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Old 02-23-2015, 08:22 AM   #1
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A picture taken at the Detroit Boat Show showing 14 Wilson Marine Sales cubicles ready to go to close deals on new boats (there are 7 on each side).
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I had to look to try to imagine a boat dealer with even 14 salespersons, much less them all working on a deal at one time. Well, they do have 258 total boats in inventory and they do sell tons of pontoons plus have some high volume boats, including both Glastron and Bayliner. Still seems a bit much.
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Pontoon boats are big sellers in MI specially on the inland lakes (not so much on the Great Lakes). We have relatives at Canadian Lakes which I would swear is the pontoon boat capital of the world. They should call them powered patios. Not my dish of tea.
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Pontoon boats are big sellers in MI specially on the inland lakes (not so much on the Great Lakes). We have relatives at Canadian Lakes which I would swear is the pontoon boat capital of the world. They should call them powered patios. Not my dish of tea.
Pontoon boats outsell other boats for pleasure boats for inland lakes by huge volumes. The lake we lived on in NC was a good example. At one time when I was young they were looked at much like station wagons are. But suddenly they became SUV's of the water.

When you look at it aren't SUV's today's version of the station wagon of 40 years ago?
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They are, indeed, popular on the inland lakes, but I'll bet there has never been 14 sold at the same time from the same dealer ever.
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If you took away all the pontoon boats and PWC's from the Detroit Boat Show, it could be held in a small gymnasium.
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When you look at it aren't SUV's today's version of the station wagon of 40 years ago?
Kinda, sorta but I think the minivan got that Oscar.
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Kinda, sorta but I think the minivan got that Oscar.
Station wagon to minivan to SUV?

And for logical reasons, that families always need space. Space for the kids and family. Space to carry things. So they manufacturers find a different way to put that space in a vehicle. I'm sure many of today's SUV owners would never be caught dead in a station wagon. Yet they make larger and larger SUV's to be more like station wagons in utility.
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In MI, the DMV still registers my Dodge Durango as a station wagon
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IMO: Pontoon boats are great - so long as - you don't own one! Of course, party on another owner's pontoon is great fun. I love to wave at them as we fly past in our comfortable and extremely fuel efficient Crestliner "Stinger" o/b, tow behind runabout.

That said... I have noted there are faster pontoon boats coming out now. $50 to $80K will get ya in! Fuel at high cruising speeds is reported to be 1 to 2 nmpg. Our runabout gets 20 + nmpg at 25 knots and will do 40 knots WOT.

Pontoon boat just ain't my thang. There are plenty of em in SF Delta.
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When We kept a boat on a corp lake in Kansas I saw 2 pontoons that were way above the normal ones on the lake. One had IO drive, thruhull exhaust with a injected 8.1 GM, 1st time I saw it we were out and I heard a go-fast at wot, I looked around for it and finally figured out it was a pontoon going faster than any I had ever seen. The 2nd was 32' to 36' with 3 -300 hp merc outboards, only saw it in its slip. Here is a link to a pontoon at the Lake of the Ozarks Shoot out - http://youtu.be/JiNJMwH46wg
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Omg. That's nuts.

A question that bears asking, WHY??
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Does welfare cover boat ownership? I heard Detroit was in the toilet economy wise!
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Here's a pic from the boat show that I posted in the "interesting boats" thread. I wonder how many of these sold. In case you can't make out the price tag (or don't believe your eyes) it's $118,387.00 and no, that isn't a decimal point error.
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When We kept a boat on a corp lake in Kansas I saw 2 pontoons that were way above the normal ones on the lake. One had IO drive, thruhull exhaust with a injected 8.1 GM, 1st time I saw it we were out and I heard a go-fast at wot, I looked around for it and finally figured out it was a pontoon going faster than any I had ever seen. The 2nd was 32' to 36' with 3 -300 hp merc outboards, only saw it in its slip. Here is a link to a pontoon at the Lake of the Ozarks Shoot out - http://youtu.be/JiNJMwH46wg
Only a matter of time before that boat goes end over end.
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It's very easy to spend 50-60 on a pontoon boat these days.
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I heard Detroit was in the toilet economy wise!
Exactly. That's why I thought 14 cubicles was such extreme optimism.
An extremely small market for 120K pontoon boats, I would think.
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