The second version, much lighter, worked so much better! There were still some refinements that needed to be made. This glide allowed water to spray out on the sides, so I went back to the drawing board and added a keel on each side. This gave the pontoon a lot more lift and stopped the additional side splashing. In fact it gave the great lift I had been looking for - exactly what I wanted. The final revision has been the addition of the floatation device that gives even a quicker lift at take off.
During the process, the Water Glide patent was completed and the final product is ready for a lifetime of fun for every family to enjoy. Now I sit and dream about every pontoon having all these benefits with their own Water Glide!"
"While I was operating a pontoon boat on Grand Lake, in 1997, I dreamed of how a pontoon could be faster and have better fuel efficiency. After talking with a friend who has a machine shop, I was assured that I could use any of my friend's machinery to explore options.
I made the first glide from metal and boy was it heavy! I realized it was too heavy, but I put it on my pontoon and the iron glide actually worked! The glide gave the pontoon better speed but not enough - it was just too heavy!
The process continued as I worked in my garage to make a glide that would improve my pontoon! I worked with sheets of aluminum and aluminum ribs.