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I am in need of a Kayak or a Pontoon. I do not want a boat and to deal with all that comes with a boat. On that note. I want some opinions before i spend the money on either or. I feel like the toon will keep me safer in the wind on some high west lakes, while the kayak will be much faster. Each has it advantages. What do you guys think?

There's many options for the pontoons. For the kayak i'm pretty sure I want this. But i would love to hear opinions.

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Cro, check out the Venture rigid pontoons, I'll put the link below. They can be outfitted with a battery/motor plate for a trolling motor. Also if you can find one there is a Float Power station where the battery and motor fit in a separate smaller float tube you tow along with the pontoon. I'll add a couple pics of mine on here for ya!


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That's a sweet toon. These look pretty stable and no feet in the water: Ultraskiff 360

Free shipping and "no tax," according to Google shopping. You didn't hear from me, I don't give tax advice. 😄
 

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Cro, check out the Venture rigid pontoons, I'll put the link below. They can be outfitted with a battery/motor plate for a trolling motor. Also if you can find one there is a Float Power station where the battery and motor fit in a separate smaller float tube you tow along with the pontoon. I'll add a couple pics of mine on here for ya!


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WOw Pikester, this is the greatest things I've been shown in 2020. Trying to youtube it to see some videos of how it works. Where do I get that strap, i have a Tacoma I want to fit it with.
 

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Cro, that is actually a bicycle rack I used to carry it on in my reciever. The bike rack is available cheaper than new if needed! LOL!
 

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Cro, that is actually a bicycle rack I used to carry it on in my reciever. The bike rack is available cheaper than new if needed! LOL!
Oh you actually own one of these? I have a ton of questions. One of my problems is that I didn't get a longer bed tacoma so i think it's only 5feet long, with my extender a little more so it's not going to fit in the back as well as I'd hope.
 

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Yeah Cro, the one I got is only 6 feet long and they do have a 5 foot version. They are kind of modeled after the old style Hobie pontoons. Since the are made of plastic and more rigid they don't have to be longer like an inflatable.
 

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ill also say im very, very happy with my hobie pa12. been burning lots of calories in the thing. fits nicely in the tundra for transport.
 

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ill also say im very, very happy with my hobie pa12. been burning lots of calories in the thing. fits nicely in the tundra for transport.
I'm torn between a kayak that peddles or a pontoon that will allow me to float even in harshest of the winds.
 

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I have fished from a float tube, pontoon, kayak. They all suck in big wind. Float tube is best for stealth structure fishing. Can hold position in windy conditions. Hard to go against the wind to return to shore. Slow.

Pontoon with oars and flippers on feet is faster, wind grabs it more, need anchor. Or a spot-lock trolling motor.

Kayak is by far fastest cuts thru the wind any direction, warmest, need anchor or spot lock trolling motor.

In essence, buy a real boat!:LOL:
 

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Peddle driven kayak offers the most bang for the buck, if you go the pontoon trolling motor route you still have to deal with registration and inspection BS. Might as well get a real boat at that point. Without the trolling motor the pontoon limits your mobility. I had a short bed Tacoma for years and had no trouble hauling my Hobie PA 12. Boonedox has a bed extender that plugs into your hitch, works great...
 

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I had a pontoon and it was fun. Only buy it if you intend to mostly float rivers with it imo. They sit very high on the water. Wind comes up and you end up needing a stout anchor. I slowly learned this hard lesson with some long shore “tows”. If you’re stuck on the pontoon route i would recommend against getting an electric trolling motor and instead spring for a small gas motor. When bad weather comes up at end of day battery health and power is not an issue I care to worry about. Again hard lessons I learned. Lastly what slayer said “buy a real boat” you won’t look back.
 

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A pedal drive kayak has been great for me. I have owned propeller and fin drive and much prefer the Hobie fin drive. Getting it from your vehicle to the water is doable if you have a cart. I tow two kayaks on a cheap flat wood deck trailer with a mini van.
 
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