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    Posted: 08/07/2013 at 1:26pm
Well, here we go. I stumbled upon this forum about a month ago and was hooked. This beats reality TV any day! I located a 1990 28' Party Hut and drove straight out of town about an hour to pick it up. I had to hear the motor run before I spent the cash and when we took the motor cowling off, there were about 100+ dirt dobber nests.After an hour of cleaning and tinkering, we were able to get the engine running somewhat and I was satisfied.

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The trailer was for a 24' pontoon and has been hacked to fit the 28' party hut. I am going to have to make some major modifications or locate another suitable trailer and sell this one. The motor is a 1989 Evinrude V4 oil injected 110hp. I don't know if it is stock, but it looks that way. I had a marine mechanic come look it over and in about 30 minutes he had it running pretty good. It will need some TLC so I ordered carb kits, new water pump, fuel filter etc that are on their way. I am going to remove the oil injection system at the mechanics request and also to save the room by not having the oil tank and associated equipment.

I will have many questions for you all even though I believe I have gone through the other party hut rebuilds and also Sunblocker's Party Cruiser rebuild so many times I think I have them memorized.
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Catching up on all the work, so please excuse the rapid postings. With some help from a great wife and in-laws (and an inattentive HOA LOL) We were able to start stripping the boat down to the deck. You can see from the pictures that the deck was not in terrible shape, but we wanted a clean start. The walls were pretty bad as well and will have to be rebuilt. (surprise) Our plan is a complete re-build - re-deck, re-carpet, and all new furniture.

We got all the furniture and other screwed-down items off first. Then, with the help of my father in law, we removed the plywood from the upper deck and removed the roof structure. Next came the walls and rails. We had to cut some of the screws that were rusted, but all in all it came off alright with a lot of elbow grease, water, and XX. (it was 102F the day we did most the work)

I bet we removed another 100 dirt dobber nests in the process.










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Looks like a great find. You have come to the right place for the rebuild, there are lots of great talented people here just willing to help out any way they can. I just finished a 21 foot party barge build and the wife told me to keep an eye out for a party hut because she would like to spend some time camping on the lake. So guess what I am doing........searching like crazy! It's a disease, I still have some finishing touches left on the party barge and I'm already looking for the next bigger oneConfused. Good lick with the build and post lots of pictures. 
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Still updating....The deck is now all clear of wood and screws. Just toons, structure, and motor now.I started to clean up the aluminum and found a good product at Academy called Aluminex that worked great. I will post pictures when I can. (The HOA finally woke up and the boat is now at storage)

My awesome wife has almost removed all the stubborn decals using the heat gun and putty knife method and now I am starting to prep the rail panels for paint.

This boat will be a floating Pontoon Stuff advertisement. Today I ordered the Tahoe Deck and Carpet kit, all new Deckmate seats, and the graphics kit. I have to say that PS is a great deal. I thought I could locate the deck material cheaper locally. WRONG! Deck cost alone locally was more than deck, carpet, screws, and glue from PS and I had to go pick it up myself!

We are basically copying PainKiller's 95 PH rebuild. I hope he takes that as a compliment because that rebuild was my inspiration. Thank you PK!

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1. Paint Prep - I plan on this process for the rail existing panels: Remove decals, sand panels 220grit?, tape rails, spray can etching primer, then implement paint from TS using HLVP spray gun. Is 220grit enough that it won't leave scratches in the final paint coat? Can I use Acetone as a prepping chemical prior to paint? Any painting advice very welcome.

2. Walls - I am very interested in using the same wall material (Aluminum Composite Panel) as PK used on his rebuild. I found some locally at a sign supplier. Has anyone had experience with this material and how doe sit hold up compared to the FRP panels? I want to use it for the exterior side and use the FRP on the inside.

3. Toilet/Changing room - I am seriously considering making this room into a shower area as well for when we go camping. I figured if I used FRP on the interior walls and a good caulk or FRP friendly trim in the corners, that would work for waterproofing the walls. I need a good solution for the floor. I thought about a shower pan that I could set the porta-potti on and make it a combo shower/toilet room. Anyone done this before? I don't think I can dump grey water into the lake so I guess I would need a holding tank attached to the drain?

