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It's that time of year, the winds are blowing the snow is flying and believe it or not the Boat Shows are happening!! Times like these make me wish for a southern home perhaps in Florida, but unfortunately it is the midwest and northeast climate that alot of us have to deal with. It takes a brave soul to dream of a new water craft while driving in sub - zero tempertures to the nearest boat show in January. Unfortunately for most of us it is the time of year manufacturers and dealers decide to place the latest and greatest in watercraft out to be seen and desired. This year once again we have much to take into consideration. Fuel costs are always a concern for seasoned pwc users as the threat of $4.00 / gallon gasoline prices become more common on our lakes and rivers. For me finding something that can be used without breaking the bank in cost, operation and maintainence is of the utmost importance. With that in mind I begin my search and thought process.
For my lake I am considering a Deck Boat or Pontoon. A Deck Boat is similar in many ways to a pontoon but different im many others. The decision to buy either boat is a personal one that should take into account how you'll use the boat, where you'll use it and who you're likely to have aboard the boat. Speed for tubing or skiing can be accomplished by both, though eefficiency is significantly better utilizing the V Hull of the deck boat. Needless to say the pushing od pontoons by any size motor to gain speed will suck gas similar to those old V-8 engines of the muscle cars from the 60's and 70's great when gas was 69 cents a gallon but not for today. Ofcourse the width, stability and room of a pontoon is a major asset for family gatherings and entertainment. Nothing like the rocking and swaying of a V Hull as you move around on a deck boat. Ofcourse for me I enjoy not only the daylight cruise but a star lit night on the lake when a no wake enviroment is strictly enforced. Ofcourse possible with a Deck Boat but not as enjoyable for large gatherings to move around and stand on.
Maintainence is an issue on all water craft, as is storage and docking. Pontoons are usually low maintainence due to outboard motors and ease of access. Unfortunately storage is not as easy for the pontoon. The ease of driving and storing the deck boat on trailer in a heated garage is something I truly enjoy during those long winter months. I never liked the pontoon on the driveway exposed to huge temperture changes even with the winterizing and the wrapping. Docking is another story for me I want the deck boat on a lift keeping the hull clean and out of the water when not in use. So the purchase of a boat lift would be a priority for me with the deck boat !!
In conclusion, allow me to say this... I envy my friends and family !! They simply drive up to my lake house without beverages or snacks jump onto the fully stocked boat not caring about the cost of gas, insurance, tags, maintainence, storage or boat costs and enjoy an amazing summer evening while telling me how lucky I truly am !!!! I always find myself thinking they are the lucky ones ( LOL ) Have An Enjoyable Boat Show Season
PGHPA611 - I own a deck boat and love it. The versatility is incredible. Mine is a Harris Kayot 1999 Legend - 24.5' with an I/O 350 Mercruiser. Last year I added an aftermarket tower to get the ski ropes up in the air. The boat is so multi-purpose, we can fish off it, cruise faster than most, hang out and of course tube/ski/hydrofoil off of it. I can seat 12 or so pretty comfortably with storage too! My hull is not a soft V like many/most you see, I have a catamaran hull with two peaks and a reverse U under the middle, when you plane out ~ 20mph you can feel the boat lift up further off the water because of the hull, very cool.
I highly recommend the deck boat over a pontoon.
blmeanie - Sounds like you have the perfect soloution to my problem amd it is summed up by versatility, an all in one boat that delivers for all activities. I like the idea of the tower for the ski ropes as well. I will definitely look at Deck Boats at the upcoming boat show, with seating up to 12 how can I go wrong. Thank you for the advice, I really appreciate your input.
you're welcome. On my website, at the top in the banner on all pages, the last picture on the right is the boat from a few years ago and you can see a little bit of the hull design. If you go 2/3's of the way down the page I've linked to you can see a picture of the boat with the tower right after it was installed.
Good luck, Merry Christmas.
Have to say the boat is by far not the highlight of that web site OMG
Unbelievable, I mean unbelievable never seen anything close
You may know from some of my posts that I am not a water person, dont swim. water ski, tube, fish or anthing but OMG you guys take it to the extreme Love the videos I have never seen anyone on a foil here at Tomahawk and I must say that looks awesome Definitely not for me but my kids would love it Big Time
Not just the video and pics but love the music as well, great job
The boat that you have I was able to see not just on your photos but on the web and saw the hull clearly very different from typical deck boats and I can see the tower is a major asset for the kids to tube and ski
Once again thank you for the web site I have bookmarked it and will be showing to everyone.
What is common to you has just blown me away
thanks but I am still learning the sport, take a moment and search on youtube the term : "hydrofoil sky ski" and watch some of the videos there.
The sport is expensive as a used entry level foil is ~ $800. Good news is used doesn't lose resale value.
There is a heavy population of foilers in Ohio, not sure the location, if you are Lake Tomahawk on the border of Ohio and Pa there may be somebody close by (relatively). The sport is slowly growing, kids have less issues learning than adults (less fear I guess). Quite safe despite how it looks.
Thanks for the compliments on the site. The water has become quite the passion for me.
i'm told you are about 45 min away from lake milton. group there offering for you to go ride with them anytime in season. the foiling community is very sharing and outgoing in general. i can help you connect next year if you want.
Sounds awesome, would definitely be interested in at least seeing this firsthand and getting more info on it.
Thank you very much
Once again great web site
Love the boat. My husband wants a fishing boat and I always wanted a pontoon boat so we could bring our dogs boating. Right now we have a 1955 Old Town Grand Laker Square Back 18' canvas canoe that he restored and two kayaks. Used to have an old MFG that I absolutely loved but we sold it years ago. I still miss it. We really want a motor boat and yours looks very roomy. I suppose we could throw a motor on the Old Town if we wanted in the meantime.
seems to me that if you want a pontoon and the hubby wants to fish that a pontoon serves that purpose well.
That's what I keep telling him. I reallly like them and if you have a lot of company, no one gets left on the shore. Plenty of room for everyone.
Here's a little something to show the Hubby, may just be what he needs to see before going to the next Boat Show, never easy to bite the bullet and commit on that high price item but , once it is sitting at your dock you will never refret the decision to BUY
Nice boat. It's a little more sleek looking than most pontoons. I will definitely show this to my husband. Thanks for sharing.
I'm still more partial to a deck boat, gives both sides what they want, lots of room similar to a pontoon and still "cool" enough to do water sports etc.
do a google image search on deck boats