06-02-2008, 02:54 PM
Re: Pontoon recomendations (with motors?)
The outcast are Vinyl, and in my opinion not a good idea for river.
As Frank said, a Zodiac. Which is what the Outlaw X5 turns into when you turn the frame around.
NOW, I bought a Mercury 4 stroke 3 hrsp for my 11 1/2 pontoon. That is allot of power on a pontoon and I think it could handle rivers. The motor weighs LESS than the battery alone. Self contained gas tank.
Problems, well first off, NO IDLE. which means you are either moving or the motor is off. Now try to pull start the motor while in the middle of a lake or river , not easy.
The motor cruises faster than an electric but that could be a plus on a river.
Plus once you get it started, I would think you need to turn it around so it is pulling you. That would be the best if you want to continue to fish.
Or you can have it push you like a regular boat, but again, it will be difficult to fish at the same time.
Lastly, the motor CAN! rip the motor mount right off with too much torque.
Most PONTOONS are not built to be a Motor Boat. Certainly, nothing in the $600. range (unless a killer deal on e-bay...anything is possible)