Pontoon Boats and Fishing

A pontoon boat can be utilized for a variety of purposes. From business to personal, a pontoon boat is yours to use as you please. When it comes to purchasing a boat though, typically two things come to mind. Fishing, and cruising the waterways. While cruising is a pretty simplistic activity that only requires a boat and a motor, fishing comes with a few more requirements. When considering purchasing a pontoon boat for fishing, be it personal or business, take these tips and ideas into consideration.

Pulling in the Catch: The greatest pride, and the entire idea of fishing is to reel in the big catch. Though this is possible with almost any kind of boat, a pontoon boat can cause this to be a little bit difficult due to the typical trend of having a fenced in deck. When shopping for pontoon boats, try and find one with access to non fenced part of the boat to reel your catch into. Otherwise you have to reel the fish up and over the reeling. This give it even more time to be the one that got away.

Reel Holders: Some pontoon boats come with reel holders, though on a pontoon boat they are typically not made for deep sea fishing. If you plan on casting your rod in more shallow water, then most pontoon boats either come with appropriate reel holders, or can be equipped with such.

Ice Box: On other forms of boats built especially for fishing, will come with a sizable container to hold your catch and keep it fresh. Pontoon boats can be equipped with them, but are typically smaller than the ones equipped on another form of boat. This can be fixed by purchasing an additional container not connected to the pontoon boat. If you are searching for smaller varieties of fish, the normal pontoon boat container should work for the intended use.

With only a small bit of extra work, a pontoon boat can be turned into a perfect fishing vessel for you and your friends. Pontoon boats are spacious, and offer lots of seating. This gives each person plenty of room to call their own, and gives room for friends or family that are not into fishing to sit and relax. Pontoon boats can also be used just for cruising the waterways or relaxing away from the shoreline even when outfitted for fishing.

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Maintaining A Saltwater Motor

All motor’s have one thing in common, regardless of what kind or what it is propelling. It can be the motor beneath the hood of your car or the motor on the back of your saltwater pontoon boats, they all need proper maintenance. Without proper maintenance the motor’s life expectancy can and will lower considerably. Every motor is going to experience issues eventually. Even if you take the best care possible to keep it running. The difference is that with proper maintenance your motor could last for a few years or more before experiencing it’s first issue. Without maintaining your motor you could see the first signs of trouble within the first year. It may experience lower fuel economy or it may generate more noise during operation. Even if you purchased your boat from a premier boat builder like Fiesta, you are still responsible for your investment. You just paid good money for your boat and motor, make that investment worthwhile.

Rinse with Fresh Water

Saltwater can cause your motor to deteriorate more quickly than usual. Some motors are created for use in saltwater, using higher grade materials and other features to maintain the engine. This doesn’t make them invincible though. After each use, the entire pontoon boat should be sprayed down with fresh water. This includes the deck, pontoons and bottom of the boat. Start from one end and just keep spraying till the entire boat has been rinsed down. This will remove the salt and help maintain the entire pontoon boat, not just the engine.

Flush the Engine

Rinsing the boat will help prevent corrosion on the outside, now for the inside. After using a motor in salt water, the motor should be flushed with fresh water. Even when boating in fresh water it is recommended to flush the engine regularly to keep anything that may have gotten inside from causing clogging or corrosion. Most modern boat motors will come with attachments or special procedures that will make flushing out an engine quick and easy. Usually the entire process can be accomplished in under 20 minutes. Just make sure to never leave the motor well it is being flushed out, and always use fresh water.

Seek out Professional Maintenance

Much like a car or truck, a boat motor should be serviced regularly. Typically the rule is every 12 months or every 100 hours of use. Depending on which comes first. This will keep your motor running smoothly and help detect any possible problems that may be coming up. It may seem like a small thing, especially when some people can put 100 hours on their boat in just a few months, but it can make all the difference in the long run. Having a boat motor serviced may cost a little bit but can be much cheaper than the cost to repair the damage that neglect caused to it.

These things may seem like little avoidable annoyances, but they can prevent the major annoyance of being stuck in the middle of the river or back in the wooded swamps. Routine maintenance doesn’t just keep the motor healthy, it reinforces your investment. You most likely spent at least a couple of thousand on your boat, maybe even over $10,000 if you went for a full sized boat. Don’t let those thousands of dollars sit at the dock because you can’t get your boat started. Be responsible about your purchase and keep your new found freedom properly maintained. This is especially true if you use your boat for business. Not only does a broken down boat cost money to repair, it stops you from using it to make money as well.

 

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