4. Shore Power/Electrical - I am pretty good with all things electrical, but the shore power issue is new to me. We spend a lot of hanging out on my father-in-laws dock and I would like the capability to plug in shorepower when docked to re-charge batteries, run a portable A/C, possible small water heater etc.  I figure a generator could also stand in for shorepower as well. Does anyone have some advice on the best way to do this kind of setup? I am thinking two separate systems - AC for water heater, portable A/C with a direct link and then a connection for a Guest type onboard battery charger to support the 12volt system for everything else. I should mention that I plan on finding a good Norcold fridge so I can run it off of the 12volt system as well.
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3) Toilet / Changing Room:  What you describe is pretty much what is done on my boat (Party Cruiser).  The shower pan sits on top of a low profile holding tank with a bottom drain (valved).  Works quite well. (picture shown is not my boat)



4)  Shore Power / Electrical:  Once again, what you are looking for is what comes standard on the PC line and many other houseboats.  There is a main A/C panel which has a selector switch for Shore Power or the genny.  Then there is a reverse polarity (AC) breaker which feeds the main GFCI.  That branches to the individual breakers for the  Air Conditioning, water heater, charger, convenience outlets and etc..  If your house bank battery system is large enough you might want to consider adding an inverter.  I've got a 2000W true sine wave unit on mine that has an integrated transfer switch and a high quality charging system for the bank.  Great unit and very handy.




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Thank you Sunblocker. Where did you find your shower pan? When you say, "Low Profile holding tank" do you mean that it is under the pan/part of the pan on top of the deck or mounted under the boat?
 
I have seen that electrical setup before, but unfortunatley it did not come with my boat so I will have to create something on my own or find a store bought solution. I figure the AC electrical system is basically seperate entirely from the DC system and has a transfer switch between Generator and Shore Power to keep from there being a situation when someone might be running the generator and accidently plug in shore power.
 
Then I figure the DC system can be mainteined off the AC system when connected with the on-board Battery charger. Items like TV's, DC fridge, etc can be run off of the inverter.
 
Sound right?
 
Delivery of deck, seats and other items are scheduled next week so we are working on paint prep now. My beautiful assitant helped get almost the last of the deals off another panel tonight while I sanded the already stripped one.
 
 
I have not found many instructions for painting the fencing in the fourm so I just took to my own. I used my HF variable DA sander with a 5" DA sticky pad. I sanded first with 80 grit to knock down the heavy parts of the paint and any remaining decal sludge(First Picture),
 
 
 then went back over everything with the 120 grit to clean up the rest and get the swirls from the 80 grit out.
 
 
 
What I did not get out with the sander, the Acetone took right off. This one panel front and back is done. I have many, many more to go. I will be using the TS implement paint in glossy black and spraying out of a HVLP gun from HF. Someone mentioned using the Etching Primer first, then adding the catalyst/hardener to the mix. How do I thin out the paint for use with the spray gun? This will be my first spray paint experience.
 
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The grey water holding tank sits on top of the deck, and the shower pan sits on top of that (straddles it actually).  The shower drain actually goes directly into a hole in the top of the tank.  That rig comes standard on the older Party Cruisers.....  I don't know of an other source but I'm sure they're available somewhere.  Possibly an RV supplier.

Your understanding of the AC/DC system is correct.  If you end up making your own please do your research, use a GFCI, and be careful.  Shore power on an aluminum hulled boat is kinda scary, and improper installation (bonding, insulation) can be lethal for swimmers. 
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I don't know if you've seen this thread:  http://www.pontoonboatforum.com/forum_posts.asp?TID=3192&PN=1&title=sunblocker-1992-party-cruiser

But there is a lot of ideas and "stuff" in there.. especially toward the end.
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No need to thin the TS implement paint....check out my thread My 1989 sylvan rebuild....this was my first paint job as well and overall I am fairly pleased...I would probaly suggest several coats of clear coat available at TS...I used rattle cans of self etching primer from HD....hope this helps!
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Thank you FD for the suggestion. I thought about the clear coat you mentioned. Did you do this on your paint job? I have not seen many posts about actually spraying a clear coat adter painting but it seems like it would be a good idea.
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Well, PS shipped all the goodies and man that is a lot of stuff! This project is a never ending process of re-sorting and cleaning the garage.
 
 
Not much to report. We just got back from the coast so I have not had much time to do big work. I did get the walls back out so I could take some measurements and pictures.
 
 
 
You can see from the pictures that the walls are pretty saturated near the bottoms. I am trying to decide if I am going to use the Aluminum Composite panels (2 sided aluminum with a poly insert between) or just go with Aluminum Sheet material glued to the foam board on both sides. 
 
I have decided to recover my current console and live with it for a while. I really don't love any of the aftermarket options right now and I think I will work up a custom fiberglass one later. Going to update this one and the dash for the time being.
 
