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    Posted: 01/23/2020 at 4:39pm
Hello All,

Last summer the family and I came across a '89 Sun Tracker Party Barge 24DL for practically a steal, so we took the plunge and bought it. Like many pontoons of this age, she was in very rough shape, Rocky Raccoon and family made home in the boat for a long while... :puke So the gutting process began and she now sits as a skeleton. I came across a middle toon from a 2016 Harris Tritoon with transom and lifting strakes for cheap. It was a warranty take off, because of a pin hole leak in the nose cone weld. Welding aluminum is no biggie for me, so I grabbed the toon and brought it home.

I have a question about the lifting strakes for the more experienced out there. This middle toon has the Harris PII performance strakes, which are negative angle. I was going to weld strakes on the inboard side of the outer tubes. Can these strakes on the outside tube be positive angle? Do strakes have to be all the same angle (positive or negative)? Can you mix the two? I'd like to do all my welding to the toons while it's light and I can flip it over easily to weld down instead of on a trailer and up.

I have pics to post of the progress so far, I have to upload them this weekend.
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Here's a few pics from end of last year to now.  Getting ready to drag the boat into the barn to start working on her.










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I was fortunate to find a center toon as a warranty take off.  This center toon came off a 2016 Harris, it has Harris's PII lifting strakes.  I need to find a gas tank.  The toon was pulled for a pin hole in the weld and since welding aluminum is no biggie for me.  This was an awesome score.  This toon and motor pod are a foot and some change longer than my current 24ft. toons.  I also have some 2x2 .125 wall box tubing left over from some other project.  I will use this to strengthen the rear of the boat for the extra weight.  I want to adding lifting strakes to the inboard side of the outside toons.  This is the help I need.   


 


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Took advantage of some good weather to move the pontoon into the barn and stage the center toon for measuring.   What do you guys think is the best distance to set the transom?  Currently it's 18" behind the outer toons.








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Nice, looks like its coming along!
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Had a little bit of time to play with the toon last night. I took off the old z bars that were just just supports and placed the box tube across to get an idea of placement and meaurements. I think in the rear I may place the box tubes on 12" centers? Do you all think that is overkill? I would like to hang a 250 or .... :twisted: on the back. The center tube originally had a 300 Verado hanging off it. I also moved the center tube back a few more inches to 20", I think I like this better. Hopefully someone who has done this, can give us a few pointers. Thanks!




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So I've decided to add some more 2-1/2" box tubing to the entire boat. The current Z-bars are on 24" centers, So I think to add a little more comfort...at least in my mind :biggrin2 ...I will add a box tube in between each of the crossbeam sets. Lake St. Clair here in Michigan can get pretty rough and ruthless. In total 8 box tubes, 3 in the back by the motor pod and the other 5 will fill the spacing between the rest of crossbeams. What do you all think?
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Ok...so I got my extra box tubes layed out in the rear and across the rest of boat. In the rear transom area, I will have the box tubing on 12" centers to match the original z-bars spacing, which was 12". I then added an additional 5 bars, to fill the rest of the crossbeam sets. Now I have to get the center tube as perfectly lined up as possible and begin laying out all my drill hole locations. I think while I have it down to a skeleton, I may replace all the OE carriage bolts that hold the toons onto the crossbeams. They are corroded real bad.





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Well that ought to stiffen that thing up like a champ!

Great work. Keep the pics coming.
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