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They thought they were going to camp out on it on weekends, have their grandkids stay overnight on it. Delusions of grandeur. Reality is we all live on the opposite side of town, so it's an hour drive even on the weekends, my kids are either too old (now 16) or too young (4 and 6), so we got out on it as a family once or twice a year. Lots of effort for only a few hours of enjoyment. They've had a few big get-togethers on it, but because it's so compartmentalized, you're never in conversational distance with more than 3 or so other people at a time anyway. I tried to tell her that a pontoon would be just as if not more entertaining given the lack of time we have in our schedules to make it over to the west end of Lake Minnetonka with a lot less of the burden.
There are quite a few of these kind of boats on the water out there, but it's more for the crowd that lives in Minneapolis but then weekends out at the marinas on their boat, and might toot over to Big Island and then to Maynards or Lord Fletcher's.
She works full time still, so the condo and the lake work out well for her lifestyle - she already lives full time at the cabin that the boat intended to represent. She just doesn't need the burden of a 30 year old dumpster fire. They need something they can just get in and go for a cruise after work or the weekend. Hopefully there's enough demand right now that they can get this bigass albatross sold.
Speaking of which, cheapest way to go fast is a hydrostream viper. You can usually find them for under 3k, and w a 115 and a good prop will hit over 60. W a 150 75-85 is possible. Pretty crazy hull; at full tilt barely anything is in the water other than the gear case and part of the hull about the size of a waterski.
Absolutely incredible performance/dollar.
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I saw one clip a sandbar doing 50+ and the engine was lying inside the boat. Guy was standing beside the boat in ankle deep water just staring at at. We offered him a tow, but I think it would've sunk.
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This is the car lounge, correct?
And as car enthusiasts, what is the common viewpoint of CUVs?
Tall cars that don't offroad and handle worse than a normal car and use more gas but aren't faster?
We make fun of CUVs because they're nothing an 'enthusiast' would ever want to own. Are they practical? Sure. Which is why boring people who live in suburbs buy them up, which is why companies produce them. But the actual enthusiasts will always talk **** about them, just like I'm going to talk **** about pontoons.
Do people like the space? Are they comfortable? Are they a good 'deal'? Do they do what you want to do, putz around on the water? Yup. But get real. Nobody is passionate about them. Nobody is finding a 1976 Pontoon, abandoned int the woods, and being like OMG THIS THING IS SO AWESOME and rebuilding it from the ground up. There's no passion with pontoons. They're the Nissan Rogues of the water, a large amount of vehicle per dollar, not exceptionally good at anything from a performance or efficiency standpoint, and you can get a decently optioned one for not much money with not much credit.
Just my opinion. Feel free to disagree, I'm not insulting you, I've expressed my opinion in a polite manner and backed up the reasoning behind it, complete with a comparison to a lateral market.... but everyone who I consider a boat enthusiast (and some of them even OWN pontoons)... they like them alright, for when family comes over, but their heart/passion is always set on a different sort of boat, imho. Feel free to disagree, but don't tell me to stay silent.
Looking forward to response; I'm expecting a love letter that not only romanticizes the ingenuity of Ambrose Weere, but also waxes poetically about achieving your life long dreams of becoming a pontoon owner. Pissed off? Go look at the cars you listed in your sig. There's a reason you put those cars in your sig, and not a v6 malibu wagon.
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pair of 300 hp Kawasaki skis for under $15k but I haven't heard much good about Kawi skis.
Americans hate EVs because they grew up with Power Wheels that were glacially slow, ran out of power in 20 minutes and took an entire day to recharge.
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