About Us

About South Bay Pontoon

A Proud History

Since 1998, South Bay pontoons has built a reputation for boats designed and engineered to provide our customers with more luxury, more performance and more value.

Forest River Marine is one of 65 + divisions of Forest River, Inc., the largest recreational vehicle manufacturer in the world. With annual sales of approximately 4.5 billion dollars, we have the financial strength to maintain a position of industry leadership for years to come.

Forest River, Inc., was acquired by Berkshire Hathaway in August, 2005. With this new relationship we are able to add our name to such venerable brands as: GEICO; Dairy Queen; Pampered Chef; See’s Candies; Fruit of the Loom; Justin Brands; Benjamin Moore & Company; Net Jets and Helzberg Diamonds.

South Bay pontoons remains committed to continued product improvement as a means to provide South Bay pontoon owners with a lifetime of enjoyment on the water. After all; It’s about Family and Friends!

Backed by an Industry Leader

Founded in 1996, Forest River, Inc., has grown to become one of the largest recreational vehicle manufacturers in the world. Forest River, Inc., is also one of the largest employers in the recreational vehicle industry with approximately 10,000 employees and 75 manufacturing facilities throughout the country.

A division of Forest River, Inc., a Berkshire Hathaway company.

As a division of Forest River, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway, Forest River Marine offers the financial stability afforded to their customers that no other recreational products company in the industry can. At Forest River we take great pride in building products that continually exceed our customers' expectations. Combining superior construction, quality components and rich comfortable furnishings have made our products the best in the industry.

Forest River Marine will remain committed to continual product improvement as a means to provide the South Bay owners with a lifetime of enjoyment on the water.

Take it from Our Owners

At South Bay, we believe we offer pontoons that are second to none, but don't take our word for it. Here are comments from some of our satisfied customers we have had over the years.

South Bay Testimonials
“I’ve had rides on 400 foot yachts and I recently had an outing on my daughter’s South Bay pontoon. Hands down, I prefer the pontoon.”
- Warren Buffett
"This is our 2nd South Bay pontoon boat; we will stay with South Bay forever!"

- Clara M., Arkansas :: 924SL South Bay Owner

"The quality of our boat is impeccable! We have had a great time on our boat; it makes us excited for the summer to come!"

- Thomas V., Pennsylvania :: 522CR Owner

"The boat drives like a dream; it has a style of its own, a smooth ride and handles great! It is great to take the family out on and it makes us ready for retirement so we can be on it more!"

- John & Pamela A., North Carolina :: 522CR Owner

"We loved it when we bought it and we still love it now."

- Deborah B., North Carolina :: 522 Owner

"We love our boat so much; it makes us look forward to next summer!"

- Ronald H., Minnesota :: 722CR Owner

"I just purchased a 2011 900 series in Lake Havasu City, AZ and am very happy with the quality and workmanship on my new boat. I have been a pontoon owner for the last 15 yrs and have never seen such a well-built pontoon boat. THANK YOU!"

- Spencer M., Arizona

"South Bay has a great product. Your boats are the bomb!"

- William B., Pennsylvania :: 722CR Owner

"We bought the boat because we have a 5 year old daughter and we wanted be out on the water as a family. This boat has been just that, a perfect family boat! We really enjoyed it last summer and we can't wait for this summer to get here!"

- Joshua P., Louisiana :: 522F Owner

"We love the boat, but more importantly—our Golden Retrievers love the boat!!!"

- James P., Louisiana :: 722CR South Bay I/O Owner

"We bought a pontoon boat from you clearly because we have a Forest River camper and are extremely happy with it and said if we bought a new boat it would be from you… Your factory rep was there and was so nice and bent over backwards for us to buy. He was such a nice guy and that is another reason to buy from you. This is the second boat we have gotten from Cope Marine and that says a lot for them. We go back to where we are treated good. Please keep up the quality of your campers and boats and you will be around for many years. This is also the second Forest River camper we have bought!!!!!"

- John R., Illinois

"I have never owned a boat and this being my first purchase, the boat is everything I could have asked for. It has speed, maneuverability, great handling, a ton of room, easy to drive and last but not least an amazing look."

- Stephen F.

South Bay Testimonials
“Hi Ron, first of all I hope that you have already left work for the Holiday weekend. Rose and I wanted to personally THANK YOU and your team for the excellent build on our new boat. The ride and handling exceeded our expectation and the quality of the craftsmanship was superb. We have already tested the boat on the rough waves at the Lake of the Ozark and it passed that test by not getting our friends wet or bouncing them from their seat and also how well the "Joystick" piloting allows us to maneuver for docking at our favorite restaurants. My wife who was sitting in the rear lounge seat with our friends cannot get over how quiet the twin 300 Mercury motors are. My compliment to you and your crew again for the interior finish, exterior appearance and especially the craftsmanship and how well you laid out all of the mechanical components in the rear hatch compartment to provide us with space for our float toys and the first class wiring for all of the equipment and electronics.

Ron it has been a long wait but you guys have made it all worth while and we cannot say enough about how pleased we are that you took on this project and hit it out of the park. "I only wish that our Royals could hit that good!"

My hope was to see you at the LOTO Shootout and personally thank you and shake you hand for a job well done. Maybe Rose and I will be back your way on one of our motorcycle trips and take you guys out for lunch or diner. Thanks again for our beautiful boat.”
- Larry and Rose R.
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Excellence in Customer Satisfaction

Forest River Marine is proud to be recognized by the NMMA (National Marine Manufacturers Association) for consecutive years as a recipient of the Marine Industry CSI Award.

Customer Satisfaction

Forest River Marine has achieved and maintained an independently measured standard of excellence in customer satisfaction.

This award demonstrates that Forest River Marine builds the highest quality products, and is focused on the needs and satisfaction of the customer by providing them with exceptional customer service and the best warranty in the industry.