the nes i saw at bass pro shops were pretty nice but a litle pricey compared to a lowe brand
i have never owned one, we always had dee vee ocean going fast boats
but i did sleep at a holiday inn express once
Living in the Piney Woods of Texas.
We bought a used Bennington 207L last summer and LOVE it! It's a 20 ft. boat and seats a max of 13 people (although you'd really have to cram them all in there). We had a Nitro fishing boat and it just didn't have enough room for all 4 of us and our two Labs..LOL Plus I got tired if getting smacked around whenever we hit a wake. They are great to cruise around the lakes with here in Arkansas, and it's so nice to have the top up when it's hot, a table that we can put food out on, and a LADDER to climb into the boat with! And it's been nice to be able to take friends and family out for a cruise!
I've owned three pontoon boats. The most important thing to look at are the "tubes" (the large round pontoons that keeps it floating). The larger the tubes the higher it sits on the water and the better it rides. A pontoons is a displacement hull which means it pushes through the water and doesn't really come up on plane like a deep v or regular boat. Also don't buy anything under 20 feet or it will ride terrible in rough water and feel like it;s going to tip if you get too many people onboard. Some lakes have horse[power restrictions; but you'll need at least 40hp if you want to get anywhere fast. The next item is the fuel tank; some have a built in tank and others are simply six gallon containers mounted on each side of the engine. Six gallons won't get you far. If you have access to a fuel station on the lake or can tow it to one then an built in tank is best. Finally, buy a trailer with it. Some people leave it in one spot and only take it out at the end of the season. But if you have problems like leaks or engine problems you'll have to find someone to get it out for you and dealers charge a lot for this service. Also consider that a storm may flood the lake or worse a tornado hitd and you can't get your boat out. Other than that it's like anything else; pick a color and options you like; and check the quality of the seats and overall construction.