HOW OUR KITS WORK

Our large pontoon barge kits are built for house boats, work barges, and other industrial vessels with hefty capacity requirements. This systems is available with our giant 37" wide plastic pontoon boats and our massive Elephant Series floats. The frame systems for this product line are made using construction grade 6061 aluminum box tubing and I-beam, come with the holes drilled in all the right places (other than the holes for the floats themselves), and include all the hardware you'll need to put it together. Your large barge kit also comes with step-by-step assembly instructions to make it all easy.

Our boat kits float on super durable, foam filled HDPE plastic floats that simply can't sink. Every one of our kits use multiple independently sealed float sections, so our boats are safe as possible. In the years of selling our plastic floats, we have yet to have a customer puncture one, and most of our customers are industrial, so that says a lot. For details on the warranty on our kit components, please view our FAQ at the bottom of this page.

Our large pontoon barge systems are available in 10', 12', 14', and 16' widths and barge modules are available up to 20' in length. We do not and will not be offering kits that are larger due to shipping and manufacturing limitations. However, our barge modules are designed to be able to joined together with lengths of rectangular alminum tube. All of our barge modules come equipped with attachment tube mounting holes in the cross members. We typically do not recommend barges larger than 40' overall length, but that doesn't mean it can't be done. All of our barges are made to order, so just ask if you have special requirements.

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 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.

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 or custom-built, and different municipalities will have different requirements. We will do everything we can to aid in this process.

Due to the nature of this product line, we are not posting pricing here at this time. However, we are typically able to provide pricing within a few hours AFTER A CONVERSATION to verify what your requirements are. With boat kits like this, everyone has their own requirements, and "standard" is not a thing. People need different lengths, different widths, and different capacities. Since customer requirements and constantly fluctuating material prices are a moving target (especially now), we will be quoting these kits on a project-by- project basis. Futher details on this is listed at the bottom of this page.

When we work with you to design your frame and float system, we will be happy to provide CAD models for everything so you know exactly what you'll be working with. Just like our pricing, that is fairly quick for us to provide, so if you're serious about a barge kit, please ask for a CAD model. Do please be respectful with your requests though as they typically take 2-6 hours to put together and send you. For those looking to design their own boat, we will be providing CAD models of the individual parts (frame components, hardware, & floats) as well as example boat kits that you can modify in your CAD software on this page.

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!

10' & 12' WIDE PONTOON BARGE KITS
WITH 37" WIDE FLOATS

Our 10' and 12' wide pontoon barge systems use two runs of our 37" wide floats and make use of a 2"x5", 1/4" wall aluminum rectangular tube back-bone and thick 3" tall aluminum I-beam crossmembers with machined flats to ensure secure bolting. Each size module comes with a grouping of 3 I-beams with 6" on-center spacing on each end and 12" on-center spacing from the ends in. This makes for a super strong frame system that will support much more than the floats will hold out of the water. These barge modules are available with 8', 12', 16', and 20' overall lengths. Longer single barge modules are NOT available.

Below we have provided specification tables, which include links to downloadable CAD files for each size kit we list. If you would like to discuss what size kit or kits would work best for your application, please contact us.

These kits typically ships 4-7 weeks after the order is placed and full payment is received. Please read through the FAQ section at the bottom of this page before contacting us to discuss a kit for you.

NOSE CONE BARGE MODULE SPECS:

10'X8' NC module 10'x12' NC module 10'x16' NC module 10'x20' NC module 12'X8' NC module 12'x12' NC module 12'x16' NC module 12'x20' NC module
Pontoon width 37" 37" 37" 37" 37" 37" 37" 37"
Overall width 120" 120" 120" 120" 144" 144" 144" 144"
Overall length 99.4" 147.4" 195.4" 243.4" 99.4" 147.4" 195.4" 243.4"
Platform width 120" 120" 120" 120" 144" 144" 144" 144"
Platform length 74" 122" 170" 218" 74" 122" 170" 218"
Frame & float kit weight 883 lbs. 1358 lbs. 1833 lbs. 2308 lbs. 941 lbs. 1442 lbs. 1943 lbs. 2444 lbs.
Frame & hardware kit only weight 433 lbs. 638 lbs. 843 lbs. 1048 lbs. 491 lbs. 722 lbs. 953 lbs. 1184 lbs.
Weight of floats only 450 lbs. 720 lbs. 990 lbs. 1260 lbs. 450 lbs. 720 lbs. 990 lbs. 1260 lbs.
Capacity of floats 2610 lbs. 4318 lbs. 6026 lbs. 7734 lbs. 2610 lbs. 4318 lbs. 6026 lbs. 7734 lbs.
Capacity of frame & float kit 2177 lbs. 3680 lbs. 5183 lbs. 6686 lbs. 2119 lbs. 3596 lbs. 5073 lbs. 6550 lbs.
Height of I-beam crossmembers 3" 3" 3" 3" 3" 3" 3" 3"
Number of crossmembers 9 13 17 21 9 13 17 21
On-center spacing of crossmembers 6" / 12" 6" / 12" 6" / 12" 6" / 12" 6" / 12" 6" / 12" 6" / 12" 6" / 12"
.STEP CAD MODEL** 10x8 NC MODULE 10x12 NC MODULE 10x16 NC MODULE 10x20 NC MODULE 12x8 NC MODULE 12x12 NC MODULE 12x16 NC MODULE 12x20 NC MODULE

