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I can't believe I am saying this.. 24 Jan 2010 20:34 #1

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so went to the Birmingham Boat show last night. Not bad, pretty goood spread and range of boats. Now I am a hulll boat lover however the Admiral is an admirer of pontoon boats, so we looked at a couple while there.

I can't believe I am saying this... BUT... I found a pontoon I could love. A 2010 Berkshire 223 SLX. I loved the layout of it, plenty of room, goood power (200HP), accent and courtesy lighting, etc etc. (I would post a link but it is not listed yet on their website.)

I can see us using it for family outings, etc and also plenty of room for sleeping on the hook some over the boating season.

Here are my questions for everyone,
Are you a pontoon snob? Or do some of you have both a hull boat AND a pontoon?

I still love my Bayliner and plan to keep her even if I do buy a new boat, whether a larger Bayliner or a pontoon, or whatever. Just curious how many here own multiple boats and what they are.

Happy Cruising!!

Jeff :)

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I can't believe I am saying this.. 24 Jan 2010 20:57 #2

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don't feel bad

We have a pontoon boat that we use literally every evening (we really do) all summer long. Pontoon boats are a great relaxing way to take an evening lake cruise.

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I can't believe I am saying this.. 24 Jan 2010 21:15 #3

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My uncle has a pontoon boat and its perfect for how he uses it. He can fish with 8-10 on board and it still feels like there is alot of room.

I feel very lucky and fortunate. We have a 25 bayliner and an 18 cruisers inc. and trailer both. I love the bay for longer trips and overnighting - darn near perfect for us. The 18 is great for trips to the lake for wake boarding, swimming, fishing ect. We each have a kayak too. The funnest thing is when we use all the boats together on a single trip.

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I can't believe I am saying this.. 24 Jan 2010 21:29 #4

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I would have a pontoon if I lived on a lake.

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I can't believe I am saying this.. 24 Jan 2010 22:24 #5

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some of the pontoon boats are fantastic now. I was watching a boating TV show yesterday and they had a review of one that had a 5.7L MPI and could do about 50mph.....and last year saw an article about one that had twin 300s hanging off the back end.

Serious "tooning"

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I can't believe I am saying this.. 24 Jan 2010 22:33 #6

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Pontoon boats have come a very long way over the past 10 years or so. They have many of the creature comforts once reserved for cruising boats. I have no need of one but I have seen many that I would like to own if there was a need.

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I can't believe I am saying this.. 24 Jan 2010 22:36 #7

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Ditto to all the responses above. Originally, when I first got my very own boat, I thought who would want a pontoon boat - how lame. Once you own a boat, you realize they are very effective river/party platforms. :)

Would never want to get caught in ANY weather in one! Definitely wouldn't ever replace a boat for me, but I've been thinking of one for partying/etc.

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I can't believe I am saying this.. 25 Jan 2010 17:25 #8

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My Inlaws have a 24' Bennington party barge, my brother in law has a 22' Liberator and we've got our 24' Bay BR. What's great is that we have the ability to do anything we want with the three boats. Want to go for a liesurely cruise, take the BR or the Pontoon. Want to drag a skiier, same. Want to just run the darn thing like crazy, take the Lib. Variety is the spice of life. However, I still love mine much better than theirs!

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I can't believe I am saying this.. 25 Jan 2010 18:53 #9

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Saw a toon last summer on the lake had a 502 with thru hull exhaust. First time I heard it I was looking around for a go fast boat. "Not your Fathers toon"

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I can't believe I am saying this.. 25 Jan 2010 19:24 #10

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Like any boat the pontoons are great for what they are....good for lake put puts, fishing, partying and swimming from. If i lived on a lake I would have one for sure, but have no desire to trailer one. I have never launched or retrieved one, but have watched people struggle real hard to trailer them when there is a cross wind.

I have a fishing boat (1995 Bass Tracker with 40 Johnson OB) and the Capri. When we go to the lake for weekend or longer we trailer both. Helps too since we can summon the Capri for a tow when needed:) If I had a lake house the Basstracker would hit the road and a pontoon would be bought real quick like.

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I can't believe I am saying this.. 26 Jan 2010 19:34 #11

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I've been on pontoon dive boats in Florida. Some up to 45 feet.
I think they're Ok in protected waters salt or fresh.
I was on a friends with two small outboards that went 30 mph without any trouble. I don't remember what size it was maybe 20-22'. We had winds about 15-20 with 2 foot wind waves and it handled it fine. That was 25 years ago, I think they've improved the designs a lot since then.

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I can't believe I am saying this.. 26 Jan 2010 19:59 #12

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Jeff, I can't believe you are saying this either. lol Good luck with it

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I can't believe I am saying this.. 27 Jan 2010 01:22 #13

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Like any boat the pontoons are great for what they are....good for lake put puts, fishing, partying and swimming from. If i lived on a lake I would have one for sure, but have no desire to trailer one. I have never launched or retrieved one, but have watched people struggle real hard to trailer them when there is a cross wind.

Ditto that!

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I can't believe I am saying this.. 27 Jan 2010 05:00 #14

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capt. ron;410127 wrote: Saw a toon last summer on the lake had a 502 with thru hull exhaust. First time I heard it I was looking around for a go fast boat. "Not your Fathers toon"


That I would love to see!! LOL

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I can't believe I am saying this.. 27 Jan 2010 05:02 #15

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we have decided for now to wait on a decision, probably till next year, looking at quite a few life changes this year, one of which I am hoping with be purchase of lake property / lake house. At that point buying a pontoon would become much more realistic.

Thanks for all the comments !

Jeff

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Audiovox Express XM Radio w/FM Connect, Windline 3 step ladder, single feed trickle charger, Perko Fender Locks,
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