I own both and can say that the wood boat gets used about 95% of the time. As mentioned the only real benefit I see from a pontoon boat is the ability to move around while keeping your hands on the rod. However if you position your boat correctly in the wind, it is possible to cast and retrieve from a pram while your pushed along. If there is no wind you may need a few oar strokes here and there between casts to keep covering water. For me, the benefits I get from the wood boat far outweigh the mobility of the pontoon.