BLUNT END BARGE MODULE SPECS:

10'X8' BLT module 10'x12' BLT module 10'x16' BLT module 10'x20' BLT module 12'X8' BLT module 12'x12' BLT module 12'x16' BLT module 12'x20' BLT module
Pontoon width 37" 37" 37" 37" 37" 37" 37" 37"
Overall width 120" 120" 120" 120" 144" 144" 144" 144"
Overall length 98" 146" 194" 242" 98" 146" 194" 242"
Platform width 120" 120" 120" 120" 144" 144" 144" 144"
Platform length 98" 146" 194" 242" 98" 146" 194" 242"
Frame & float kit weight 1051 lbs. 1526 lbs. 2001 lbs. 2477 lbs. 1122 lbs. 1623 lbs. 2124 lbs. 2625 lbs.
Frame & hardware kit only weight 511 lbs. 716 lbs. 921 lbs. 1127 lbs. 582 lbs. 813 lbs. 1044 lbs. 1275 lbs.
Weight of floats only 540 lbs. 810 lbs. 1080 lbs. 1350 lbs. 540 lbs. 810 lbs. 1080 lbs. 1350 lbs.
Capacity of floats 3416 lbs. 5124 lbs. 6832 lbs. 8540 lbs. 3416 lbs. 5124 lbs. 6832 lbs. 8540 lbs.
Capacity of frame & float kit 2905 lbs. 4408 lbs. 5911 lbs. 7413 lbs. 2834 lbs. 4311 lbs. 5788 lbs. 7265 lbs.
Height of I-beam crossmembers 3" 3" 3" 3" 3" 3" 3" 3"
Number of crossmembers 11 15 19 23 11 15 19 23
On-center spacing of crossmembers 6" / 12" 6" / 12" 6" / 12" 6" / 12" 6" / 12" 6" / 12" 6" / 12" 6" / 12"
.STEP CAD MODEL** 10x8 BLT MODULE 10x12 BLT MODULE 10x16 BLT MODULE 10x20 BLT MODULE 12x8 BLT MODULE 12x12 BLT MODULE 12x16 BLT MODULE 12x20 BLT MODULE

*Above weight capacities are rated at half submersion of the pontoons.
**Main Beam bolt holes are omitted from CAD models.

14' & 16' WIDE PONTOON BARGE KITS
WITH 37" WIDE FLOATS

Our 14' and 16' wide pontoon barge systems use three runs of our 37" wide floats and make use of a 2"x5", 1/4" wall aluminum rectangular tube back-bone and thick 4" tall aluminum I-beam crossmembers with machined flats to ensure secure bolting. Each size module comes with a grouping of 3 I-beams with 6" on-center spacing on each end and 12" on-center spacing from the ends in. This makes for a super strong frame system that will support much more than the floats will hold out of the water. These barge modules are available with 8', 12', 16', and 20' overall lengths. Longer single barge modules are NOT available.

Below we have provided specification tables, which include links to downloadable CAD files for each size kit we list. If you would like to discuss what size kit or kits would work best for your application, please contact us.


NOSE CONE BARGE MODULE SPECS:

14'X8' NC module 14'x12' NC module 14'x16' NC module 14'x20' NC module 16'X8' NC module 16'x12' NC module 16'x16' NC module 16'x20' NC module
Pontoon width 37" 37" 37" 37" 37" 37" 37" 37"
Overall width 168" 168" 168" 168" 192" 192" 192" 192"
Overall length 99.4" 147.4" 195.4" 243.4" 99.4" 147.4" 195.4" 243.4"
Platform width 168" 168" 168" 168" 192" 192" 192" 192"
Platform length 74" 122" 170" 218" 74" 122" 170" 218"
Frame & float kit weight 1358 lbs. 2086 lbs. 2813 lbs. 3541 lbs. 1425 lbs. 2183 lbs. 2940 lbs. 3697 lbs.
Frame & hardware kit only weight 683 lbs. 1006 lbs. 1328 lbs. 1651 lbs. 750 lbs. 1103 lbs. 1455 lbs. 1807 lbs.
Weight of floats only 675 lbs. 1080 lbs. 1485 lbs. 1890 lbs. 675 lbs. 1080 lbs. 1485 lbs. 1890 lbs.
Capacity of floats 3915 lbs. 6477 lbs. 9039 lbs. 11601 lbs. 3915 lbs. 6477 lbs. 9039 lbs. 11601 lbs.
Capacity of frame & float kit 3232 lbs. 5471 lbs. 7711 lbs. 9950 lbs. 3165 lbs. 5374 lbs. 7584 lbs. 9794 lbs.
Height of I-beam crossmembers 4" 4" 4" 4" 4" 4" 4" 4"
Number of crossmembers 9 13 17 21 9 13 17 21
On-center spacing of crossmembers 6" / 12" 6" / 12" 6" / 12" 6" / 12" 6" / 12" 6" / 12" 6" / 12" 6" / 12"
.STEP CAD MODEL** 14x8 NC MODULE 14x12 NC MODULE 14x16 NC MODULE 14x20 NC MODULE 16x8 NC MODULE 16x12 NC MODULE 16x16 NC MODULE 16x20 NC MODULE

