This is the 1999 JC Tritoon that I’m selling. It runs great and with a inboard Mercury 350 Magnum Multiport fuel injection engine, this baby delivers 300hp!
You are guaranteed to enjoy the reactions of boat owners as you pass them by with ease – when conditions are right, you’ll get up to 40mph! (Manufacturer claims 45mph)
How I found my JC Tritoon
About seven years ago I started my search for the perfect boat. I wasn’t sure what boat I wanted. Having visited many boat dealers only to leave stunned by outrageous prices and feeling as though I survived a shark attack, I decided to consider used pontoon boats.
Two years after starting my search, I noticed a pontoon boat flying through the water at incredible speed; so fast that it was actually passing regular boats! I knew then I was narrowing in on the right boat!
I caught up with the owner (turned out to be a neighbor) of the pontoon boat to find out exactly what made it so fast; turns out, it was JC Tritoon and I quickly received a tongue lashing for calling it a pontoon.
My neighbor told me that although his boat was fast, he noticed the flagship of the Tritoon line, a 1999 JC Tritoon 306 had just popped up on eBay and recommended I buy it. The 306 is a 30 ft party boat powered by a built in 350 Mercruiser that fits over 20 people and comes with a hardtop that also serves as a sunning / diving platform.
I can’t tell you how many times I’ve caught up and passed boats that you would think should be able to leave a deck boat in the dust; the confused looks are most rewarding (yes, I admit it…).
Since purchasing the Tritoon, I’ve had a blast; unfortunately, my wife and daughter can’t handle anything faster than a few miles per hours on perfectly calm water. It doesn’t matter how stable the boat is, a few waves or too much speed and they begin to get nauseous.
I’m also new to fishing and have fallen in love with the sport. It doesn’t matter how big the waves are or how cold it gets, fishing is my new form of meditation. My ideal boat will allow my friends and I to easily manage down riggers, fish in cold (covered top with heat), and have a deep V to handle the big waves of Lake Michigan.
It’s time for me to sell my boat. The JC Tritoon was $60,000 new, I paid $28,500 when I purchased it, have maintained it well and am now selling it.
If you want the fastest pontoon (Tritoon) on the water (40 mph!), the ability to pull multiple water skiers at once, then come visit and let me show you what this party boat can do! I promise it will be a ride you won’t forget!
This 30 foot long powerhouse comes with a custom made cover and hard sun top (diving platform) makes this the best sun boat on the lake. A Hoosier triple axle trailer is used to transport this party barge from lake to lake.
The 306 is the flagship of the TriToon line. Truly the best riding of all the JC line, and that is really saying something! With the v-8 in the stern, you can glide across the roughest of inland lake chop. JC has been building the TriToon for over 25 years. In fact, the word”TriToon” is a registered trademark of JC Manufacturing, Inc. With it’s unique unibody tri-hull construction and full planning capability, it offers deck boat performance combined with pontoon boat comfort.
Have guests that fear motion sickness? A TriToon, unlike your standard pontoon, is much more stable and easily cuts through waves making for an enjoyable ride!
Additional options included are:
Preferred option package (includes L-group, bow lounges, kidney shape table, 18 gallon reserve tank, pullout stereo (601) w/4 speakers, stern boarding ladder, upright cooler, docking lights, courtesy lights and blinkers (for that added effect).
- Double wide captains chair
- CD player
- Deluxe Mahogany wheel and dash
- Fish finder
- Ski storage in deck
- Bow anchor locker
- Seat and helm covers
- Hard top sun platform
- Dual battery provisions
I’ll post more pictures once I can remove it from storage. This is located in West Michigan and I’d be happy to take you for a spin!
The captain’s seat is beginning to wear at one of the seams. You can see the picture below – it’s not that noticeable, but something that is going to need to be repaired at some point.
On a small section of the boats side, the paint has peeled – touch up paint should do the trick.
The right frame of the upper platform has a couple of welds on one leg that have come undone and need to be re-welded. This has been like this since I bought the boat and I have not noticed any instability when hanging out on top.
I ran over something (wood, rocks?) when I first bought the boat and insurance replaced the lower unit. I replaced the prop with a special prop that will strip rather than damage the lower unit should you repeat my mistake (a lot less hassle and easy fix); I have a spare prop as well, along with the old one as a reminder – everything runs perfect.
That’s it for any surprises – The boat is in great shape and most importantly, the engine runs perfect.
ABOS Blue Book values the boat at $23,230.27
This boat has premium upgrades:
The book assumes a 190hp; upgrade bumps the horse power up to 300hp!
The book assumes a Bimini top, upgrade includes the hardtop.
Book doesn’t factor the trailer into the picture.
Note: these prices are what show up in the average blue book which do not include the extra’s / upgrades:
ABOS Low: $15,291
ABOS High: $18,011
ABOS Retail $22,464
ABOS Bluebook Values:
These are the correct values, so make sure when you are pricing out the boat, you include all the upgrades / premium features mentioned above.
ABOS Low: $19,607
ABOS High: $23,230
ABOS Retail: $28,972.40
It’s truly a unique boat – Chances are, you won’t find another tritoon like this on your lake!
You can contact me by leaving a comment and I’ll drop you an email. All comments are moderated, so your contact information won’t appear on the site.
Update on the Tritoon 9/15/09:
The captain’s seat had a section where the seam was coming apart – it’s very noticeable now. I put a beach towel on it to protect from further damage.
I have been having sporadic problems with the engine – It sounds like it’s running out of gas but I still have power. I was told there is water in the gas and that I need to change the water separator filter. I did this but still have the problem.
I asked a local boat mechanic to take a look at this, and he replaced the spark plug wires, rotor cap to no avail. He then suggested I replace the ignition module – I picked it up from him and replaced the module but no luck. He now thinks that it’s the electronic control module, but that is $1,000. If that fixes the problem, I’d buy it, but he is not sure and once I buy it, I can’t return it. He does not have an ECM tester, so he suggested I wait until he gets a boat in with the same ECM and he’ll (after asking the owner) try it in mine and see if that fixes it. If so, then problem solved. I talked with him today and he said it should be a couple of weeks and that boat should be in.
I have a person ready to do the welding on the back sun-deck support arm that I have photographed.
I plan on getting everything except the seat fixed before the end of the season (soon) but if you think you can do the work and want to negotiate it out of the price of the boat, I’m all for it.
Note: It is sporadic; two days ago, I went out 15 miles into Lake Michigan and didn’t have any problem. The time before I went to White Lake and it sputtered a few times and then ran great.
That is the latest and I’ll keep updating this website with more information as it happens.
If you want to wait until I get everything fixed and find out what the problem is, great. If you want to look at it now and take it for a spin, that’s fine also, just let me know.
Update on the Tritoon 12/02/09:
After a ton of stress I took the boat into Hall’s Sport Center in Muskegon and come to find out that the sporadic problems turned out to be a distributor rotor and could rotate freely .25 to half an inch. It was the wrong size and could be moved by hand. That is the World’s Most Expensive Rotor coming in at $800! Makes a grown man want to cry! Here is a picture:
It’s in heated storage now and ready for play next year…
As far as price goes, I would have to get an updated ABOS quote and we would go from there.
If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask!