The term “pontoon racers” might conjure a comical image of the popular family boats puttering along a lake.
But each summer during the Lake of the Ozarks Shootout, an emerging class of pontoons — rigged with multiple high-horse outboards — duels for the top spot.
Brad Rowland recently claimed the Top Toon prize with an amazing 114-mph run.
Rowland’s boat, named Tooned In, is a 25-foot 2010 South Bay tritoon powered with triple Mercury Promax 300X outboards.
Somewhat scarier, Rowland has a need for even more speed.
“People freak out when they see me come down the lake that fast in a pontoon,” Rowland told the Lake Expo News. “I see 120 mph not out of my reach.”