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Old 03-01-2020, 05:43 PM
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So…I recently bought a place on Lake Lanier (largest lake in Georgia). Place has a very nice floating dock with a covered boat slip. Was leaning toward a fishing/family boat like a Montauk 190 or a Key West 189 FS. Wife really didn’t like the Montauk and was just OK with the Key West. Happened to look at a 22 foot tritoon and it just seems to make sense. Pluses:
  • Loads of room for family and friends.
  • Moves pretty well with a Suzuki 140.
  • Really won’t be taking it anywhere other than the lake, so don’t need a trailer.
  • Don't need to install a lift on my dock.
  • Dealer is literally 4 miles away.
  • Reasonable price (as far as boats go).
  • Wife likes it (though she’s a good sport and would go along with whatever I ultimately wanted).
  • I don’t plan to do a lot a fishing. Maybe drown a worm now and then, but nothing serious expected.
  • Very low maintenance.
Biggest negative that I can see…It’s not very cool.

Have at it.

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Old 03-01-2020, 05:46 PM
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Easy. Itís a Tritoon.
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If I ever get a place on a lake, that is exactly the route I would take. Sorry, I know you were looking for negatives.
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No, don't do it, stop...
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Sounds like you already have it figured out. Go with your gut and you know you gotta keep momma happy
Old 03-01-2020, 05:53 PM
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Tritoon all the way.... use one in the inland waters of South La. great family boat, all the room you want for speck fishing.
Old 03-01-2020, 06:21 PM
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Whats this they can't cool crap. You got to make them cool. Nothing you buy is cool just cause you own it , anyone can buy something. Ya got to put the YOU to it son to get it there. Lord Lord. LOL
1100 watt stereo. Home grill. retracts up and down on it own. Two tops. LEDs in and out, You can order them with a pop up bathroom , REMOVED the captians chair put you a bench seat in there where mama can sit beside you, best cat fishing boat there is, white perch, use your head, troll while partying . Now when you make your pontoon match your dock, thats when your having fun and the most important thing. Taking mama where she ain't never been before. Leave the kids at home, find a spot away from houses and folks, out a ways from the bank on a stair filled night. Little Boose, little weed use those front seats son, what ever is her pleasure while looking at the stairs. Dated a asian girl for a while a few years back, one night on that pontoon she ordered me to put that thing in the water every time she came up to visit.

Settled down now we have three boats. Been wanting another ocean boat let my GF know I was going to sell the pontoon when I finish up the ocean boat. NO lie,, she offered to buy it if I would keep it. Shes seen those stairs to. LMAO. Damn 63 year old man got to teach you young wipper -snappers what you do and don't need. Maby I should charge for this much HELP. HOING.> Helping out . I draw the line at coaching. LMAO.

Everything you mentioned says pontoon or in your case tritoon. I have a older commurical 125 on mine. Mercury. Under I think its 2000 rpms it runs on 3 cylinders over 2000 you get all of them. Designed to use in crabbing netting so on. I can putt around all day on 10 gal of gas and thats from 8 in the morning till 8 at night. Then the stairs thing. LOL Light bar on the front to advoid the crab tops docking lights so I can slide right in the slip. 22 foot should run about 30 to 34 with that 140 on the back. Only advice I'd give you is get the biggest motor on it you can to start with. If theres room for more you'll by back.


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Old 03-01-2020, 06:24 PM
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it's a pontoon boat.... and no one wants to be labeled a pontoonian
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Every time someone buys a tritoon an angel loses its wings...it's all I got.
wait more random thoughts...
If it works for you in a Pontiac Aztek kinda way,,,maybe it is meant to be.
Lucky its the largest lake in Ga. you are going to want to find a place to hide every now and then...;-)
You'll have an Asian girl telling you what to do.
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OP Im on a big lake in upstate NY. Itís probably 75% pontoons. Some fast ones. Some like the one you are looking at. Some real pieces of work that make you wonder how theyíre still floating.

How many people do you plan on taking out? Are you going straight to the sandbar, or are you hanging out on the boat all day? That makes a difference.

Iíve had my Four Winns 200 Horizon loaded to capacity. While it can be done, I wouldnít want to hang out on the boat all day like that. A pontoon would be way better. But I rarely have that many on board.

Buy what works for you and your boating needs. Whether thatís a tritoon, big bowrider, or a skiff.


