Any comments on Wilderness 9' Pontoon (Costco)?

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  1. MPM

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    I'm looking at the Classic Accessories Wilderness 9' Pontoon Boat available at Costco for around $300. I was wondering if anyone had any experience with it or heard any reviews. I've read some reviews online of other Classic Accessories pontoons, but this seems to be a Costco-only model, so I'm not sure if those are really applicable.

    For the money, it seems like it's probably worth a shot, especially since Costco has a good return/replacement policy if something goes wrong.

    Of course, my biggest worry would be a compete failure on the water, but I probably wouldn't use it for any big/difficult rivers, unless maybe if it impresses on lakes/small rivers first.

    Any comments appreciated.
     
  2. wolverine

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    I've looked at it as a spare boat for guests. It looks to be a decent light duty toon. I would probably only use it in lakes or slow moving rivers as its only rated for class 1 water. If you plan on using a toon in class 2 or above steelhead waters then you'd be better off spending twice the money for a higher rated toon or pick up a good used toon than can safely handle more water.
     
  3. Frog

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    I looked at them when I was looking for a 'toon but decided to spend a bit more for a lightly used but higher quality boat off craig's list.

    What is the weight capacity? Are you going to use it for anything other than lakes? And how big of a lake?
    Can you mount a trolling motor?
    How high off the water do you sit?
    etc.,etc. ?
     
  4. MPM

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    It's rated for 400 lbs I think, has a spot for gear and a motor mount. I'd like to use it for a river like the Wallace in addition to lakes.

    Maybe I'll poke around on Craigslist and see if there's something better used for not much more money.
     
  5. Mr56Jeep

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    I have a fishin' buddy that has one. He likes it alot... but has had to have it welded up twice.
     
  6. MPM

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    What's the story there? Frame coming apart from normal use or was there some sort of extraordinary stress?
     
  7. Mr56Jeep

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    Probably just cheaply made. We welded it and painted the heck out of it. It broke on a weld.
     
  8. MPM

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    Hmm...as a huge cheapskate I'm having a hard time passing up a $300 pontoon. On the other hand, I dont' expect it to be the highest quality. At least Costco's got a 2 year warranty on the thing. I figure if I can get two good years of use out of it, that's probably worth the price tag.


    Hmm....
     
  9. Mr56Jeep

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    As long as you keep in mind that its a $300 toon and not a $1,000 your probably fine. I have a 8' bucks bag and a 10' Outcast. Functionaly they all seem to be about equal. Only problems were with the Costco boat but is never left him stranded. He isn't unhappy about it. I just like the piece of mind on the water more than he does. wink:
     
  10. fishinJedi

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    I value my life a little more than $300...but cruising around on a lake might be safe enough.
    I say this only cuz the OP Rivers have been gobbling up boats, driftboats at that, little too dangerous for a $300 'toon, but sounds like you don't plan anything like that.

    My two cents of course...I just don't like seeing people get hurt or lose their life over a fish.
    I'm sure you will make the right decisions tho.
     
  11. MPM

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    Well I'll definitely wear a PFD no matter what I do, and I'm not planning on floating the Sol Duc in a $300 pontoon!
     
  12. TedR

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    Good call. ;)

    I bought a small pontoon on Craigslist and have been fairly happy. I wish I bought something better but it gets me around easy water like the Cowlitz, Satsop and Hump. I don't know the Wallace but if you think there is a chance you'll be in anything more than easy water spend more and get a better boat.
     
  13. sleddddder

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    Spend the money on a used higher quality toon. If the boat fails you can get in just as much trouble on the Wallace as on an OP river.
     
  14. DOWN

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    Like said above My life is worth more than 300$. I spent over $1500 on my toon and I still sometimes think I shoulda spent more. Tup: Also if your going to take it in a river look for a 9'-10' boat 8' is for lakes
     
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