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Old 06-19-2017, 09:26 AM   #1
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Default Will a 90hp pull a skier on a 21ft pontoon

Im looking at pontoons and found a 21ft with a 90hp mercury on it. Will that be enough to pull, a skier, knee boarder?
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Old 06-19-2017, 09:28 AM   #2
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My dad used to have a 24 footer with a 90 hp on it. We could knee board, and tube just fine. Never tried skis though.
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Old 06-19-2017, 09:28 AM   #3
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Old 06-19-2017, 09:30 AM   #4
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I skied behind one just like you're asking about. I was also a skinny teenager at the time
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Old 06-19-2017, 09:30 AM   #5
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My dad has a 24' with 90 hp and it pulls a tube and knee board but have never tried skiing..
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Old 06-19-2017, 09:31 AM   #6
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Never had a pontoon but a boat with a 90 hp will pull a skier just fine. I suspect the toon will be too.
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Old 06-19-2017, 09:32 AM   #7
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I dont think it will pull a skier. Not enough power to pull a skier out of the hole. I have a tri-toon with a 150 hp Yamaha and it will pull a towable with 3 people at about 18 mph.
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Old 06-19-2017, 09:38 AM   #8
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I think if you stay with two skis you can get out but it might be a struggle. Should be able to tell by how fast the boat gets on plane. Lots of good times with a pontoon on the lake. Good luck.
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Old 06-19-2017, 09:38 AM   #9
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With a dock start or shallow water start you may have a chance but deep water it is going to be tough to get a skier out of the water. Knee board and tube you will be just fine. It may get a skier out of deep water but will drink a lot of fuel, take 100+yrds and put a lot of wear on your engine.
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Old 06-19-2017, 09:41 AM   #10
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I have a 21 foot pontoon with a 115. It will pull a skier easily but top speed is only 25. Burns a lot of gas at open throttle.
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Old 06-19-2017, 09:41 AM   #11
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I'm thinking no. We pulled many a knee board and tube but never could get a skier up. It had a 110 Evinrude on it. Pontoons don't get up real quick.
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Old 06-19-2017, 09:45 AM   #12
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You can but the skier will hate it!
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Old 06-19-2017, 09:53 AM   #13
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Depends on the size of the skier. I learned to ski behind a 40hp Johnson but I was only about 100 pounds. the last time I skied was behind a 175 and I drank a lot of water before I got up on the ski's.
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Old 06-19-2017, 09:54 AM   #14
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Not very well. Your better option is a deck boat if you're wanting pontoon like space with the ability to pull skiers.
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Old 06-19-2017, 09:54 AM   #15
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Like I said,yes it can be done because I've done it. That being said it wasn't fun. It was slow and if any slack got in the rope I was sinking. It also is hard to get out of the water taking off.
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Old 06-19-2017, 10:00 AM   #16
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We had a 26' triton with a 250hp on it, and we could ski behind it. I don't think a pontoon could do it. I think the boat needs to plane off for a skier. You should be fine for a tube or knee board.
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Old 06-19-2017, 10:03 AM   #17
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Thanks for the info. I don't know much about pontoons so I appreciate the help
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Old 06-19-2017, 10:22 AM   #18
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Probably not! We tried to pull my son on a wakeboard in Destin with a 115 hp. He got up but it was so slow he said no thanks!
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Old 06-19-2017, 10:52 AM   #19
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Lower pitch prop can help with hole shot. Never tried to ski behind a pontoon but we used a 90 HP bass boat all the time as a kid. On the other hand I've never heard someone say I wish I'd gotten a smaller motor.
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Come out the hole on two skis and drop one.
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Old 06-19-2017, 11:02 AM   #21
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My dad used to have a 24 footer with a 90 hp on it. We could knee board, and tube just fine. Never tried skis though.
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My dad has a 24' with 90 hp and it pulls a tube and knee board but have never tried skiing..
Brothers?
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Old 06-19-2017, 11:04 AM   #22
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It depends on the size and level of the skier.
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Old 06-19-2017, 11:40 AM   #23
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It depends on the size and level of the skier.
This right here. It can be done but it is harder to get up behind a pontoon.
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Old 06-19-2017, 11:50 AM   #24
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Yes it can get a skier up but you won't really feel like you're skiing. Not much fun, if you want a boat for skiing don't get a pontoon.
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Old 06-19-2017, 12:15 PM   #25
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You can but the skier will hate it!
I agree with this.
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Old 06-19-2017, 12:33 PM   #26
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A skier good enough to get up behind that boat will also be good enough to not want to ski behind a toon.
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Old 06-19-2017, 12:38 PM   #27
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A light person can probably get up on 2 skis but a 200+ lb person would probably never get up on a 66" slalom even with just the driver on board. My brother has a 22' toon w/ Yamaha 90 4stroke and no way that dog will pull a skier especially with any people on board. A 115 might barely do it and a 150 surely would if prop was correct. To pull skiers you need both power and speed. 32 mph for a slalom. 26-28 for 2 skis.
Also a lot can depend on the boat itself. All Toons ain't created equal.
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Old 06-19-2017, 12:39 PM   #28
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Nope, but I thought about asking anyway...lol
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Old 06-19-2017, 01:09 PM   #29
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Thanks for the info. I don't know much about pontoons so I appreciate the help
Test drive one before you commit.

