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    Posted: 05/08/2019 at 3:26pm
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My wife and I bought a 22' 1998 Crest Sport Pontoon with the original 90HP Mercury Force outboard and a Warlock Trailer in 2016 for $3500 to transport building materials to our island camp.  What started as a "work pontoon" quickly became our party barge that we would use anytime we wanted to go out and cruise the lake and anchor for swimming or a sunset cruise.  The more time we spent on it, the more the desire to refurbish the boat grew.  The idea was to keep refurbishing costs below $600 which meant I had to get creative, but I was able to do it!  So over the course of the last few months I dove in and went at it!

Main restrictions - kept old marine plywood decking due to cost, rebuilt helm and seats instead of buying new.

I'll start by giving the before and after, then a follow up post with all of the in between.  I am interested in comments on additional changes I could make or upgrades that would be the best from here, as well as showing people out there what can be done on a limited budget!

Key parts of the project:
New Carpet
New Helm
Painting fencing and seats
Engine tuning and carburetor cleaning
Trailer wiring replacement
New horn
New trim sending unit
New speakers
New cleats

I documented the process in a three part series on youtube as well, episodes are 12-14 minutes long:
Part 1, initial transport to engine tuning: https://youtu.be/xHcq1AiCtbY
Part 2, deck furniture removal and carpet: https://youtu.be/3fBBGbOMtlg
Part 3, fencing painting, helm building: https://youtu.be/FuvweQfJnBU

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While the wife and family don't love the red I picked, I personally do!  What a difference a coat of paint makes in making the pontoon pop!

Before:

I took the fence panels off, laid them out and pressure washed them.


Then I used rustoleum off the shelf at Home Depot - went with the standard and not marine as the panels are well above the water line.
Primed:


Painted:


Installed!


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For the carpet, I went with keeping things low cost so I went to Lowe's and got Indoor/Outdoor marine grade carpet.  Cost was ~$130 for a 20' x 12' piece, which was just what I needed.

First thing was to pull off the furniture and helm:

New carpet installed and trimmed:  What a difference!  It really showed how bad the old carpet was, it came right up!

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The helm needed to be replaced, as it was rotted at the bottom and flimsy.  Additionally only one (1) of the gauges worked (the gas gauge), the trim, voltmeter and tachometer did not work and the backlights didn't work either.  So, first thing was to remove everything from the old helm and take it off the boat:


Then I built the replacement out of OSB that I treated myself.  I would have preferred to use Marine Grade Plywood, but the cost was prohibitive ($13 vs $120+) so I just treated it with some deck sealant and bought an inexpensive grill cover to cover it when stored.  Built the helm and put the gauges and switches in for a dry fitment:


Then I carpeted it.  I would have preferred to use vinyl, but the cost again was prohibitive and I had excess carpet left over (the deck is only 8' wide and the carpet I bought was 12').  It turned out just fine, not as fancy but it worked!

Also I cut a hole in the back and carpeted that as well:


Installed and trimmed with PVC trim ($4 from home depot)



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The Pontoons were begging to be cleaned, I'm not sure if they had been previously but the water line was clearly visible with the scum.  I went with StarBrite Pontoon/Aluminum cleaner and it worked quite well.

Before cleaning:


After cleaning:


I went ahead and used a drill buffing wheel and tried buffing to a nicer shine, but it wasn't worth the effort since I didn't have the right buffer.  I tried using an orbital buffer but it didn't do much better  than by hand:


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