It's time to replace my 20+ year old Buck's Bags bullet float tube. It has served me amazingly well but after all these years its time to retire it.
Since it's been so long since I've made a purchase like this I'm a bit surprised by all the changes...Back in the day the options were Bucks or Caddis...now they seem to have very little market share and the bigger players aren't one's I'm familiar with. Heck when I purchased the float tube, pontoons weren't even an option.
After careful consideration, I've decided to go with a pontoon boat. With the amazing durability my buck's tube showed I was eager to be a repeat customer but it concerns me that they don't seem to be the player they use to be...Has their quality dropped off? Has the service changed? Have they become a buyer beware type of manufacturer?
The boat will be used almost exclusively on still water small mountain lakes with maybe an occasional river run and if I get a wild hair fishing some estuaries in the sea of Cortez. (Usually fish yellowtail and bill fish when in MX)
Features I'm looking for:
- Multi chambered pontoons
lower profile to resist wind
straight tracking boat
most rust resistant frame
manufacturer who stand behind their product
solid ore locks
small enough to still be able to use as kick boat
Storage and transporting aren't issues or factors in the decision.
The two I have at the top of my list are Bucks bags river ghost and the outcast pac9000.
Any feed back on these two options? Is stainless steel frame better than aluminum?
Any features I should be factoring in? Any that you've found sound good but turn out to not be important?
I appreciate both positive and negative feedback...at the cost of these things I want to make the right decision.