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Old 11-10-2008, 08:56 AM   #1
 
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Pontoon Question

I'm just about ready to buy my first boat and I need some advice... Is a pontoon a good idea for a first boat? I want something I could fish off and treat the family to a good time. and do you think I would need a 4x4 to put it in the water? I got a 98 chevy 1500 2wd right now... I know I know I had to sell my blazer not too long ago to pay for college. I would appreciate any advice I get thanks guys.
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It depends on what you expect out of it. A pontoon is a good all-around family boat. Like everything else, it's a middle-of-the-road, does no one thing great, but does everything good enough item.

A pontoon boat is big, and bulky. But, they're stable. They're harder to load/unload depending on the trailer configuration. However, most of them tow decently enough (considering it's a large square object" so long as you keep the bearings and tires in good shape. They're great for cruising around on, or just dropping anchor somewhere and fishing/relaxing. Some of them will pull a tube/towable but most won't pull a skiier or wakeboarder. They're not fast by any means, but they will get you there and back.


If it's your first boat of any kind, you'll have a decent learning curve, but it's doable if you go slow and read up on the subject. Remember, boats have no brakes and you can't get out and walk if you get stuck. Insurance is available and highly suggested, as you are responsible for any damage you or your wake may cause.


All that being said, I'd love to have one. I've been on a couple this past summer and it'd fit my family's needs a whole lot better than the 18' fish & ski we have now.
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I have a pontoon boat which has served me well for the past 3 years. It is loads of fun for the family and a good stable vessel as mentioned above. I have fished with it, pulled a tube for the grand children and just cruised around with the wife. A good investment. Never had to use 4 wheel drive to get mine out of the water.
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Yeah I'm looking to relax and fish. Thanks for the info fellas. Now hopefully Bass pro will approve me for the credit...
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