I'm looking to purchase a new 22' Pontoon boat to be used mostly for leisure cruising. However, we also want to be able to pull the kids tubing. My experience from trying a 20' witha 50hp is that it just isn't enough to provide fun (gets boring as you can't swing and get over wakes). Can anyone talk about how much of a difference a 90hp will make or do I need to go larger? I also have a concern of not wanting to add a 3rd pontoon and I want to keep the boat as level as possible (less engine weight) as a wheel chair will be on the boat most of the time.
So, the big question is, is it worth going with a 90hp? Am I going to see a difference? How is the slope or how the boat sits affected by the heavier engine?
Dunno about the power requirement for pulling tubes. But there is an alternative to the tri-toon option. Several builders now offer lifting strakes for 2-log 'toons. These run the length of the tube, are not the old "fin" type seen angling up at the bow. Lifting strakes should help with stability. Also trying asking on www.iboats.com
we have a 21 foot fishin barge with a Force 90 on it. It pulls the kids just fine on everything(knee board, wake board, slalom ski, BIG tube, etc) and will pull me (230#) fine on a knee board or tube. We can get me and 3 kids on the tube!!!
Keep in mind it is a pontoon boat, not a v-hull ski boat so you wont be able to whip the kids as well. You can still have fun and throw them on the outside of the wake on turns, and can go plenty fast to make hitting the water fun...just not like a ski boat.
Our boat hardly throws any wake at all, trim up, trim down, no real difference.
When it comes to pontoon boats, get as muich power as you can afford, you wont ever regret it. Pontoons catch ALOT of wind, if you were to get out in the middle of a lake and got caught in some strong wind and large whitecaps, I dont see how the 40 or 50 HP boats could get to shore into the wind.
Our favorite lake can get pretty rough real quick and the 90 has always gotten us back ok.
While you will pay more for it at purchase time, a larger motor will increase you resale value and probably make the boat easier to sell. I would suggest getting the most power the boat can handle.
There is a ton of difference betweena 50 and a 90, a 90 will have almost twice the cubic inches of a 50.
Where are you located? I am going to be selling my 90 come springtime
1985 Boston Whaler Montauk
as said earlier, it would definately be worth upping to a 90. If you want to ski behind, consider something over 100. there's a couple people running 150 on their toons on our lake. obviously you need to consider the max HP of the boat. Also consider getting an I/O. quieter and better on gas. although the new 4 stroke OB's are quieter and better on gas than my old OB's.
Thanks everyone... one of my big concerns is that going from a Yamaha 4-stroke 50 to 90 adds about 130 lbs. I'm wondering how much this will slope the boat towards the rear. This boat has 25" pontoons (2).
I would guess negligable, just get someone that weighs 130 lbs to stand in the rear of the boat and see what happens, i would guess not much at all, especially since its 25' long.
You could get a 90hp Evinrude E-Tec that weighs much less than that Yamaha, with better performance
1985 Boston Whaler Montauk
The weight is not going to be much of a factor. The cheapest option would be to add a pontoon water glide with the 90 hp. This will generally add about 10-15% improvement in performance with light load. With a heavy load, nothing will improve performance much except a bigger boat