Okay you'se guys...I'm wanting to buy a pontoon. Many of you have them. Can you recommend a brand/model or give me your experience with whatever you have? Don't have a lot of money but don't want to buy 'crap' either.
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I have a Creek Company CDC Sport. Since I have purchased mine they have made some changes that are for the better. Pat, Trent, and Monica have the updated model.
I can't complain, it's been reliable and they hold up pretty well when they blow of the back of the truck.
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Post by flyfishingpastor on Mar 28, 2010 13:14:14 GMT -5
Can't say that we've worn them out; nor can I claim to be an expert on pontoons since we've only used them maybe 3 or 4 times since we got them but they are fun to play with and they seem to be well made. I have no complaints with the ones we have. I like them a lot. I did a lot of research on pontoons and when we bought ours, they seemed to be the best deal for the money; hands down.
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Post by reelteacher on Mar 28, 2010 16:53:02 GMT -5
There are pontoons out there in every price range you can think of. Creek Company makes a great pontoon boat, as does Aire, Outcast, Dave Schedden, sp. and others. I bought mine from China and had to basically tape, straighten, lengthen, mold, fuss and modify the whole thing. But now it works like a Cadillac. So, I would recommend spending a little more money and getting something that is more user friendly. You may want to consider a hard pontoon style boat also. They have hard plastic pontoons that don't need to be inflated. I'm not sure how portable a boat you need, but if you have a truck that could haul it, it would save you the hassle of inflating and deflating the pontoons for each outting. Just my 2 cents. DT
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Radio I'm with Dustin on this one. I bought cheap and got what I paid for, constant repair and adjustments. I ran into a guy on the Tippy a few years back who had one of the hard shell type. He had nothing but praise, it seemed to ride higher in the water and handled better than the inflatables. He said it was much easier to row and floated over obstacles better. Draw back is the price, but you get what you pay for, Sage or Shakespeare.
Radio I'm with Dust and Rick. I bought cheep and all I get done is fix and repair. As a matter of fact, if you were willing to do a little repair I would donate one of mine to the Newlon foundation for better fishing! If that would help you make a decision on what kind and type to buy! Krebsie
Radio a resent trip out west I shopped at a Cabela's and they had a hard side one man pontoon on sale for $399.00. I don't know if this was an in store only but that is a great price on what looked to be a very good pontoon. It might be worth looking into.
P.S. I would have brought it back for you but it was in Lehi, Utah and my wife wouldn't let me strap it to the top of her caddy. ;D