I understand your points, Ron. I wasn't arguing with you, I was only trying to add my experience with how solid of a one-piece-action these frameless boats have.
It is great that there are getting to be so many options in tubes and tunes out there now. Everyone has a different set of fishing needs and requirements. One boat doesn't fit all.
It sure seems like more and more manufacturers are starting to listen and are producing better quality products than ever before.
That is so true, but one never knows till they try it.
I know I was skeptical of the new design. Even after I bought the X5 and had sold my Cardiac. But then I had one of my pontoons on my Cardiac canyon come loose and remember that feeling, and seeing my husband on his 9' pontoon Expedition contract a leak which also caused the straps that secure it to the frame to become loose as the pontoon floats out from under it.
Then comes the set up time. Sure a trailer is awesome and my preferred because the boats are ready to go, but in our case we have several trailers plus a boat. This means one car parks outside the garage all season so that the pontoon trailer is ready to go. Sure there is a little set up time with the frameless, but not much and nice I can put them in my car.
I swore I would not get a rubber raft which was my feelings on the Assault, but then Alan turned his boat around for the motor and realized, it isn't that big a deal and in fact, a good sense of security with that bow enclosed.
You are right, no one boat for everyone, but I sure changed my mind by trying different boats.
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