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Old 03-01-2020, 06:32 PM
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Tritoons suck...who wants to feel like they are sitting in their living room all comfortable while on the water? You should be walking on hard fiberglass and packed in like sardines while the sun cooks your skin.
Old 03-01-2020, 06:36 PM
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I would for sure rock the pontoon on the lake. You get tired just lay on the couch and take a nap. Can't do that comfortable on a cc.
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They ride really well. Tons of room. Perfect for family time on the lake. Very easy upkeep. You can fish a 22 footer easily.

The 140 is really like a 115 with about 3 mph's on the top end. The 140 will cruise like a 115. The difference is at the upper RPMS.

I would want a 150. 3 to 4 mph's faster cruise speeds easily.

What brand you looking at?
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Originally Posted by Wxing View Post
Happened to look at a 22 foot tritoon and it just seems to make sense.
For a lake I would get one without second thought. If it was little to moderate open ocean access than I would say no.

For a lake it would be on my top of the list only behind a house boat

Biggest negative that I can see…It’s not very cool.
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You know what is cool, going to a grocery store and start dancing with moves that look like your having a seizure so you can upload to your tik tok account to get tik tok famous.

I'm ok not being cool.
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My wife and I have a lake house in northern Wisconsin, so we're in a similar situation to you. Minnesota and Wisconsin are lake country and pontoons are so common they practically come with your cabin. They are considered "cool" up here because they are the best way to enjoy all of the lake comfortably. Ideally you will have two boats so you can use them as they were meant to be used. We have a 25 foot Premier pontoon and a 19 foot Chris Craft open bow runabout. The pontoon gets used twice as much as the Chris Craft but it's really nice to have both. For the price of a new tri toon you can get a nice used pontoon and runabout and have the best of both worlds.

My advice is to get a pontoon. A tri toon doesn't offer any extra value for the additional cost. The quality of pontoons varies widely and the quality makes a big difference so pay attention to what brands you're shopping for. Do get one of the highly regarded brands. Bennington and Premier are considered to be a class of their own up here. I don't know if there are other national brands in your neck of the woods. The quality of the seating vinyl and deck construction of a good pontoon pays for itself many times over. Also, still get a runabout. There is such a difference between the two styles of boats that you really can't get the full lake experience without having one of each. Some people try to get by with just one boat and compromise by getting a deck boat, but that is really a compromise that doesn't do either job very well.After being in the pontoon for a while we like to take the runabout out and remember what it's like to be low in the water, moving with the waves. Plus it's tough to ski or tube behind a pontoon, although it can be done.

In short, get a good quality pontoon that you like . You'll love it and the rest of the lake will be jealous.
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On a small lake a Pontoon is fine. But if you want the ability to cruise mid 20's to 30 MPH"s then a Pontoon isn't going to cut it. Most are rated for 115 HP.. So 30 MPH's in a Pontoon will be close to WOT everywhere you go.

My 22 footer with a 150 ran 44 to 45 with just me in it. With 3 people.fuel and gear it still was around 40 WOT and able to cruise at 30 mph's without turning over 4500 rpms.

My dad with the same boat but a pontoon did 28 WOT with a 90. His boat was also 500 pounds lighter. That boat with a 115 did 31 WOT.

He drove my boat and was amazed how much faster and how much better it rode.

Tritoons ride much higher out the water. Which equals less drag even though they weigh 500 pounds more for the same sized toon.
Pontoons pretty much plow through the water.

I owned a Manitou which is a top tier brand.

I had 8 people on my boat and still did upper 20's at 4500 rpms.
A 115 with 8 people on a pontoon will be screaming for mercy.
Old 03-01-2020, 07:34 PM
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3 logs more stable than 2 logs too. I donít even slow down for most wakes. Can have higher passenger capacity and can be rigged with bigger engine.
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Get a Tri toon and donít look back.

weíve had a pontoon in my family since before I was born. Weíre mainly lake boaters and have had a variety of boats throughout the years.
my folks now have a 24ft tri toon with a Suzuki 175. Itís a fast boat and fun. Itís like driving around in your living room.

