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    Posted: 06/29/2017 at 6:08pm
So I recently won the drawing from Pontoonstuff.com so I am getting to rebuild my pontoon much earlier than expected.  

Being that I have never won anything even close to something like this I am beside myself. 

Today I talked with James the President on Pontoon Stuff and forum member here and now I am even more excited. 

My plan is to document everything as best as I can. Explain my situation etc. Tell my story and the story of this amazing opportunity I have been given. I plan on using pictures and hopefully some videos as I go through a major rebuild on my boat. 

So first off about me and my boat. I'm the father of 5. Ranging from almost 21 to twin 10 year olds. I have 4 girls and one boy (right in the middle) These kids are the reason I bought the pontoon. Obviously, having 5 kids costs a bit. So a new boat was out of the question. Plus I am kind of a tinkerer. I like figuring out stuff and making it my own. I'm no expert though. But I generally research (like on this forum) and figure stuff out. 

As for the boat. We went on a trip to KY Lake a few months ago. We used to go there a lot with my grandfather when I was a kid. He passed away last year and it had been years ago since we had been there. But he instilled in me a love of fishing and just being on the water and in the outdoors. So at just shy of a year we found ourselves going back to a place he loved. Dad and I plotted it all out but it was a quick trip. We had 4 days including travel time. It takes 6-7 hours to drive so basically like two days there. So we rented a cabin and left my camper at home. Drove down and had a blast. For one day we rented a pontoon boat. ... You know what is next. I was sold. I now wanted one bad. I started searching craigslist etc. Several weeks later I happened on one in the FB marketplace and messaged the guy. Most in my price range were trashed. Total rebuilds or at least the seats. But this one looked usable. Sure it was old but I knew I could get a couple years out of it. The catch. The motor lower end was bad and off the motor. So I took of work and the wife and I went to look and bought it. I found a lower end and put it together and I had a running boat. I did tinker with it for a while. Then took it to KY Lake again. It worked great. We loved it. I will go over some of my mods I did pre trip later. 

Fast forward to yesterday. I got chosen to do this rebuild. I have been planning a rebuild since the day I bought it. Playing with Pontoon stuffs deck builder etc. Figuring a couple years from now I would do a rebuild. But that has been fast forwarded a bit.

So I figured I would start this thread and whenever we decide to start the rebuild I will update it as I go. I'm hoping for tons of pictures and videos. Gonna make my kids help me out on that front. 

So here are some pictures of the boat when I found it online and the day I picked it up.

Se the post below due to Photobucket policy change Angry


Edited by JLester273 - 07/20/2017 at 10:23pm
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Originally posted by curtiscapk curtiscapk wrote:

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So It looks like the Photobucket thing caught up with me. So I'll try to add my starting pics in here soon. I will either host them on another site or direct upload. 

Anyways,

I placed my first order today. 

The plan is for now is a little trial and error on stuff I have planned for the rebuild. Plus fixing up my trailer. I've got Bunks and guides coming 

Bunksi'
https://www.pontoonstuff.com/collection ... iler-bunks
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https://www.pontoonstuff.com/collection ... -guide-ons

Going to get a LED trailer light kit to install while I am at it. I think they are reasonable around here (like $40 maybe) I'll have to see for sure, but it seems to be what I have seen them for in the past.


Plus some other cool goodies I will be able to try out on my current setup. The thought is, if I figure out I need to do it different by trying it now, then I haven't messed up my new floor or seats etc. 
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The pics from the sellers ad





Bringing her home


Checking it out at my work. Same place it is going to get it's makeover at. Big smile very lucky to have that available to me.



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Well I got a delivery a few minutes ago. 
Fresh off the truck 

One of two that will be my bow seats. I didn't really like the look of this seat until I saw it in person and sat in it. It is bigger than I thought at first. I was thinking the little cheap bass boat seat size. This is a comfortable, great looking chair in person. Very nice. 

https://www.pontoonstuff.com/collections/premium-pontoon-boat-seats/products/pontoon-boat-bucket-seats
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So I am still deciding on the exact layout I want. I am thinking center console since we fish most times we are on the water. That gives us room to move around. 

I'm going to use these seats as a bit of a test for what I have in mind. I'll be installing them on the boat as it is now and using them until the fall when I decide to tear it all down. 

I also got an extra base so I can move them inside the rail as I need to. My guess is that that won't happen a lot but you never know. Choppy water or just feel like having more comfy seating inside that isn't like a couch. 

I'm really thinking about trying to find one of the tent enclosures. While a full enclosure would be amazing I doubt I could swing that one anytime soon. Plus it would be my guess only my son and my self would be using it much.
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