tiny pontoon boat weighs in at only 127 pounds and we offer it as a full bolt-together kit with absolutely everything needed to build what is shown to the right. The floats are available in black, blue, and orange.

This kit typically has a 1-3 week lead time and shipping IS NOT included in our price. Please ask for a freight quote before placing your order.

Pontoon width 17"
Overall width 62"
Overall length 60"
Platform width 48"
Platform length 50"
Frame & float kit weight 127 lbs.
Frame & hardware kit only weight 53 lbs.
Weight of floats only 74 lbs.
Capacity of floats 350 lbs.*
Capacity of frame & float kit 297 lbs.*

*Above weight capacities are rated at half submersion of the pontoons.

Due to the size of our kits, we are unable to provide a shipping calculator. SHIPPING IS NOT INCLUDED in our pricing, so please contact us for a shipping quote before placing your order.


48"x85" DUAL-NOSE PONTOON BOAT KIT
-$2455 FOR FRAME & FLOATS

This is another miniature pontoon boat kit that's intended for the robot industry. This kit is NOT intended for people to ride on, but is made to be a base for USV (unmanned surface vehicles) equipment that is remote controlled or automated. This micro boat kit uses our 17" diameter floats and provides a platform that measures 48" wide and 65" long. The crossmembers can be placed wherever you need them to best suit your needs and are easy to bolt, rivet, or weld to. This little boat suits itself well to rough waters and is still small enough to fit into tight spaces. Fully assembled, this kit weighs in at a mere 171 pounds and we offer it as a bolt-together kit with everything needed to build what is shown here. This kit is available with black, blue, or orange floats.

This kit typically has a 1-3 week lead time and shipping IS NOT included in our price. Please ask for a freight quote before placing your order.

Pontoon width 17"
Overall width 62"
Overall length 85"
Platform width 48"
Platform length 65"
Frame & float kit weight 171 lbs.
Frame & hardware kit only weight 69 lbs.
Weight of floats only 102 lbs.
Capacity of floats 440 lbs.*
Capacity of frame & float kit 371 lbs.*

*Above weight capacities are rated at half submersion of the pontoons.

Due to the size of our kits, we are unable to provide a shipping calculator. SHIPPING IS NOT INCLUDED in our pricing, so please contact us for a shipping quote before placing your order.


6'x10' DUAL-NOSE PONTOON BOAT KIT
-$3350 FOR FRAME & FLOATS
-$4060 WITH DECKING

Our 6'x10' dual-nose pontoon boat kit is popular amongst anglers and duck hunting enthusiasts who want to get into really tricky waters. If you've ever had to drag a boat through a swamp to get to your favorite hunting hide-out, this is the boat for you. It draws next to nothing for water, and having nose cones on either end of the boat makes it easier to drag in either direction if you have to get over some squishy terrain. These little boats also make an excellent base for duck hunting blinds, especially equipped with black floats.

Our 6'x10' dual-nose kit uses 17" diameter floats and provides a platform that measures 72" wide and 104" long, and the assembled frame and float kit weighs in at a mere 272 pounds (382 with our aluminum decking package). This little boat is big enough for one person, a dog, and some fishing gear. We sell this kit as just the frame with floats, or as a kit with the frame, floats, and our aluminum decking. Both options come with all the required hardware, and we have super thorough assembly instructions here on our website. These kits are available with black, blue, and orange floats.

This kit typically has a 1-3 week lead time and shipping IS NOT included in our price. Please ask for a freight quote before placing your order.

Pontoon width 17"
Overall width 86"
Overall length 120"
Platform width 72"
Platform length 100"
Frame & float kit weight 270 lbs.
Frame & hardware kit only weight 122 lbs.
Weight of floats only 148 lbs.
Capacity of floats 700 lbs.*
Capacity of frame & float kit 578 lbs.*

*Above weight capacities are rated at half submersion of the pontoons.

Due to the size of our kits, we are unable to provide a shipping calculator. SHIPPING IS NOT INCLUDED in our pricing, so please contact us for a shipping quote before placing your order.



