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.Matt if I get one before it freezes I'll let you know so you can come and enjoy a laugh on me.;D
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.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.
I cannot say that any of the pontoons I have seen are significantly easier to assemble. You have to assemble the frame, blow up the pontoons, and attach the pontoons. I also attach a fish finder, trolling motor, registration numbers, anchor, net, and 3 rods. Add in getting in my waders and putting on my flippers, I probably spend about 45 minutes before I am floating. If I assemble as much as possible at home and just top off the pontoons at the lake, I can probably get it down to 30 minutes. But you have to double that time putting things away at the end of the day.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.