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    Posted: 08/17/2015 at 3:46pm
So I finally ran out of room in the garage due to the PontoonStuff.com boxes showing up so I decided to spend my weekend beginning the rebuild.  This should be a fun weekend considering it's gonna be 90 degrees every day and humid.  Here we go!!!!

 
First things first... remove the raggity stuff!











It made a pile in the driveway... it looks like pontoon puked.




The aftermath:




Your standard '25 year old rotted out floor' pictures. :)




This was on the starboard aft part of the boat.  The battery box was housed under the step.  When I removed the battery and unbolted the railing the floor just kind of fell.  Signs that it was time.  Does anyone know if this is where the battery was located from the factory??





Carpet removed to expose the plywood.






All the plywood gone.  Time for the heat gun, the putty knife, mineral spirits and rags.




'At the car wash yeah!'  Most of a gallon of mineral spirits, eight or so rags, and a few hours with the heat gun, putty knife and the glue is gone. 




New marine grade plywood going on!  The wood didn't come from PS (sourced locally) since I don't have access to a loading dock of any sort any longer. :(




Floor all cut, layed and screwed down.  I used the self tapping screws from PS and they worked great.  My $11 Harbor Freight drill was quite angry so I had to break out the slightly bigger Craftsman to get the job done!




Plates for the fishing chairs mounted.




Getting the carpet layed out, glued and rolled out!  Moving a 100lb. roller in 90 degree humid weather was NOT fun. :-/




Carpet layed out, trimmed up, and baking in the sun!



I've got the graphics stripped down from the railings and will begin cleaning them up tonight and prepping for paint!

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Great work!!! OH the memories!!!LOL
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Originally posted by curtiscapk curtiscapk wrote:

Great work!!! OH the memories!!!LOL

Definitely work involved here but I love this kind of thing!  So worth it!
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Just recently went through the same thing.  That 100 lb roller in the hot sun is NO FUN!
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That 18 footer is what I'll be looking for once I sell a couple of my boats.  Party hut will be keeping, but wife says if I sell the other two "toys", I can get another pontoon for fishing.

No way would she let me use the Party Hut for that "messy stuff"!

Stratos is going up for sale this week.  Maxum to follow soon.  I need to do a little work on it first.

Seems like I'm spending my entire summer working on boats.............
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Originally posted by djroger djroger wrote:

That 18 footer is what I'll be looking for once I sell a couple of my boats.  Party hut will be keeping, but wife says if I sell the other two "toys", I can get another pontoon for fishing.

No way would she let me use the Party Hut for that "messy stuff"!

Stratos is going up for sale this week.  Maxum to follow soon.  I need to do a little work on it first.

Seems like I'm spending my entire summer working on boats.............

Hate to side with her, but I can't say I blame her.  Your Party Hut is simply beautiful!  I gotta see this thin in person one of these days.  Once I get this thing done there's no way I'll want to fish off it and get it all messy.  Ideally I want a bass boat to do the fishing from, but we'll see.

Are you planning on hitting the beach this weekend?  If all goes as planned, I'll have the boat done and have my toes in the Princeton beach sand!

Your Stratos or Maxum either one is overly big is it?
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Depending on the weather, we do plan on hitting Princeton beach on Saturday.  We usually beach at the south end with all the other "old people" to avoid the big loud crowd at the north end.
 
The Stratos is an older (1986) 16 footer with a 140 hp V-4 Evinrude.  Very, very fast and one of the reasons the wife hates it.  She's afraid I'm going to kill myself in it..........
 
The Maxum is a 18' fish n ski model with a 185 hp I/O.  I started to replace the carpet in it last year, but did not get it finished before winter.  Figured I do this spring, then got busy.  Then the Party Hut project, etc.  Maybe later this summer (?).  I do like the boat, but tend to worry about the function of the bilge pumps when we get heavy rain and I'm not at the camp to check on it.  One of the reasons I'm looking to move to a smalle rsize pontoon from conventional boats for fishing. 
 
And, I actually would prefer one that needs a rebuild so I can make it like I want it.  Not that I really need another project.........Wink
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Removing the 25 year old graphics is never fun.  A heat gun, putty knife, green scratch pads and goo gone are your friend!  I knew they wouldn't be perfect so I had to prepare myself for less than perfection early on.








This is the first color blue I picked, well the girlfriend picked because she thought the first one I picked was too dark.  After spraying everything I hated it.  it was too light and didn't match the interior at all.