And yes- itís cool.
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I didn't think I would ever say this, but if you live on a lake and don't plan to ski, a pontoon is the way to go. If you plan on skiing or doing anything other than cruising around with friends and family in the 20-30 mph range, they're great. I hated pontoons until I met my old next door neighbor. I had a CC and went out diving all the time and he had a pontoon....had a grill on it and everything. He used it most everyday, he would cruise a few miles up the ICW, turn around a cruise a mile or two past the house the other way on the ICW and then go back home. I thought that was the stupidest thing there ever was and a waste of a boat, until I did it with him one afternoon. He had no desire to go out in the ocean and if he did, plenty of people around him, including myself, had CC's that he could have jumped a ride on. He kept bugging me to go out on it and I thought it was stupid and kept blowing him off. Finally, he offered me a ride one afternoon and told me to bring my wife along and we had nothing better to do, so we agreed. He asked us did we prefer hamburgers or chicken and I thought that was a funny question, but answered chicken. We leave the dock and I'm thinking it's going to be a waste of time, but we'll humor him because it's the neighborly thing to do. All he had on it was a small console with no gauges, just a steering wheel, binnacle and a radio with two small speakers in it and a set of patio furniture, gas grill and a 85 qt cooler. As soon as we pull away from the dock, he hands me a beer and a lighter and ask me to start the grill. I start the grill and then had one of the best Friday afternoons of my life.....laid back, rock music playing at a level that could only be heard within 10-15' of the console, chicken breast on the grill, cold beer in my hand, cruising along at an easy 12-15 mph with the sun setting, just hanging out and enjoying life. I now understood why he took it out every afternoon.....it was peaceful and serene. When they had a baby two years later, they put a play pen/crib in the middle of the deck and rarely missed an afternoon cruise. I grew up on a river with a 12' Jon boat and an Evinrude 3.3 and then lived on a lake with a MasterCraft and then moved onto off shore boats, but if I was going to live on a lake again, I would have a pontoon and small ski boat for when the urge hit, but would probably use the pontoon at least 2-3 times as much as the ski boat....or bring the ski boat back after a morning of skiing and take the pontoon out for the afternoon/evening. I would never have one for anything but lake use or ICW cruising, but it definitely beat a CC for that type of usage. I secnd what the poster said above, buy a used one and get a small ski boat or put the rest of the money in the bank. Tritoon vs pontoon? Can't help you there as I have only been out on a pontoon with the old neighbor, but for the four of us, the pontoon with a 90 worked well.
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Originally Posted by Rustyhawsehole View Post
For the price of a new tri toon you can get a nice used pontoon and runabout and have the best of both worlds.

My advice is to get a pontoon. A tri toon doesn't offer any extra value for the additional cost.

In short, get a good quality pontoon that you like . You'll love it and the rest of the lake will be jealous.
Bingo. Bought my 24 foot party bardge for 8 grand used. Had a 50hp on the back. Wanted a stump bumper for fishing love a stick steer boat bought a used 16 foot pan fish for 3000 had a 25hp on the back sold the 25 took the motor off the pontoon 50 hp put it on the 16 foot boat. Bought a used 125,, 3500 dollars installed on the pontoon both boats totally tricked out I have less than 20 grand in both boats.
Bought a 24 foot Striper walk around after Christmas 9000 up graded the motor to a 300 verado 6500 all the goodies on that boat off e bay with that boat tricked out I'll have about 21000 in it with a cobia tower and a kicker. Around 40G in all three boats.
I've seen guys on market place trying to sell 18 foot boats with 135s on the back for more than I have in all three.
Market is loaded with used pontoon boats. Take a day with mama or your favorite ASIAN girl do a little riding go look at them. Don't be scare to throw a offer in there. Guy that had my pontoon listed for 9500 I was gone my buddy went and looked at it for me he talked them down to 8000. LOL Add a second top to the front for about 450 dollars if its hot or starts to rain your whole boat is covered. Love that second top. You can pick up all the crap you want to trick a boat out on e bay or market place cheep.
If you buy used and have the space get creative add a home grill to it. Just bolt it to the floor your done. Its ok to color outside the lines. Build it like you want it thats the advantage of buying cheap and used. Onboard battery charger and spend some money get one that charges fast. 1000 watt generator like a honda rock a amp all day, turn the key late evenings she fires right up.
Some of the newer ones those boats are beautiful. but theres that price again. Buy it or build it if you have the knowledge you'll have fun either way. Had a 28 foot at Lake Waccamaw. You can go to long. I'd never go above a 24 foot unless your planning on it being your main hobby. If your the host of the parties spend the dime get what you want to start with.


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