A chair, that floats.
I'm new to the pontoon boat thing , but not new to small fishing boats . The advantage to the pontoon style is that you can easily launch it into any water that you can walk to, unlike bigger boats that usually require vehicle access and perhaps even a boat launch if they are on a trailer. I can carry this in to waters that even my lightweight cartopper would be a workout to drag into....not to mention the motor and battery, and other heavy "must haves" on even a small conventional boat. This is simply a floating chair that you can paddle around with the included oars. The quality of this boat was a pleasant surprise , as I was wary of the low price point. No worries, it's sturdy , well built, and ready to go fishing right out of the box. If you want to be completely dry, wear chest waders , as the seat is low enough to take a wave or two over the bottom. You will want to add rod holders and maybe a drink holder . It is eight feet long , but fits (inflated) into the back of my full size standard bed pickup , if you leave the tailgate down. You could easily haul this in a compact car, if you want to deflate the pontoons for transport. This would be a great choice to carry along in an R.V. or situation where there isn't enough space to haul a conventional boat. For the fisherman that doesn't own a boat , this could be a huge game changer, and the best $200 you ever spent , especially if you don't own a big rig to tow a trailered boat ,or haul a cartopper with. Pair it with some decent chest waders, bungee your tacklebox and cooler to the cargo deck, and paddle around on your local pond, creek, or small lake. For me, it simply filled a small niche..... I use it to fish waters that I can't launch my big, trailed boat in, and don't want to drag my 10' aluminum jonboat into. I can carry this thing over swampy ground for quite a ways, without much of a challenge. Being free of a motor and a bunch of gear, it's a quick, light outfit for my favorite local pond on a weeknight after work. It does have a cargo rack on the back, big enough to haul small cooler and tackle box, as long as they can take a small wave on occasion . Random thoughts : Not light enough, or compact enough, for backpacking , although you can carry it easily at around at 40 (somewhat awkward) pounds. Don't leave it out in the sun to swell up and burst. Great deal for $200.00 . Wear chest waders or get wet. I bet more expensive models have better seats, with padding on them. I could use about six rod holders on this boat, and it comes with none. Rowing takes me back to my childhood. I wouldn't want to get caught out on a big lake in this this, if the waves kicked up. Bottomline : Great value on an entry level pontoon boat. If you understand the limitations of this kind of craft, you can really get a lot of bang for your $200 bucks out of this rig .
Wow! Love 'em
I bought two of these. One for my wife, and one for myself. My wife was scared to use it. But once we went out on our local lake for an hour or two, she was zipping all over. We just got back from a 12 day fishing trip and it was great to be able to get out on the lake and comfortably fish all day. We use a fifth wheel to camp with, and didn't want to try and haul a boat behind us. These were a very affordable solution. Once we got to camp, I set them both up in about 20 minutes. I could easily pick each one up and put them into the back of my pick up, even with the fifth wheel hitch still installed. They were easy to transport, maneuver and row around the lake. Once the trip was over, we had them packed back up in about 20 minutes and we were on our way. They were durable, strong, and reliable. The oars are very strong, and I never felt like they'd break or fail. I think our next purchase might be a trolling motor and battery so we can cover long distances easily. You can't go wrong for this price.
Great Deal for a single person pontoon
I purchased this to take part on an annual summertime river rafting float with a group of friends. Since then I've used it on the lake and anytime I get near the water over the summer. It's super easy to assemble and takes minutes to be ready to float when paired with a portable hi volume pump. Mine fits into a large Ziploc and stores in one of the ample size pockets. Although fully inflated it fits in the back of my pick up truck for those pull up and launch times. It's easily a one person task to lift, load, and carry even down a path or trail. The pontoons are durable as well as the additional protection provided by the outer covers. Now I want a bigger one so I can take my dog.
Great for the price
I have taken it to small lakes and floated down an Ozark stream with it in just the first month that I have had it. Easy to put together. I did change the seat to one that was padded. Only thing I think it is missing is a cup holder and I am working on that. Plenty of storage space and the cargo net behind the seat is great for coolers just secure them with a budgie cord. I am very pleased with this product. Wish I would have got one years ago. No worries like in the kayak.