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    Posted: 07/27/2014 at 12:13am
This will be my first boat (not counting a small handmade wooden fishing boat my dad and I built and my current kayak) and it will be my first rebuild.  By trade I am in the Army stationed at Fort Campbell, by hobby I am a woodworker.  So at least I have some sense of how to assemble things.  My father and I have restored antique cars and tractors ever since I could turn a wrench as a hobby.  I wouldn't say that I am a bonified mechanic, but I can do several mechanical repairs with non problem.  The structure of a pontoon seems very simple so I don't see this being a huge ordeal as far as labor goes compared to my current antique truck my father and I are working on, a 1931 Ford Model A Truck.  I am anxious to get into the world of boating more than I have so far.  So far my boating experience, besides the above mentioned, has been renting a pontoon or ski boat several times over the years for 8 hours at a time, dropping it off and walking away from it.  I am ready to take the baby home after it treats us to a good day out on the water!  

Enough about me.  

The Project:  It is a late 80's Bass Buggy (I think) with a 60hp Evinrude on it.  As far as the motor goes, it runs.  Supposedly a mechanic quoted my neighbor $500 to service it.  That's all I know.  I do not know what all the service includes, hoping for that price it means replacing some worn out parts and gaskets and whatnot.  The mechanic looked at it and quoted that price.  I am hoping he has a paper copy of the estimate so I can see an itemized list of what he planned to do.  

Flooring:  Needs to be completely replaced.  From all I am reading on forums I think I came to the conclusion that I am going with Advantech plywood (from Lowes) which lasts a long long time untreated outdoors.  I will cut the four pieces to size, pre-drill the holes, get some Marine Epoxy, coat both sides and all edges several times then install it. Put carpet over it.  That simple.  If anyone has any good or bad info to add to it please let me know.

Furniture:  Needs completely replaced.  I found a set I like for $1655.99.  (http://www.sportsmansguide.com/product/index/wise-deluxe-pontoon-complete-fishing-boat-seating-group?a=1702024) 
The set is all plastic frame which I am guessing is good since it wont rot.  Any opinions about it???

The Pontoons, railing and Framing (ALL Aluminum):  It is in good shape as far as dings and dents goes.  The only dent on it all is on the bottom outside of the back of the left pontoon, about 1-2 foot long dented in about an inch or so.  I was told theres a process to get it taken out.  Any advice on it would be appreciated!  All the metal is good, no stains.  It is slightly oxidized.  I am reading that Toon Brite is good stuff.  Any opinions on it?  Protection of aluminum:  What do I need to do to prevent water spots and oxidation?

I will be posting pictures over time.  It is still at the neighbors house across the road.  I will be bring it home sometime next week I think.


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Hello,
 
Sounds like you have a fun build ahead of you. My only opinion is to think about the decking plans. I came from the fiberglass boat restoration world before I did my first pontoon and I thought that all wood had to be coated with epoxy or polyester resin. With the design of the pontoon, if you use the right plywood (the best is the marine plywood sold on this website) then you don't need to do anything but screw it down.
 
I know it sounds crazy, but if you go and look under most of the 60-80K new pontoon boats at your local dealer, you will find uncoated, untreated plywood under the deck.
 
Good marine plywood should last you 15-20 years easy.
 
As far as the furniture, I don't have any experience with the sportsman's guide stuff. I bought the deckmate furniture from this site pontoonstuff.com and have been very happy with the product and the service.
 
I will let some others chime in here on your questions as well. You have come to the right place if you want to get solid advice from many who have gone before you. Good luck.
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I almost bought my furniture from Sportsman Guide...however when I did the math on what I wanted...Pontoonstuff was cheaper, because of the no shipping cost....and Pontoon Stuff will stand behind their products!
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If I end up doing the advantech route I would pre-cut and pre-drill all the pieces, coat all the pieces top, bottom edges and inside the holes.  How much does marine plywood run
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Also, I have a frozen steering cable.  From what I am reading they are a pain in the neck to get working again and that I should just buy a new one.  Based on this if I do buy a new one I am not sure which one I need.  I am reading that some are for power steering and some arent.  I doubt a late 1980's 60 HP Evinrude would have power steering is this correct?  And do I need a specific steering cable and steering helm or would any universal one work??

EDIT:  I just found the one on PS.  It is the full kit...  Will it work?  http://www.pontoonstuff.com/collections/pontoon-boat-parts/products/pontoon-boat-steering-system 


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Here are a couple pictures of my "new-old" Bass Buggy.  Looking forward to working on this thing!





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What does a service for a 1988 60 hp evinrude usually run?
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