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Old 02-25-2018, 11:20 AM
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Ok, Asking for a friend..
Whats everyones favorite brand of factory pontoon boat.. and Why?

Looking in the 23-25 fishable 150 - 225 hp range..

Tri Toon - Pontoon Pros / Cons?

Please keep it informative.. trying to select a good boat. Brands.. not "my buddy built one once".. Looking to buy newish, factory, warranty..

For the first time in forever I am finding myself in a boat market I know little about.

Ready Go... Hoping to see THT really do what it was made to do.

Thanks everyone..
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If you are just cruising around protected waters, a 20-22 with a mid range motor is plenty. It makes an economical package to get out on the water. If you want to go fast, you probably want a little bigger boat, tri toon and lifting strakes with a big motor. There are even guys running twin 250s.
The tri toon will also get you better rough water performance.
These days Bennington and Premier seem to have pretty good reputations. I have nothing bad to say about Harris. Mine is 44 years old and still going.
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The main problem with fishing on a pontoon boat is they usually have far too much furniture. Mine is set up center console with no furniture. It makes a good fishing and diving platform.
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Crest! Perfect for calm water cruising, 20 foot, 60hp Johnzuki 4 stroke, top speed, 15
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Figure out what the most important thing it is that you want to use the pontoon for first.
Basically it's cruising or fishing if you have small kids then maybe skiing or boarding. Many manufacturers make "fishing models" How big is the body of water? How rough can it get? How many people will be on the boat?
We bought a 22ft Misty last summer for a large inland lake with a 150 Merc. Good Luck, Go visit a few
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We are looking to buy a pontoon and like some input as well

Ours, keeping my Sea Pro for fishing, would be for family outings on local lake but would like an aluminum trailer so we could take it to the coast for ICW cruising and some fishing

Have looked at a lot of them lately, new and used, but not real sure what we want

I want at least a 115 4 stroke and prefer a 150
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Tritoon with a 150 is the standard for good speed and ride

Pontoon no comparison in speed or ride.

22 to 23 with a 150 is a good combo. Anything bigger than 23 foot is a lot of boat to fish out of.

Most brands make a 21.22 or 23 for fishing.

Bennington, Manitou, Southbay, Harris, Avalon and Playcraft are some of your higher end boats.

There is plenty of other great brands to. The prices don’t vary that much unless you get into high end models of a particular manufacturer.
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One thing to remember is if it is not a tri or at least has strakes, adding a lot of horsepower does not really return as much as you would expect in speed. My 20 with a 60 4s would keep up with my neighbor's 22 with a F90. He could creep away on a long straight run but he couldn't really get away. He did burn more gas. The basic round tube boat just hits a wall around 20-22 MPH and it takes a lot of HP for every MPH you get from there. My 60 was not that much faster than another neighbor's small block 40. (not the 40-60 block)
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Bennington, Southbay, Harris, and Starcraft
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My 20 footer has a 90HP. Tops out with 2 people and a full tank of fuel at 28 or 29 if you work the trim. Not what I bought it for though. I just enjoy the cruise, hit the beach, or do some tubing with my Grand Daughter.
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For a fishing pontoon, this brand really gets my attention.
I don't think that I can get away from fiberglass, but for inland, inshore, or near shore (on the right day of course) fishing/trolling.......

https://www.anglerqwestpontoons.com/
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http://fiestaboats.com Not glamorous, but functional. I think the latest trend is to go larger diameter vs tritoon. They have fishing models.
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I had good luck with Godfrey Marine.

The Sweetwater economy series, Aqua Patio, and then the Sanpan.

My last one was a Sanpan with 115 Yamaha. Since it wasn't a tri toon the extra horsepower was a waste. I had two Aqua Patios before that and both held up well.
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Thanks for all the great feedback..
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My folks have a 22' crest in Naples they use a couple times a week. It has a 115 mercury on it. They are looking to upgrade to something with a big single and the strakes for the fuel economy and added range. They have gone as far as Sanibel from Wiggins pass but had to fuel up on the way out then again in FT Myers on the way back. My dad seems to be in love with the Crest though, that is really all he is looking for.
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These Pontoons are becoming more and more popular up here in the Great Lakes.

www.anglerqwestpontoons.com
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Originally Posted by FishLife View Post
For a fishing pontoon, this brand really gets my attention.
I don't think that I can get away from fiberglass, but for inland, inshore, or near shore (on the right day of course) fishing/trolling.......

https://www.anglerqwestpontoons.com/
I bought an AnglerQwest just over a year ago and don't have enough good things to say about it.

form, fit and finish is top-notch. I use it for freshwater striper fishing September thru May and family fun end of May through the end of August.

i can fish 13 rods at a time comfortably and can fit 8 people on board comfortably as well. With a 175 suzuki I have plenty of oomph for all the watersports the kids want to do.

Here are a few pics of my setup.
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Originally Posted by Jongeherin View Post
My folks have a 22' crest in Naples they use a couple times a week. It has a 115 mercury on it. They are looking to upgrade to something with a big single and the strakes for the fuel economy and added range. They have gone as far as Sanibel from Wiggins pass but had to fuel up on the way out then again in FT Myers on the way back. My dad seems to be in love with the Crest though, that is really all he is looking for.
Yikes, what do they have? a 6 gallon tank? It is only about 16 miles from Wiggins pass to Sanibel.

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