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Old 05-04-2008, 07:24 PM   #1 (permalink)
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So I think I will take my tax rebate and invest in a new pontoon. Anyone have any advice on what to be looking for when purchasing a new pontoon (besides the obvious, pontoons, oars, etc!). I'm looking to spend between $400 and 600. Also, do they have to be registered? What about if you put a electric motor on it? I appreciate the advice!
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Old 05-04-2008, 07:49 PM   #2 (permalink)
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If it has a motor you have to register it, also I found the higher sit above the water the more you are affected by the wind, getting blown around.
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Old 05-04-2008, 07:52 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Good to know. Thanks.
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Old 05-04-2008, 07:55 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Have you considered a kayak? If so, pm me. I know a place that has some awesome deals on fishing kayaks.
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I got a pontoon in early march. Took it out for the first time in early April. First time out all i had was oars. I was dizzy from rowing in circles. Perhaps it takes more coordination than I possess but my opinion is that if you want to cover a lot of ground when on the water a motor is the way to go. Mine has 8' pontoons and is rated for 300lbs. I am between 210 and 215. With the motor and battery i am near the limit. My point is that at full speed on the trolling motor the water line is right at the top of the pontoon in the rear. So my suggestion is if you are at or near 200lbs i would go with 9' pontoons simply for their ability to support more weight. I would also suggest looking at the seat mechanism. A swivel seat is a must in my opinion. Right now Gander Mtn has all their toons on the floor where you can get a good look at them. I would suggest checking them out so you can see the different features. If you have any specific questions about what I have learned in the 2 months I have owned one, let me know. Good luck.
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I got a pontoon in early march. Took it out for the first time in early April. First time out all i had was oars. I was dizzy from rowing in circles. Perhaps it takes more coordination than I possess but my opinion is that if you want to cover a lot of ground when on the water a motor is the way to go. Mine has 8' pontoons and is rated for 300lbs. I am between 210 and 215. With the motor and battery i am near the limit. My point is that at full speed on the trolling motor the water line is right at the top of the pontoon in the rear. So my suggestion is if you are at or near 200lbs i would go with 9' pontoons simply for their ability to support more weight. I would also suggest looking at the seat mechanism. A swivel seat is a must in my opinion. Right now Gander Mtn has all their toons on the floor where you can get a good look at them. I would suggest checking them out so you can see the different features. If you have any specific questions about what I have learned in the 2 months I have owned one, let me know. Good luck.
that is some good advice
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Old 05-04-2008, 10:47 PM   #7 (permalink)
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get a fish cat 9, rowing takes a little practice but not much, finning is the way to go for hand-free fishing, you'll stil have to figure out how to stear the trolling motor while fishing. If you are woried about wind get the fishcat cougar. Have fun, i consider mine some of the best money i've ever spent-
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Old 05-05-2008, 12:26 AM   #8 (permalink)
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I have owned a belly boat (death on the high seas), a FishCat and two pontoons.

Recommendations:

1) Buy a pontoon with an aluminum frame. Don't wear yourself out carrying a steel-framed pontoon to the water. Save your strength for fishing and rowing.
2) Buy a Creek Company product. This company has its corporate office in Steamboat Springs, so you have a local contact for questions, problem-solving, etc.
3) Within your budget, the Creek Company has the ODC 816 for $440. I have one and love it.
4) Make yourself a wheel attachment for transporting a loaded pontoon (maybe 50 to 60 pounds) to the water.

See attached photo of my ODC 816 with the homemade wheel attachment.

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Remember all the other stuff you have to buy:
Fish finder
Fins
Anchor
Rod holders
Roller wheels etc...

So budget on all that
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Thanks for all the great advice! Here is the one I'm looking at. Anyone has this guy?

http://www.basspro.com/webapp/wcs/st...005000_175-5-1
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