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    Posted: 05/06/2013 at 12:24pm
Just wanted to introduce myself.... been hanging out in the backround reading & learning. Last year we came across what we felt was a good deal 28' barge new galvanized trailer that hasnt been registered yet and a fuel injected 115hp 2stroke. The gentleman said it hadn't been run or in the water two years due to back injury before his injury he replace th wood floor and carpet. After finding some gas an a battery ...primed the engine we could believe it it started right up on second try. So we gave the man 7000.00 and he gave us all the titles , life vests, 3 fuel tanks & a 10' aluminum hard top. We ran the boat as-is with a few changes. To our suprise we can gps 24mph with me wife & daughter. Everyone that gets on it calls it the large barge so thats what we named her. This year we are getting a late start but are upgrading fuel system, stereo, fence & top.......Hope to get to know some of ya ......Travis





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I can see posting pics is gonna be tough from my android.....

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Welcome aboard...Load us up some photos, when you can....There is alot of great help on this forum!!
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OK I finally figured it out!






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Very cool...Man that joker is long...LOL
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Ok here is the first project ive been working on is up dating the fuel system When we got the boat it was set up for 5gal gas tanks which dont last long with a 115hp and lets face it sucks trying to change tanks in the middle of the river hanging over back seats. So we desided to replace the old storage box on boat put a 17gal tank from ebay and upgrade to two batteries One for engine one for new stereo.

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New box with tank & batteries .......should have it installed by tonight!

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Very Nice Largebarge!!
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I'd be very careful with fuel cell and batts in a closed container together!!  
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Awesome wood work!
I might suggest a vent or something on the box, just to help make sure you don't get vapor accumulation. Just my 2 cents...nevertheless it looks great! Good luck with the build!
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Thanks for the compliments. I dont get to woodwork very often but sure do enjoy the challenge far as batteries& fuel next to each other its in our concerns too. The way the boat is layed out it was only solution for now. If i can find a couple of stainless vents to match gas cap on back it would look good and keep the box aired out like yall suggested. Ran into a few issues last night. After closer inspection we decide to replace all the fuel and oil lines. Too many micro cracks from dry rot. Looks like a trip to auto parts house today after work.
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Nice lokin toon!  I agree with your friends that is a Large Barge!
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Thanks for the compliments guys.......didnt want ya think i was slacking last weekend so heres my update:
Got the batt/ fuel box installed...all new oil lines an fuel lines. Since there really no furniture on the front of our toon i decided to use rest of the wood building speaker boxes for our 4 new 8" Rockfords. Then we fabricated up a tow bar out of 2"x2" steel tubing if it works out we will take it off and have one made out of aluminum. last but not least removed all fence panels making room for new panels. Hope to have it done this week.

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Nice work largebarge....love those speakers!!
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Hey LargeBarge, Looking good on the rebuild, that's a lot of deck space. So, are you putting in a galley since you have lots of room? also, would you happen to have any pictures of the tank installed with the vent and the fill and if you put in a water separator? I am fixing to get into the same project you just completed and was hoping I could kinda follow your lead, minus the awesome woodworking though.
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kylesredapple .....Ill get ya some pics tonight it was actually pretty easy. Im not happy with the vent that came built into the filling spout. I tried to gas up the boat and it just kept wanting to puke gas back so i plan on adding a second vent to see if it resolves the problem far as tank goes cant wait to see how far 17 gals is going to last compared to the two 5 gal cans that came on the toon. I didnt put in a water separator since my Evinrude has on on the engine. We thought about a gally but we really like the openness of the front deck so not sure yet.

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kylesredapple: Here are a couple of pictures. If its not what your needing just let me know I'll take more for ya.





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Well figured I better update my status.....Good and bad. We busted it trying to get the toon ready for the weekend and we pulled it off. Got new aluminum panels on, New stereo hooked up, graphics are on sort of. I will pay someone to do it next time . Got new 20' custom Double Bimini top installed. Tried out new tow bar.. man what a difference getting the rope out of the water helps let the hydro-slide work.