I'm sure the ones with lots of power hanging off the back are fine, the one I test drove only had a 75 horse and all it took was one stroll across the lake to know it wasn't my cup of tea.

I'm used to jamming the throttle and getting a boat up on plane then easing back into a smooth speed. There was no G- force rush when I jammed that throttle, just a lot of noise and little movement.

Coming from a Coast Guard background (and having owned 4 boats) I wanted something that can get out of the way of a bad situation- not sit there and watch it happen. (storm / oncoming boat)

Like I said, I'm sure the ones with a better power to weight ratio feel more adequate- the underpowered pontoon I almost bought didn't.
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Old 06-19-2017, 01:15 PM   #30
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Every boat is different, prop, plowing water, lifting strakes. Lots of variables. It will pull one. They won't like it.

With strakes it would be fine for sure
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Old 06-19-2017, 01:34 PM   #31
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A light person can probably get up on 2 skis but a 200+ lb person would probably never get up on a 66" slalom even with just the driver on board. My brother has a 22' toon w/ Yamaha 90 4stroke and no way that dog will pull a skier especially with any people on board. A 115 might barely do it and a 150 surely would if prop was correct. To pull skiers you need both power and speed. 32 mph for a slalom. 26-28 for 2 skis.

Also a lot can depend on the boat itself. All Toons ain't created equal.


I had a 26' triple toon in college with a 115 merc. It had lifting strakes also. I pulled up a skier and kneeboard at the same time with 14 people sitting on the boat with me.

It's not about motor on a toon. It's about getting out of the water. That's where strakes make a HUGE DIFFERENCE

It's like 500$ add on on a toon and nobody gets em. It's dumb. But throw in those moveable drink holders I'll take 3 of those at 100$ each. Knuckleheads

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Old 06-19-2017, 05:35 PM   #32
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I've skied behind my dad's tritoon with a 115. Worked fine but I did weigh about 140 at the time. May be a little different now. But a lot of people don't understand prop pitch, the stock prop will not do what you need it to. Just my 2 cents.

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Old 06-19-2017, 05:39 PM   #33
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It depends on the size and level of the skier.
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A skier good enough to get up behind that boat will also be good enough to not want to ski behind a toon.
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We knee boarded behind my old boat with a 90 and that was about it. I venture to say it would come out of the hole 4 times faster than a 21' pontoon with the same motor
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Old 06-19-2017, 05:39 PM   #34
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Tube or kneeboard you're good. Skis not likely
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Old 06-19-2017, 05:41 PM   #35
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I wouldn't think a pontoon would go fast enough for a skier. It has been A LONG time ago, but we pulled skiers about 30 mph.
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Old 06-19-2017, 05:48 PM   #36
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My 22ft toon with a 90hp will run 23ish WOT unloaded. Put a few people on board and that numbers starts dropping. I would say it could pull an experienced light weight skier out of the water (only a couple of people on the boat), but it is obviously not ideal.
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Old 06-19-2017, 07:35 PM   #37
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Old 06-19-2017, 08:12 PM   #39
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A pontoon more then likely will not pull a skier but knee board and tube no problem a regular little fiberglass with a 85 will though but it's a different type hole shot for a boat and pontoon! Pontoons glide don't plane out !
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Old 06-19-2017, 08:30 PM   #40
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Dat right there is Ole School
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