Personal pontoon boats

Discussion in 'Watercraft' started by chicharella, Apr 9, 2001.

  1. chicharella New Member

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    I'm a second year fly-fisherman and I would like to try one of those personal pontoon boats on some local lakes. If I get some nerve, I'd like to try it out on the Yakima.

    Does anyone have a good used boat they want to get rid of?
  2. guest Guest

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    I have one. It has 96" long pontoons. It is made by Bucks Bags. It can be used on rivers. If you want more info. E-mail me at sjames1d@yahoo.com Thank you Jim S.
  3. thomas New Member

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    Hey I'm tellin'ya the pontoons are the way to go.Why buy an overpriced used boat when new boats are so cheap.I bought a brand new pontoon from the creek co. for less than $4oo.This is a quality boat with everything included even the pump that the flyshops want you to pay extra for.Contact gregs custom rods in lake stevens for info.Tight lines!!!!!
  4. guest Guest

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    I yours is one that Cabela's has for $325. Have you used it much? Are you happy with it? Where have you fished with it?
  5. Chris Scoones Administrator

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    [font size="1" color="#FF0000"]LAST EDITED ON Apr-12-01 AT 06:48 PM (PST)[/font][p][p]My $0.02. There are drawbacks when compared to McKenzie style drift boats, but the larger lift besides the cost is the mobility. That mobility sometimes comes in the forms of floating over and dragging them over river obstacles the McKenzie's wouldn't be able to (easily) traverse as well as putting in most anywhere you desire.

    If your planning on only hitting lakes and possibly the Yakima then good on ya, you'll be happy in most any lighter pontoon boat. But, if your possibly going to be using your boat as I do through the occasional rough water, you should be ensuring your pontoons will stay intact and get you home.

    My point is not towards steering at a specific brand, but factoring in the size and durability based on your application. Lakes and easy rivers (Yakima in the Canyon) and your good to go with a lighter craft. Get into a class 2-3 or higher river and you'll want to think about something a little larger.

    The payoff for lighter is lower effort with the fins, ease of mobility to and from the water as well as getting over or around river obstacles. The payoff for the stouter / heavier boat is durability and control through more technical waters.

    Regardless, your going to love having one of these boats and the new waters you'll be able to cover.

    ~Chris
  6. chicharella New Member

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    Thanks for the input. I don't think think that I would have the nerve or the inclination to try anything more technical than the easier parts of the Yak. I do not have any experience floating rivers. My main reasons for going with the pontoon style are portability and cost. Traditional float tubes won't work because I would like to fish moving water since that's all I've fished to date. Since none of my buddies have a pontoon now, I need to go with something that I can handle on land myself.

    One mystery to me though.....if you float on a river by yourself, how do you manage the truck/boat thing? In other words, how do you put in and take out by yourself? Or can I only fish by myself if I can convince my girlfriend to drive along?
  7. guest Guest

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    If you float the Yakima above Rosa dam, or down to the dam from say Ringers they used to have a shuttle service that would take you back to your car. I was going to try it once,but it is no fun fishing alone. Check with the fly shop in Ellensburg or the Evening Hatch which is on this site. Or like you said take your girl friend along with your cell phone if you have one. Jim S.
  8. wish4fish New Member

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    Red's Flyshop has a shuttle service. They are located just down from Umtanum. Other options are bikes, mopeds, or bumming a ride. I've had friends follow me to the takeout where I leave my truck, then drive me up river to the put in. I've thought about hitch hiking, but haven't done it. On a busy weekend there are LOTS of boats on the Yak so there should be other anglers headed your way.
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    I have ordered but not yet recieved a pontoon boat by Waterskeeter. Its the River Tamer or super Deluxe. Looks and reads to be made of the top of the line materials and comes loaded with all the extras that you have to buy on most other brands. This pontoon is rated for class 3-4 water. It costs about $700. Here is a link to thier page. http://www.waterskeeter.com
    orhttp://oregonfishing.com. Untill I get this thing on the water Ill hold the rest of my opinion on it for later. Good luck.

    Kent
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    Ho yea I almost forgot. I'm in Yakima and plan on floating the river alot. Maybee we can meet up for the river shuffle.
    latter

    kent dowd
  11. thomas New Member

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    Hi mattsorry my answer is tardy I was on the train yto chicago.Gotta pay the bills.I've used my boat on a ton of lakes Pass etc.Also so used it on the south fork of the Stilly to access areas that sre hard to get to on foot.Floated part of the Yakima as well.I love my boat it's great.The oars and oarlocks are what sold me as they are great qualityt and rugged.For the money it's the best buy available I haul it on top of my toyotato save time assemblig on site.It's very lite and easy to move around.It cost $378 with tax and all.Greg tells me he just got two in at lake stevens stop and see it thomas
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    I was just sitting here reading these posts and I got to thinking. I am now the proud owner of two pontoon boats. I bought the second one because I was going to sell the first one which is bigger. The small one is for lakes only, the bigger one is for lakes and rivers. Since I fish alone, its hard to fish a river by yourself. A lake is eaisier.
  13. chicharella New Member

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    What brand/model do you have? -matt
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    They are made by Bucks Bags out of Boise Id.. The big one is a South Fork model. It has 16" round pontoons, 96" long. weighs about 40 lbs. The smaller one is a Alpine model, it weighs about 30 lbs,pontoons are smaller 80". The small one is for lakes only. I don't think that I would take it on a river unless it is/was a slow moving one. Like the Main Snoqualmie in the middle or late summer.
  15. chicharella New Member

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    [font size="1" color="#FF0000"]LAST EDITED ON Apr-20-01 AT 01:38 PM (PST)[/font][p]thomas, what model do you have? Where did you get it? -Matt


    NEVERMIND. I'm a dope, I just realized you gave all of the info in your post earlier. Sorry
  16. flyman New Member

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    Besides the quality of material the workmanship is very important. Also ask people if they had a bad experience with the dealer or manufacturer regarding warrantees on any of the products that manufacturer makes..

    One thing you might do is vist several bullettin boards or forums and get alot of input. See if anyone rents or has a loaner that you can try. If you get lucky and find a shop that has a loaner, You will probably have to sign all kinds of legal forms releasing them of any liablity.

    There is a regional company that makes still water only pontoon boats Plus 7' - 8 1/2' - 10' - 12' - 14 1/2' 16' 18'foot pontoons that are used in Alaska, Pacific Northwest and other places. The 7' through 10 1/2' boat is the sizes you would most likly be interested in.

    The name is Xstream Gear and you can see their small packable Pontoon Boat at www.raystackle.com email them and I think they will email you specs & pictures of the larger pontoon boats. The quality of their gear is very very good.