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Monday, July 17, 2006


Hi Howard. Walt from Ky who lives in Tucson, Az. here. Good choice on the boat. I have a 9 ft single person inflatable pontoon with the 30 lb Minkota and i use a group 24 AGM battery with about 90 amp hrs. It's a great situp for me and the battery will last for almost 2 days with 8 hrs of use a day. But you have to remember that I'm pushing half the boat and weight you will be. I've used it on lakes mainly but it works well in streams too. I'm heading up to Durango, Co. in late Sept to fish the Animas and Rio Grande rivers. Wish you could be here. Walt.

Howard, This pontoon looks good. We have been looking for a small boat to anchor to roof top or back of our Class C motorhome. Did you check out the port-a-boat fiberglass models. If so, did you choose the inflatable models over it? Like Linda, I am concerned about alligators and stumps. Thanks for the info.

I did check out the porta-bote.

Originally, the thing I didn't like was having to secure it to the side or roof or underneath the RV. Not only am I against drilling holes in my rig, but retrieving the boat from the stored position might be tough (the boat-only weight ranges from 47 to 96 pounds for their 4 sizes). The pontoon weighs 75 pounds, but at least it will be in a carry bag and much less awkward.

Then, the more I looked at the instructions for putting it together, the more that seemed like a real pain. Then we had a neighbor in a campground that had a porta-bote, and that really convinced me it was too much of a hassle to put together. We were on the water in our canoe in a fraction of the time.

The pontoon will take longer with having to slide seats in and add the motor, but it still looks like it will be easier than the porta-bote (in my opinion) - guess we will see. :) Also, the material in the higher end inflatables like the FoldCat is very durable, so our fears about punctures will be decreased with this boat. Hope that helps.

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