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Old 05-24-2014, 01:34 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Looking to get a toon again. Probably wont put a motor on it. What are some pros and cons on the various models?
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You will probably get a lot of different opinions (which is what I guess you are looking for). I bought a Bucks Bag pontoon around 12 years ago or so and it has served me fine. It is light enough (around 50 pounds unloaded) that I can pick it up and place it in the bed of my truck, or when I had an old Toyota with a cab on it I could lift and push it up to a rack on top. I have taken it down the lower Gunnison, Colorado, and Green Rivers over several rapids and never had any problems (except at Red Creek on the Green which I chose to walk the pontoon through).

The Bucks Bag pontoon (don't know if they are still in business or not) has four stowage bags, a rear platform to store some equipment (normally a medium size ice chest for drinks, food, etc). Could hold a motor I guess if I built the platform up a bit but have never used a motor with it.

Oars are easy to stow as I normally use them on rivers or on lakes when the wind picks up. On lakes I normally just use my Force Fins. All in all, the pontoon works for me as it is easy to maneuver both in the water and moving it on land (I have a wheel attachment that if needed can move it a good distance on land).

Good luck with choosing one you are happy with.
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Creek Company is made here in Colorado. I have the ODC Sport and have used it for several seasons now. Good looking, light and easy to put together. Two big pockets (I use one for flies and the other for lures) that are big enough to hold water bottles and such. I got a couple of those rod holders that strap on and have the fly rod on one side and spinning rod on the other. And it didn't cost me as much as some of the other brands tend to run.
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Mine's the 9' Colorado XT. The wheel is a must for anyplace you can't drive to the water, bags seem to be decent quality (think mine is 4 yrs old and I've never had a leak, knock on wood). Frame isn't really a perfect fit and takes some work to assemble but it's not a big deal. I like the padded seat, too.
It's a pretty stable rig- I stand on the seat and sight fish although I wouldn't recommend anyone else do it

Let me know when you get something and I'll try to join you for the maiden voyage. Haven't had mine out yet this year.
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Actually I'm trying to find a deal on a used one. I don't want to make a mistake like I did on the last one I had. I did't check it out real close and ended up with something that was a pain to set up. It was a 9 footer and was plenty stable. How are the 8 footers? Basically I'm trying to avoid the last mistake. Matt if I get one before it freezes I'll let you know so you can come and enjoy a laugh on me.
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No I do nit represent them, yes I own several models. My favorite being the avenger, I run a gas out board on my personal toon, bass boat style, than flip the frame, add a second frame and run my wife down the river
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I like the creek company toons as well. We got them to go to the mountains and have hardly used them. I actually have 2 I would sell at a pretty good price. We just don't use them because of our schedule. PM if you are interested!
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Matt if I get one before it freezes I'll let you know so you can come and enjoy a laugh on me.
I have no room to laugh at anyone. First time out with mine I went to the south shore at Douglas and right as I got set up it started blowing like crazy from the north. I'd never rowed before and spent 15 minutes trying to get away from shore before I said F it and went home.

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One thing to think about is the frame. Of course aluminum is a lot lighter but some of the cheaper boats have steel frames and can be a little heavy.
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One thing to think about is the frame. Of course aluminum is a lot lighter but some of the cheaper boats have steel frames and can be a little heavy.
Yup, forgot about the frame. My Buck's Bag is a powder coated aluminum frame. My brother in law bought a pontoon from either Cabela's or Sportsmans (can't remember now) but it is a steel frame and much heavier than mine. About the same size but at least 10 -15 pounds heavier. If you can find one with powder coating I would seriously give that a plus.
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