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    Default Advice for Pontoon Purchase

    I am thinking of getting a one-man boat with a trolling motor to float the Clinch or Holston. What kind of boat should I be looking for?

    I like the idea of the inflatable pontoons, because I could deflate it and put it in the trunk of the car. I would get a little trolling motor for it.

    Do these work pretty well on the tailwaters?

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    Quote Originally Posted by William View Post
    I am thinking of getting a one-man boat with a trolling motor to float the Clinch or Holston. What kind of boat should I be looking for?

    I like the idea of the inflatable pontoons, because I could deflate it and put it in the trunk of the car. I would get a little trolling motor for it.

    Do these work pretty well on the tailwaters?
    My long time friend and fishing buddy just upgraded to his third 'toon. He started with a one man, then went to a two person, and just bought a three person. He has used his toons on the Clinch, Holston, South Holston, and Watauga. I used his one man 'toon once, and while it was nice to have on somewhat calm waters, a larger footprint is much more stable. Especially if you intend to stand while casting. If I were to get a one person 'toon it would probably be a Dave Scadden design. His 'toons are pretty revolutionary and he offers an unconditional lifetime warranty.

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    The only negative is that you are closer to the water and have less clearance in your back-cast. Other than that; they are great for getting around on the river.
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    I started looking at the Pelican Predator 103 online today, and it looks like a pretty good little boat. Anyone have experience with it?

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    I have a Scadden Skykomish Sunrise for sale at a reasonable price ~~ I used for 1 season . Great toon!

    phil.snapp@yahoo.com

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    Quote Originally Posted by psnapp View Post
    I have a Scadden Skykomish Sunrise for sale at a reasonable price ~~ I used for 1 season . Great toon!

    phil.snapp@yahoo.com

    Phil,

    Those are fantastic toons.

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