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    Posted: 01/25/2018 at 2:19am
Rebuilding a 1988 Sun Tracker Party Hut and want to use some kind of coated Aluminum decking. What are the pros and cons of the two or is there something better now. I’m leaning toward the Lock Dry because I love the wood look planks they have. Looking to do both top and bottom decks I know it’s expensive but I’m looking for ease of maintenance and never having to redeck!!

The boat will be moored in Salt Water and mainly used as a mini apartment for weekend getaways also a little crabbing and fishing in the bay and up river. I have an old weather rotted Toy Hauler and I’m going to finish tearing it down to the Aluminum enclosure frame and mount the enclosure frame on the pontoon this will give me the ability to have a full hard top front to rear if I want (it rains a lot here in Oregon) looking to fully enclose about 15-18ft or so main goal is to have a real queen size bed 2person table and a small cooking area for the bad/cold weather days and a little couch maby? I will make the bed on a pedestal and have storage under it too.

Starting with a 2x2 Aluminum frame what would you guys recommend for the walls/siding?

Lots more cool things in mind down the road!





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Also since these boats tilt to the rear how do I keep all the water that hits the deck from trying to run into the cabin area. I was thinking lots of silicone and some flashing or something but what about the door area.
Would it hurt the deck to do it in two pieces cabin and front deck with a T moulding to stop the water intrusion ability? This is where I’m stumped right now.
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Pic of Toyhauler for the cabin





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Should be a good rebuild keep the pictures coming. Good luck with it.
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Sounds like quite a project! I will be interested in seeing how you progress, so keep the pictures coming as you progress. It's best if you could keep the cabin and the furniture on the pontoon balanced somewhat to help with the it from leaning to the rear. You may want to think of adding a third tube down the center for better buoyancy, depending on how much weight you will be adding. As far as water from the deck getting into the cabin, have you thought of a false floor? Laying down some 1" - 1 1/2"  channel (lengthwise)  on the deck, then laying the floor on it. That way the water could channel to the front or rear, and you would stay high and dry in the cabin. Just a thought? Good luck on the rebuild!
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This boat does have a third toon with built in engine transom but it’s about 7-8ft shorter than the other two I thought about trying to move it back a foot or two to add more rear lift but I may have to buy a new center tube to do what I want. I found a guy that builds pontoons from scratch about 5 hours from me.
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Also are you saying to build the cabin floor up higher than the front deck?
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Yes, I don't exactly know what your plans are, but by raising the floor of the cabin slightly above the deck level should allow the rain water to channel underneath the cabin. It may not work with your plan, but it was just a thought.
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I can make anything work that’s actually a good idea thanks!
This is all still in the planning stage I’m even contemplating on taking it out to 9-10ft wide it won’t be moved often and a moving permit is 8$ per year here so why not! Easy to move the bunks on the trailer I have a welder.
I will have to widen it from 96”to out to 102” anyway if I use the Toy Hauler cabin so why not take it wider?
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