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    Posted: 08/22/2015 at 8:29pm
I am a 78 yr old male with some knee replcements. I can get around but not fast. I am considering a toon for fishing. I don't need a large toon, maybe 16ft. I need advice about which makers would be good value.
also, would 25 hp be adaquate or 40 hp be signifcantly better. I plan to keep in slip here in orlando (lake toho east) I have no expierence with boating, just looking for something to do. Should I consider a used boat? 
Any advice on my concerns would be great. 

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Hi, welcome to the forum! If it were me, I would consider something used in a range of 18 - 20 foot boat. Look for a boat that is in good condition, and setup for what you want. I would go with a 40hp over a 25, and I would definitely go with a 4 stroke rather than a 2 stroke engine. For fishing look for a toon that is setup with front fishing seats, and if you intend on keeping fish for eating you may want a livewell. Depending on the kind of fishing your going to be doing you might want a trolling motor, so that is something to look for in a pontoon. I believe a depth finder is a necessity also, so look for a pontoon that may include some of these items. If you do find a pontoon that you like, these items can also be added rather easily, but it's nice if you can find one setup close to what you want. One thing I really like on my pontoon is the power anchor that I have installed on the bow of my boat. It lets me operate the anchor from the front fishing chairs, or from the console of my boat with just the touch of a button. This way one does not have to pull up a rope with an anchor, or crank one by hand. I have the Minn Kota 40 power anchor, and I use a 30lb river anchor on it. When fishing rivers I need an anchor heavy enough to hold the boat in river current. In a lake one may get by with a lighter anchor. My power anchor pretty much requires it's own 12v battery, because it pulls alot of juice.
 I would also buy from a person or place that is going to stand behind the boat and motor for a period of time. Good luck, and I know you will enjoy a pontoon. It gives you much more room to move about on the boat, and is much more easy to board and unboard from a dock.
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I'm 73 with mild RA and some back issues.  I pretty much agree with above info.  We fish for cats and Bass.  We anchor for cats.   For Bass we use a trolling motor front mounted with a foot pedal and move almost continuously.  We do not have power anchors but they would be good except we seldom anchor.  Be sure and get a strong trolling motor.  A 48 inch shaft and 55 lb thrust will work unless the wind gets over about 10mph.  At that point the motor and operator work on keeping the boat going rather than fishing.  usually this size I noted is a 12 volt trolling motor.  I recommend getting a separate battery for the trolling motor and keep the starting battery for the outboard motor separate.   I carry three batteries so i have a back up.  Pontoon boats are great for fishing and getting around on but are a pretty big sail in any wind.  This is especially so if you get one with a solid hard top.  We have a Bimini top and can put it down if necessary in a wind which helps.  Its me, the wife and a cocker mix dog.  but I would not want anything less than our 20 ft.  We have two fishing swivel chairs up front.  If we get another boat I want two up front and two fishing seats in the rear also.  Makes it easy for two people to troll and fish the same shoreline.  Wink

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