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    Quote Originally Posted by V-bottom View Post
    Geez that's like comparing a decked out motorhome to a Corvette. I could never replace a performance boat with a pontoon. I think they are great for putting around the lake with a group of people. To spend $75 or 100K to power them beyond 30 or 40 mph just seems like a waste as towels, water toys and cheese and cracker plates would be flying out the back. Have you ever witnessed the people with the 100K pontoons at the boat ramp
    I'm getting old ( 46 ) - been into this fast boat thing for 35 years - wanna be comfortable and my girlfriend hates going fast. A nice Tritoon keeps looking better and better. And, I hate to say it, but going fast just isn't doing much for me anymore.

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    Trying to keep a new Toon looking good is a lot of work, covering the seats, polishing the tubes and all the other normal maintainence add up. I think a manufacturer could do well building a low maintenance rig with a wash down interior, no carpet, no overstuffed furniture just removable cushions that store under the seats. More or less a CC interior that you just hose off after or before a ride. I know I,m dreaming as manufactures are busy loading up their boats with all the “luxury” gimmicks they can dream up, all to justify $80.000 price tags in the buyers mind. This kind of reminds me of a cruiser line a few years ago that put a hot tub in the foredeck, just to make the buyer feel special.LOL
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    All I can say is growing up I hated pontoons. Then they were fun in high school for chicks and partying. Then got the fast boat bug. Got a little older, the tritoons came out with big power and things changed. My wife and I love our tritoon. Bring people out and still cruises at over 55. BUT...as my other post revealed, I still have the fast boat bug. Later, Dave
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    Some of the 'planing' pontoons are not slow. We have a standard 20 ft. toon with a yammie 50 and love it.
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    The wife doesn't like the STV Euro and basically refuses to ride in it so we picked up a pontoon and she loves it as do my 2 Jack Russell's. Now we ALL enjoy going to camp on the weekends . I put it in the lake in May and take it out in September, with the STV I tow it every weekend back & forth. If the weekend weather is questionable I leave the STV home in the garage and still have a boat at the lake if needed. My friends and family enjoy jumping on board and putting around in it also with a choice beverage. But honestly, I thought several years ago I wouldn't have one on a 10 acre lot... must be getting older.

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    There' No question - they are a nice addition to the lake and they are not as selfish as our hot rod lake toys and make way more sense . But.. You do notice the the go fast stuff while just cruising around allot. It' like sitting at the ramp watching everyone launch but your not going . You dont get an adrenaline rush . But don' have to worry about speeding . It' a differance zone- I have got to stop responding to this thread - DAVID- I'll be back in ten years
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    Deck boats are becoming popular in our area too .(coastal Georgia)similar layout to a pontoon but have a fiberglass mono hull.Prices are comparable to pontoons.
    Also hybrid bay boats offer pottys and generous seating .
    I mention this for those who might want an alternative for a pontoon.

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    Quote Originally Posted by David View Post
    I get that my situation might not be typical. 19 J Craft for skiing. SS2000 for going fast. Either or both for cruising. And a cottage on the water as base for activities.

    I have no idea what I would use a toon for. What are they good at?
    Here's mine. 25' Manitou X-Plode. Twin Evinrude E-TEC G2's. 65 mph and corners like a tunnel boat. Accelerates out of the hole like a bullet. Seats 10 comfortably. Eats up a 2'-3' chop like nobody's business. Good times on the water!
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    Quote Originally Posted by kellytheaker View Post
    There' No question - they are a nice addition to the lake and they are not as selfish as our hot rod lake toys and make way more sense . But.. You do notice the the go fast stuff while just cruising around allot. It' like sitting at the ramp watching everyone launch but your not going . You dont get an adrenaline rush . But don' have to worry about speeding . It' a differance zone- I have got to stop responding to this thread - DAVID- I'll be back in ten years

    I get toons and cruisers pulling up all the time staring and asking questions about my stream. Usually accompanied with stories of the speed boat they used to have etc etc. The aesthetic of a good glass boat is so far unrivaled, although closing... action1923 thats a gorgeous toon!
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    Quote Originally Posted by action1923 View Post
    Here's mine. 25' Manitou X-Plode. Twin Evinrude E-TEC G2's. 65 mph and corners like a tunnel boat. Accelerates out of the hole like a bullet. Seats 10 comfortably. Eats up a 2'-3' chop like nobody's business. Good times on the water!
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    How much? I’d say $120,000 to $150,000. Beautiful toon.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mikesufka View Post
    I'm getting old ( 46 ) - been into this fast boat thing for 35 years - wanna be comfortable and my girlfriend hates going fast. A nice Tritoon keeps looking better and better. And, I hate to say it, but going fast just isn't doing much for me anymore.

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    You get a pontoon for the same reason you buy a minivan: you gave up on life and your gf/ wife told you "we're getting one". they are super lame but yet they are multiplying in droves every year so there is something to them I guess?? just not for me. hate pontoons.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mrichartz View Post
    Getting old... 46.... Come on just getting started....
    Yeah. I didnt buy my first fast boat till 48. Wife has demanded that I sell my Seebold and Bullet. A truly old guy once told me how to get along with woman. You just agree with them and then go on and keep doing what you do.
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    If i can buy a pontoon for 25 k that will pass my 22 twister i am all ears into buying one untill that happens i am not into toons

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    I think this one runs around 75 mph. Big block. https://loz.craigslist.org/boa/d/bur...997367943.html
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