Now the flip side: Got USCG inspection before even getting off the trailer....Passed. On the way out to the sandbar got pulled over by Sheriff Dept for inspection....Passed (Showed previous inspection from 30mins prior...they didn't care.) Oh wait on our way back to marina that evening...You guessed it got pulled over by USCG and was told to sit with them while the USS Freedom came thru. I assume its a military transport ship cus it looked like any other ship but needless to say the really big gun on the bow of the Coast Guard chase boat made it clear they were not playing around

Anyway here are a couple of pics and a vid of hydro-slide using new tow bar. Now to remove the metal prototype and get one made out of aluminum!

Video of tow bar in action





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LargeBarge, that looks great.  I like the fencing that you used in your railing.  I like that you placed it on the outside! ClapClapClapClap   How did you attach it?
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Very Nice!! I like the color,, looks good with the graphics! You need some led's on that big ole thang! :)
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Originally posted by jeff_619 jeff_619 wrote:

<span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; font-weight: bold; line-height: 21px;">LargeBarge, </span><span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 21px;">that looks great.  I like the fencing that you used in your railing.  I like that you placed it on the outside! ClapClapClapClap   How did you attach it?</span>



I just did what I learned on here..... We took our time so not to scratch the panels 49"x 30' roll. Layed out every cut with with frog tape. Bent ends 90 degree so the edges would be in the door jams of all the gates. We found black aluminum pop rivets which were installed every foot. Wife wants a rivets every 6"s after seeing the aluminum get wavy during direct sunlight she's getting her wish. I'm still not thru trimming it in. Some things were overlooked so we could run boat last weekend.

PAINKILLER: The leds are on the way. May not be as bright as yours but they will be on there. I promise not to disappoint! Got to get a few things catch up on 1st.
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Beautiful boat! I do have one question though. After doing pyrotechnics for the film industry and following very strict common rules with explosives, fuels and ignition devices, do you think it's wise to put both of your batteries immediately adjacent to your fuel tank? I'm sure it's probably fine, but after 35 working years of seeing some really bizarre accidents happen I'd be having some bad dreams over that.
(Whoops...... sorry.... I didn't see the previous posts about that....my apologies.)

That is an awesome looking boat though.... I can only hope to have one as nice one day!






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Beautiful boat! I do have one question though. After doing pyrotechnics for the film industry and following very strict common rules with explosives, fuels and ignition devices, do you think it's wise to put both of your batteries immediately adjacent to your fuel tank? I'm sure it's probably fine, but after 35 working years of seeing some really bizarre accidents happen I'd be having some bad dreams over that.
(Whoops...... sorry.... I didn't see the previous posts about that....my apologies.)

That is an awesome looking boat though.... I can only hope to have one as nice one day!


I agree with your point We may have 28' toon but hardly any furniture so im pressed for proper storage. we are looking at changing the battery boxes to sealed with vents. I didn't even think about this type until I went and shut off the batteries in our big 5th wheel RV. I found it at rv store....Do ya think this will be better. plus putting in a divider wall between batteries and tank?

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Thanks for the pictures!  I appreciate the help.  Way nice job on the aesthetics of your barge.  It looks awesome!Smile
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I think that's certainly a good step in the right direction. Although I still always have reservations about even having both in the same area your idea seems sound....certainly safer than before, barring only a meltdown of a battery or some other drastic event. Just make sure any wires going into and out of the battery box are air and water tight and run the vent to the battery boxes away from the fuel tank area. Still a great boat... I really like it!
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I know we haven't posted up any more progress..... So here we go! Memorial weekend we hit a pretty big snag. On our way out to the sandbar our engine went into SLOW as the mechanic called it. Had 2 codes for engine being hot yet the hot light never came on and the indicator stream was always shooting water with good pressure. So the codes were cleared new water pump & two new thermostats. Got the toon back in the water and so far all is well. Time will tell.

We have big plans far as lights go. Now if I can just get my distributors to hold to their word. We should make some pretty good progress soon!   
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Had a chance to run the engine under pretty good load (HYDRO SLIDE) burned about 15gals of gas thru her and no probs yet. Before tow bar we could never get the slide out from behind the pontoon the rope would get stuck in the boats wake....NOT NOW! Here is the new tow bar in action.

Tow bar in action
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