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Anyone here own one ?

Exploring buying one in the 22-24-26 ft. range, how much is enough motor ? I see everything from 50 hp to 250, with prices climbing greatly with every 50 hp or so, I'm not looking for a hot rod, but would like enough poop to pull toys with.

With the research I've done I'm thinking 115 to 125 hp should be right for what I want/need...thoughts??

Boat will mostly just be a cruiser , fisher....Lots of big water on lake Sakakawea, we have a boat launch about 15 miles away, on a finger bay.

Thanks for input !
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While not exclusive, a party barge is usually a wider pontoon boat, for more stability, to be moored in calm bays and pontoon for pulling toys is usually narrower, to be maneuverable, and beefed up construction. The boats will have motor ratings on them depending on size and construction. Going over max ratings will put you liable if anything happens to the boat.
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Going on old rusty memories and various boats are likely to be way different so find out what your boat is rated for, but I expect other things being equal you're in the right neighborhood!

I've played with one setup about like that and it was the fastest toon on the lake and didn't mind pulling toys etc! We had a competition ski boat so we didn't do that with the toon, but it did wear the outboard from our other ski boat when we sold it so it was hot rodded a bit!

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For a barge , being able to tow "toys" depends on length. A 22' would need a minimum of about 60 hp. That would not include water skiing. A minimum of about 100 hp will get you there for a 22'. As you go up in length , your hp needs go up.
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yeah, not so much skiing, just inflatables etc...thanks guys
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I have a 22' with a 70 hp two stroke and we can tube & kneeboard with it. Max speed is 21mph on GPS. Its an older ( 2000) boat and many of the newer models come with larger logs.

A 150hp will get you going in the low 30mphs on a new 'toon.
Spend as much as you can 'cuz not having enough motor really sucks.
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Anyone here own one ?

Exploring buying one in the 22-24-26 ft. range, how much is enough motor ? I see everything from 50 hp to 250, with prices climbing greatly with every 50 hp or so, I'm not looking for a hot rod, but would like enough poop to pull toys with.

With the research I've done I'm thinking 115 to 125 hp should be right for what I want/need...thoughts??

Boat will mostly just be a cruiser , fisher....Lots of big water on lake Sakakawea, we have a boat launch about 15 miles away, on a finger bay.

Thanks for input !
Near Van Hook Arm?

Was stationed at Minot AFB from 85-89. Mostly fished on Lake Darling.

When I lived in CO, party barges were all over in Lake Pueblo. Very nice watercraft!
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Absolutely love Pontoon boats!
To me they are the most useful and enjoyable boats.
But as stated earlier in thread, under powered sucks.
i have 24' with 60 hp 2 stroke, when this engine dies my plan is to max my boat's rating of 115 hp
Looking forward to the more fuel efficient and quieter 4 stroke.
I feel 24' was actually longer than I needed to be trailoring around, shorter means lighter for hauling and getting up and down ramp as well. Really would depend on how many folks are you usually going to have aboard.

Now that I'm coastal and water commands a bit more respect I am glad to have the 24'

Pontoons are more forgiving than other hull types, shallow water, stability

Use your boat and enjoy, life is short, don't miss the good days
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Near Van Hook Arm?

Was stationed at Minot AFB from 85-89. Mostly fished on Lake Darling.

When I lived in CO, party barges were all over in Lake Pueblo. Very nice watercraft!
I'm on the south western side, our closest boat ramp is north of Dunn center ND. Where the little Missouri dumps in.
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I have a 22' tri-toon with a 115hp 4-stroke that pulls toys easily.

I also have the half enclosure so that we can camp on it.
A great family boat.
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