A couple pictures comparing the panels to the interior. Yuck.






After a second trip to the store this was the color I originally picked.  MUCH better!



Railings going back on!



Furniture in and mounted!



Wiring begins.  I actually kind of like it.  These kind of puzzles are challenging but rewarding for me.  This was the old panel.  Thankfully most of it will either be deleted or replaced.



Wiring begins in the new console.  The fuse block is by Hella off Amazon.  The far right two are inputs into the console.  The left six are outputs to the various circuits.  The ability to isolate circuits for future troubleshooting is key for me.



I have some additional items to add so I didn't get crazy with the clean up.  Once I have everything added and done I'll clean up my mess with zip ties and loom tubing.



The Godfrey panel I'm running.  Offers some expansion if I desire.  I have it all wired to the fuse block so as I add things I just plug in my wire to the block with a female spade terminal and use the ground lug I made on the Horn bracket.  The single switch is the motor tilt/trim.  I am currently searching for a panel that has the label silk screened on.



The only left to make it sea worthy is the duplicate registration stickers and letters/numbers for the DNR.  My goal was to take it out Saturday but I didn't make it as this was Saturday night.  Turns out that worked out well since high winds caused 3-5ft swells on the river.





And the boat on Sunday... from the beach!




I still have a list of things to do to it before it's 'done' but I'm getting closer.  On the list are things like:

Move the battery under one of the rear seats
Add a second battery and wire up the Perko switch
Cut holes for, mount, and wire up the three remaining speakers for the stereo
Add the seating LED baseboard lights
Add the under deck/rail LED lights
replace one bimini top mount since it didn't survive the painting process.
Remount the aftmost armrest and bolt it to the seat.  I mounted it once but it came up after a bumpy trailer ride home from the river.


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-Dave

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Also on the list is to add some silver/grey graphics to the sides to break up the blue some.  I have some ideas in mind but the vinyl cutting plotter I have access to, my access is limited so I have to be strategic when I use it.
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What a difference looks great...how do you like the new console from pontoon stuff.com ?I just ordered one and should be here any day now
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Originally posted by kcdaniels kcdaniels wrote:

What a difference looks great...how do you like the new console from pontoon stuff.com ?I just ordered one and should be here any day now

I'll be honest knowing I'll catch a bit of grief for it...

Personally I wasn't a huge fan of it.  The contours of it look nice but it's a challenge.  On my particular boat the gear/throttle control is quite long internally.  So long in fact that I had to take a heat gun and 2x4 to 'massage' the plastic to make it work to accommodate the internal length of the bracketry and cables.  Internally there is nothing molded in to make mounting circuit blocks, fuses holders, etc. easy without putting holes through the console.  I managed to use the steering and throttle brackets but for some I see this being a big deal.  

Construction of the console is simple one giant piece of plastic that is quite sturdy.  No pre-drilled holes for anything captain facing which allows a LOT of options.  No pre-drilled holes on the bottom either which again is good however someone with not a lot of experience could make a crucial error like not putting the mounting screws far enough apart which would make the console not sturdy.  Putting the screws through is a challenge again based on the contours of the console, specifically where your feet rest while piloting the boat.  

Lastly the cover that you place over the access hole is average.  The holes are not predrilled so you have to pre-drill through the vinyl, plastic, and into the console.  I suspect over time the vinyl will become less than perfect in this area.  Ideally I'd prefer some sort of access door with a latch over screws and a panel, especially for someone that accesses that compartment regularly.

Overall it's good in the fact it's all material that won't rot in the sun/water/rain/conditions but there is definite room for improvement here.  I'd give it roughly 2-3 out of 5 stars.  Don't mean to bust your bubble on your purchase, because I'm saying with 98% certainty that I should work for you, but to me there is vast room for improvement by Pontoonstuff.com on this piece.
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Hi I have a 1993 tracker fishing barge 21. And I do not like how Tracker mounted the fishing seat with carpet over the seat mount this is what happened.


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Hey thanks for the honest assessment ! I'm fairly handy so I might be able to modify
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Originally posted by Barnmb7117 Barnmb7117 wrote:

Hi I have a 1993 tracker fishing barge 21. And I do not like how Tracker mounted the fishing seat with carpet over the seat mount this is what happened.





