I really want to purchase a pontoon soon. The main purpose of it is going to attempt to float the clackamas and sandy rivers. I am on a budget, probably no more than 500 and this is going to have to include purchasing a rod holder to mount, some type of anchor if i dont use a rock and rope, a good pump and a life jacket. I want something DURABLE, tough, and function. I will basically use it like a perosnal drift boat targeting steelhead and salmon. I see that i can get the cimmaron for fairly cheap but since im going to be running the river i need a strong pvc coating, correct? My primary accesories i want to have are good oars, strong tubes, rod holder, and accesabile storage to put two or three large trays of tackle and maybe a jar or two of bait in which all should be in reach. I weigh about 150 lbs so i am assuming weight will not be a major factor in which toon to choose from. Any information, tips, companies to check out, lessons learned that you think might help me decide what to purchase would be extremely helpful. Does anyone have a pontoon that they might want to sell? And is anyone currently using their personal pontoon to float the rivers like i am intending to do, or would that just all around be a bad idea? And does anyone know any locations around town where i may be able to go and look at several different modesl, I looked at sportsmans wherehouse (dont want the ten footer), dicks (where i found the cimmaron) and plan on checking out fishermans by the end of the weekend. I saw sports authority might have a few and that is close to my house so i am goonna check that out too. I am just really timid about buying one and finding out it is a p.o.s and would have been completely statisfied if i spent another 100 bucks on a different one.