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    Default Should I Buy A Pontoon Or A Fishing Boat?

    Ok heres the deal, last year I bought a lemon of a boat (not by choice), I liked it because it was a 20ft with lots of room for the kids and wife. Well every time we were out on the water no one really had fun because of all the problems it gave us. So now I am deciding on a pontoon. I get kinda eager to buy one when I think of relaxing with the family, swimming, and fishing with all that room. Then again can you really do some seriouse fishing in one? Also lot of big water over here, can a pontoon reach higher speeds? Help me out what do you think.

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    Default Re: Should I Buy A Pontoon Or A Fishing Boat?

    It all depends on what you really want.
    I went through almost the same circumstances. I had a decent fishing boat that I had troubles at first but got it running like a dream. My wife and 2 little girls did not enjoy going with me because the boat was cramped and the girls really couldn't have that much fun on it. I actually sold it by accident. LOL (Never price anything unless you intend you actually want to sell it)

    Since then I bought a 24' Lowe pontoon and I actually like fishing out of it a little better but I also has it's draw backs. It's not as fast , You are not going anywhere in a hurry in a pontoon boat anyways. If you are going to fish off of it make sure you get one that has a bow room to put you some fishing seats.

    The most important thing is that my girls are more safe and it's also nice the whole family can enjoy fishing instead of just me, But I do miss the bass boat some, But the family involvement is fun too. Plus I can take a bunch fishing also(My kids My brother and his kids and what not.) You can make a mean fishing platform with a pontoon. Mine has a hardtop and I fabricated some rod holders and I can carry 18 rods out of the way.
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    Default Re: Should I Buy A Pontoon Or A Fishing Boat?

    I've owned a pontoon... and I loved it. It all depends on your preference.
    The bad thing about the pontoon in my experience was it was too tall on the trailer to fit in my garage, it was like pulling a brick wall and sucked the gas out of my Explorer.... Other than that, I found it to be a great all around boat on the water.

    Good Luck!

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    Default Re: Should I Buy A Pontoon Or A Fishing Boat?

    If your pockets are deep you can have a go fast pontoon, if you want performance get a tripple toon, with 150 to 250 hp outboard and you will 40 45 + MPH

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    Default Re: Should I Buy A Pontoon Or A Fishing Boat?

    I have a 24ft fishing pontoon.

    Manitou Osprey Pro SHP F2. Comes with two live wells, four fishing chairs (one on each corner), rod holders, rod locker, GPS/fishfinder. I added a double bimini and upgraded the forward chairs. I put a 175 Yamaha on the back end.

    I get 37MPH top and it handles like a bowrider. I can do donuts, figure 8's, jump my own wake etc. Pulling a tube (3 person) is a snap.

    We've fished 6 men and 2 boys off it at the same time. Everyone had room.

    Truly an all purpose boat.

    While I cannot get into some of the places a fishing boat can get, I've not had any problem getting anywhere I've wanted to go so far.
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    Default Re: Should I Buy A Pontoon Or A Fishing Boat?

    I have a pontoon boat as well, and the reason for having it is family fun. We enjoy the space, the smoothness of the ride, and the safety with small grand children. My days of high speed are behind me in the prop wash. From what I have heard and read, a deckboat might be what would work best for you. You get the space of the pontoon and the speed of your fishing boat.
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    Default Re: Should I Buy A Pontoon Or A Fishing Boat?

    If you ever get caught in a storm, a pontoon is a lot safer than a fishing boat.

    Just realize that when trolling, wind will be more an issue as the fencing can act like a sail.
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    Default Re: Should I Buy A Pontoon Or A Fishing Boat?

    Thanks guys, I have not herd any complaints about a toon yet. I think my mind is made up.

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    Default Re: Should I Buy A Pontoon Or A Fishing Boat?

    i have a 21 ft fishin barge (sun tracker) on a nice day i can go as low as one foot of water with trollin motor and engine out of water but trollin motor not much good in wind as stated early
    give a man a fish he eats for a day teach a man to fish and he is frustrated for a liftime :hillbilly

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    Default Re: Should I Buy A Pontoon Or A Fishing Boat?

    Fishing off of a toon is a wonderful experiece. That said as long as you don't stretch its limits with weather etc.

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    Wink Re: Should I Buy A Pontoon Or A Fishing Boat?

    I have a Bass Tracker 175 with a 75hp and love the thing. But now I have a wife daughter and one on the way.
    I am going to miss my 40 mph bass boat... but family time is always better than speeding around all by my lonesome. Toon here I come.

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    Default Re: Should I Buy A Pontoon Or A Fishing Boat?

    It is just very hard to beat the versatility of a pontoon boat,I have had both and I sold my bass boat to do a restore on my pontoon,I do not regret selling the bass boat,but would miss my pontoon boat if I sold it. A very strong troll motor will help with the wind problem but is still iffy if very windy.

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    ahhh but you fail to mention.... Fresh or Salt water, Big Lake or Local lakes and rivers.

    Local Lakes, Rivers, Inland Water Ways, Toons.... if your hitting the Big Water, then stick with the Deep V...

