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    Posted: 09/07/2016 at 5:25pm
Sold my 14' toon I built last year because ended up needing more room for friends and family. Found a couple scratch and dent tubes at a Marina a few hours North of where I live. Drove up last week and picked them up. They were suppose to be 22' and 25". Got home and realized they were 19.5' long. Oh well I could live with it. Bought about half of the cross members I was going to need and drilled the holes and bolted them up. Using 1/8" square tubing. When I got done I noticed the top of one of the logs was slightly narrower. And then it hit me... One of these logs is a smaller diameter and sure enough one was 23" and one was 25". Wow. Rented another trailer and drove back North 4 hours round trip and luckily they still had the original 22' tubes I was suppose to get the first time. These 2 ones have 5 1/2" lifting strakes on one side each. Brought them back and luckily 3 of the 4 holes lined up on the new tubes. Got them bolted up and sent a photo to someone I am looking at possibly doing some welding of a center tube and they noticed I had the lifting stakes on the outside and not the inside and he suggested switching the tubes to the other side. I did some research and it looks like he is correct and that if you only have strakes on one side of tube they suggest put the strakes on the inside for better turning ability. Wow. So I have started unbolting them cross members again and will switch the tubes around this week. When it rains it pours lol. These tubes were dirty and I used the Napa brand aluminum brightener. I used it on my last toon as well. It does a good job but I know some people don't like the dull finish it leaves. I am not going to be polishing these ever so I prefer clean and dull rather than dirty. I am trying to decide on a transom pod and pony log or integrated transom tube. The transom tubes are very expensive and will kill my budget but I don't want to have any regrets as I plan on having this boat for a long time. I am in the process of pressure testing the tubes. Went to hardware store and bought everything I needed to make a tester. I tightened it as tight as I could only to find out that everyone one of the 8 joints in my homemade tester leaked because I didn't use Teflon tape. So far I found a pin hole leak right next to the air valve opening. Used soapy water and saw the bubble. Ill post updates as I go along and I appreciate all of the previous posts that helped me with my last and current build.















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Alright the strakes are on the inside now. Bit the bullet and bought a center tube almost the same length (22') and the same diameter 25". Scratch and dent tube that never saw water. Sits slightly lower than the outer tubes. Has a bolt rail system for mounting to the cross members which I was excited to use but I have decided it sucks and I will be cutting the bolts and using the traditional mounting system as on the outer tubes.





Only tested 1 of the 3 internal chambers and found 2 tiny pinhole leaks on top of the tube. Now I have to decide to do what others have done and have a welder cut the center tube and weld my existing transom pan into it or have a fabrication shop build a motor support and then weld it on the back of it. I really could use advice on this one. Starting with a 115hp motor and cant see anything bigger than 150hp ever going on it down the road.    These are the examples I am talking about:

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ClapClapClap looks very good. keep the pictures coming.
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With winter over I have finally got back to working on the triton build.  I have spent a small fortune on stainless steel nuts, bolts, washer, and screws.  Went and picked up the AB marine grade plywood today.  $71 a sheet but luckily Menards is having a buy anything and get 11% rebate sale.  Used the boat to hall the plywood back to the house.  Already broke 3 drill bits screwing down the deck. 

 
 
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enjoy watching your rebuild. Keep the pictures coming.
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Nice work! Your deck looks great!
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Installed some cheap Menards indoor/outdoor carpet as this boat is being built in 2 stages. This year cheap carpet, expensive fence, small hp outboard and probably no nice furniture. Next year over winter I'll be upgrading flooring and chairs etc. want to at least get out there this year and enjoy the water. I will be having an integrated transom welded into the center tube next year so I'm having to fab a motor mount to get through this year.
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Picked up the fencing and trim today. Now I have to decide how much front and back open deck area to have when I place the fence down. Looking for any advice from those who had to make same decision. I see a lot of new boats have a large rear open deck are and the fences are pushed far forward. On another note I wasn't paying attention to the backing of the trim and it is notched so there is no way it will work with my deck. Oh well looks like I'll have to have local metal supply company sell me some 3" angle aluminum.

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Bought a mid 90s 25hp tiller outboard until I upgrade down the road. Took it out and was only doing 7mph before the prop would blow out. Looked like I had to lower it 3" but ended up closer to 5" drop. Took her out with the wife and daughter and she topped out at 14.7mph. I was pretty surprised that an old 25hp motor would push a 22' Tritoon that speed. The prop had some bumps and bruises and it's a 13 pitch. I was noticing a decent amount of water from the front of the motor reflecting back so I think it might too low and the motor may be plowing. That being said if I start putting people on the boat especially closer to the front where everyone loves to go on a pontoon boat is the plowing likely to decrease with the nose being forced down more or is the overall extra weight of people on the boat only going to increase the plowing issue?






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The general rule, and starting point for motor height is setting the cavitation plate on the motor 1 inch below the bottom of the pontoon tubes. It appears your pontoon is moving along pretty well where you have the motor set. Plowing I found is due to the motor being set a little low, but if moving the cargo or people to the front of the boat helps with the plowing of the motor, then I would leave it as is. It's best to have the boat as level as you can with people and cargo on board, so if that corrects the plowing of the motor, and still moves the boat along well, then all is good.Smile
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Bought a bimini top and installed it.



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