I still haven't found a drift boat for the new wife. (No, I don't mean I'm trying to trade my wife for a boat. But that's one of my favorite jokes of all time.) She wants to row while I fish. How can I beat that? I was thinking about a drift boat for longer family trips on the Klickitat and the Deschutes with her and two lab pups. Last weekend I was shopping around in Oregon, and at the Gorge Fly Shop I was told no one wants drift boats anymore. The pontoon revolution has replaced them. Get a two or three person pontoon, they said: lighter, cheaper, stores easier and handles whitewater better than a drift boat. I like my one person pontoon and would use it more if I could just take the whole fam damily along. I hadn't thought about the big ones. It seems like loading a pontoon is a little harder. You can't just throw gear and passengers in the hull like a drift boat. It seems like you have to consider where things can be seated or tied on in a pontoon more carefully. And harder to move around on a pontoon boat. In the bigger sizes, it looks like the prices almost converge with the drift boat prices, especially if you add on a trailer. What's it like loading a big one on a trailer? I'm used to just hooking on a winch on a drift boat and cranking it up over the rollers, often by myself. Can you roll a big pontoon boat onto a flatbed trailer with a winch or do you need someone lifting on each side because of the soft pontoons? Could I load one single handedly?