HOW OUR KITS WORK

Since the introduction of our mini pontoon boat frame kits in the spring of 2019, we've had customers asking for large scale versions of the same bolt-together frame kits for building house boats, work barges, tiki boats, floating zoos, floating restraunts, and everything else under the sun. After much planning and calculating, we're making it happen! Our work barge and house boat base kits use our massive 37" wide plastic floats and BEEFY 6000 series extruded aluminum frames that bolt together just like our smaller kits (no welding required). The floats and frames are all made here in the US and are simple to assemble, as with our smaller boats, just greatly scaled up. As of mid October (yes, 2020), our extrusion dies are currently being machined. The dies will be ready by mid November, but in the meantime, we are accepting pre-orders. Please view our FAQ section at the bottom of this page and contact us for further info concerning turn-around times for orders.

Our kits are offered in 12' and 16' wide options here in lengths up to 20'. We are also able to offer 18' wide versions, but you must contact us for a quote. That means that you can connect two of our modules together to make single boats up to 40' long. We want to make is clear that THESE KITS ARE BIG. That's why this page is BIGASSPONTOONBOATS.COM. These are NOT build in your backyard size kits. These are industrial size kits that will require equipment to move the assembled pieces and complete the assembly. These barge assemblies have MASSIVE capacities as well, and this is why we are using our 37" wide floats. Of all the floats that we offer, the 37" wide floats provide the highest flotation density per square foot (footprint). For instance, our 16'x20' blunt float barge module has a capacity of 18,605 pounds (rated at half submersion). That means that two of them bolted together gives you a capacity of over 37,200 pounds! That's a HUGE number and the type of thing that house boat dreams are made of!

Our easy-to assemble frame design uses two custom made extrusions that make for a strong, yet relatively light weight frame that requires no welding. Integral to the design, our Main Beam extrusion is made specifically to fit the mounting channels on our 37" 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, allowing our custom made flange tube cross members (BEEFY 4"x2", 1/4" wall rectangular tube with two bolt flanges on the bottom) to bolt in place anywhere you need them. Our frame kits include all the aluminum frame structure components that 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? If you've ever tried to ship a fully assembled boat, you know that it costs a fortune (and is usually damaged)! Our kits arrive as two or three shipments (depending on what you purhcase). The floats will arrive on one or more trucks and ship direct from the plastics factory we partner with in AR, and the frame kit will ship 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 stuck on a project like this.

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. If using your new boat on public waterways, you will have to register the boat as home-built, and we can guide you through this process. Also, our frames do not come with engine mounting brackets, but our modules can be configured for mounting existing or custom built transoms.

If you have questions about any of our barge kits, please call, text, or email us any time. We're excited about this product line and would love to chat with you about your next barge based adventure!


16'x12' BOLT-TOGETHER BLUNT BARGE MODULES

$19,600 with 3 rows of floats
$27,600 with 5 rows of floats

Our 16'x12' barge modules are available with 3 rows and 5 rows of our foam filled 37" wide floats not do not include nose cones. Both platforms have a 186" wide frame with main beams that are 148" long, providing either a little bot of an over-hang on the rear part of your boat (if attatching to another module), or a slight over-hang on either end. The main beams can be trimmed if the over-hang is not required. These floating platforms make a super strudy base module for a house boat, work barge, tiki bar, or any otherthing else that needs a heavy-duty barge base with lots of capacity. These modules are available with black or orange floats and the further specifications for both arrangements are listed below.

16'x12' BLUNT MODULE WITH 3 ROWS OF FLOATS:

.STEP CAD FILE FOR THIS MODULE

Pontoon width 37"
Overall width 191"
Overall length 148"
Platform width 186"
Platform length 148"
Frame & float kit weight 2708 lbs.
Frame & hardware kit only weight 1350 lbs.
Weight of floats only 1215 lbs.
Capacity of floats 7686 lbs.*
Capacity of full barge assembly 6336 lbs.*

16'x12' BLUNT MODULE WITH 5 ROWS OF FLOATS:

.STEP CAD FILE FOR THIS MODULE

Pontoon width 37"
Overall width 191"
Overall length 148"
Platform width 186"
Platform length 148"
Frame & float kit weight 3721 lbs.
Frame & hardware kit only weight 1696 lbs.
Weight of floats only 2025 lbs.
Capacity of floats 12,810 lbs.*
Capacity of full barge assembly 11,114 lbs.*