Did it push through the bottom of the boat?  That's crazy!  I put the mounts in, but honestly I'm not sure how much they'll actually be on the boat.  I like the open front for coolers and half nekkif people to lay out. :)
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Originally posted by kcdaniels kcdaniels wrote:

Hey thanks for the honest assessment ! I'm fairly handy so I might be able to modify

If you're handy I think you'll be fine.  I looked up your boat project and it looks like you've already begun installing some PS stuff so you, just like myself continuing on the trend to keep things looking uniform.  If I could do it again, I'd buy the console again simply because it matches although I did notice that the base of my flip-flop seat doesn't match color wise the rest of my seats.  

Good luck with your build!  I look forward to seeing it!
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Looking good!

The river was pretty rough last Saturday, but I braved it for a couple test runs.

Everybody thought it was too cool Sunday for a beach day, and it was pretty windy, so I spent it working on the Party Hut roof.  My "plan" is to do a beach day this Saturday, provided I have the roof done by then.  Weather is looking pretty good this week, so going to start on it tomorrow after work.

Might see you at Princeton beach sometime!
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Update on the smaller projects I knocked out this week:

Went to the local Tracker dealer and picked up a couple of replacement bimini top mounts.  Not bad, only $5/each.  Got the old ones cut off and new ones mounted.






Then I got to work on cutting holes for, mounting and wiring the remaining three speakers and the interior LED lights.

LED's on and camera flash on.



Flash off view of the flip-flop seat and back bench.



Flash off view looking towards the back of the boat at the seating.



I also moved the battery from I think is the factory location to under the rear seat.  I added a second battery and a Perko 1/2/All battery switch.  The picture taken was still 'in progress' but I've got the wiring cleaned up, both batteries in boxes and strapped down.  I still need a dual bank charger though.  Hope to have one by the weekend!




Question related to the batteries under the seat.  I know Pontoonstuff.com and Deckmate claim the seat bottoms are not water tight which implies there is a bit of air flow through there, do I need to add additional venting?  I kept the original tracker vents from my old interior that I could install if needed but was curious if I actually needed them or not.  Thoughts???

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Originally posted by djroger djroger wrote:

Looking good!

The river was pretty rough last Saturday, but I braved it for a couple test runs.

Everybody thought it was too cool Sunday for a beach day, and it was pretty windy, so I spent it working on the Party Hut roof.  My "plan" is to do a beach day this Saturday, provided I have the roof done by then.  Weather is looking pretty good this week, so going to start on it tomorrow after work.

Might see you at Princeton beach sometime!

Thankfully I wasn't out but I heard horror stories about the water on Saturday.  Once the sun came out from behind the clouds Sunday wasn't too bad on the beach.  I'm typically a cold person but I was comfortable with my shirt off a fair portion of the day.

How's the Party Hut roof coming along??

If I see the Party Hut on the beach I'll be sure to stop over and say 'Hi' to ya!
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The only venting I have in the base of my seats is a 1/2" hole close to the bottom, and on the backside (water side) to let rain water drain out. I have a couple batteries under two different seats, and haven't had any issues. Some pontoons have gas tanks, and/or gas lines under their seats, and extra venting is a good idea in that kind of application.
Your base seat lighting looks good!Thumbs Up


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Originally posted by DFord143 DFord143 wrote:

Originally posted by djroger djroger wrote:

Looking good!

The river was pretty rough last Saturday, but I braved it for a couple test runs.

Everybody thought it was too cool Sunday for a beach day, and it was pretty windy, so I spent it working on the Party Hut roof.  My "plan" is to do a beach day this Saturday, provided I have the roof done by then.  Weather is looking pretty good this week, so going to start on it tomorrow after work.

Might see you at Princeton beach sometime!

Thankfully I wasn't out but I heard horror stories about the water on Saturday.  Once the sun came out from behind the clouds Sunday wasn't too bad on the beach.  I'm typically a cold person but I was comfortable with my shirt off a fair portion of the day.

How's the Party Hut roof coming along??

If I see the Party Hut on the beach I'll be sure to stop over and say 'Hi' to ya!
 
LED Lights look good!  I did the same under the console, but quickly learned that I need to put a switch on them so they don't come on with the dash lights!  Those little white gnat-like bugs we have here on the river are drawn to those LEDs by the millions!  They seem to be worse this year, too.
 
We finished the roof up Sunday and put the rebuilt cabinet up in the galley.  Then went for a cruise up to Princeton beach and back down to the I-80 bridge before heading back to the dock.  Sunday on the river was great.  No wind to speak of and plenty of sun (at least in the afternoon).
 
