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FlyByNight 05-22-2007 07:47 PM

Float Tube
 
Any Advice On An Open Front Float Tube Vs Closed. It Seems The Open Version Shold Be Easier To Mount.
Thanks

zerolimit 05-22-2007 07:55 PM

Re: Float Tube
 
my preference is open front V boats.

Joni 05-22-2007 09:26 PM

Re: Float Tube
 
"V" tubes are the ultimate, then "U" tubes and lastly doughnuts.
I have had all three and the Doughnut is hard to get in and out of. They are more dangerous if they should happen to flip, plus you are sitting much lower which can make casting a little more challenging.
"U" tube is still sitting a little lower and the neoprene seat thing. Both of these can be manuevered easy enough but you are pushing a lot more water specially if there is wind.
"V" tubes, you are sitting much higher (in fact in my Freestyle H3 I am sitting enough out of the water that I can wear hippers).
They track better because thay are more like a toon with two tubes tracking side by side with an arrow to cut through. Easier to cast from.
They will all fold down to nothing except maybe the ones with the styro seat.

There is also the Pontubes which are small metal frames with 4' pontoons like the Venture Outdoors "Echo" and Denny Rickards "Super Cat".


forgot to mention that the "V" boats have MUCH MORE STORAGE!
http://i44.photobucket.com/albums/f1...0H3/H3s007.jpg
One thing to seriously think about is Urethane bladders over PVC. More money but will last longer and not as effect by temp change.

Colorado Cajun 05-23-2007 09:36 AM

Re: Float Tube
 
I have a Fish Cat V pontoon and I really like. As you can see in Joni's post, there is extra storage in the front. *L* Joni, Natural Light? *LOL*

Joni 05-23-2007 10:36 AM

Re: Float Tube
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Colorado Cajun (Post 11469)
I have a Fish Cat V pontoon and I really like. As you can see in Joni's post, there is extra storage in the front. *L* Joni, Natural Light? *LOL*

Hey, a girls has got to watch her figure!....or at least that of her old man's LOL

Frank Whiton 05-23-2007 10:46 AM

Re: Float Tube
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by FLYBYNIGHT (Post 11461)
Any Advice On An Open Front Float Tube Vs Closed. It Seems The Open Version Shold Be Easier To Mount.
Thanks

The round tube is much harder to enter but they are lighter and easier to back pack. They are not the choice for an older person who might have a balance problem. I used a round tube for many years and never had a problem getting into it. The U boats are easy to enter but I think the V boat is a better choice. With the U and V boat make sure the seat holds the tubes apart or there is a rigid bar across the front to hold the tubes apart. Some of the early U tube designs had a tendency for the tubes to come together when you sat down. The ridged bar solved that problem. The newer designs use the seat to hold the tubes apart.

Tell us what you want to spend and how you are going to use it and I bet we can suggest a good tube for you.

BigCliff 05-24-2007 08:23 AM

Re: Float Tube
 
I also recommend a U or V tube, and putting beer that actually tastes good in there with you. Home of New Belgium Brewery, Fat Tire Beer, and the Tour de Fat

Joni 05-24-2007 08:29 AM

Re: Float Tube
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by BigCliff (Post 11500)
I also recommend a U or V tube, and putting beer that actually tastes good in there with you. Home of New Belgium Brewery, Fat Tire Beer, and the Tour de Fat



Hey, don't dis my beer too much.....how do you think I was able to afford the H3! ;-)

Colorado Cajun 05-25-2007 04:43 PM

Re: Float Tube
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Joni (Post 11501)
Hey, don't dis my beer too much.....how do you think I was able to afford the H3! ;-)

I think I'm going to have to side with Big Cliff on this one! *LOL*:tongue:

Joni 05-25-2007 04:57 PM

Re: Float Tube
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Colorado Cajun (Post 11530)
I think I'm going to have to side with Big Cliff on this one! *LOL*:tongue:

Okay in my defence...this is the old man's and he loves to cook and quit smoking...so that explains the Light. If this was my boat it would have a couple bottle of Agavero Tequila....OKAY!? LOL


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