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Old 04-11-2012, 08:17 PM
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I recently bought an inflatable pontoon boat and was wondering what some of you seasoned anglers have done for customization.
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Old 04-11-2012, 08:37 PM
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I'm not a seasoned angler, just got a quad outcast wave this year and started fishing last year. But i've taken it out on the water twice and tricked it out some.

1. Outcast Wheel System. It's a wheel you attach to the bottom of seat and you can then wheel your pontoon to the water from your vehicle. If there's one of you, it's well worth it. You then unclip the wheel in the water and put it in the pontoon storage. Saves some backache, and damage getting it in/out of the water. In my opinion it's a must have.

2. Anchor. Purchased a 3lb claw type anchor from pro-bass with 25 foot of rope. Again, this is a must have. Tough to fish and row at the same time if you're not trolling. Pontoon's in general are effected by any wind. The quads are effected less, but it doesn't take much wind to send me across the water either.

3. Drift sock, haven't used it yet, but plan to on lakes, where it's too deep to anchor, and it looks like it may have other uses too.

4. Smartcast sonar. Will probably upgrade at some point, but for now, towing the sensor on a piece of 10lb test behind the pontoon. Very handy to tell when you're over a hole or scout out stuff.

5. Adjustable Rod holder. (got a couple at pro-bass on recent special for $9). Useful for trolling. Useful for holding the rod when your doing other stuff.

6. Straps for the oars. Picked up 2 of these in the dollar store (the black clip type). There are accessories to do this from the pontoon suppliers, but you can't beat 2 bucks and it's better than chasing after oars.

7. Bungee cords and velcro straps to keep stuff on the pontoon.

8. Pressure Gauge. Useful to set accurately to 2.5 PSI. Better than risking underinflated or overinflated.

9. Large cylinder hand pump that you stand on the bottom.

Things I plan on adding:

a) more storage bags. Currently using stuff I've cobbled together.
b) Better sonar
c) Variable Speed Trolling motor and battery. Initially I thought this was a good idea, but haven't found too much of a need for it yet, that opinion may change when I get onto bigger lakes. It should serve as power and for trolling. A little overpowered for trolling, which is the reason I'll go variable speed and not 5 speed.
d) Drink's cup holder.

I also figure that bringing along a clear wide container, for putting in the water to see what's down there. (Haven't tried that yet, but it should work.
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Old 04-11-2012, 09:08 PM
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I bought the OUTCAST Discovery, I have a 40 lbs minn kota and anchor rope. I thought about adding a swivel for the seat to better reach the trolling motor... but i will wait to see how the maiden voyage goes. I noticed the inconvience of the oar positions when not in use, I will look in to the $ store fix.

I have a Hummingbird 140c tube style fish finder and saw those " buddy straps" to strap it in. Worth while investment as it is great for ice fishing.

Great stuff to start with, thanks
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Old 04-11-2012, 10:03 PM
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I mounted a sonar on a Ram system, Scotty anchor lock on the back and a couple of rod holders. Also put a swivel base on the seat.
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Old 04-12-2012, 11:28 AM
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Lots of great ideas here:

http://www.badger.rchomepage.com/pontoon_boat.html
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Old 04-12-2012, 12:44 PM
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I also have a Scadden frameless Renegade pontoon boat.

http://badger.rchomepage.com/renegade.html
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Old 04-12-2012, 01:00 PM
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Great stuff, it really helps to have a pic.
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Old 04-12-2012, 02:27 PM
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I also have a Scadden frameless Renegade pontoon boat.

http://badger.rchomepage.com/renegade.html
I had pontoons but carrying two was a b....... went to float tubes but have a buggered up rotator cup so float tubes sit to low to cast with out damage but this unit looks ideal can I ask where you got your and a rough idea of price Thanks.
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Old 04-12-2012, 05:25 PM
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I also have a Scadden frameless Renegade pontoon boat.

http://badger.rchomepage.com/renegade.html
i have the same unit.they sent me there stripping basket along with the purchase.i got it direct from NF[no charge].it really isn't very functional[very big,cumbersome] one other factor that i considered was carrying cap.800lbs..no pontoon boat can carry that weight...i have seen alot of people pimp out there rigs t/mtrs.12volt batt's,finder's anchor,s etc.then they wunder why they are sluggish,.one thing that no one seems to add is a thether line,from you to the boat..seen a fair no. of guys lose there boats in the fast water,when there landing/handling a fish....take care out there...
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Old 04-12-2012, 08:22 PM
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I got it from whole sale sports for $800 . it has removable side bags a big fish and tool holder. 9 footer .I wouldn't want togo any smaller than that.
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Old 04-13-2012, 08:33 AM
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lets see where to start, PAC800 outcast, upgraded seat to low back style you find on regular boats, seat swivel, humminbird dsi mounted on ram mount, the sonar i mounted underneath the seat so you can bring it up out of the water with ease and it up out of the way when not in use or in travel. scotty fly rod holder with a 90 degree attatchment,and with attatchments on both sides on the frame. minn kota 30lb thrust motor with weed stopper blade, rigged up a home made steering rod to the motor with a on off switch so you never need to reach back accept to shift gears, works sublime for trolling backwards and it looks so freakin awesome people ask me where i bought it from and its el cheapo to make. made a aluminum battery holder which goes right behind the seat leaving the back deck open for gear storage. and the last thing is a 12lb river anchor attatched to 50 feet of rope which is stored by wrapping it around two cleats that are attatched to the back deck. can take pics if you want to see.
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Old 04-13-2012, 10:48 AM
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Awesome thread. I'd love to see the pics of the homemade steering wheel. You should get a patent. What type of battery are you guys using? Do I really need a car battery for a couple hours worth of power.
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Old 04-13-2012, 11:13 AM
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Awesome thread. I'd love to see the pics of the homemade steering wheel. You should get a patent. What type of battery are you guys using? Do I really need a car battery for a couple hours worth of power.
A 12 volt deep cycle battery.
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Old 04-13-2012, 11:29 AM
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you can choise either 6v or 12v, advantages of 12v is that it will last longer and should push the toon around all day. I have heard of people getting wheel chair batteries, i haven't been there but check out " battery world," there are 3 locations in Edmonton. but definitly get a marine battery...
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Old 04-13-2012, 01:20 PM
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i will take a couple photos after work tonight and post it for you to see.
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Old 04-13-2012, 07:09 PM
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Old 04-13-2012, 07:25 PM
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SWEEEEEEEEEET float Outcast 1100!!! that's like the Rambo Edition for Trout, I like the steering outfit. Thanks for the pics, its nice to see what MY pontoon could aspire too, haha!
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Old 04-13-2012, 07:46 PM
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I like the steering mackinisum. Gonna do that to mine too. cool thanks for posting the pics.
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