Should You Take a Pontoon Boat Offshore? | Chaparral 227 SSX Surf | Cruisers Yachts 60 Fly - 05/17/2018
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Should I Take a Pontoon
Boat Offshore?

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Some boat dealers are encouraging their customers to take pontoon boats offshore.

We have received a number of emails from BoatTEST.com members asking if it is advisable to take pontoon boats offshore or out into the Great Lakes.
Here’s our answer…

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