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    New to the forum,...considering Sweetwater as first pontoon

    Hello,...name is Dewey,...and I go by Dewey1964. I'm new here,and I am considering a Sweetwater as my first pontoon. Being a newbie/rookie,...I'm looking at pontoons in the 16 to 18 ft. range. I'm going with the Sweetwater SR series as that will be the most affordable way to go. I'm no where near ready to buy as I am still working on getting myself financially ready to purchase at a later time when I feel I am ready to "pull the trigger". I've looked at Bennington,and they are FINE boats,but something in my heart says "Sweetwater,...go with Sweetwater!

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    • GilmonGilmon USAMember Posts: 11
      After 50+ years of sailing and boat ownership, we transitioned to a pontoon boat last year. The Sweetwater SR 186C seemed like a great value and nice boat. Bought the boat new with a new 20HP Mercury ELPT (lake limit) and we are very pleased. Half way through our second season with "Not4Sail" and my wiife and I really like the boat as it suits our needs perfectly. I have used and/or checked out other brands of toons, but Godfrey seems to make a good boat for the money. My2cents, Gil
    • Dewey1964Dewey1964 Member Posts: 3
      How does that 20 HP Merc do on a boat that size given you have a HP limit on your lake? 
    • GilmonGilmon USAMember Posts: 11
      The 20HP Merc moves the boat with authority. At 3000 rpm it crusies about 6 mph. At WOT it does about 9.5 mph. Yes, if it were up to me I'd have a 50 or 60 hp motor on it. But, that said, we are very pleased with our current boat and motor. We get around just fine.
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