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October 15, 2013 at 3:44 pm #907Lee Arbach TBPKeymaster
We try to keep the standard Maxxon PT-16 Pontoon Cataraft 22.3 Tubes in stock, but if you want to be sure before going to the shopping cart just give us a ring at 925-820-2628 or email us. We tend to sell fewer Maxxon tubes than many of their other dealers because we let people know the pitfalls associated with glued pvc inflatables. Few other retailer bother to educate buyers on this subject, they just want to make a sale. There is more about this subject in the F.A.Q. section of our site. Thankfully the Maxxon warranty went to five years a while back, and Maxxon has been around longer than almost any other purveyor of glued pvc inflatables, so that’s certainly a positive.
The supplier Maxxon has used since late 2006 is making the tubes a bit nicer in that they got away from circumference seams on the ends. This made the tubes more continuously rockered like an AIRE, and more attractive too. Maxxon tubes are built with bomber 2200 denier polyester base fabric, which is twice as heavy as the base fabric used in Maxxon’s zodiac style boats. All sizes between 10′ and 16′ have two chambers per tube. Some of you may recall there used to be an 18′ pontoon in Maxxon’s line, or at least on their price list. This was a bit like the Tasmanian tiger, alleged to have been seen, but never photographed or actually captured. In all the years we’ve sold Maxxon cat’s we never had a single set of 18′s, and they don’t even show them on their product list anymore. Sorry, but if you need an 18′ tube, you’ll have to pony up triple for an AIRE Leopard.
Maxxon PT-16 Pontoon Cataraft 22.3 Tubes use a chafe patch on the bottom of their tubes like the rowing frame chafer on top. 12′, 14′, and 16′ sizes have four heavy duty D-rings on each side of each tube, sixteen total for a pair. All sizes use a molded urethane end cone for those bumper-car sessions with river rocks.
Despite the problems associated with glue-assembled pvc, we should also say that the Maxxon PT-16 Cataraft Pontoons 22.5 Tubes we’ve sold have been overwhelmingly trouble free, and the owners seem pleased with the product and lifespan so far. Many boaters feel if these last ten, twelve, or fourteen years, they will have gotten their investment back.
Maxxon PT-16 Pontoon Cataraft are 16′ long give or take an inch, and weigh 82 pounds per pair. The standard Maxxon blue is darker than what is shown in the photo for our three smaller sizes. Lately we seem to be getting mostly grey tubes because Maxxon has had few blues. There is also a new red, but a lot of the time that color may not be available.
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