 
 
 
 
We need to finish up the sanding and prep work on the fence so we can start laying paint down. Then, I need to decide if I want to polish up the rails. What is the best suggestion for getting all the railing polished?
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zepalume is a great product for aluminum as a cleaner. Look at me refacing called 1981 playbouy std rebuild and you can see what it does to clean them. Polishing from what I see is a buffing wheel, grinder and lots of time. Lol.
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Still working on paint prep for the fences. We just finished the paint removal and pre-clean of the last front fence section. All that is left is the rear section which is fairly large. The paint stripper is working great and saving me a lot of sanding. This is how it looks after one application:
 
After a second application, acetone, and a 180 grit rough sand, it looks like this:
 
 
Here is also a picture of how well the Aluminum cleaner is working. Look at the rail - the cleaner has been applied to section to the left of the snap - the right is the stained portion:
 
 
My brother in law and I got after the console rebuild this weekend. We used the original as a template and used some of the original deck wood that I thought looked ok. Bad idea, after we had the new console built it looked pretty good, but after I hit it with the sander voids started appearing everywhere and the top and bottom layers of plywood began to delaminate. I went and bought a new sheet of 1/2" sanded BC today so I can build it again! I am going to resin coat the bottom 12" of the wood, the top, and all the exposed edges. I am not too worried about water as it will all be vinyl covered, but you cannot be too careful.
 
I bought about 12 cans of self-etching primer today and a HVLP gun from the store with the giant ship on their logo. I am hoping to finish the paint prep this week and shoot the primer this weekend.
 
Anyone know how many layers of primer and paint are needed for a good coating? Anyone use clear coat as their final coat for the fence panels?
 
 
 
 
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Alot of work but well worth it! I would love to have party hut. Cant wait to see some more pics!
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I sprayed several coats of clear coat on my fence and rails....got it from TS...It really makes a nice hard shell and makes it alot easier to clean IMO.....Spraying several thin coats, is better than one heavy coat as the clear coat will run very easily!
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Ok, so I saw a picture of a boat with all black rails and all black fence. It looked really nice. I found a local guy that will powder coat everything and the cost is no that bad. The thought of another week of polishing rails has me leaning into this idea of course Big smile
 
Anyone think powdercoating is a good idea on a pontoon? Guy said it would be tough as nails compared to paint, but not indestructable of course.
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As long as the prep is good, powder coating will last a life time.  And personally I love the look of non-traditional rails, etc Wink
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Thank you PS-Guy. I think I am sold on the idea even though it may put me over budget. Whats a budget anyway? Here is the picture I saw that gave me the idea.
 
 
 
 
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More progress today. Made the decision and took all the rail and fence to the powder coat guy. Sure feels good to not have to worry about all that painting and polishing. The extra cost and wait is not so good. He said it will be up to 2 weeks to complete.
I picked the boat back up today and brought it to the house. Man that thing is huge!
I took the boat back down to the car was bay and used 2 gallons of pink coil cleaner on the toons. The outside toons came out great, (forgot pictures - will post later) but the inner side were too caked with lake crust and we had to scrape them off for about an hour. My helper (wife) was there to help.
One big milestone did happen today...the deck! Feels great to see a floor back on the boat. I came up about 20" short on the PS seam tape. I just need a little for the deck seam on one side of the motor. I will need more fasteners, spacers, and hardware for the roof deck so another pontoonstuff.com order is in my future this week. I still need to cut the front deck and the two rear deck pieces.
 
 
The other milestone was having the first beer and furniture temporary installed.
 
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looking good. Can't wait to see the powder coating. I was thinking about doing this as well to save time and energy. I'm lazy! Thumbs Up
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I am really, really, really tired of sanding. I tried, but could not finish my last panel today. I don't know what you call it, but the top rear loop of fencing/railing that had all the line decals on it is killing me. We removed all the black decals, but there were silver decals in between each black line and we could not get them off with anything but 80 grit sandpaper on my 5" DA sander. The decision to go with powder coating on all the rails and fence panels will save me a lot of painting and polishing, but there is no room for skimping on the prep work. Every last bit of paint had to come off and that means hand sanding all the tight placed between the panel and rail. I feel like someone has beat my hands with a hammer for the last hour.
 
Ok, enough whining...I did get almost done with the prep work on the last few pieces of fence still here at the house. I hope to finish the last panel tomorrow and haul them out to the powder coat shop.
 
I was able to cut the last of the marine plywood for the front and rear deck and get it screwed down.
 
