I am looking at purchasing a used pontoon boat. I have a friend of a friend of a friend who I haven't spoken to who is looking to get rid of his pontoon quickly as he is loosing his storage space and does not use (or maintian) his boat. All I know about it is that it is a 1998 20 footer. I don't even know the brand. He states that the pontoons are good and the motor runs well. He had it out 8 months ago and said it ran like a champ. It sounds like the boat has been stored outside without a cover so I am assuming the interior and carpet are trashed. I am looking to gut the interior and have basically a floating deck with minimal furniture that I can lay a couple of cotts out on and sleep on the lake while catfishing. It sounds like I can get the boat for $1,000.
I currently own a v-drive wakeboat and a older alluminum fishing boat. I have owned 4 other boats in the past but never a pontoon.
My questions are:
1. What is unique about pontoon boats that could end up being a big expense if I don't know what to look for when I do the inspection?
2. I was told that the seller will take me for a test drive. If the motor runs and the boat floats, can I go wrong at $1,000?
3. At this price I won't be getting a boat inspection, but is there anything I can look for? Is there an easy way to check for leaking pontoons?
Thanks for any advice you can give.