pontoon boat advice

Posted by: biglarfishin

pontoon boat advice - 01/06/04 04:39 PM

Since alot of rivers are gradually losing boat launch access and property access due to vandalism and garbage, I recently have thought of buying a pontoon boat instead of a drift boat so i would not have to worry about launching a trailer with so many people,I can just pick a spot and throw the pontoon in.Now I am a very cautious person when it comes to boat saftey. I have hardly ever oared a drift boat let alone never have oared a pontoon boat.I have heard horror stories about both. I also have heard that pontoon boats are great but when you try to use an anchor system they can easily flip over.With this said and how "spooky" I am which route should I take and what company should I go with? Thanks for any info
Posted by: fred evans

Re: pontoon boat advice - 01/07/04 12:23 AM

Not sure if 'he' posts here .. but log into:


and hit 'Steelheader69.' He's forgotten more about pontoon boats than most folks will ever know.
Posted by: Steelheader69

Re: pontoon boat advice - 01/07/04 01:21 AM

LOL, thanks Fred. Yeah, I'm a long time poster here.

Actually, you've heard some truths and falasies (sp?). Depends on the type of boat, dictates on anchoring. Most of the full rocker hulled boats will bucket and can flip if current is bad enough (those are your outcasts, bucks, ODC's, etc). Then, you have your better boats that will withstand anchoring better, are safer to handle, and can fish standing up on (Skookum Steelheader, bad cats, etc). Which my preference is the Steelheader, since it's built here in WA (tubes and frames) and owner was one of the first to make a hardcore fishing cataraft.

You can get a minidrifter. Those work great (friend of mine has my wooden mini drifter). Works great for a one man boat too. Both are great, you just have to know what YOUR limitations are. Best thing to do is sit down and way out your options (if you want, email me and we can talk it over and give you full rundown). For some the minidrifters are the way to go. But some are the pontoons or stepping up to your full blown catarafts. Email me and we'll talk it over. The one thing I'll say. Before you take it out on a river, row it around a lake for awhile. That way you get a feel for the oars and how they move the boat.