 
 
I also was able to finish predrilling and screwing in all the remaining deck fasteners was not sure how many to use, so I put 5 total on each width wise. Can anyone tell me if that is strong enough? You can see them better in this picture:
 
 
Before I attached the front deck, I noticed a rotting piece of wood under the 1st cross member is currently being used to support 2 ubolts holding the front winch strap (and secondary strap?) to the trailer. I am not sure if this is factory or not, but I took some marine ply scrap from the deck work and made a new one just in case.
 
 
 
I am stuck waiting on the powder coating most part after tomorrow. I really don't feel comfortable laying out my furniture, installing the carpet or console until I have the fencing to use for spacing.
 
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I am holding off on installing the carpet for a few reasons. I am seriously considering raising the captains area up like they do on a lot of newer boats. I can see how this would help the driver see, especially when there are peopler sitting in the seating directly forward. If I do this, I don't think I want to put the raised deck on top of the carpet correct?
 
My thought was to get the raised area built before so I could cut the carpet and use the same cut piece for the top of the raised captain's deck. (unless I decide to do that area with something different like Wood look vinyl plank)
 
Since I am rebulding the original console, I can go ahead and make it taller to accomodate the raised area. In this way, I will only have to deal with one piece of trim between the wall behind the captain's area and the console. (no corners to trim and miter). This will also allow a cooler to slide under the console in/out without having to be constantly pulled down off the raised platform.
 
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I am not sure if the extra 4-6" will cause issues with my steering cable and wire harness setup. For now, I am absolutely going to use the steering and very likely going to use the factory harness for the engine and gauge setup.
 
My other possible addition is a shower pan in the bathroom area so we could have the option to take a shower on the boat when camping. I will need to figure out how to make it all work so that water does not get trapped between the walls and the pan.
 
Question about cutting the carpet for both these applications: Will the PS 28oz carpet (Tahoe) fray badly if it is cut and glued down without any aluminum trim? I was not planning on adding any trim where the deck carpet meets the toe kick area of the raised captain's platform. 
 
 
 
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Great progress!  I use 5 screws per cross member and that seems plenty strong for me.  Can't wait to see your fence, are you going with solid black then?  As for your carpet question, I'm thinking you will get a lot of fraying over time if you don't protect the open edge some how.  Perhaps you could find some thing synthetic in a 1/4 round, or some small-ish aluminum flat stock?  If you glue it real good right up to the edge, but I'm afraid over time it will start to deteriorate.  Perhaps you could run the carpet an inch or so under the platform.  That would protect it, but not wick too much moisture underneath it?
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It is a very long post, but Ryan built a raised deck on his rebuild.
 
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote fatdaddy Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 08/26/2013 at 9:26am
I used screws and bolt from PS...probaly overkill...PS guy is right on with flat stock idea, available at HD, in the treshold/flooring dept....can't wait to see the powder coat, how much is that going to set you back?....You are really making me want to find a party hut to redo...LOL....looking great!!!
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If you still need the seam tape and have not ordered it yet PM me your address and I'll send you the roll I didn't use. I didn't need to pull the deck and the tape came with the kit.

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Thanks PS-Guy and FD, The deck seems very strong with the 5 screw pattern. I pre-drilled them all with a smaller bit and drove them just until flush to the deck. I came up a few screws short from the kit. I placed an order from PS today. More deck screws, fence bolts, spacers, and a short run of the burgundy vinyl. (more on that later). I figured I would need all the extra hardware for the roof decking.

Thanks Curtiscapk for the raised deck idea. Ryan's deck does look nice and I think I am sold.

PS-Guy, I am still thinking all black on the rails and panels. The one downside I have learned about powder coating is that you have to do everything the same color. Everything that is attached that is. If you want a two color processes on the rails and panels, you have to separate them. No thanks. I am a little concerned about the all black, but I am planning on adding a set of my new PS decals to the sides to give it some contrast. Burgandy and Tan - to match the seats.

I finally finished sanding and prepping the last of the panels today. Man, I am glad that is over for now!





My lovely assistant will be taking these last panels to the powder coating place in the morning. I spoke with the shop today. They are going to prep and coat one back panel to see how it turns out before they shoot all the panels and rails. I hope they do it soon so I can see the finished product. I will post pictures as soon as they get around to it.

I still have to order the material for my walls. I want to use some 80 gauge aluminum sign stock on each side of the pink foam board. My problem is that it may not quite get me to a full 1" wall. Anyone have any ideas?

I still have these to deal with these panels. Not sure if they and the walls are going black as well, but it is very likely.






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