I have used this boat regularly for two years and have had no problems. The pontoons are very well made and I don't worry about dragging it over a bit of gravel when I first launch it at the lake. I carry it on an easy packer on the back of my fifth wheel RV and have had no problems. You can buy cheaper boats but the extra cash is well worth it plus it gets a lot of second looks from other fisherman. One tip I recommend is get a boat seat extension with a swivel if you use a motor. It is much less awkward to control the motor when sitting sideways than if the motor is behind you plus you can turn 360 degrees easily.