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

16'x12' BOLT-TOGETHER NOSE CONE BARGE MODULES

$18,800 with 3 rows of floats
$26,700 with 5 rows of floats

Our 16'x12' nose cone barge modules are available with 3 rows and 5 rows of our foam filled 37" wide floats and are intended to be coupled with one of our blunt modules, or even another of this same module if you want nose cones on either side of your barge. We do not recommend using this size module without a partnering module as the load will feel a bit tippy front to rear since the module sits so high in the water. Both platforms have a 186" wide frame with main beams that are 124.4" long, allowing the nose cones to protrude from under the deck. Add these platforms to the front of your work boat, house boat, or floating circus to make them easier to steer and glide through the water more easily. These modules are available with black or orange floats and the further specifications for both arrangements are listed below.

16'x12' NOSE CONE MODULE WITH 3 ROWS OF FLOATS

.STEP CAD FILE FOR THIS MODULE

Pontoon width 37"
Overall width 191"
Overall length 144"
Platform width 186"
Platform length 124.4"
Frame & float kit weight 2259 lbs.
Frame & hardware kit only weight 1179 lbs.
Weight of floats only 1080 lbs.
Capacity of floats 6477 lbs.*
Capacity of full barge assembly 5298 lbs.*

16'x12' NOSE CONE MODULE WITH 5 ROWS OF FLOATS:

.STEP CAD FILE FOR THIS MODULE

Pontoon width 37"
Overall width 191"
Overall length 148"
Platform width 186"
Platform length 148"
Frame & float kit weight 3270 lbs.
Frame & hardware kit only weight 1470 lbs.
Weight of floats only 1800 lbs.
Capacity of floats 10,795 lbs.*
Capacity of full barge assembly 9325 lbs.*

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

16'x16' BOLT-TOGETHER BLUNT BARGE MODULES

$23,500 with 3 rows of floats
$32,800 with 5 rows of floats

Our 16'x16' barge modules are available with 3 rows and 5 rows of floats. Further info will be posted soon.

16'x16' BLUNT MODULE WITH 3 ROWS OF FLOATS

.STEP CAD FILE FOR THIS MODULE

Pontoon width 37"
Overall width 191"
Overall length 196"
Platform width 186"
Platform length 196"
Frame & float kit weight 3394 lbs.
Frame & hardware kit only weight 1774 lbs.
Weight of floats only 1620 lbs.
Capacity of floats 10,248 lbs.*
Capacity of full barge assembly 8474 lbs.*

16'x16' BLUNT MODULE WITH 5 ROWS OF FLOATS

.STEP CAD FILE FOR THIS MODULE

Pontoon width 37"
Overall width 191"
Overall length 196"
Platform width 186"
Platform length 196"
Frame & float kit weight 1913 lbs.
Frame & hardware kit only weight 2213 lbs.
Weight of floats only 2700 lbs.
Capacity of floats 17,080 lbs.*
Capacity of full barge assembly 14,867 lbs.*

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

16'x16' BOLT-TOGETHER NOSE CONE BARGE MODULES

$22,800 with 3 rows of floats
$31,900 with 5 rows of floats

Our 16'x16' barge modules with nose cones are available with 3 rows and 5 rows of floats. Further info will be posted soon.

16'x16' NOSE CONE MODULE WITH 3 ROWS OF FLOATS

.STEP CAD FILE FOR THIS MODULE

Pontoon width 37"
Overall width 191"
Overall length 194.4"
Platform width 186"
Platform length 172.4"
Frame & float kit weight 3072 lbs.
Frame & hardware kit only weight 1587 lbs.
Weight of floats only 1485 lbs.
Capacity of floats 9039 lbs.*
Capacity of full barge assembly 7452 lbs.*

16'x16' NOSE CONE MODULE WITH 5 ROWS OF FLOATS

.STEP CAD FILE FOR THIS MODULE

Pontoon width 37"
Overall width 191"
Overall length 194.4"
Platform width 186"
Platform length 172.4"
Frame & float kit weight 4464 lbs.
Frame & hardware kit only weight 1989 lbs.
Weight of floats only 2475 lbs.
Capacity of floats 15,065 lbs.*
Capacity of full barge assembly 13,076 lbs.*

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

16'x20' BOLT-TOGETHER BLUNT BARGE MODULES

$28,700 with 3 rows of floats
$40,800 with 5 rows of floats

Our 16'x20' barge modules are available with 3 rows and 5 rows of floats. Further info will be posted soon.

