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Old 08-18-2018, 08:00 PM   #1
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Pontoon "Boats"...

For the life of me I will never understand why these are a "thing". For the amount of money spent on just these two outboards alone, one could have WAY more boat, and WAY more creature comforts.

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Old 08-18-2018, 08:19 PM   #2
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Greetings,

Mr. t. I am not of quite the same opinion although I see absolutely NO use in Sea Doos/Jet skis
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Old 08-18-2018, 09:22 PM   #3
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Pontoon boats can be fantastic small, back bay platforms.

Lots near me and growing every year. Even rental companies are switching
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Old 08-18-2018, 09:40 PM   #4
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Even pontoon trawlettes!
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Old 08-18-2018, 09:41 PM   #5
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Pontoon boats can be fantastic small, back bay platforms.

Lots near me and growing every year. Even rental companies are switching

Pontoon boats used to have 40hp engines and were relaxing cruising "boats". But 600hp??? Why?
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Old 08-18-2018, 09:52 PM   #6
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Pontoons are the leading family and leading party boats on most inland lakes. You can have many aboard for a cookout or pull a water skier or fish or just ride around. We haven't owned one or desired to but certainly understand those who do.
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Old 08-18-2018, 10:25 PM   #7
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I love pontoon boats! Rented several over the years,would never own one personally only because thats not my primary boating style. Purpose built boats for lakes and bays... Its like riding around on your front porch! If I owned a lake house, I'd have one, for sure. I don't get the 600 HP either.
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I don't get the 600 HP either.

That much HP sort of contradicts the purpose of that style of boat, which is why I completely don't understand it.
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Totally untrawler-like!
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Old 08-18-2018, 11:05 PM   #10
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Untrawler like? Who cares! Its a fun ,purpose built boat. Most of the Pontoon boats (especially the rentals) have adequate HP for puttering....Always going to be the 600 HP type dude, trying to out pontoon the others. Look at the South Fl center console market....
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That much HP sort of contradicts the purpose of that style of boat, which is why I completely don't understand it.
Actually doesn't as it's evolved. They did start with small engines, but the issue was kids wanted to ski so it meant two boats or selling them. The solution was bigger pontoons and tritoons and larger engines.
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I have a 300 hp on a lake. Gets me 40 to 50 mph depending on how many people. Nice when weather comes in and you need to get off the lake. Multi purpose boat. With modified Triton it gets up and banks which is great for tuning or skiing. Likely 200 hp 2ould be enough but I dont mind a little extra birdie up.
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Lol tritoon and giddie up
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Old 08-19-2018, 05:40 AM   #14
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We call them canal patios , and they do a great job as almost maint free thin water cruisers.
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One doesn't need 600 HP to water ski. In fact, I'm not sure it's even POSSIBLE to ski behind 600 HP with balls to the wall. IMHO, the dude in the OP is just showing off.
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My son has a pontoon boat he uses as a SCUBA platform on Wisc lakes. He used to have a Sea Ray powered by twin Chevy V-8's but likes the pontoon better for diving.

Wife and I just returned yesterday from a cruise to the Slate Islands in Lake Superior (trailered the DuNORD to Terrace Bay, ON). On the way up we stopped at a nice N Wisc lake to visit friends. They have a typical Pontoon boat, as do many, many others on that lake. Out on a jaunt around their lake (10 mi long) I began to imagine a "cruising pontoon fitted with a full-length folding canopy. Such a canopy would be constructed in halves, so that the forward half might be folded down in order to create an open deck forward for day-outings around a lake. When the canopy was fully erected, and closed in with mosquito net and roll-up vinyl windows (like the cockpit in our Albin) the pontoon might offer berths for four, as well as a rudimentary galley opposite the helm console, for cruising sheltered lakes, bays, and rivers. All folded up for road transport, and covered by a fitted tarp, the vessel would present less windage, similar to those Apache folding camper trailers people had years ago.

Such a vessel might also be used strictly as a road travel RV. We presently use our Albin as a RV in KOA's along our way to distant water.
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I think they can be great if someone wants a stable platform for flat water. I admit to seeing a few here on Puget Sound and wonder why anyone would possibly want one here. The water is too cold to play in other than a few days a year and the water can frequently get quite rough.
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One doesn't need 600 HP to water ski. In fact, I'm not sure it's even POSSIBLE to ski behind 600 HP with balls to the wall. IMHO, the dude in the OP is just showing off.
Need it to ski barefoot. lol
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One doesn't need 600 HP to water ski. In fact, I'm not sure it's even POSSIBLE to ski behind 600 HP with balls to the wall. IMHO, the dude in the OP is just showing off.
Wifey B: Next you'll be saying we don't need 900 hp on a center console. Or 2720 hp on a coupe. I have a need for speed.
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Had a 24’ pontoon for a while. 150 HP Yamaha on the back. It would cruise 35 mph wide open and suck a tank dry in no time. I think 50-75 hp would have been more practical. One nice option it had was a fold up changing room/ head. The girls liked it. All in all it was a fun boat for the water I was in at the time and I miss it. It also had a full side grill in the bow.
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