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    18 foot pontoon

    Hey guys, I'm looking for an 18' pontoon boat for our neighborhood lake. We have an 18 foot boat/90 HP limit. I'd like an 18 footer that has enough power to pull the kids on a tube. How much power should I be looking for and does anyone know of one for sale the fits my needs within a few hours from central North Carolina? Thanks in advance.
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    How big are the kids and how wild do you want to pull them? Used to pull my son when he was little behind a 22 footer with a 50 or 60. Couldn't really whip him around but that was ok at the time. Wouldn't be now. Good thing the grandparents upgrade the toon to one with a 115. I'd get the max HP I could.
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    You may be out of luck on finding a 18 foot pontoon with a capacity for more than 60 hp. And that size engine is just not very strong for towing skiers or tubers.

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    The Suntracker 18' takes up to a 75. That will pull a tube it just depends on how crazy you want to get with it. I bet it can pull a skier too. Heck, I learned to ski behind a 14' jon boat with a 25. Where there is a will, there is a way.
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    Thanks guys, the girls are 9 and 5 right now. Can't get too crazy because the lake is on about 35 acres.
    I was called "Son", by a butthurt snowflake.