16'x20' BLUNT BARGE MODULE WITH 3 ROWS OF FLOATS

.STEP CAD FILE FOR THIS MODULE

Pontoon width 37"
Overall width 191"
Overall length 244"
Platform width 186"
Platform length 244"
Frame & float kit weight 4222 lbs.
Frame & hardware kit only weight 2198 lbs.
Weight of floats only 2025 lbs.
Capacity of floats 12,810 lbs.*
Capacity of full barge assembly 10,612 lbs.*

16'x20' BLUNT BARGE MODULE WITH 5 ROWS OF FLOATS

.STEP CAD FILE FOR THIS MODULE

Pontoon width 37"
Overall width 191"
Overall length 244"
Platform width 186"
Platform length 244"
Frame & float kit weight 6120 lbs.
Frame & hardware kit only weight 2745 lbs.
Weight of floats only 3375 lbs.
Capacity of floats 21,350 lbs.*
Capacity of full barge assembly 18,605 lbs.*

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

16'x20' BOLT-TOGETHER NOSE CONE BARGE MODULES

$27,900 with 3 rows of floats
$38,900 with 5 rows of floats

Our 16'x20' barge modules with nose cones are available with 3 rows and 5 rows of floats. Further info will be posted soon.

16'x20' NOSE CONE MODULE WITH 3 ROWS OF FLOATS

.STEP CAD FILE FOR THIS MODULE

Pontoon width 37"
Overall width 191"
Overall length 242.4"
Platform width 186"
Platform length 220.4"
Frame & float kit weight 3901 lbs.
Frame & hardware kit only weight 2011 lbs.
Weight of floats only 1890 lbs.
Capacity of floats 11,601 lbs.*
Capacity of full barge assembly 9590 lbs.*

16'x20' NOSE CONE MODULE WITH 5 ROWS OF FLOATS

.STEP CAD FILE FOR THIS MODULE

Pontoon width 37"
Overall width 191"
Overall length 242.4"
Platform width 186"
Platform length 220.4"
Frame & float kit weight 5693 lbs.
Frame & hardware kit only weight 2543 lbs.
Weight of floats only 3150 lbs.
Capacity of floats 19,335 lbs.*
Capacity of full barge assembly 16,792 lbs.*

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

12' WIDE BARGE MODULES

12'x12' BOLT-TOGETHER BLUNT BARGE MODULES

$14,100 with 2 rows of floats

Our 12'x12' blunt barge modules are available with 2 rows of floats. Further info will be posted soon.

Pontoon width 37"
Overall width 143"
Overall length 148"
Platform width 138"
Platform length 148"
Frame & float kit weight 1917 lbs.
Frame & hardware kit only weight 1107 lbs.
Weight of floats only 810 lbs.
Capacity of floats 5124 lbs.*
Capacity of full barge assembly 4017 lbs.*

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

12'x12' BOLT-TOGETHER NOSE CONE BARGE MODULES

$13,700 with 2 rows of floats

Our 12'x12' nose cone barge modules are available with 2 rows of floats. Further info will be posted soon.

Pontoon width 37"
Overall width 143"
Overall length 144"
Platform width 138"
Platform length 136"
Frame & float kit weight 1620 lbs.
Frame & hardware kit only weight 900 lbs.
Weight of floats only 720 lbs.
Capacity of floats 4318 lbs.*
Capacity of full barge assembly 3418 lbs.*

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

12'x16' BOLT-TOGETHER BLUNT BARGE MODULES

$17,600 with 2 rows of floats

Our 12'x16' blunt barge modules are available with 2 rows of floats. Further info will be posted soon.

Pontoon width 37"
Overall width 143"
Overall length 196"
Platform width 138"
Platform length 196"
Frame & float kit weight 2344 lbs.
Frame & hardware kit only weight 1264 lbs.
Weight of floats only 1080 lbs.
Capacity of floats 6832 lbs.*
Capacity of full barge assembly 5568 lbs.*

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

12'x16' BOLT-TOGETHER NOSE CONE BARGE MODULES

$17,200 with 2 rows of floats

Our 12'x16' nose cone barge modules are available with 2 rows of floats. Further info will be posted soon.