7'x9' & 8'x9' BOLT-TOGETHER
PONTOON BOAT KITS
-$4460 FOR FRAME & FLOATS
-$5460/$5560 WITH DECKING

Our 7'X9' and 8'x9' bolt-together pontoon boat kits are the smallest kits that we offer that use our 26" wide floats. These kits are NOT intended for people to ride on, but are intended to use as a base for equipment like water pumps, or as a base for USV (unmanned surface vehicle) boats that are typically remote controlled or automated. The 7' wide version is made to carry up to 1350 pounds* (1222 pounds with aluminum decking package - deck is actually 7'4" wide) and our 8' wide version has a 1337 pound capacity* (1203 pounds with aluminum decking package). These kits make for sturdy bases with hefty capacities while retaining a small footprint. Best of all, you can build one of these systems in a weekend in your shop or garage. We sell these kits as just the frame with floats, or as a kit with the frame, floats, and our aluminum decking package. Both options come with all the required hardware, and we have super thorough assembly instructions here on our website. These kits are available with black, blue, and orange floats.

We have provided info tables for the 7'x9' and 8'x9' boat kits below. Please be aware that the 7' wide version of this kit is stretched to 7'4" wide when purchased with the aluminum decking package. Each deck plank is 8" wide, so the deck width must be a multiple of 8". We have provided full CAD drawings for the different versions of this boat kit at the bottom of this section.

This kit typically has a 1-3 week lead time and shipping IS NOT included in our price. Please ask for a freight quote before placing your order.

7'x9' SPECS:

Pontoon width 26"
Overall width 92" (96" w/decking)
Overall length 108"
Platform width 84" (88" w/decking)
Platform length 93"
Frame & float kit weight 514 lbs.
Frame & hardware kit only weight 206 lbs.
Weight of optional decking package 123 lbs.
Weight of full kit w/AL decking 642 lbs.
Weight of floats only 308 lbs.
Capacity of floats 1556 lbs.*
Capacity of frame & float kit 1350 lbs.*
Capacity of full kit w/AL decking 1222 lbs.*

8'x9' SPECS:

Pontoon width 26"
Overall width 101"
Overall length 108"
Platform width 95.75" (96" w/decking)
Platform length 93"
Frame & float kit weight 527 lbs.
Frame & hardware kit only weight 219 lbs.
Weight of optional decking package 134 lbs.
Weight of full kit w/AL decking 661 lbs.
Weight of floats only 426 lbs.
Capacity of floats 2184 lbs.*
Capacity of frame & float kit 1337 lbs.*
Capacity of full kit w/AL decking 1203 lbs.*

*Above weight capacities are rated at half submersion of the pontoons.

Due to the size of our kits, we are unable to provide a shipping calculator. SHIPPING IS NOT INCLUDED in our pricing, so please contact us for a shipping quote before placing your order.



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7'x12' & 8'x12' DUAL-NOSE
PONTOON BOAT KIT
-$5380 FOR FRAME & FLOATS
-$6510/$6575 WITH DECKING

A common choice for larger floating research stations and larger robots, our 7'x12' dual-nose bolt-together pontoon boat kit uses our 26" wide floats and is very maneuverable as it has nose cones on both ends. This boat provides an 84"-96" wide, 114" long platform with an assembled capacity of 1419-1600- pounds, depending on which version you choose, so you can carry some serious equipment on this craft. As with all our kits, the crossmembers can be mounted at any position you need them along the boat, but we do have a diagram showing our recommended positioning. We offer this kit as a full bolt-together system with absolutely everything needed to build what is shown to the right, and is available with or without our aluminum decking package. This kit is available with black, blue, and orange floats.

We have provided info tables for the 7'x12' and 8'x12' D-N boat kits below. Please be aware that the 7' wide version of this kit is stretched to 7'4" wide when purchased with the aluminum decking package. Each deck plank is 8" wide, so the deck width must be a multiple of 8". We have provided full CAD drawings for the different versions of this boat kit at the bottom of this section.

This kit typically has a 1-3 week lead time and shipping IS NOT included in our price. Please ask for a freight quote before placing your order.

7'x12' D-N SPECS:

Pontoon width 26"
Overall width 92" (96" w/decking)
Overall length 144"
Platform width 84" (88" w/decking)
Platform length 114"
Frame & float kit weight 636 lbs.
Frame & hardware kit only weight 256 lbs.
Weight of optional decking package 151 lbs.
Weight of full kit w/AL decking 791 lbs.
Weight of floats only 380 lbs.
Capacity of floats 1856 lbs.*
Capacity of frame & float kit 1600 lbs.*
Capacity of full kit w/AL decking 1445 lbs.*

8'x12' D-N SPECS:

Pontoon width 26"
Overall width 101"
Overall length 144"
Platform width 95.75" (96" w/decking)
Platform length 114"
Frame & float kit weight 652 lbs.
Frame & hardware kit only weight 272 lbs.
Weight of optional decking package 165 lbs.
Weight of full kit w/AL decking 817 lbs.
Weight of floats only 426 lbs.
Capacity of floats 2184 lbs.*
Capacity of frame & float kit 1584 lbs.*
Capacity of full kit w/AL decking 1419 lbs.*

Values above are for our standard kit without our aluminum decking option.
*Above weight capacities are rated at half submersion of the pontoons.

