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Pontoonin it up

Discussion in 'Other Vehicle Discussions' started by nofxSOHCcrx, Aug 7, 2009.

  1. nofxSOHCcrx

    nofxSOHCcrx New Member

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    So me, my brother and our friend are rebuilding a pontoon boat. Going to be an all party no fishing boat. It's our friends dads old boat. He got a new one and decided he didn't want the old one and said if we restored it, we could have it. Our friend is the money, and my brother and I are the bronze, brains, and whatever else.

    So when we got it, the decking was rotting, alot of the railing was falling apart, and the seating was tore up lol. We dismantled it down the pontoon structure, and started from there.

    We wanted to get some plexy glass for the decking, but it was like $600 per 8 foot sheet....a little too rich for the money man. So we got the regular water board and mounted it on there. Then we could only salvage about 30% of the railing, so the rest we had to fab up ourselves. Welding aluminum is a pain the ass to say the least. It's all outdoors, so if there's wind, were screwed and can't weld. Eventually we got it all welded together, put it on the deck, checked fitting and screwed it all together, but not into the deck yet.

    ATM, were painting the railing, then were going to pop rivet the siding on. We've been arguing over putting the siding on the inside, or the outside. Originally it's on the inside, but we've been looking at pictures of it on the outside, and it looks pretty decent. Not sure yet though. All we have left to do is order the seating, a captains console, get the engine put back together, run the wiring, set up the diving board, drill the holes for the railing, glue the carpet, wire the sound system, and get it in the water...only get to work on it 1 day a week, so got a few more weeks to go lol. I'll get some pics on Sunday and pots em up. Anyone else ever build/restore a pontoon boat?
     
  2. E_SolSi

    E_SolSi Member of the 20 nut club Moderator VIP

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    sounds like a cool project

    so wheres the pictures???
     
  3. SlushboxTeggy

    SlushboxTeggy It's only stupid if it doesn't work VIP

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    You forgot the kegorator.

    As far as plexiglass, yea that crap is expensive. But the stuff you priced was probably also bulletproof. I think it starts being bulletproof around 3/8". I remember we bought a 1/8"-4'x8' piece for a pong table and it cost us around $250.
     
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    Standard plexi isn't bullet proof/resistant! You're thinking laminated acrylic or polycast or something..


    Anyhow, lets see some pics!
     
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    Ill get some pics this Sunday when we head over there. I might have some on my bro's myspace...Lemme take a peek. They won't be up to date, but they're something.

    Here we go, I found one. This is when it was fully stripped down.

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    We've gotten ALOT further lol. It's actually funny too see a pic of before, and what it looks like now.

    HAHA, I just had an Idea. I'll edit this post again, and add a paint shop pic of what we've done/what will be done

    Alright...sometimes I amaze myself with my artistry.

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    SlushboxTeggy It's only stupid if it doesn't work VIP

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    I guess that's what i bought then because the thicker stuff was in fact bullet proof.
     
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    that is the best photo editing i have ever seen. lol :thumbsup:
     
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    I thought so too...I was rather impressed with myself. Hopefully the finished boat will look better than my mock up. HA. :cool:
     
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    Damn, I wish we would have known about the thinner stuff. Not sure of weight capacity on each board though. It might have looked kinda wierd because of the cross braces that you would have seen from the top. Plus, would have meant no carpet...and in Vegas, that damn floor would have gotten so hot. Thinking about it....glad we went with wood and carpet.
     
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    phyregod !!YTINASNI

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    That thing is huge! How long is it?
     
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    thats what she said. ^_^
     
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    Its not the length of the pontoon, but the skill of the captain!
     
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    says ye with small pontoon.
     
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    Yar, me pontoon can only float a brick house.
     
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    HA. I believe it's 24 or 27 foot. I forget. I'll take some measurements. I think everyone will be surprised how big my pontoon is.
     
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    phyregod !!YTINASNI

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    Made some design changes.. Hope you don't mind...

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    Thin stuff wouldn't hold. Our piece died when a handle of captain was tossed across the room onto the table.
     
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    Phyre, You do win. We're definately changing the plans now.
     
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    Alright. We got a little more work done today on the boat. The pictures are when we first got there and hadn't started work yet. We got the rest of the rails pimered, and got the carpet glued down. It's actually looking like a boat!

    This one, the rails and siding are just being held on with c-clamps just to show what it will look like in the near future. The rails are going to be a darker grey with some metal flake in em.

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    The front.
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    So, that's the sun deck, and this was before we glued the carpet down. Underneath the sundeck with be batteries, gas tanks, and all that good stuff. We are still yet to get all the seating and captains console. Money man will order that when we get a little closer to getting it all put together. We also need to clean up the pontoons. They're a little old, and have some oxidation on em. Trying to fgure out a way to paint them, maybe black or something...they kind of stand out being all old, when everything else is new.
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    I'll get more pics next week. Brother's phone went dead before I could take some after pics. Friends dad has pics of the entire progress, so once he gets those on his comp, I'll get em loaded to a thumb drive and get em on here.
     
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