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Inflatable Pontoon Boats.
In my quest to find the ultimate inflatable pontoon boat I have discovered a few very important factors to consider before purchasing one. So I thought it would be prudent to share them with you.
One of the most important factors to consider is; where you will be doing most of your fishing and by that I mean, will you be fishing mostly on rivers or lakes? If you plan on fishing mostly on rivers your pontoon boat will have to be very sturdy. The obvious reason is that you will undoubtedly encounter some form of rapids and rocks, or logs that you will have to traverse. The more sturdy and durable your boat the better it will stand up to this type of use. The trade off here is that your pontoon boat will weigh more.
If, on the other hand you do most of your fishing on small lakes then you could (I don’t recommend it) scrimp a little and get a lighter pontoon boat. The trade off here is obvious as well. It probably will not last as long as a sturdier model because you do encounter rocky shorelines on lakes too.
Something else to consider is what type of warranty it comes with. Is there a money-back guarantee? Does it have a trial period in which you can use to try it out and see whether it’s right for you? A Quality Manufacturer will offer these things. Money back guarantees and trial periods tell you that the manufacturer has confidence in their products.
Another consideration is whether or not you have to get wet when using your inflatable fishing boat. Do you have to sit in it with your feet or legs in the water. This might be OK on a nice sunny summer day, but it will greatly reduce the time you spend on the water in the spring or fall when the water temperature is much colder. Being completely out of the water is much more desirable to me. Also having a platform to stand up on and stretch will reduce fatigue in your legs and it’s great for casting as well.
I decided on the Fish Cat 10-IR Stand Up by OutCast. It has almost everything that I was looking for. It’s got the standing platform, you sit up out of the water, the oars are light and very sturdy. It’s built by a reputable company that is one of the best in the industry. It has a mount for my electric motor. The pontoons are very durable; they are constructed from heavy weight pvc nylon and have an internal air cell. It is slightly on the heavy side, 68lbs to be exact but I knew that from the start because I planned on doing a lot of river fishing. By the way it carries a 5 year warranty as well.
Really the only thing that I didn’t like about my new inflatable pontoon boat was the skimpy little platform behind the seat. It’s made of fabric and surely wouldn’t hold a heavy battery. So I plan on installing a piece of corrugated aluminum which I can mount a battery box on. It should do the trick.
So there you have it, my quest for the ultimate inflatable pontoon boat is over. I have what I believe is the ultimate pontoon fishing boat that will last me for many years. There are many different models to choose from and you will have to decide what’s right for you. Click here to check out a few, Inflatable Pontoon Boats.