BLUNT END BARGE MODULE SPECS:

14'X8' BLT module 14'x12' BLT module 14'x16' BLT module 14'x20' BLT module 16'X8' BLT module 16'x12' BLT module 16'x16' BLT module 16'x20' BLT module
Pontoon width 37" 37" 37" 37" 37" 37" 37" 37"
Overall width 168" 168" 168" 168" 192" 192" 192" 192"
Overall length 98" 146" 194" 242" 98" 146" 194" 242"
Platform width 168" 168" 168" 168" 192" 192" 192" 192"
Platform length 98" 146" 194" 242" 98" 146" 194" 242"
Frame & float kit weight 1618 lbs. 2345 lbs. 3073 lbs. 3800 lbs. 1700 lbs. 2457 lbs. 3214 lbs. 3972 lbs.
Frame & hardware kit only weight 808 lbs. 1130 lbs. 1453 lbs. 1775 lbs. 890 lbs. 1242 lbs. 1594 lbs. 1947 lbs.
Weight of floats only 810 lbs. 1215 lbs. 1620 lbs. 2025 lbs. 810 lbs. 1215 lbs. 1620 lbs. 2025 lbs.
Capacity of floats 5124 lbs. 7686 lbs. 10248 lbs. 12810 lbs. 5124 lbs. 7686 lbs. 10248 lbs. 12810 lbs.
Capacity of frame & float kit 4316 lbs. 6556 lbs. 8795 lbs. 11035 lbs. 4234 lbs. 6444 lbs. 8654 lbs. 10863 lbs.
Height of I-beam crossmembers 4" 4" 4" 4" 4" 4" 4" 4"
Number of crossmembers 11 15 19 23 11 15 19 23
On-center spacing of crossmembers 6" / 12" 6" / 12" 6" / 12" 6" / 12" 6" / 12" 6" / 12" 6" / 12" 6" / 12"
.STEP CAD MODEL** 14x8 BLT MODULE 14x12 BLT MODULE 14x16 BLT MODULE 14x20 BLT MODULE 16x8 BLT MODULE 16x12 BLT MODULE 16x16 BLT MODULE 16x20 BLT MODULE

*Above weight capacities are rated at half submersion of the pontoons.
**Main Beam bolt holes are omitted from CAD models.
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: Our large barge kits are build-to-order and turn-around time is typically 4-6 weeks, but that can vary depending on current work load. 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 large barge frame systems for 37" wide floats are able to go up to 16' wide and 40' long if you joint two barge modules together. Individual barge modules can be as long as 20' with our system, but not longer due to the way our materials come from the factory. We're happy to provide custom frame configurations, but as new designs are rather time intensive, please be curtious with your requests. Due to work loads typically being fairly heavy, we will not provide full CAD models of custom configurations before you're prepared to purchase. If you need a custom configuration, please use our provided CAD models to design what you need. If you provide us with a CAD model of what you need, it'll make your order quicker to both quote and produce.

Frame systems for Elephant series pontoons will be added soon!

Q: How do I mount an engine or a motor on one of the boat kits?

A: At this time, we do not offer transoms that are appropriate for our large barge systems. Traditional pontoon boat transoms can be mounted to these systems, but most of our customers will end up building their own motor mounting systems. We do not currently have plans to offer motor mounting pods for this frame system.

Q: What do I use for decking?

A: At this time, we do not offer an appropriate decking for our large barge systems. Our current aluminum decking that we offer for our small scale boats is not engineered to handle the weight that our large barge systems can handle. When decking one of our large bage frame systems, we recommend using either thick wood planks, thick marine grade plywood, or the type of aluminum decking that is used on heavy-duty cargo trailers. DO NOT USE PRESSURE TREATED WOOD on our frame systems. The copper content in residential construction type pressure treated timber eats aluminum in wet environments and completely voids your frame warranty.

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 provided 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.