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by CaptainJim
Mon Dec 12, 2016 7:56 pm
Forum: Manufacturer Reviews
Topic: 2016 Sun Tracker Bass Buggy 18 - Anyone have one?
Replies: 7
Views: 1577

Re: 2016 Sun Tracker Bass Buggy 18 - Anyone have one?

We have a 2016 Sun Tracker Party Barge 16', so not a direct comparison to the 18. The 18 is significantly bigger, due to additional beam as well as length. That said, 8 people on that boat would fill every seat. "Maximum person weight" is listed at 1200 pounds, so you'd have to average 150 pounds pe...
by CaptainJim
Sun Nov 20, 2016 7:37 pm
Forum: Welcome
Topic: In the discovery stage...
Replies: 15
Views: 1949

Re: In the discovery stage...

Past the break-in stage and have used the boat in a variety of conditions. It tops out at 18 knots; two runs, opposite directions, averaged. When the chop builds, I slow down. OK, I run it less than 10 knots, other than the break-in. My wife and I are enjoying the heck out of it, using it as we expe...
by CaptainJim
Sun Nov 13, 2016 9:10 am
Forum: Welcome
Topic: In the discovery stage...
Replies: 15
Views: 1949

Re: In the discovery stage...

Launched and set up at our dock. After weeks of dry, Mother Nature has continued to "bless us" with spitty rain. Got our first local cruise in yesterday... easy and fun... sight-seeing and dolphins. Still doing the break-in, so keeping the RPMs low, but any concerns I had about how it might handle w...
by CaptainJim
Thu Nov 10, 2016 7:31 pm
Forum: Welcome
Topic: In the discovery stage...
Replies: 15
Views: 1949

Re: In the discovery stage...

Today was delivery day! Everything went well, a very pleasant delivery experience. The service guy who did the orientation with us said, "This is going to go fast - you already know boats." "This is our first pontoon, so walk us through it..." The size is going to be great for our use. I added a GPS...
by CaptainJim
Tue Nov 08, 2016 8:55 pm
Forum: Welcome
Topic: In the discovery stage...
Replies: 15
Views: 1949

Re: In the discovery stage...

Thanks Roland. As long as the ride on the rear seating is reasonably dry, it will be considered "the right boat" for our current needs. Looking at the boat, it sure looks simple and easy. The few reviews I've been able to find on this model show that it should run 16 to 18. Our previous boat would r...
by CaptainJim
Mon Nov 07, 2016 7:43 pm
Forum: Welcome
Topic: In the discovery stage...
Replies: 15
Views: 1949

Re: In the discovery stage...

Pulled the trigger today. We pick up the new boat on Thursday. I was looking for something small, considered the Sun Tracker Bass Buggy 16, but didn't really want the two forward fishing seats. Moved up to the Party Barge 18 as an option, but the one we were considering (and they only had one 2017 i...
by CaptainJim
Sat Nov 05, 2016 8:07 pm
Forum: Welcome
Topic: In the discovery stage...
Replies: 15
Views: 1949

Re: In the discovery stage...

Yep, the Laguna Madre would be our home waters. Shallow water, high salinity. Displacement speed cruising, staying out of the way of the barges on the ICW and the ships in the ship channel. The boat we were considering sold... ya snooze, well, you know. We went to the dealer yesterday to buy the boa...
by CaptainJim
Thu Nov 03, 2016 7:53 am
Forum: Welcome
Topic: In the discovery stage...
Replies: 15
Views: 1949

Re: In the discovery stage...

[quote="ralph"]Jim, For what it is worth. I paid $900 for my paint job. They even had to clean off algae on the pontoons that I could not get to. 2 grand is a HUGE rip off.[/quote] This particular boatyard is all about gouging. They were the only option with my previous boat because they have a Trav...
by CaptainJim
Wed Nov 02, 2016 2:40 pm
Forum: Welcome
Topic: In the discovery stage...
Replies: 15
Views: 1949

Re: In the discovery stage...

Thanks for the replies, so far. Today, we drove across the Rio Grande Valley to look at another dealership that handles Sweetwater. They did not have much in the way of inventory compared to what we want size-wise, other than a 20' used Sweetwater that was close in price to the 18' new Sun Tracker, ...
by CaptainJim
Wed Nov 02, 2016 5:28 am
Forum: Welcome
Topic: In the discovery stage...
Replies: 15
Views: 1949

In the discovery stage...

Hello PontoonForums folks, My first post here - we are considering "the next boat," and a pontoon is making a lot of sense. I appreciate the information available on this forum. For some background, I am a mostly retired boat captain, USCG Master License; still do occasional 3 to 4 month gigs. We ha...