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Does everyone use their pontoons to cross big lakes? I have a lake that is about 1/2 mile across and have never even thought about crossing with my toon....would this be considered safe? how would it handle with the wakes of misc leisure boats? Just trying to get a feel for it and the experience and thoughts of others on this ( I have an Outcast 8' and 9' fishcats to do this in) Not sure how well these would handle the wakes and waves....Safety is my number one concern here. Thanks
 

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So heading straight on into the wakes...will the water come straight thru and drench on the bigger wakes? I am very appreciative of all the help with all of this. We are going to be doing a bunch of tooning this year and I am unable to answer all the questions that my son has (let alone my own ) We are planning a trip out west in the next few years and we are trying to start figuring it all out now and practice it all this summer. I have been on smaller rivers and lakes up until now. Thanks to all!:)
 

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I have the patch kit ready to go ( Hope I dont need it because of a wake in the middle of the lake:rofl:) Both do have motor mounts and if we do the crossing part we will definately be using them...I cant image how long it would take to cross by paddling. One of the lakes I would be taking it on is big with the little sailboats so I sure hope they can steer ok. I am in the process of getting new PFD's and havent decided on the blow up kind or the standard ones yet. For some reason I just keep envisioning going head on into the wakes and it wiping everything off of the top of my toon. Maybe I should just take a trip or two without anything on top to just get used to it? Has anyone every heard of a toon failure in the middle of a lake? I could see in the shallow rivers and creeks ( I have a few deep scrapes in my one toons bottoms..Is there anything I can apply to "heal" that section? A friend recomemded shoe goo...Not sure but sounds good.;)
 

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Thanks to all for the feedback...I think the PFD makes sense on the river and lake scenario ( I am going that route) I dont think the pontoon is actually damaged at all ( I would bet it could not even be seen in a picture:rolleyes:) One of them just has an area that is a a little scuffed like when you fall and scrape your elbow and it just doesnt seem smooth like the rest of the toon and I just wanted to keep it bomb proof for the smaller river rocks around here ( I do have the patch kits and dont think I am even close to needing it yet. Are there any type of treatments or conditioners for the toon covers, for keeping them supple and not drying out...things like that? I might be over thinking all of this but want everything in order for spring....We are so pumped and hope the excitement goes on from here. I think the rivers I am planning on using this summer are probably a lot smaller and less aggressive than what is experienced by most out west but there are still a couple of deaths by accidents every year and I want to be as educated as possible. There seem to be a LOT more kayakers in this area and my experience is they are a bit different (especially into larger wakes) That is part of my reason of going to the toons instead.
 
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