I'll be posting some pictures of my progress with the roof and all those little things that need to be finished up soon.
 
I did discover Saturday morning during the rain that the rear canvas may as well be made out of screen it leaks so bad.  THAT will be a winter time project and doesn't look like it will be too hard to sew a new one.  Matching Sunbrella is readily available, too.  Also thinking of sewing up a new vinyl cover for the rear bed cushions from a lighter color.  The one we have now is dark gray and it gets HOT-HOT-HOT in the sun!
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Progress continues on the Bass Buggy:



So I finally came up with a graphic that wasn't so over the top and fit well with the boat.  After some time with the computer and the vinyl plotter I got it cut out and applied with the finished product below.







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Even more progress on the Bass Buggy since I hit 'Post' before finishing my update.



So I got an under deck LED kit and wasn't really thinking when I had everything apart so I didn't plan accordingly.  I contemplated taking a drill  and popping holes through each one but I figured the heartburn it would cause wasn't worth it.  There was the added issue of round holes not up against the inside of the rail to put something that was flat.  I opted to unbolt the fencing and remove the rub railing and such.



A couple marks with the sharpie and grab the sawzall.  Cutting this only about 3/4 of a depth of the blade was simple.  I manage to make all of my cuts as seen below in 2-3 minutes.


With the cuts I took my channel lock pliers and with a quick bend the piece I wanted came right now.






And all of them cut and removed.



This is the track for the LED resting in the notches I cut.  Notice the 3M backing... good stuff.  NOTE:  I didn't use this track on the seat lights because I thought the track was for the under deck kit.  When I removed the tarp I noticed the double stick tape on them didn't hold and they fell to the floor.  Once I had the kit installed I had some extra track that I used.  There wasn't enough to do all my lights so I had to cut sections but made it work.  There were no instructions in the box from Pontoonstuff.com so it was a bit of a guessing game.



I took a wire brush to the backside of the rail to promote adhesion.





Track with the sticky backing removed.  I then took the rail and put it in place and then pushed the track to the railing.  This was to ensure that the track was on the railing in the right place.  Worked like a charm!



Once the track was on the rail I simply rolled out the LED's on the boat and pushed them into the track on the rail then put everything back together.

Since from the factory my boat had wiring ran to the back of the portside pontoon for a livewell pump that is long gone, I just used that wiring to wire the LED's to into my fuse block panel and into my 'ACC' switch on my panel.  I wired it separately from my seat lights to have the individual control in case I wanted just one or the other on and in case the bugs decide to be attracted to them as indicated by djroger!  Thanks for the heads up on that!


Forgive the saw horses in the boat that I use to hold the tarp up but these are the lights on.  I'm pretty happy with them and definitely draw peoples eye!




Since I couldn't wait to play with the new lights the final two pictures are taken from the captains seat running upstream of the water and the blue glow coming off the water.  The effect is amazing and since I wrapped the lights around to the back of the boat and the nose it looks like a blue UFO int he water if you don't notice the ANC/NAV lights.





Thanks!
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Originally posted by djroger djroger wrote:

Looking good!

The river was pretty rough last Saturday, but I braved it for a couple test runs.

Everybody thought it was too cool Sunday for a beach day, and it was pretty windy, so I spent it working on the Party Hut roof.  My "plan" is to do a beach day this Saturday, provided I have the roof done by then.  Weather is looking pretty good this week, so going to start on it tomorrow after work.

Might see you at Princeton beach sometime!

Thankfully I wasn't out but I heard horror stories about the water on Saturday.  Once the sun came out from behind the clouds Sunday wasn't too bad on the beach.  I'm typically a cold person but I was comfortable with my shirt off a fair portion of the day.

How's the Party Hut roof coming along??

If I see the Party Hut on the beach I'll be sure to stop over and say 'Hi' to ya!
 
LED Lights look good!  I did the same under the console, but quickly learned that I need to put a switch on them so they don't come on with the dash lights!  Those little white gnat-like bugs we have here on the river are drawn to those LEDs by the millions!  They seem to be worse this year, too.
 
We finished the roof up Sunday and put the rebuilt cabinet up in the galley.  Then went for a cruise up to Princeton beach and back down to the I-80 bridge before heading back to the dock.  Sunday on the river was great.  No wind to speak of and plenty of sun (at least in the afternoon).
 
I'll be posting some pictures of my progress with the roof and all those little things that need to be finished up soon.
 
