Pontoon boats...

Discussion in 'Watercraft' started by Nol, Sep 12, 2005.

  1. Nol

    Nol Needs to fish more..

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    I am thinking of getting a pontoon boat soon. I have a float tube and have found there are times i would like to move a little faster/stay out of cold water. What brands do any of you have experience with and what should i look for???
     
  2. PT

    PT Physhicist

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    Do a search and then ask specific questions. Pontoons are brought up monthly. You'll be able to read for a month on all the good info stored there. :thumb:
     
  3. Scott Salzer

    Scott Salzer previously micro brew

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    The first consideration is if you plan to use it on moving water for if it will strictly for lakes. Agree with PT, a lot of inof has been posted in the past.
     
  4. Nol

    Nol Needs to fish more..

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    I plan on using it mostly on lakes.
    did the search...just need to find time to sift through all of the info.
     
  5. Jason Baker

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    Outcast Pac 800 - can't go wrong.....
     
  6. Desmond Wiles

    Desmond Wiles Sir Castaline

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    Creek Company is a good name for a good price, and they've got something in every price range.
     
  7. David Prutsman

    David Prutsman All men are equal before fish

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    Dave Scadden Pontoons, he's been in the game since the beginning. They are expensive, I bought an older model no longer in production, brand new, for half the price it would normally cost. They tend to be longer than most pontoons, making them a little faster and more stable. If you plan on floating rivers, make sure it's rated for it! I hear Outcast and Buck's Bags, make great product as well.
     
  8. gigharborflyfisher

    gigharborflyfisher Native Trout Hunter

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    I have an ODC pontoon and have been very satisfied with it, it sets up quick and is quite stable on the water.
     
  9. BobA

    BobA oh yeah!

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    You may be interested in a Water Master. Check these out. These can be used both in lakes and in rivers. Gives you many options and I highly recommend them. Purchased one used and have been very happy with the results. :thumb:
     
  10. islandfisherman

    islandfisherman islandfisherman

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    Give a good look at a kayak,you are dry,lots of storage,faster than a pontoon boat,and you are going foward.The new boats are very stable and will make you a good fishing platform for the money spent....pontoon boats are good also,but now that I have a kayak would never go back....if you have any questions fell free to ask.....Islandfisherman
     
  11. Pat M

    Pat M Chasing Tiger Trout

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    What kind of price range are you looking at?
     
  12. Nol

    Nol Needs to fish more..

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    the price range i was thinking is $400-600
    i am expecting whatever i buy to be somewhat rugged and last for quite a few years.
    so i would probably spend a little more than i usually would (i'm a cheapo accountant).
     
  13. Sageman

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    I'll second the Outcast PAC-800. Great boat, but a little more than what you want to spend. You get what you pay for though. Not too much water I wouldn't feel comfortable on in that thing.
     
  14. Flyfishsteel

    Flyfishsteel New Member

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    Under 600.00 is undoubtably the Bucks Bags Southfork(Stainless Steel 1" diameter frame,Polyurathane bladders,5 yr warranty)

    600-1100.00 is a no contest winner Outcast Pac 800(1 1/4" diameter powder coated alum.frame,polyurathane bladders,internal achor system,10 yr warranty,etc......

    1100.00+ is either the Skookumchuck Steelheader(1 1/4" galv steel frame,Top of the line white water pontoons,etc...) or Osprey(1 1/4" alum.frame,Top of the line white water pontoons,etc...) both models are 1400.00 due to rise in cost of metals...

    For the type of fishing I do, I opted for the Pac 800. In a couple weeks, I will probably get the Southfork as a second pontoon for come along friends...

    Good luck!

    PS, if your lucky, you might be able to find a close-out Pac 800 for 600.00 like I did.
     
  15. Jason Baker

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    Puget Sound Fly Co. has a Southfork on sale for a great price. I believe they ordered it, then someone backed out. Anyway, I saw it last week and I remember it being quite a bargain. They are site sponsors. Call them at 253-839-4119
     
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    shgrier Hooker of ducks

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    I was just a GI Joes yesterday (GASP), and they had a PAC 800 for $450 with the anchor/motormount setup and flyrod holder. Not sure, but they usually throw in a set of fins to boot. Seemed a good deal to me. I've got 2 Outcast Fishcat 8's right now and am very happy with them. One is setup to the hilt with a Fishingbuddy 1200 and a trolling motor.

    Even without these accoutrements, it's still a heavy boat, though, as compared to a Scadden or even a Bucks. :hmmm:

    My 2ยข

    Sean
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  17. Jason Baker

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    PAC 800? $450? Doesn't sound right.....
     
  18. shgrier

    shgrier Hooker of ducks

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    That's what it said on the side of the pontoon. Mighta been for their display model - I didn't see any in boxes.

    They also had some ODC 8' and 9' models for a similar price.

    Sean
    Sultan
     
  19. Nol

    Nol Needs to fish more..

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    Thanks for all of your input.
    I went w/ the Bucks Bags south fork @ puget sound fly co. Fit my budget. Can't wait to get it on the water. :thumb:
     
  20. jabseattle

    jabseattle jabs

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    Nol- Solid choice. I love mine had it for about 4 or 5 years :thumb: