Pontoon Boat Recommendations?

Discussion in 'Watercraft' started by Pieter Salverda, Apr 7, 2005.

  1. sashjo

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    Water Skeeter's River Tamer. River rated and great on lakes. I got mine off E-Bay for under $500 NIB.
     
  2. Dan Soltau

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    get a watermaster, dont even bother with a toon. They cost a little more, but they are three times as function, half or less of the weight of a toon, pack into a backpack, handle bigger water than a toon, and they are made in missoula. Chris Scoones has some demos i am sure hell let you try.
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    You are probably right...should I get my lard-ass a little forward, a little aft or directy centered?
     
  4. Jerry Daschofsky

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    One thing you guys have to remember is that these boats are based off whitewater boats (not completely though, they lost some of their qualities when they were shrunk incorrectly). They are NOT meant to be rowed as a normal boat. They are meant to be corrected in path while the current pushes it downstream. So most, if not ALL, inflatables with no hard V hull under it won't track well. I've yet to row one, and I've rowed ALOT of inflatables (rafts, catarafts, and a TON of custom tubes). I think I know what someone meant by the tracking. When you row, it takes you 2-3 times the push to go half the distance a traditional row boat will go. They just are not made for it. All the corrections on the frame won't do a lot. I'd rather use a pram for stillwaters/lakes then a pontoon. Much easier to row.

    Dan, now if you're talking the cheaper "rocker hulled" pontoons, I'll give you the watermaster will take more. A whitewater grade pontoon of similar size, hands down the pontoons will outrow it and take more (with GREATER weight on it). I've run them both on class V's (well, a float n tote), and you'll eat a run faster, harder, and safer with a quality pontoon over any raft. Rafts have a "bucket effect", even the watermasters. Plus with your feet dangling in the water, adds for a bad scenerio if you run hard water with them. Feet in the water running any "classed" rivers is bad. Pontoons/catarafts are not called the sportscars of the whitewater world for nothing. They just simply outperform rafts (and I've spent more time in rafts then most, not just catarafts). For an all around boat where weight is an issue, I'll throw my hat in on the watermasters as well. For all around functional where weight isn't an issue, I'll go whitewater grade cataraft anyday. Even in the smaller 9' length (and I ran "classed" class V's in proper waterflows in a true whitewater grade 9' boat which some bigger rafts were bucketing on let alone a smaller raft). The one bennie of a raft is the ease of stowing gear in it. But that's easily remedied on pontoons. Just takes more effort.

    Key point is what you want out of a boat. None serve every purpose. Especially when it comes to stillwaters vs rivers vs saltwater etc. They'll excell in one, but falter in the others. Why I, at one time, had at least one of each. LOL. Motor boats, driftboats, catarafts, prams, etc all at the same time. Each had their plusses and minuses. When you're talking the $500 range, most will get you by. They will get you downriver or toodle around in stillwaters (fins and oars are much better then being in a floattube with just fins). Just they'll have limitations (standup feature, level or water you can take, load out, etc). For most part though, most guys don't run their boats like I do. I beat the crap out of mine (in the level of water I'll take them in, not actually try to damage the boats). Watermaster won't suite what I want a boat to do. Great for those traveling light. But simply won't perform to my expectations.
     
  5. Guy Ostermeyer

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    Buck's Bag. No complaints.
     
  6. icmorefish

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    there is a 8' south fork on craigs list. some gal wants 300$ for it