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Ready to buy...need advice

#1 Post by pepper1126 » Mon Mar 15, 2010 12:32 pm

I am about to buy my first pontoon. I have looked everywhere for one that is big enough for my family and has a good motor so we are trudging along at 6mph. I have found a 06 G3 25 foot I like with a Yamaha 115. Its very clean and was a factory demo. I am ready to pull the trigger on this, are there any concerns out there on the G3 with a 115HP motor? Thanks in advance.
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Re: Ready to buy...need advice

#2 Post by Heatman » Mon Mar 15, 2010 1:16 pm

I have not really heard any complaints about G3 boats. I know a member here Looneytunes has one and they are happy with it. With the 115hp on a 25' toon top speed will probably be in the mid to uper 20's mph.

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Re: Ready to buy...need advice

#3 Post by dockholiday » Mon Mar 15, 2010 1:28 pm

Sounds like a good boat. If you plan on skiing look at a tritoon. Pretty much agree with heat on the speed. Good Luck if you purchase that one, it should work fine.

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Re: Ready to buy...need advice

#4 Post by pepper1126 » Mon Mar 15, 2010 1:46 pm

It is very clean and has a huge sun pad on the back. We will not do any skiing, just cruising on Lake Lanier. I guess the size of the motor concerned me because you see all of these 225's out there. We are a young couple with a 4 year old and a 9 year old. I am going to look at it this week, anything I should look for in particular? Thanks in advance!
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#5 Post by mike » Mon Mar 15, 2010 1:51 pm

I would say a 115 is above average for a toon. More have 60's or 90's than 225's. If you are not trying to outrun the other boats, a 115 will get you around just fine!

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#6 Post by badmoonrising » Mon Mar 15, 2010 4:37 pm

Both G3 and Yamaha have good reputations for quality, buy it and enjoy :thumbsup
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#7 Post by ROLAND » Tue Mar 16, 2010 1:06 am

Pepper, I would think a 115 would be more than adequate. My son has a 115 Yamaha on his toon and it moves along pretty good. My toon is smaller, 20 footer and has a yamaha 75 hp on it and we've been really pleased with the performance. We took it out today and even in slightly windy conditions we were getting 23 mph ( gps ) running between half and 3/4 throttle.. As for G3, I really like them. In fact I was about to buy a G3 208 fishing barge when I happened on a slightly better financial deal on a bennington. I really like the fact that the G3's have very spacious layouts. Plenty of room to move about. Good luck with your decision.

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#8 Post by KenR » Wed Mar 17, 2010 7:24 pm

Let me share my experience with you. We purchased a used tracker 18 with a 40 last summer. First time out, I knew the 40 had to go. Found a Merc 75. Did much better..upper 20's but pushed water and ate gas. Used a 24 standard tube with an Etec 115 this past year and it was a dog at 21 mph. I'd look seriously at some form of lifting device. They become a whole lot more boat and more fun!
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Re: Ready to buy...need advice

#9 Post by pepper1126 » Thu Mar 18, 2010 2:21 pm

Lifting device?
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Re: Ready to buy...need advice

#10 Post by dockholiday » Thu Mar 18, 2010 4:23 pm

pepper1126 wrote:Lifting device?

think that was lifting strakes, aka the little fins on the side of the toon to lift the boat
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Re: Ready to buy...need advice

#11 Post by margaritaman » Thu Mar 18, 2010 5:12 pm

They are not the same as tap fins. :rofl :rofl :rofl
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#12 Post by dockholiday » Thu Mar 18, 2010 5:59 pm

who dat.........say tap fins..............is it time to play taps????????

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#13 Post by KenR » Thu Mar 18, 2010 7:47 pm

No, actually I meant lifting device. My toon has a Pontoon Water Glide installed which is one device. Another device would be the lifting strakes and I guess yet another would be a third pontoon of some design since there are many outhere depending on which company makes your toon.
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Re: Ready to buy...need advice

#14 Post by pepper1126 » Fri Mar 19, 2010 6:07 pm

This boat has the lifting fins.
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