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    Default Re: Should I Buy A Pontoon Or A Fishing Boat?

    i presently have a 20Ft with a 50 hp, it likes rough water. i am in the process of revamping it. to exactly what i want. it will have a 140 Johnson. i want to be able to walk all the way around the rails, swing back seats, you can face in or out. i love fishing off this steady platform. also have a wireless motor guide trolling motor.

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    Default Re: Should I Buy A Pontoon Or A Fishing Boat?

    [QUOTE=tashasdaddy;2246825]i presently have a 20Ft with a 50 hp, it likes rough water.


    Inland Rough is no where near Open Channel Rough, I have had mine in Puget sound when the Weather turn ... very Gray. WE had 3ft swells at 4' with 4' wind waves, Though the pontoon handled it well, (no concerns of being in danger) I was not a fan of taking water across the deck, in this case SALT water. Played havoc on the Wiring for a couple of years after that. Constantly having things stop working due to corrosion. Just my opinion, I'm not a fan of playing in swells that wash across the deck.

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    Default Re: Should I Buy A Pontoon Or A Fishing Boat?

    We have a '24 Starcraft Starfish pontoon. It's powered by a 115 merc, have a 9.9 merc four stroke kicker and a 55lb minn kota trolling motor up front. I have cannon electric down riggers , a hardtop with a bimini top and although it's not fast by any means, it's stable as can be.

    I put rod holders on the hardtop and can store a dozen rods rigged and out of the way.






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    I've had all sorts of boats over the years, deep v, bass, and runabout. I purchased my first pontoon last year and wish I would have done it years ago. I can now take the wife and grandkids with me. Wife never enjoyed boating before but actually was able to get her to pilot it while my brother in law and I trolled in Dale Hollow lake last fall.
    Pontoons are great for family fun.

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    Default Re: Should I Buy A Pontoon Or A Fishing Boat?

    I love that full canvas enclosure pictured above. Can really extend the good times in bad weather and stretch your seasons out too!

    And this sweet canvas accessory can really seal the deal with the Ladies. Most fear going on a boat like a pontoon because they have no where to change or use the porta potty in privacy.

    For $60 it's a must have accessory. My wife loves it! Stores up out of site in the top of a bimini until you drop it down:



    Here is a shot of it in use on my boat. Even might have some other uses if the fish'in's slow you wanted to get creative





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    Default Re: Should I Buy A Pontoon Or A Fishing Boat?

    Keep in mind that some pontoons are build with fishing in mind and some or built with cruising in mind and have more benches and chairs than your living room.If you want to fish get one that's built for fishing,it will still have penlty of seats and more room to move around. I have a 90 hp suzki on my 20 ft and it will do 30 plus,enough speed for most people.

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    Default Re: Should I Buy A Pontoon Or A Fishing Boat?

    Check out the Pontoon styles in this link.

    http://www.travelizmo.com/archives/c....html?start=15

    Some of those seats (like the ones with the Captain's chairs all around) are amazing.
    This one in that thread is cool . . . Sanpan 2200 DC Pontoon Boat 2009

    Tasha's model is one of the pictured models too!

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    Default Re: Should I Buy A Pontoon Or A Fishing Boat?

    I switched to a pontoon last summer after 30 years in a bowrider. I got a deal on a Lowe Suncruiser Angler model - came with seats in the four corners, rod storage and live well. Within a month, it will have downriggers added on as well. Mine came with a 60 hp bigfoot - I can cruise along just under 20 mph which bothers me some...(Flathead Lake is a BIG lake)...so wish I would've gone with a 90 hp, but my wife is not into speeding around and the walk-around room on deck is great. So overall, I'm happy with switching to the 'toon...we still do everything we did before here in western Montana....only at times a bit slower.......

    Oh yeah, with the Bigfoot, I've found I don't need a kicker motor - I can troll along at 1.5 mph or more, so all is good that way.....

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    Default Re: Should I Buy A Pontoon Or A Fishing Boat?

    all i had to fish with when i was in high school was a pontoon boat. it was big enough for friends and family to fish with me and i could let the dogs run around and not get in my way. the only real problem was when i wasnt anchored, i was trolling, the rear of the boat would be hard to control on windy days. after some practice its not too big of a problem. another plus is that if you just set up your rigs and get tired or just want to relax you can go under the canopy in the shade or take a break from the rain. plus now that im older the pontoon can be used as a party boat
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    Default Re: Should I Buy A Pontoon Or A Fishing Boat?

    We picked up a 16' skimmer with a 35hp on it this year. It's a lot more stable than a 16' Sylvan and easier for handicapped people to get on and off. The wind doesn't bother it much more than the bass boat. It is more trouble to get on shore with davits than the Sylvan. It moves a lot slower and uses more gas because it takes more power to move the extra weight.

    It will go in 1 foot of water and turns very sharp. We like it.

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    I just sold my Ranger 357V to get a "new to me" 2000 bass buggy 18 to fish from. Wife likes to fish and we had to have more room. Just have to get it changed a little to suit my needs, like move batteries from under seat to back deck so she can have more room to store "sutff".

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