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Which boat; cutty or pontoon?

Discussion in 'Boats and Boating Equipment' started by TheQuintessentialMan, Aug 10, 2019.

  1. TheQuintessentialMan

    TheQuintessentialMan Angel Fish

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    Been looking at getting a boat, the main purpose would be diving but it may have other uses, still I want it to accommodate two maybe three dive pairs and maybe a non diver on the boat. Most of my diving locally is lakes. Was intent on a 24' - 28' pontoon but started running across some sea worthy cuddy cabins for reasonable prices (used). We do visit the coast every chance we get and a boat would be fun (actually a SEV down where we visit but that's a different discussion and they don't make good dive vessels.)

    You guys got any good comments or personal experience. The pontoon wold be cheaper but also seems more limited in scope, I just don't know how well it dives from.
     
  2. MaxBottomtime

    MaxBottomtime Divemaster

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    The C-Dory Tomcat is the best boat I've ever owned. It's not cheap, but it has a nice dive ladder and swimstep, tank racks, hot/cold fresh water shower on deck, marine head, full electronics, fridge, stove, queen size berth and being a catamaran, it is a very stable dive platform. At 25 1/2' it is trailerable. It has twin Honda 150 HP outboards, 150 gallon fuel tanks and 30 gallons of fresh water,
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  3. TheQuintessentialMan

    TheQuintessentialMan Angel Fish

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    Actually researched the C-dory a bit yesterday, it was mentioned on an older thread; I didn't know what they were. It's a little more $$$ than I have budgeted. I probably should mention this wife of mine that doesn't understand my fascination with water activities. She's being a little obstinate with even the pontoon. Too, I'm limited to 8' clearance if I store it at the house. Starting to realize the cuddy I had picked out may not fit.
     
  4. flyboy08

    flyboy08 ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

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    If I was looking for a quasi dive boat, a pontoon would be my choice...I wouldn't want fabric seats for sure and having room to mosey about that one wont find on a cutty... we even have a pontoon here on our lake with an AC cabin...and a slide on the roof...one can get very creative with a pontoon.

    Good luck.
     
  5. broncobowsher

    broncobowsher Solo Diver

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    How far of a ride will your sites be? A couple of miles and a pontoon does great. Pretty much just a barge.
    Now if you are going several miles, something with a hull that can get up to speed is nice.

    An 8' height restriction really limits things. Pontoon with a folding roof (or no roof) will fit. Something with a cabin to it, probably not. My 16' closed bow (worthless as a dive boat) sits a little over 6' on the trailer. And the windshield is short, top about eye level. The boat is fairly short with my feet just above the bottom of the hull.
     
  6. TheQuintessentialMan

    TheQuintessentialMan Angel Fish

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    Travel distance is for sure a factor. Here Texas the lakes here can be a bit large (although only a few are considered worth the trouble for sport diving. ) Pontoons are not know as speed demons and a lot of the ones I see are under powered. (If (when) I go through with this, it will make me a first time boat owner... other than a 17' canoe and a kayak.)

    ... and yea, I've run across some pontoons with nice cabins but again the height limitation.
     
  7. flyboy08

    flyboy08 ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

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    Someone on my lake has a Hurricane deck boat....I like it, no nothing about it yet, but would serve well as an all around Dive, ski, fun boat imho.
     
  8. TheQuintessentialMan

    TheQuintessentialMan Angel Fish

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    Yea, I've run across those too. Kind of a cool set up; the crossover between pontoon and a hull boat. Not a lot of used ones around here and a little pricey but still have not ruled them out.
     
  9. flyboy08

    flyboy08 ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

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    I have a Tige competition wake boarding boat which was built in Abelien Texas....not a good Dive Boat, but it’ll certainly get you to the Dive site fast:wink:....
     

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  10. TheQuintessentialMan

    TheQuintessentialMan Angel Fish

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    Abilene Texas, now that is a boating mecca... :)
     

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