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Rented a pontoon for first time in SWFL, convinceme on why (or why not) to buy

Old 10-22-2018, 12:10 PM
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Default Rented a pontoon for first time in SWFL, convinceme on why (or why not) to buy

i rented a pontoon for some back country and fishing around inlet in Marco Island this weekend, and absolutely loved it! I have owned a Maverick 18 Master Angler and fished plenty on a Pathfinder 22, both used for inshore as I have a boat for offshore on east coast of FL where I live. But after spending the day in the total comfort of the pontoon, my body felt great after 8 hours on board, and could not say the same after a few hours on the flats or bay boat hunched over all day with minimal room to move around. If I were to keep a boat in SWFL, I am seriously considering a pontoon boat after my experience on one. So what advantages are there for a bay boat that I am not seeing right now? What disadvantages are there to a pontoon if being used inshore and very near offshore in SWFL? I do not plan on going offshore in SWFL, as if I wanted to fish offshore I would stay on the east coast, so is there anything I dont know about regarding pintoons?
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From my understanding pontoons require the operator to wear sandals with socks or crocs.

I say if you like it and it fits your fishing style go for it.

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I have been on boats since I was born. But had never been on a pontoon boat until my FIL bought one to use on Barnegat Bay. I thought it was a joke, we always assumed pontoon boats were something you won on the Price is Right.

But we ran that thing all over the bay it was pretty fun, the indoor outdoor carpet, the little table, pretty interesting setup . I kind of wondered why there weren't a ton of them on my local bay, similar to BB.

I would never take one out in the ocean though.
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Love my pontoon for what I do. Angler Qwest Pontoons built in Michigan.
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pontoons have come along way over the years. Personally, I think they are a great choice for most rivers, bays and intercostal waterway.
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I can't wait to buy my next one. I bought a basic set up because I thought it was not going to be used much. I live on the thing. My next one will be tri-toon and hope to be able to get 30mph out of it (I'm sticking to 18').
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Search on here, its a popular topic
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Love my pontoon for what I do. Angler Qwest Pontoons built in Michigan.
Wow! That thing is pretty tricked out and perfect for what I ould be looking to do! Is it a pontoon or tritoon? What are the advantages of the tritoon? Does it break up the waves so they dont crash over bow and flood? Had that happen a little this weekend, but nothing major.
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Its a Tri-toon with a 175 Suzuki - Top Speed 40 MPH with 2 guys and fishing gear....cruise at 26 MPH and 3.7 MPG. Tri-toon allows for larger engines. It does well in the rougher waters I encounter on an inland lake and the manufacturer builds these primarily for Great Lakes fishing so I'm sure they handle some rougher water than what I've been in fairly well.

Much more comfortable than my previous Bay Boat that's for sure.

They also build a Salt Water variant - I'm not sure of the differences but this manufacturer was wonderful to work with when I was designing and building out my boat.

Check them out here:

https://www.anglerqwestpontoons.com/brochure

https://www.anglerqwestpontoons.com/

I've been extremely happy with mine after almost 2 years of ownership. It is perfect for the type of boating my family does....need to be a relatively hard core freshswater fishing machine? CHECK....need to take 3 or 4 couples out for an evening wine cruise? CHECK....need to pull my daughter and her friends on tubes and wakeboards? CHECK

I looked long and hard for a do-it-all boat this has been really tough to beat.
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The main downside of pontoons is they can get pretty "wet" but that is mitigated quite a bit with larger diameter pontoons, strakes or adding the 3d one. If you are staying in the back bay, none of that is necessary unless you just want to go fast
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Originally Posted by lurker25 View Post
From my understanding pontoons require the operator to wear sandals with socks or crocs.

I say if you like it and it fits your fishing style go for it.
minivan to haul it too.
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Buy it. you will never regret it. I bought my first one this year, 22 ft tri toon with 200 Verado. It was awesome for scalloping in the gulf. When the weather got rough everyone wanted to jump on my boat.. I live in a boating community and almost everyone is blown away with how good this thing rides.
They are becoming more and more popular too as they keep increasing their performance.

Cohea, that boat is awesome.

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Angler Quest Boats are becoming more and more popular here in Michigan. I see them more than ever... Nice fishing set up for trolling!
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Wouldnt a deck boat be the best of both worlds? The strength of a fiberglass hull and the stability of a toon?
https://staugustine.craigslist.org/b...707105107.html
This one caught my attention, Looks like Southwind is the deckboat end of the Sailfish brand.
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Originally Posted by Windwood View Post
minivan to haul it too.
I fished a friends boat out of PC for years, he pulled it with a minivan with over 250k. That boat was a great fishing machine. Our best day was 5 slot snook and 24 slot or over reds. For inshore and just off shore pontoons are a great option.
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We have a few tri toons on Lake Erie on a 2' or less I see one zipping around at 35+ powered by a 250 Verado. I have a brother on Bonneau Beach S.C. he has a 115hp Yamaha on his it's all I would have on inland or bay.
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Originally Posted by WRRice View Post
Wouldnt a deck boat be the best of both worlds? The strength of a fiberglass hull and the stability of a toon?
https://staugustine.craigslist.org/b...707105107.html
This one caught my attention, Looks like Southwind is the deckboat end of the Sailfish brand.
NO!!!! I tried that route. I sold a 26 ft glass cat to downsize to a deck boat to fish inshore. Just like you are thinking. However, my wife refused to go out with me because they ride like crap even in the slightest chop.
Simply put, it was like riding on a sheet of plywood after owning a catamaran. My tritoon rides almost as good as my big glass cat. It was a little heavier than my 22 ft toon. but I get almost double the gas milage
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My dad is on in second in as many years in Naples. Decided to do that because my mom had a hip replacement and doesn't get around as much as she used to so she had stopped going on the boat all together. When he does fish it isn't serious anymore, Just in the backwater with a couple buddies where they drink more coffee and BS than actually fish. He has a 25' Southbay pontoon with a 250 VMax on it. It runs in the upper 40s... maybe 50. Of coarse, the other nice thing about pontoons are, it wasn't 300k. Thanks
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I could see myself enjoying a pontoon in certain circumstances. Their popularity is growing for good reason.
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Are there any pontoon boats with a (smallish) pilot house?

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