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    Posted: 04/17/2017 at 1:27am
I recently joined this forum as I have been planning to do some repair work on our boat. I have enjoyed reading the various posts and looking at your photos. The many successful projects have given me the courage to move ahead on my own project.

We have owned this pontoon since 2004 and it gets a lot of use. Unfortunately, the past couple of years have taken their toll on the furniture and carpet. Everything else is in pretty good shape and the bones are good. I started the tear off on Friday and by 2:30 on Saturday everything was off. I'm not going to change the layout so this really should be a relatively easy rebuild. The only real challenge will be building three new boxes for the battery, fuel and livewell. If I could replace them with plastic boxes I would do so but haven't found any. If you are aware of options, please advise.

Ordered everything (except some additional railing) from PS and it arrived quickly. But not the decking. It's lost somewhere in the country and I am hoping to have it by the end of the week, assuming FedEx can locate it.

I am posting the before photos and hope to be able to show off the finished project in two or three weeks. 








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Good luck! You have a great place to rebuild! I had to do mine outside! Check out my sig link if you have time. I forwarded your issue about the floor kit. Hold tight.Star
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Actually, your rebuild was one of the projects I reviewed before I started the tear off. A few of the deck bolts were stubborn so I used your idea of using a hole saw to cut around the bolts, then a Sawzall to cut 'em off. 

Several years ago we built a pole barn out at the lake for storing the boats and other assorted lake junk. It's a great place to work on the boat! 

Good news from FedEx this morning. They found the decking in Oregon and are shipping it back my way. Should be in St. Paul on Wednesday! Hopefully I'll get the deck and carpet installed this weekend.
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keep the pictures coming but hit the spacebar twice after each picture.
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Will do - thanks for the tip!
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Everything has arrived, including the decking! Looking forward to the weekend when it will actually be mild and sunny. 

I still would like to find an option to rebuilding the boxes in the stern (see the image below - it's not a good quality image you should get the idea). The boxes hold the battery and oil reservoir, livewell, and fuel tank. Dimensions are 16x25x12, 25x25x12, and 16x25x12. Mine are made of plywood and would be easy enough to rebuild. But as long as I am putting on all new furniture (all roto cast), why not use the same material for the boxes?

In the image below you can see the boxes on the 2012 model. My layout is exactly the same. I've tried contacting Weeres (owned by Premier since 2012) and they are no help. I've searched several sites for used parts to no avail. I'm hoping someone here has done something similar and was able to source this piece. Any help would be greatly appreciated.


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Originally posted by Blaine Blaine wrote:

Everything has arrived, including the decking! Looking forward to the weekend when it will actually be mild and sunny. 

I still would like to find an option to rebuilding the boxes in the stern (see the image below - it's not a good quality image you should get the idea). The boxes hold the battery and oil reservoir, livewell, and fuel tank. Dimensions are 16x25x12, 25x25x12, and 16x25x12. Mine are made of plywood and would be easy enough to rebuild. But as long as I am putting on all new furniture (all roto cast), why not use the same material for the boxes?

In the image below you can see the boxes on the 2012 model. My layout is exactly the same. I've tried contacting Weeres (owned by Premier since 2012) and they are no help. I've searched several sites for used parts to no avail. I'm hoping someone here has done something similar and was able to source this piece. Any help would be greatly appreciated.



I'm not sure how dead set you are on making it look like it did back in 1993 but you've got options.  You could do a PontoonStuff.com flip flop seat back there to fish off the back and flip it forward when the boat is in motion for seating.  Or... you could probably get one of the plastic bases used on the PontoonStuff furniture, mount a piece of something to the top with hinges, (plywood, coosa board, etc.) then put your mounts for your fishing seats there side by side and maybe even incorporate a cup holder or tool holder or something between the seats.
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Great progress today and with great help! My sons and I were able to get the deck and carpet installed. I'll start the wiring tomorrow while the glue continues to cure. My goal is to be in the water by mid-May. 


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Think I have solved the issue of the storage boxes in the back. I couldn't find anything to replace them with so have decided to rebuild them. I am going to use Meranti plywood (locally sourced in MSP) for the boxes and the top of the engine shroud, table top and throttle support. I think it will add a nice touch and should look good with the maroon carpet. Properly sealed (and annually maintained) it should last many years. Stay 'tooned.
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Built the box last night and will be working on the lids tonight. You can see the old box in the background. Think I will like this better than the carpet... I hope to be able to start staining all the new woodwork this week before adding multiple coats of spar urethane. For those who are interested, I used 18 mm Meranti plywood.


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Getting closer. Deck and carpet laid, rails are back up, wiring in place, console installed along with some of the seats. Have had some issues with the seats and that is delaying me just a bit but PS has been great to work with! They really care about taking care of the customer and it is appreciated!

Just trying to finish up the wooden touches right now: storage boxes/livewell, table top, throttle mount and the dog's deck. With all the wood I'm putting in, I thought it would be important to have a matching steering wheel! 





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wow, you're making great headway. Do you sleep?  I love looking at pics. The box looks Great!
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LOL - yeah, I get to sleep and I also have to travel occasionally for work. Just got back from a trip to the Pacific Northwest so I haven't been able to work on the boat. Taking the afternoon off today and tomorrow so I can focus on finishing the box. It's been stained so I'll be applying spar urethane every day this week (apply, dry, sand, repeat) so that it'll be ready to install this weekend. Had a couple of issues with the seats and received replacement units from PS last week. They will install quickly once the box is installed. I will share photos once it's done.

I just want to say that PS has been great to work with! They have gone the extra mile to make this customer happy. I particularly like the wiring harness - it completely takes the hassle out of rewiring the boat! 

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Been away for awhile doing lots of traveling for work. We finally launched the new and improved "Loon Ranger" this weekend, just in time for a family gathering. I still have a couple of things to finish (new wood table, swimming ladder, one more rewire job, etc.) but she is on the water and working fine!

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Very nicely done - looks great! I like the name "The Loon Ranger" fits well in your state!Tongue
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Thanks, Toonrider. This project took about one month longer than I had planned, mainly because of the wood I was adding. 

A brief story about the name "Loon Ranger:" Our lake is actually in Western Wisconsin and every year we have a pair of nesting loons. My wife has followed the loons on the lake for probably 50 years or so. When I was consulting, one of my clients was Northland College in Ashland, WI. They run the Loon Watch for the state of Wisconsin and designate official Loon Rangers for each lake in the state. They didn't have anyone for our lake so I signed up my wife. She even has a real patch! She takes her "job" seriously...


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Love it. I didn't think if it was mine I would have rebuilt the wood part...that is until I saw your finished product. Very Nice. Hope it holds up for you. I really like the looks. 

Thanks for posting your rebuild. 

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I like the open floor plan. We are considering not putting any permanent furniture on ours. We like being able to move around.
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Thanks, JLester. I put many coats of spar varnish on the wood and plan to add a couple more coats this fall when I put the boat into storage. I figure if I cover the boat when it's not in use that should help keep the wood looking good.
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I've always liked the floor plan of this boat. Weeres did it right, in my opinion. We thought about changing the front end, getting rid of the fishing chairs and putting in corner benches but decided to keep it as close to original as possible. 
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