I did discover Saturday morning during the rain that the rear canvas may as well be made out of screen it leaks so bad.  THAT will be a winter time project and doesn't look like it will be too hard to sew a new one.  Matching Sunbrella is readily available, too.  Also thinking of sewing up a new vinyl cover for the rear bed cushions from a lighter color.  The one we have now is dark gray and it gets HOT-HOT-HOT in the sun!

If you need a second set of hands moving panels, holding whatever, etc. just let me know.  I'd be happy to give you a hand with whatever, no big deal!
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LEDs look great!  I contemplated doing this on the Party Hut too, but since we very rarely go out after dark, I skipped it for now.  Might be in the future, though.

Next year, I'll be doing some custom graphics on out sail panels.  wife is in charge of exactly what we put on them.  I can pretty much guarantee they will have a Caribbean theme though since we spend a lot of time during winter down there.

We've got some pretty big plans for the weekend and the beach on Saturday is one of them.  With a forecast heat index of over 100 for Saturday, that water will feel pretty good.  With the heat this week, it should warm the river back up some.  It was only 72 on Sunday when I was crawling around under the boat in the water by the dock.  Took some getting used to.........

Still need to get the grill mounted back on the front of the boat before the weekend.  Intend to use it Saturday! 
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The lights look great Thanks for posting detail pictures ....

My back went out on me so haven't been able to work on the "Sweetwater Restoration"
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Originally posted by djroger djroger wrote:

LEDs look great!  I contemplated doing this on the Party Hut too, but since we very rarely go out after dark, I skipped it for now.  Might be in the future, though.

Next year, I'll be doing some custom graphics on out sail panels.  wife is in charge of exactly what we put on them.  I can pretty much guarantee they will have a Caribbean theme though since we spend a lot of time during winter down there.

We've got some pretty big plans for the weekend and the beach on Saturday is one of them.  With a forecast heat index of over 100 for Saturday, that water will feel pretty good.  With the heat this week, it should warm the river back up some.  It was only 72 on Sunday when I was crawling around under the boat in the water by the dock.  Took some getting used to.........

Still need to get the grill mounted back on the front of the boat before the weekend.  Intend to use it Saturday! 

You can just turn them on while it's docked and your camping! :)

I tried to make mine have a bit of a water feel but didn't want to get to over the top with waves and such.  I considered doing some sort of vinyl print, but only have access to a vinyl plotter and not a vinyl printer.

I'm not sure if I'll be on the beach yet or not.  I put the boat in the other night in Davenport by the Centennial bridge and struggled to pull the boat out with my truck.  The wheel was spinning.  I did add 400lbs of sandbags to the tail so maybe that'll help.

Grill = MUST HAVE!
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Originally posted by kcdaniels kcdaniels wrote:

The lights look great Thanks for posting detail pictures ....

My back went out on me so haven't been able to work on the "Sweetwater Restoration"

No problem at all.  I figured someone would want to know more about how they are installed, etc. so I figured I'd take the extra time to document it.  In hindsight as I worked on my rebuild I would have done the work while redecking the boat since I already had it a part.  Oh well, practice is good, right?

Can't wait to see more progress on the Sweetwater!
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I had a couple free hours so I figured I'd knock out a couple things:


I picked up this guy the other day.  An onboard, two bank, 10 amp per bank battery charger/maintainer.  Nothing fancy but it should get the job done.  It's a heavy lil' guy though!




Had to take the seat bottom off, along with the seat back, disconnect the starboard side battery and remove it.  Once I had all that out of the way I was able to shoot some holes through the back of the seat bottom and put bolts through the seat bottom and through the charger.  tighten them up and begin to put things back, wiring them along the way.  I matched bank one to battery one and bank two to battery two on my Perko to keep everything consistent.  The charger came with alligator clips that I quickly chopped off in favor of ring terminals for a cleaner and more reliable connection to the batteries.






Batteries all wired up and covers reinstalled and strapped down.






This is essentially what it looks like.  Nothing fancy but practical and effective.  After looking at this picture, it looks like I need a few more zip ties for some final clean up on my wiring.  




Lastly and one of the most important things of the boat... the naming.  The graphic is a blown up graphic of my late grandfathers signature.  He was a big inspiration in my life and now the boat along with my motorcycles are installed with his signature.  He's my angel keeping me safe on both two wheels and water. 




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Just an FYI... IMHO the Dual Pro charger is one of the better units that you can buy.... Many pro fishermen swear by them.
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