The Butler Chain of Lakes was formed as a result of a typical Florida occurrence known as topography which happens with others as the Conway Chain of lakes. The earths bottom called limestone, which underlies most of Florida, was slowly dissolved by water to form sinkholes. A series of sinkholes that formed over time produced the sparkling, pristine Butler Chain of Lakes. Many areas within the lakes can be as deep as 30 to 40 feet. The chain of lakes, Down, Wauseon Bay, Butler, Louise, Isleworth, Tibet-Butler, Chase, Blanche, Sheen, Pocket, and Fish, have been designated by the Department of Environmental Regulation of the State of Florida as “Outstanding Florida Waters” due to their excellent water quality and wildlife habitat.
Consisting of clear water, deep ledges, visible and submerge vegetation, the Butler chain offers a wide variety of lure options as well as year round fishing. Schooling bass are found almost year round allowing for exciting top water action at times. Finesse techniques are also excellent choices, that are used for water that can be clear enough to see 10 ft deep on a sunny day. Techniques used for finesse fishing can be drop shot, wacky rigging for artificial fishing and shiners or shad for livebait among others.
Welcome to Butler Boat Rental and Tours. Home of luxury boat tours on the pristine Butler Chain of Lakes. Situated just 15 minutes away from Orlando's major tourist attractions and International Drive, yet a million miles away in terms of tranquility and relaxation. We invite you to come and see "The Real Florida". Nature at it's stunning best.
Best times to fish the Butler chain are from October through May. This time of the year offers quality size bass in the 3-8lb range and good numbers of fish caught each day. Boat traffic can be difficult on weekends, but the cooler winter temperatures keep recreational boaters to a minimum.
Although, live bait can be used on this chain, it is a very popular Orlando fishing locations for artificial because of the wide variety of techniques available to catch pre-spawn, spawning and post spawn bass. This chain is excellent for anglers from the North and from Japan who are accustomed to deep clear water while using spinning tackle with light line. Another plus is the location of the chain which is located just minutes from Disney and Universal Studios.
The Butler Chain of Lakes covers almost 5000 acres. It's 13 lakes are linked with narrow canals that weave through the Spanish Moss covered Cypress Trees. Flora and fauna abound as the canals lead into the picture perfect lakes.
Buying a Pontoon Boat or a Deck Boat?
So, you want a versatile boat that handles easily, features plenty of seating and storage, and is designed to be able to bring along a big crew? Sounds like you may have already narrowed down your choices to two choices that are among the fastest-growing segments in the entire boating industry: pontoons and deck. Since the very first aluminum pontoon was introduced in 1958 at the Chicago World’s Fair (it was a Sanpan), boaters have been drawn to their unapologetically simple design, ease of use and the no-frills ability to get lots of folks aboard to get the party started. Back in those days, you broke out the folding lawn chairs, fired up the charcoal grill, and slowly putt-putted your tiny outboard to the nearest cove of like-minded revelers.
Along with the abundance of freshwater fish, Butler Chain of Lakes is also home to a variety of wildlife including Alligators, Osprey, Blue Heron, The Snowy Egret, Bald Eagles, Pelicans, Hawk Owls, River Otters, Turtles, Raccoons, Armadillos and Bird Island which is a protected bird sanctuary.
Similarly, the deck boat concept really started in 1974 when a company called Hurricane started building a fiberglass V-style hull to add better performance and handling, but still retain the a pontoon-style topside and wide-open floor plan that people loved so much about pontoons. It was so popular, in fact, that the first deck boat (called FunDeck) has been in constant production ever since. But my, how times have changed. These two boat types have come a long way and have been refined to the point that they really stack up against any other powerboat style. And today, they really go head-to-head when families are in the market for a new boat. Let’s examine the pros and cons of each.
The multi-million dollar properties that you will see are home to many leading sportsmen and celebrities. Lake Butler is home to "Versaille", which is reported to be the largest private residence in America, although still under construction. "Versaille" was recently the subject of a 2 hour documentary.
This is perhaps the most subjective part of comparing pontoons and deck boats, and it all comes down to your personal tastes and what turns your head. Today’s pontoons are tricked out with coordinated graphics, a choice of rail skin colors, high-quality vinyl seats, and tough and attractive marine-grade carpet. But since every inch of a pontoon is built for maximum seating and storage, some folks find them a little utilitarian. Today’s deck boats are designed similarly to other fiberglass runabouts, but with the bow section carried as far forward as possible to accommodate more folks in the forward seating area. You’ll see coordinated upholstery accents, bimini tops and carpet, and the exterior graphics tend to be a little bolder. Many deck boats also have integrated wake tower options, which adds a distinct watersports profile.
With a fiberglass, V-style hull, you typically would compare the handling of a deck boat to a similarly sized open-bow boat. Look for a stable ride at all speeds, little or no bowrise, and superior turning at higher speeds. The option of outboard or I/O propulsion is a big plus for deck boats as well, depending on your needs. Even with a full load, pontoon boats (by design) are going to plane easily with less horsepower than a deck boat. Sharp turns are helped by the addition of hydraulic steering systems, but you will still cut a wider swath in a pontoon, unless you choose a performance model with triple (center) tube system, which provides extra buoyancy and stability.
