My husband has another brand which is much more heavier and alittle better built, he also paid over 600 dollars for his. If you are deciding if you want to purchase a pontoon boat this is a good starter one, because you are not putting out too much money. Now that being said, let me tell you the pro's and con's ( this is only my opinion)
1. the straps that hold down the frame to the pontoons do not have the velcro on them like our other boat, this makes the straps a little loose so you need to check them once in a while to make sure they are tight.
2. it comes with a nylon fabric platform on the back for stuff, our other one has a metal basket, so I'm going to get a plastic basket and strap it onto the frame to hold stuff so it doesn't fall off.
3. This one is a biggie.... no anchor! really! so my husband put one on, we have decided we do not like the grappling hook type of anchors, I got stuck and had to row backwards to get unstuck, my husband likes the bag full of rocks.
4. you will need to purchase small oar rights/locks, because the oars move around alot with out them. These are around 18 dollars each ( you will need 2 ).
5. I put pipe insulation foam around the foot area to give me more cush, and it works really well, we used electrial tape to hold the foam inplace.
6. I purchased a wheel chair foam pad for about 15 dollars to sit on due to this seat has no cush,ouch! your butt will hurt if you don't have something to sit on.
That being said.... I think this was a good purchase even though we had to mcgiver a few things on it. OH, I almost for got , for the rod holder we are using black plumbing pipe, the small plastic stuff, cut to fit and strap it on, works great, don't forget to close the bottom of the pipe.
Good luck and have fun!!!!! ps... don't forget to take a lunch, we did and we were starving 3 hrs into the float. LOL
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