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Old 05-31-2015, 10:20 PM
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Originally Posted by thirdchildhood View Post
I know some of them are faster but I still don't get it for a primary boat. If you need the space you can buy a deckboat and have a real boat. Save the toons for the evening or partying at anchor. I also understand they aren't my daddy's 'toons but very few are really fast and those seem like a waste. They really clog up my local lake sometimes so that the boats that want to run around the lake can't even run their boats because 'toons are idling around all over the lake!
Why not a deck boat?....the 3 log pontoon boats will perform equally if nt better and it will definety ride better than a deck boat

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Old 05-31-2015, 11:00 PM
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Originally Posted by thirdchildhood View Post
.......They really clog up my local lake sometimes so that the boats that want to run around the lake can't even run their boats because 'toons are idling around all over the lake!

"my lake"? I see the issue now.


Obviously more people think pontoons are more desirable/practicle than some. Been to a boat show lately? Times a changin'


We just reserved a pontoon for 8 of us for a week on Cumberland for next month. Leaving the power boats home. I expect we will have more fun puttin around.
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Old 05-31-2015, 11:13 PM
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I'll never stand on my head to change impellers again. Or to do any other maintenance for that matter. I'm shopping now for a tooner. 24-25' range. 250-300 HP. No more waxing. Great MPG. Kids, grandparents, dogs. Light and simple to tow. Don't need a 1 ton truck sitting around rotting that gets used a handful of times per year....the list goes on and on.

I don't miss lugging around 12k lbs of fiberglass and screwing with all the maintenance, fuel and storage costs.
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Old 05-31-2015, 11:50 PM
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Originally Posted by thirdchildhood View Post
I know some of them are faster but I still don't get it for a primary boat. If you need the space you can buy a deckboat and have a real boat. Save the toons for the evening or partying at anchor. I also understand they aren't my daddy's 'toons but very few are really fast and those seem like a waste. They really clog up my local lake sometimes so that the boats that want to run around the lake can't even run their boats because 'toons are idling around all over the lake!
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I can't tell you how much I hate pontoon boats trying to go fast. We have been blessed to have a cottage on an inland lake and we have a number of higher horsepower pontoons -- what the major problem IMO are the drivers don't seem to have a sense of how much real estate they are taking up. Most of the time it is someone pulling the kids around on a tube or skiing. I really don't care -- let everyone have a great time - but when they try to go back and forth they take such a huge swat of lake that no one can get around them safely. Instead of staying closer to shore- within reason-- they do these gyrations in the middle of the lake. DRIVES ME CRAZY

Another issue that we have is that they "raft up"-- great!!! They have found a quiet cove and have a great time swimming etc. The problem that we have experienced is that they will spend a good portion of the day like this - get liquored up and then try to drive to their dock -- Lord knows that I've hoisted a few - but NEVER when I know that I'm going to get behind any kind of wheel -- It is never worth the risk.

Just this Saturday- my daughter and I were going around the lake not fast about 30 mph. A jet ski was dead in the water and before I knew it - he was within 10ft of my bow. Luckily I pulled back on the throttle and was able to turn to avoid hitting him. The guy had no concept where he was at nor what he just did. We slowed way down and watched him make it to shore -- Needless to say he had one heck of a time getting off the jet ski and walking up to his house-- He was loaded.

Boating during the week is my preference - No one is around!

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Now those two stories I can relate to. Lake Shelbyville in IL is terrible about having pontoons pulling tubes clogging up the main channel with no clear way to go around. The BEST part of LOTO is that it's too rough on the main channel for them to drag tubes back and forth all day.
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On the Great Lakes where ? Ive seen one on the calmest of days once. Not too many people are that dumb to take a toon on Lake Michigan.. wait I take that back.. they will probably not twice thou.

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Old 06-01-2015, 12:55 AM
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Pontoon = Minivan for the water. To be serious, I see a lot of them and I understand how useful and practical they are but I will never own one. We have no children or a lot of friends I want to take out one the water so I am perfectly happy with what I have.
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Old 06-01-2015, 01:11 AM
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Up here in Canada, they're not legal to drink on.

So I don't see the point in pontoons......
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Old 06-01-2015, 01:32 AM
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We have the family 'toon on one lift and my Check on the other. Good combo for me.
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Old 06-01-2015, 01:56 AM
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I rather get around the lake doing this than drive a pontoon boat all over the lake or actually driving a pontoon seems like this. http://www.endlesspools.com/


IMO they are so boring to drive. its like being a long time hardcore motorcyclist and trade all of your high hp sportbikes and Harleys to get a Moped Scooter with a loud horn

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Old 06-01-2015, 05:46 AM
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OK in my book..
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