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02-15-2006, 04:29 PM
Is there any place near Baldwin that you can rent one man pontoons?
02-25-2006, 06:40 AM
i know of a place on the Ausable but not the PM
Red Moose Lodge
02-27-2006, 06:46 PM
If I had the permits I would have atleast 4 one man pontoon, 2 kayaks, and 4 canoes for customers of my lodge only to rent. It is sad to say the two canoe liveries are asleep at the wheel holding all the( cards) permits :mad: . It is hard to get them to rent canoes to fishermen during the fishing season. There hours are a problem as well it is tought to get a early start and off the water late. It is so few per day it's not worth there time. I would gladly do it year around and not just during the peak canoe season. As far as I know there is no way for me to get my hands on the permits. That sucks :( for me because that would be a extra draw to my lodging and I would gladly make the investment in a few extra watercraft (some I already have).
02-28-2006, 07:39 AM
Clint, If you rent a craft do you have to provide a permit? Couldn't your guest just get a permit on their own? It's not that hard or far from your place and can be done in advance on the phone. Kirk
02-28-2006, 12:07 PM
Clint I haven't been up to fish since you bought the lodge. I stayed there for a few years prior. I would think that you could allow use of your watercraft to your guests and provide a shuttle for them. Your guests would just have to get permits on there own.
02-28-2006, 12:15 PM
I think the liability issues would far outweigh any benefits on a small scale like that and having just any Joe Schmo that doesn't know how to row going thru the river during peak season isn't a thought I cherish either... :eek:
I'm actually VERY happy that the rental establishments in our area haven't expanded into the realm of pontoons and drift boats.
Red Moose Lodge
03-01-2006, 02:01 PM
Like Steve said the liability issue would take some serious looking into to weigh out any benifit or profits. I think the poontoons boats are easier to control than any canoe. If they do bump into a boat or someone there softer. Pontoons don't have a yard sale in the river like a tippy canoe dose. On drift boat rental on this river would be a scary thought expecially during peak season. Drift boat rental on the Manistee or Muskeagon would be good. Those waters are larger and easier to row. On the permit I would need is a (special use permit to operatate a livery) that comes from the USFS and I'm sure you would need a permit from the state as well. The permits you are describing are diffrent and are for the genral public not comercial use. As soon as you try to make a penny thats when things get complicated.
03-01-2006, 02:22 PM
[QUOTE= Pontoons don't have a yard sale in the river like a tippy canoe does. [/QUOTE]
HAHA! Thats funny and so true.
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