Pontoon boats...

Nol

Needs to fish more..
#1
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???
 

PT

Physhicist
#2
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:
 

Scott Salzer

previously micro brew
#3
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.
 

Nol

Needs to fish more..
#4
I plan on using it mostly on lakes.
did the search...just need to find time to sift through all of the info.
 

David Prutsman

All men are equal before fish
#7
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.
 
#9
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
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
 

Pat M

Chasing Tiger Trout
#11
Nol said:
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???
What kind of price range are you looking at?
 

Nol

Needs to fish more..
#12
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
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
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
Flyfishsteel said:
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 1/2" diameter powder coated alum.frame,polyurathane bladders,internal achor system,10 yr warranty,etc......

1100.00+ is either the Skookumchuck Steelheader(1 1/2" galv steel frame,Top of the line white water pontoons,etc...) or Osprey(1 1/2" 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.
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