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    Pontoon Question

    I'm looking to buy my first pontoon. I recently saw a Outfitter 300 for a decent price. Anybody have experience with this boat? Most of my float fishing will be on ponds or class 1-2 waters. I see a 2 year warranty. I was wondering about bladder durability.

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    Re: Pontoon Question

    I've had a JW Outfitter Renage since 97 great boat, but now need new bladders and they now longer make them. JW is now owned by Sci Angler, they have tried to repair twice, no luck.

    Stay with a boat in manufactor with a company that's going to around.


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    Re: Pontoon Question

    Quote Originally Posted by Stonefly View Post
    I've had a JW Outfitter Renage since 97 great boat, but now need new bladders and they now longer make them. JW is now owned by Sci Angler, they have tried to repait twice, no luck.

    Stay with a boat in manufactor with a company that's going to around.
    If the bladders aren't terrible you can try some aquaseal on them, the stuff works great!

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    Re: Pontoon Question

    DH,
    Have you looked into kayaks made for fishing. I've been debating this with myself for some time. I have never liked the idea of air filled bladders on a boat that could puncture and leak. The draw back to kayaks is anchoring them in moving water, I would think that it would be risky at best. If I do purchase a kayak, it would be used in still waters most of the time, Merril Creek, Spruce Run, or Round Valley resivoirs.


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    Re: Pontoon Question

    Quote Originally Posted by DoubleHaul View Post
    I'm looking to buy my first pontoon. I recently saw a Outfitter 300 for a decent price. Anybody have experience with this boat? Most of my float fishing will be on ponds or class 1-2 waters. I see a 2 year warranty. I was wondering about bladder durability.

    Thanks in Advance,
    DH


    Go visit Hoss and get yourself a Raddison. There isn't a pond or stream I havn't taken it down yet. I found the Pontoon's to be affected too much by wind. Not that we have much wind up here.....

    GBS


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    Re: Pontoon Question

    Hey DH,
    Save your money and just take me along. I have a fleet of canoes. Seriously, I couldn't find much info on the construction of the 300. For me the advantage of a pontoon boat over a float tube would be the ability to run fairly difficult whitewater. I wouldn't take a bladder boat into any decent whitewater. I also couldn't find a weight. I'm considering getting a "creek boat" or old whitewater kayak for camping and fishing. The out of style boats can often be had for under $300. They don't provide the stable platform of the Pontoon boat, but are much more seaworthy and better in the wind. I got a float tube to try on the ponds this year. I've found that my canoe is a bit of overkill on the ponds and drifts around with the slightest breeze. Hoping to be able to keep the float tube in one place with the fins while I concentrate on fighting fish. Toodles,Frogge.


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    Re: Pontoon Question

    save up some extra money and go with a nortfork outdoors by dave scadden


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    Re: Pontoon Question

    I personally have a scadden and think it's great when the wind isn't blowing. I've been in areas on the D where anchoring down was simply not an option. I would still blow around like a leaf in the wind!

    Otherwise, the standing platform on these things are awesome.

    At times I do get nervous about the things popping or something. I wouldn't be so pissed taking the dump... I'd be pissed at losing all of my valuables that I keep with me.

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    Re: Pontoon Question

    Thanks to all who have replied.

    The canoe thing isn't an option for me anymore. At 6 ft. tall & 43 years old, I find it difficult to be balled up in the bottom of a canoe all day. I have one & can barley walk by the time I get out of it let alone carry it back out. Since owning a float tube it has force me to slow down & I catch more fish. I have done too many swift water rescues with the fire dept. to convince me that a canoe is a safe option beyond class 1 rivers. Just my opinion. Since doing research, I found that the boat I'm looking at has dual chambered badders. So I ordered one. I'll let you know how it goes.

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    Re: Pontoon Question

    I also have a Scadden boat. The Skykomish Sunrise with a standing platform. I think these boats are perfect. I take them in small rivers like the Ramapo and bigger water like the Delware with no problem. They dont have bladders and have thermal welded seams. The platform is great for lakes also and I would advise getting a platform regardless of who makes it. For fishing the Delaware I use the platform quite a bit. Check out the site homepagedirectory. Good luck


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    Re: Pontoon Question

    Quote Originally Posted by tkhour View Post
    I also have a Scadden boat. The Skykomish Sunrise with a standing platform. I think these boats are perfect. I take them in small rivers like the Ramapo and bigger water like the Delware with no problem. They dont have bladders and have thermal welded seams. The platform is great for lakes also and I would advise getting a platform regardless of who makes it. For fishing the Delaware I use the platform quite a bit. Check out the site homepagedirectory. Good luck
    You opted for the Bentley model. I have the ford fiesta with the bladders.

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    Re: Pontoon Question

    the xs is $2400- Yikes. That's almost what Eliot paid


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