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Old 07-06-2010, 04:12 PM
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I have a friend who asked me to help him pick out a pontoon boat. I have no experience with these types boats, can someone tell me who makes a decent one?

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My gf's family has a "Bentley" brand 'toon. It's pretty nice for a party barge.
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I've seen and worked on a ton of them. My recommendation would be Bennington.
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I just went through this debate. It came down to Bennington and Premier. I bought a Bennington. There's a few little issues that have come up, but overall I'm happy with it.
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Hey Brad, tell your friend to go visit Mountaintop Marine on Highway 378 in Lexington. It is my understanding that the owner of Bentley Pontoons (based in Lexington as well) also owns Mountaintop, so they can offer the best prices. Bentley is not the top, or most expensive brand, but they are pretty solid boats with a variety of options.
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Bennington all the way... we used and abused mine for 5 years and never broke a thing. Several other OSO members have them up here on LG and are extremely happy with the product
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Try looking at the Hurricane deck boat, little faster the the pontoon,just picked one up.22 ft with a 150hp yam.
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Bently's are good boats, a little plain without some of the frill's that the high $ brands have. The newer models with lifting strakes run decent with a 150 or 175. My parents have had a 24' with a 115 for 5 years now and it has been solid. They're getting ready to upgrade in the offseason and will go with a Southbay. Best blend of luxury and performance I've seen. Test drove a 25' with a 250 Merc Opti and got 51 on gps.
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I would love to have a pontoon myself but it would definatly have to have a big block on it. In all seriousness if I was gonna buy a new pontoon I would put out the extra money to get a tri-toon!!
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Thank you all for teh feedback.
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I have a neighbor that has a tri-toon with a 350 I/O.
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