Both styles of boats truly shine when it comes to the ability to do a lot of different things on the water. Fishing, watersports, cruising, camping, entertaining, etc. are all right in the wheelhouse of pontoons and deck boats. In fact, depending on your family’s needs, there are all sorts of different packages to dial in your preferred activities, such as rod holders, tackle storage and livewells for more hardcore anglers. If you’re like most folks considering one of these boats, though, you will find that the basic features will serve you well, and allow you to fish in the morning, pull the kids on tubes in the afternoon, and finish the day with a beautiful sunset cruise.
Windermere, Florida – Adventuresome for the first time visitors seeking flora and fauna or savvy Orlando travelers seeking an off-the-beaten-path vacation experience won’t be disappointed when they discover the Butler Chain Of Lakes Scenic Boat Tour.
Located on The Butler Chain Of Lakes in the quiet suburb less than 20 minutes from downtown Orlando, the boat tour offers cruises through three of the elen lakes and cannals on the tranquil chain.
On any given tour, participants may observe large cranes swooping waterside to snag a large fish or a lazy alligator languishing on a nearby bank. Every tour, however, guarantees plenty of swaying palms, towering cypress trees, lush ferns and a variety of flourishing sub-tropical flowers. Breathtaking views of opulent private homes and exquisite estates sprawling along the shores are also a key feature of the scenic cruise.
Ease Of Operation
In the world of trailer boating, you really can’t get much easier than pontoons and deck boats. With their stable platforms both are fairly easy to master when it comes to everything from launching and retrieving to cruising out on the water. Look for a raised helm or a captain’s seat that features a fold-up bolster to increase visibility. Pull-up cleats conveniently installed around the deck will make it a cinch to pull up and dock from any angle. Make sure you’ve got docking lights for bringing the boat in safely in the evening, and an all-off master switch to make sure you don’t run down your battery when you leave the boat.
For more info on the two, visit our Boat Types page
A pontoon is a flotation device with buoyancy sufficient to float itself as well as a heavy load. A pontoon boat is a flattish boat that relies on pontoons to float. Pontoons may be used on boats, rafts, barges, docks, airboats, hovercrafts, floatplanes or seaplanes. Pontoons may support a platform, creating a raft. A raft supporting a house-like structure is a houseboat. A fixed platform can be used as a dock. Common boat designs are a catamaran with two pontoons, or a trimaran with three. Pontoons may be simply constructed from sealed cylinders such as pipes or barrels, or fabricated as boxes from metal or concrete. Pontoon boat drafts may be as shallow as eight inches, which reduces risk of running aground and underwater damage. The pontoon effect is when a large force applied to the side capsizes a pontoon boat without much warning, particularly a top-heavy boat.
Pontoon boats for pleasure boating and fishing can be low cost for their capacity, and cheaper to insure than other boats, even when equipped with substantial engines.
Kissimmee is home to over 50 individual lakes and the best way to navigate these lush waters is by boating. The largest and best known being the Kissimmee Chain of Lakes, famous for one of the world's best bass fisheries, and the Alligator Chain of Lakes, also known for excellent bass fishing. These groups of lakes are connected by a series of canals and waterways, making it easy for boaters to travel from one lake to the other. With parks and marinas in various locations around the beautiful Central Florida lakes, boat ramps are available at a dock near you.
There is nothing more relaxing than spending a beautiful day on the water. Boating in Kissimmee is a great way to combine sightseeing and excitement. Enter and discover a new world where alligators roam freely and exotic bird mingle among tropical vegetation. You may even spot a few American Bald Eagles soaring through the sky.
Let someone else take the wheel as you glide along the water in a thrilling airboat tour through the headwaters of the Florida Everglades near Orlando. Airboats tours take you to some of the most remote and scenic sites in Florida, not accessible to ordinary boats.
From Lake Toho to Lake Kissimmee, the water is calling you to come out and play.
Small inflatable pontoon boats are one or two man, catamaran type boats, designed for leisure and fishing. Their pontoons are made out of abrasion resistant PVC and nylon with aluminum, steel and/or plastic frames for support. They are powered with paddles, oars and often with electric trolling motors using deep cycle lead batteries. Commonly they are equipped with motor mount, battery storage area, fishing rod holders, canopy, fishfinder mount, small anchor and other required fishing gear. Such boats are suitable for ponds, lakes, rivers and seas during calm weather. However, due to light weight, they are susceptible to waves and windy conditions. Nonetheless, such boats are often used even for big game fishing.
Pontoon boats are used as small vehicle ferries to cross rivers and lakes in many parts of the world, especially in Africa. Pontoon ferries may be motorised, such as theKazungula Ferry across the Zambezi River, or powered by another boat, or pulled by cables. A type of ferry known as the cable ferry ("punts" was what they were called in the medieval times and in modern Australia and New Zealand) pull themselves across a river using a motor or human power applied to the cable, which also guides the pontoon.
The flotation tubes of RIB (rigid inflatable boats) are often referred to as pontoons.
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