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building your own pontoon
Posted 23 January 2005 - 07:09 PM
Posted 23 January 2005 - 09:17 PM
Say it this way, my 10' Guide model has a higher weight carrying capacity then the 16' boats sold in Cabela's. I've had it tested for capacity. Like I said, don't go off "price". When you build custom, you're building it to get what YOU want and to get a better quality boat. I could buy almost 3 boats out of Cabela's for the price of my 10' Guide model. Guess what? I wouldn't trade 3 of them for one Steelheader. Plus, resale value is higher on better boats. So if price is the only key, then don't expect to get much. Just compare these boats to cars. Don't expect a Ferrari for the price of a Kia. Those cheap ones are ok, but get behind the sticks of a decent boat (especially a custom with quality tubes) and it'll knock your socks off. Just depends on how much you are willing to spend.
Posted 23 January 2005 - 09:28 PM
Jerry is right i'm not disagreeing about the quality of them but i know alot of guys that do go the cabelas route and get good use out of them simply because they use them here in Mi where they dont really have to be as rugged as they do out your way.
Owner- Steve Clark
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Posted 23 January 2005 - 09:58 PM
Posted 24 January 2005 - 10:50 AM
It made out of emt tubing.
I had 90 ft into the frame, allowing for opps pieces cost retail $130
Drawing the frame: 8 hours by hand I really need to learn autocadd
building 10 hours but lots of discussion on how to bend and where to weld.
Probably can cut down on the time for the next one.
Did I save money? Probably not. Did I get the frame I wanted? You betcha. Do I have some ideas for modification of this frame? Of course.
O am in agreement that when it comes to toons you get what you pay for.
A good way to find what you want is to go to a Fly fishing Show and look at what your cash will buy.
Then try to find someone who has one and get a test drive.
Then spend your money.
I think the key is spend the money on the tubes. A frame can be built.
Pretty tough to beat the price of Outcast though if you want a boat for MI or "slow" Water.
Posted 24 January 2005 - 12:15 PM
Posted 24 January 2005 - 02:07 PM
Posted 24 January 2005 - 02:25 PM
I doubt you could get the exact plans, but you might contact cataraft.com and see if he has an old brochure with pictures.
Posted 30 January 2005 - 08:14 AM
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