Due to the size of our kits, we are unable to provide a shipping calculator. SHIPPING IS NOT INCLUDED in our pricing, so please contact us for a shipping quote before placing your order.



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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Q: What are the floats made from? How are they constructed?

A: All of our boat kits use super tough HDPE plastic floats with closed-cell urethane foam filling. The HDPE plastic shells are rotomolded parts that are made from the same material that pick-up truck bed liners and snowmobile skis are made from. Our floats are individually sealed units, but in the event that one is punctured, you simply can't sink. To see all the details on our plastic float construction, please visit our MODULAR PLASTIC FLOATS page.

Q: How quickly do the kits ship? How does shipping work?

A: To cover our tails, we have to say that turn-around time is typically 1-3 weeks, but boat kits often get out the door within a week. We stock thousands of pounds of the frame components, and floats are often in stock as well, but turn-around time is dependant on current outstanding orders. Our busiest time is typically May through July, but any time of the year, filling orders is our top priority, and we ship as quickly as possible.

Floats ship from our partnering factory in Arkansas, and frames ship from our metal fabrication shop in NH. This means that all pontoon boat and work platform kits will arrive as two shipments. If you're close enough to NH or AR, local pick-up of either your floats or frame kit is available with prior arrangements. We also have international shipping available if you're located outside the US. We can ship via truck freight to Canada and Mexico, but if you're located outside of North America, we only ship via ocean freight. We can ship just about anywhere in the world, but it is most economical to pick-up at your local sea port if you're outside North America. When shipping via sea freight, the cost that you pay through us is ONLY the cost to get the freight onto the boat and physically to the local dock or to your doorstep. Your local port WILL have additional fees on top of our freight charge, and you WILL be responsible for your local importaion taxes and fees on top of those costs. We simply don't have a way to calculate or collect these fees ahead of delivery, so we strongly recommend doing your own research concerning the local fees you will encounter when importing our products. Also, many countries require working with an importation broker to file customs documents. We do not include this service and you will be responsible for making such arrangements.

Q: Are custom sizes available?

A: Yes! Our frame systems for 17" wide and 26" wide floats are able to go up to 8' wide and 175" long, but we do not offer larger frame systems for our 17" and 26" floats. We're happy to provide custom frame configurations, but due to engineering, production, and shipping limitations, we are not able to offer larger frames systems than stated above. Larger boats can be built with the floats that we offer, but you will have to design and build your own frame system.

Q: What is the warranty on these kits?

A: Our floats have a 1-year warranty that covers manufacturing defects. This period starts the day that the floats leave the factory. This is a 365 day period and the warranty covers the cost of freight for customers in the contiguous US (Alaska and Hawaii are not included), but not the cost of installation. Our frame systems have a 2-year warranty that covers manufacturing defects. This warranty starts the day that the frame kit is shipped and is a 730 day period. The frame kit warranty covers the cost of freight for customers in the contiguous US (Alaska and Hawaii are not included), but not the cost of installation or assembly. For non-US customers, for both floats and frame kits, replacement parts themselves are covered under warranty, but the cost of freight is not included. If you receive a product and find a defect, please contact us as soon as possible and we will replace the part or parts after clear pictures of the defect or defects are received. Crash damage, misuse, and abuse are not covered under warranty.

Q: How is payment accepted?

A: For orders totaling up to $7000, we are able to accept payment via credit card, PayPal, check, or electronic bank transfer. Payment for orders totaling over $7000 must be in the form of a bank-to-bank wire transfer, ACH payment, company check, or certified bank check. Personal checks are not accepted for orders totaling over $7000. Payment is due at the time the order is placed, and no order will be placed into our production queue before payment is received. "Net" payment terms are not offered by Silver Lake Fabrication LLC. This is a steadfast company policy. All prices shown are in USD and are subject to change without prior public notice.

Q: How do returns and cancellations work?

A: Simply put, they do not work. We DO NOT accept returns and we WILL NOT cancel an order. We work hard to get orders out the door as quickly as possible and provide the best service that we can. This means that when you commit to a purchase, we have committed to fill the order in a timely manner. Once an order is placed, the money you've paid goes into materials and labor specifically for your order, and we don't get that back, even if you change your mind. We repeat, WE DO NOT ACCEPT RETURNS AND WE WILL NOT CANCEL ORDERS.