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one man pontoons
Posted 10 May 2004 - 08:34 PM
Posted 11 May 2004 - 12:02 AM
Posted 11 May 2004 - 12:27 AM
Pontoon boats are very portable, stable fishing platforms that wont break the bank and allow you to access more water than a floattube and do it quietly. Some are better suited than others for running rapids and I am sure more info will be forthcoming here.
Posted 11 May 2004 - 06:29 AM
I have that Cabela's waterskeeter promo boat. It is a very nice boat for the $$. It tracks very well, it is easily assembled in about 10 to 15 minutes. It has the steel frame which of course is a little heavier than Aluminum. It also only has the single bladder pontoon's. But when you get a boat with aluminum frame and double bladder you probably will add $500 to the price. I am extremly happy with my boat. It takes me to places I could never get to before!
Posted 11 May 2004 - 10:33 AM
Posted 11 May 2004 - 10:43 AM
I have two of the 8' DryFly boats. I don't need two anymore, and wouldn't mind selling one. Let me know if you're interested.
Posted 11 May 2004 - 03:32 PM
Posted 11 May 2004 - 03:50 PM
Posted 12 May 2004 - 06:58 AM
The boat that I have for sale has most of the accessories Dave offers. Black frame, anchor system, cargo bag, rod holder, cup holder, two piece oars, and the anchor rope bag. New, it's about $1200. I'm looking for $600.
Posted 14 May 2004 - 05:46 PM
They thing for me is what you plan to do with it, and how much you plan to spend. For the most part, people only need the cheaper ODC/fishcats. Why spend more then $300 for a boat if you rarely plan to fish from it.
BUT, if you ever plan to pay $1,000+, look into the skookums. I'd rather put the $1200 you'd put out for a high end 9' outcast or bucks and buy the Skookum Osprey. Better handling capability, and better built. The Steelheader models are more of a fishing machine. One you can stand up and fish from. Was the first on the market to offer this (well before Outcast and the likes had their bigger boats). They are extremely stable. Was a pioneer in the whitewater grade pontoon boat market. Mostly because he is a whitewater guy like myself who wasn't pleased with what the makers had out there. Even when Aire took over production for Outcasts upper end boats, they needed to increase the waterline to improve fishing stability. Great for lakes, bad for rivers.
Posted 14 May 2004 - 06:46 PM
|QUOTE (tightlines @ May 10 2004, 10:09 PM)|
| I would really like one of these|
Trout Unlimited Columbia Pontoon Boat
We just bought one of these through Sam's club. Haven't tried it out on the water but it looks and feels great in the garage, lol.
Posted 14 May 2004 - 08:32 PM
Posted 15 May 2004 - 02:50 AM
Just something to consider. When I first started whitewatering these boats back in the mid 80's as a teenager (most of us started running class V's before we had drivers licenses lol) saw alot of experimental boats. Since at the time, there really wasn't many companies producing these boats. So knew alot of custom cataraft makers (most would modify rafts into single tubes). Saw a couple hardhulled boats. They didn't work well. Luckily, hobie probably was able to correct things a bit. But still, not a good thing to have split. A leak in one of those probably would be far worse then a slow leak on an inflatable.
Posted 15 May 2004 - 05:04 PM