Pontoon width 37"
Overall width 143"
Overall length 192"
Platform width 138"
Platform length 184"
Frame & float kit weight 2185 lbs.
Frame & hardware kit only weight 1195 lbs.
Weight of floats only 990 lbs.
Capacity of floats 6026 lbs.*
Capacity of full barge assembly 4830 lbs.*

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

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

A: Our work barge kits typically take 8-12 weeks for all parts to ship out. These kits take a lot of planning and the parts are ALL built to order. Floats ship from our partnering factory in Arkansas and will arrive on one or more trucks (domestic orders). Floats for barge kits typically ship 3-4 weeks after the order is placed. Frames ship from New Hampshire and will ship out on another truck (domestic orders). If you're based in New England, local pickup of the frame system at our location in Concord, NH is available, as is local delivery with our own company truck. If you're near north east Arkansas, local pick up of the floats is also available, but do bear in mind that these floats are HUGE and you'll require a tractor trailer to be able to fit enough for most barge modules. For international customers, floats will ship via intermodal shipping container via cargo ship, as will the frame kits (floats and frame kits WILL ship separately as it's more economical). We can ship anywhere in the world, but if you're able to pick up your kit at a local sea port, it will be much less expensive than direct delivery when shipping internationally.

For reference, the three modes of transportation that we use when shipping the floats or frames for this kit are either a 53' tractor trailer (outside length of trailer box), standard 20' intermodal shipping container, or standard 40' high-cube intermodal shipping container. Below we have diagrams showing how many of the 37" wide floats for these kits fit into the two sizes of shipping container. A 20' shipping container will hold up to 20 of our 37" wide floats (not tall enough to stack them), a 40' high-cube shipping container can hold up to 52 floats, and a 53' tractor trailer will hold up to 72 of the floats.

All international freight is shipped FOB, meaning that the freight charge that you pay us is only to get the freight on the boat and to the dock. 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 contacting your local sea port's freight dock for an estimate of the fees before finalizing your order. 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 arrangements with a local brokerage before we can ship your order.

Q: Are custom sizes available?

A: We are only able to offer custom size barges outside the sizes listed on this page if you are purchasing multiple units. When we have the aluminum made and the machine work done, we have to purchase all the materials in batches of 2000 pounds or more. That means that if you want a single barge for which EITHER of our two proprietary aluminum frame extrusions (main beams and cross members) total less than 2000 pounds of material, we have to decline the order. The material is so expensive that if we were to offer a boat such as a single 10' wide boat that was 12' long with two rows of floats, us accepting the order would be a net loss for our company, and that's just bad business. On the other hand, if you needed 4 or more of that size barge system, we could make it work as the main beams would total just over 2000 pounds. At this time, we are only offering the sizes on this page and 18' wide boats (per special request) for this very reason.

Concerning the size constraints of our frame system, we are able to go as wide as 18' for the cross members, and up to 20'4' in length for the main beams. If building barge systems larger than that, you will have to couple two or more of our barge modules with your own supplied structure. We can provide verbal instruction on how to do this, but we will not be posting instructions on how to couple the modules due to liability concerns. If you would like to discuss how to connect the modules, you MUST call us. Visit our "Contact Us" page for multiple means of calling us (phone or WhatsApp).

Q: Are frame kits avilable separately for alternate purposes?

A: We will not sell our frame kits separately from the floats. The frames are VERY expensive to make and selling the floats at the same time allows us to offer the kits as a whole at a reasonable price.

Q: How is payment accepted?

A: We understand that these kits are a solid chunk of change and we understand that you're putting a lot of faith in us when placing an order for one of these kits. As these kits are high-value units, we do not accept credit cards for payment (fees would kill us and the fear of a charge-back is too real) and payment has to be in the form of a bank-to-bank wire transfer, ACH transfer, or certified bank check. If your only way to pay for an order is with a credit card, we must decline the order. As we have to pay for all the materials up front and then do a pile of work on this end, payment is due in full before an order is put into our queue. Our company is steadfast on the policy of having zero debts with our vendors and no open accounts with our customers. This allows us to stay focused on the important tasks of filling orders and developing product.

Q: How do returns and cancellations work?

A: Simply put, they do not work work. We DO NOT accept returns and we WILL NOT cancel an order. All of our kits are custom built and are not product that has been sitting in a warehouse. This allows us to operate lean and be as competitive with our pricing as possible. We work hard to get orders out the door as soon as possible and provide the best service that we can, so that means that when you commit to a purchase, we have committed to fill the order. Once an order is placed, the money you hand to us goes into materials and labor, 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.