I was taught all the above ideas when I did my PB2 on my own boat, and again when I did the refresher own boat tuition with the Mrs in March, the preferred one for us at the moment is when coming alongside the pontoon tie off a line from stern cleat to pontoon, steer into the pontoon with a bit of power to hold the boat alongside, we have done it before without gettin off the boat just leaning over and tieing off to pontoon.
Single handed I do the same putting small amount of power on after tieing aft cleat towards pontoon then just walk off and tie bow line. Of course thats not to say its all gone t1ts up occasionally!
At Saxon I saw one boat practising the other technique with an instructor, boat was coming onto pontoon pretty much at 90 degrees, wife was on the bow with the rope, chucked it over a pontoon cleat the same way cookee describes (coiled in each hand) the boat went astern and came nicely round to the pontoon, the tide was running fast as well pushing the boat off, so seemed to work well. She then tide off at the stern with nobody getting off the boat.
My initial fears of finding the bigger boat harder to handle seem a bit unfounded at the moment as it seems easier than the Karnic, although it is still early days yet! Anyone else so far had a boatless April, cant see it changing anytime soon!?
Crownline 250CR 'eLJay'