The other week, in my pontoon boat, I just brought a nice trout to hand, turned around to cast, and a dang snake was in the water, real close, headed my way. It wasn't very big, but it curled up with it's tail in the air a little, let out a hiss that curled my hair, and with my not so perfect eyesight, and vivid imagination, I thought it was a rattler. It wasn't, but if it was, and had I been in my float tube, my 2 options that my pontoon boat offered wouldn't have been available. Option 1, row like hell. Option 2, whack it with the oar. Since it wasn't a rattler, I let it hitch a ride back to shore in one of the forward pockets. Another time, in my float tube, one of my fins came off. I didn't lose it, but I gave up getting it back on in the middle of the lake. It took a real long time getting back to shore with one fin, with me the whole time praying the other fin don't fall off, or the wind don't come up, or both. Again, more options in a pontoon boat, including just putting the fin back on. I guess my point is, a pontoon boat may be more trouble to haul around, but when things unexpectedly go wrong on the water, a pontoon boat can keep you out of trouble a lot better than a float tube. Just sayin'.