HOW OUR KITS WORK

Our bolt-together pontoon work platforms are a sturdy, easy to transport solution for those who need to work on low bridges, dams, or carryout maintenance in lagoons. Our kits all use our super durable HDPE plastic floats, which is the same material that drop-in truck bed liners are made from, so you don't have to worry about dents or corrosion. These floats are especially great if your work barge will be going in salt water or hazardous contaminated environments.

The frame systems for our mini work barges are all bolt-together kits that go together easily, and only take a few hours to assemble. Our frames consist of two custom extrusions that make for a strong, yet light weight frame, and include all the stainless hardware required to put them together. The backbone of the design is our main beam extrusion (patent pending), which is a 6000 series aluminum component that has two slots that accept standard 3/8" square nuts. This allows our hat channel frame cross-members to bolt in place anywhere you need them. Our frame kits include all the aluminum frame structure components, which are easy 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? This means that you can make the boat any way you want! Also, you can build it in your back yard or workshop and we can ship it to you for a reasonable cost. If you've ever tried to ship a fully assembled barge, you know that it costs a fortune and can easily be damaged in transit due to the large size. Our kits arrive as two shipments. The floats will arrive on one truck as they ship direct from our partnering plastics factory in AR, and the frame kit ships from us in NH. The shipment from us 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.

We have thorough assembly instructions for our mini work barge kits, as well as full CAD models available for each kit that we offer. If you need any additional information, just ask! For further details on shipping, and other frequently asked questions, please read through the info below and check out the FAQ section at the bottom of this page.

6'x9' BLUNT WORK PLATFORM
-$3350 FOR FRAME & FLOATS
-$4340 WITH DECKING

Our 6'x9' floating work platform kit is perfect for those who need to get into tight spaces. This light weight mini pontoon work barge uses our 17" wide floats, is easy to transport with its compact design, and goes together in just a few hours. These little boats are ideal for working on low bridges, dams, or for mounting test equipment.

With our aluminum decking package, this compact pontoon work platform weighs in at just 392 pounds and has a capacity of 526 pounds (rated at half submersion of the floats). Our kit comes with all the required hardware, is available with or without aluminum decking, 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 16.5"
Overall width 85.5"
Overall length 106"
Platform width 72"
Platform length 106"
Frame & float kit weight 276 lbs.
Frame & hardware kit only weight 138 lbs.
Weight of optional decking package 116 lbs.
Weight of full kit w/AL decking 392 lbs.
Weight of floats only 138 lbs.
Capacity of floats 780 lbs.*
Capacity of frame & float kit 642 lbs.*
Capacity of full kit w/AL decking 526 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'x12' BLUNT WORK PLATFORM
-$4150 FOR FRAME & FLOATS
-$5220 WITH DECKING

The second smallest floating work platform that we offer, our 6'x12' mini blunt work barge uses our 17" wide floats, provides a bit more capacity, and has ample realestate to hold your gear and workers while retaining it's compact design. These little boats are ideal for working on low bridges, dams, or for mounting test equipment.

With our aluminum decking package, this mini pontoon work platform weighs in at only 514 pounds and has a capacity of 710 pounds (rated at half submersion of the floats). Our kit comes with all the required hardware, is available with or without aluminum decking, 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 16.5"
Overall width 85.5"
Overall length 141"
Platform width 72"
Platform length 141"
Frame & float kit weight 359 lbs.
Frame & hardware kit only weight 175 lbs.
Weight of optional decking package 155 lbs.
Weight of full kit w/AL decking 514 lbs.
Weight of floats only 184 lbs.
Capacity of floats 1040 lbs.*
Capacity of frame & float kit 865 lbs.*
Capacity of full kit w/AL decking 710 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.

8'x8' BLUNT WORK PLATFORM
-$3800 FOR FRAME & FLOATS
-$5380 WITH DECKING

Our 8'x8' blunt work platform uses our 26" wide floats and offers a lot of capacity for the footprint. We have many customers who mount water pumps and test equipment to this style raft, but they're also a great choice for getting into tight areas if doing repair or maintenance work.

With our aluminum decking package, this small raft weighs in at a manageable 602 pounds and has a capacity of 890 pounds (rated at half submersion of the floats). Our kit comes with all the required hardware, is available with or without aluminum decking, 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 26.5"
Overall width 101"
Overall length 96"
Platform width 95.75" (96" w/decking)
Platform length 96"
Frame & float kit weight 460 lbs.
Frame & hardware kit only weight 224 lbs.
Weight of optional decking package 142 lbs.
Weight of full kit w/AL decking 602 lbs.
Weight of floats only 236 lbs.
Capacity of floats 1256 lbs.*
Capacity of frame & float kit 1032 lbs.*
Capacity of full kit w/AL decking 890 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.

8'x9' BLUNT WORK PLATFORM
-$4900 FOR FRAME & FLOATS
-$6500 WITH DECKING

Our 8'x9' mini work barge uses our 26" wide floats, provides a bit more weight capacity, and is only a little bit larger than the next size down. If you have heavy equipment that needs to get out on the water, but still compact design, this blunk pontoon work platform gets the job done.

With our aluminum decking package, this raft weighs in at 775 pounds and has a capacity of 1463 pounds (rated at half submersion of the floats). Our kit comes with all the required hardware, is available with or without aluminum decking, 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 26.5"
Overall width 101"
Overall length 109"
Platform width 95.75" (96" w/decking)
Platform length 109"
Frame & float kit weight 613 lbs.
Frame & hardware kit only weight 259 lbs.
Weight of optional decking package 162 lbs.
Weight of full kit w/AL decking 775 lbs.
Weight of floats only 354 lbs.
Capacity of floats 1884 lbs.*
Capacity of frame & float kit 1625 lbs.*
Capacity of full kit w/AL decking 1463 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.

8'x12' BLUNT WORK PLATFORM
-$6150 FOR FRAME & FLOATS
-$7900 WITH DECKING

Our 8'x12' blunt pontoon work platform kit uses our 26" wide floats and provides full-size capability. If you need to get the whole crew out on the water to get work done, or have heavy equipment to float, this mini work barge gets it done. Best of all, it fits on a standard pontoon boat trailer and is easy to assemble.

With our aluminum decking package, this raft weighs in at 1016 pounds and has a capacity of 1968 pounds (rated at half submersion of the floats). Our kit comes with all the required hardware, is available with or without aluminum decking, 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 26.5"
Overall width 101"
Overall length 145"
Platform width 95.75" (96" w/decking)
Platform length 145"
Frame & float kit weight 801 lbs.
Frame & hardware kit only weight 329 lbs.
Weight of optional decking package 215 lbs.
Weight of full kit w/AL decking 1016 lbs.
Weight of floats only 472 lbs.
Capacity of floats 2512 lbs.*
Capacity of frame & float kit 2183 lbs.*
Capacity of full kit w/AL decking 1968 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.

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.