Pontoon boats...

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  1. shgrier

    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

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  2. Jason Baker

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    PAC 800? $450? Doesn't sound right.....
     
  3. 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
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  4. 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:
     
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    Nol- Solid choice. I love mine had it for about 4 or 5 years :thumb:
     
  6. Anyfish

    Anyfish Fishing with the kids

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    You will enjoy the South Fork. I also have this pontoon and really enjoy it.
     
  7. Salmo_g

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    Pontoon boats...transport

    How do those of you who have pontoon boats transport them? Do you inflate/deflate each trip and haul inside your vehicle or leave inflated and tie to top of rig or haul on a trailer or?

    I ask because I have a small Achilles LT-2 raft that I've had for 20 years. I thought about getting a pontoon, but besides my raft still being in perfect condition, the pontoon seems like logistical nightmare. My raft rolls into a 30# duffle bag, but I can have it inflated and ready to drift in less than 10 minutes, besides being able to carry it anywhere. My friend brought his pontoon - Outcast 800 I think - on a trip with me, and I was ready to launch 25 minutes before he was.

    If I change out or upgrade, I've been thinking a Watermaster might better serve my interest of extreme portability, easy and quick to be ready, even if the payload and speed on the water is less.

    What are your thoughts?

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  8. shgrier

    shgrier Hooker of ducks

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    Salmo,

    I keep mine inflated and put it on the truck that way - just put some tiedown straps across it - no problem. Unfortunately, I foolishly bought a stepside Ranger back in '99, and the boat fits ON the bed rather than in it - won't make that mistake again, when I go to replace this truck. :mad:

    One thing I'm careful of, though, is to let some air out if I'm going over the pass - I fear that the change in altitude could cause the bladder to overstretch the covering and split it. :eek:

    My buddy has a Ford Exploder, and he deflates his Scadden 8'er about 70% and it slides right into the back with the backseats folded down. We can even fit mine in on top of it if we deflate both down to about 10%.

    You're right, though, a pontoon can be a hassle to transport, at times...

    Sean
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  9. shgrier

    shgrier Hooker of ducks

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    Jason, I think I misread your post - my apologies. After seeing Salmo's post:

    I realize that I must have been looking at an Outcast Discovery 8. Two very different boats, I realize. Still, $450 isn't a bad price.

    Sorry for the confusion! :eek:

    Sean
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