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I've decided to get a pontoon boat, in January I moved into a new home and now live on a chain of lakes that has almost 9000 acres of navigable water. My budget didn't allow very much and I've been looking since last fall. Then two weeks ago I found what I felt was a great opportunity. The Crest II with 24' toons and a 20' deck. It had no pontoon furniture except a new captains counsel. The deck and carpet was shot, but the aluminum pontoons and aluminum rails all seemed very good, just in need of a good scrubbing, It came with a trailer, new cover, new steering controls, new lighting, and about $700 in fishing graphs, and the motor ran fine, a 35hp Force. Not my favorite make but had very few hours on it. The person I bought it from got it last year from an estate and it had just sat outside un covered from the last owner for the last 25 years. He had the motor gone over and was looking forward to getting some good use out of it. Until medical problems left him needing some cash. I picked it up for $1500. Now to totally rebuild it.

The first day drove 120 miles each way to get it home and in my garage. Got off the railings and the aluminum edging on all four sides. That's all the time I had yesterday. Today I got the captain's counsel off and all the flooring removed to the back of my pickup to take to the dump. Now I want to clean the pontoons, I got some JJV's Best but it looks like rain everyday this week till the weekend so I'll have to wait till then, I dint want to do that in the garage. So this week I can start scrubbing away on the rails n sides. That I can do inside the garage.

I ordered the carpet kit from PS and can get the wood locally. Hopefully I can get that down next weekend. Still a bit cold here in Northern Wisconsin, but I have a heated garage so I can bring up the temperature that I need for the blue to set up properly. Can't use it anyway there's still ice on the lakes. After the carpets down ill order a new interior, Bimini Top, and ladder from PS. And get them installed.

As soon as I figure how to post pictures I will post some as I progress.

Wish me luck, at 67 yrs old this ain't easy anymore.

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Don't ask me why it's upside down, I think I'll have to tru n post pictures from my computer not my iPad.
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Hi.  Welcome to the forum.  You say you can get the wood for the deck locally.  What kind of plywood?  It should be CCA Marine Plywood.  Looks like a good project.
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Looks like a great start. Welcome aboard!
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Awesome start OLDTIMER! I just went through a rebuild last year. I hope to put her in the water for the first time in the next couple of weeks....Lot's of tips in my rebuild thread if you have the time....LOL
 
BTW that is one heck of a garage!


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Well its coming along well.  Tongue  I got it stripped down to the rails, all the old wireing removed, carpet kit from PS on the way and YES CCA plywood in the garage.  The temp is still hovering in the 40's so will have to turn the heat on in the garage this morning to work in there.  Will start cleaning the side pannels and rails.  I need to paint the fiberglass Captains Console to match the interior I will order and now that its off the Toon it is the time to do it.  Not much painting experence except walls in my house, but how bad can i screw it up.  Clean, sand and shoot, i have a spray gun for my compressor.  Any do's don'ts or tips would be appreciated on that.  


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Well getting off the old carpet & decking was not to tough, did it by myself, thanks to a saws all, an impact wrench, and a circular saw. It's a Crest pontoon boat so the flooring is attached using bolts not screws. Got on a creeper and pulled the trigger to get off the nuts, the ones that would not come off I just grabbed the saws all. Then got out the circular saw and cut the decking in sizable scripts that I could handle. Threw them in the back of the pick up, took him to the dump now they're all gone. After a LONG hot shower to sooth my aching body, I was in bed by 8pm. So now it's 3am and I'm wide awake. I'll read some other posts to pick up ideas and tips and probably go back to bed in a bit.
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Coming along nice. Keep the pictures coming.
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Well i got a break in the rain and pulled the Toon out of the garage to get years of scum off the pontoons.  I used JJV"s Best.  I was really pleased on how easy it worked in combination with a powerful power washer.  I stacked the 5 sheets of plywood and tomorrow im going to treat the edges only with fiberglass resin.  A tip i got from a friend that worked restoring and repairing them for years at a pontoon rental place in town.  I got the paint ordered for the repaint of the Captains Counsle and all attachments removed, now just sand and shoot when it warms up a bit or ill ust turn on the heat in the garage.  Its beige color just dont cut it with the gray/navy blue im redoing the interior in.

ill post some pix of the pontoon cleaning...if i can do it right


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Well I had bunches of other stuff to do today, dog to vet for her annual shots, haircut, and grocery store. I did get the carpet kit in today minus the carpet, that's suppose to be here Friday. But I got the hardware so I can start attaching the wood deck. I did get some time in the garage to apply the fiberglass resin to the edges of the wood. It needs to harden for 24 hours at 50 degrees or more, so seeing as it's 39 here right now I turned on the heat in the garage. Tomorrow I start the floor, wish I had help cause my deck bolts down, not screwed. So crawl underneath drill a couple of holes in the wood using the per existing holes in the aluminum floor bracing, get my self up off the floor, drop in a few bolts, get back down under and put on the nuts and tighten. Rinse and repeat.....tough on the 67 year old body and knees. I'll probably spend at least a half hour in the hot shower tomorrow night.
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Oh man that will be tough to do alone! I tried doing the carpet alone on my 24 ftr! Don't do it I barely was able to get everything done by myself. I was at the lake all alone though so I didn't mind.
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I couldn't help myself I started attaching the wood.  Got 2 of the 5 done, now i'm done for the day.  Carpet arrives tomorrow.  I dont want to do that by myself, I'll find someone to help.


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I finished the wood flooring, now need to get the carpet, it didn't make it in today.  So I'll have he weekend to finish cleaning the railing and edging.  Tee time on Sunday so I'll take a break and have Sunday to rest and relax.  Push hard next week, I want this done in two more weeks. I think i can make it.  I want to take my fishing boat out and try to fill the frying pan.  but ice still covering the lakes so perfect time to get this done.  


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Well I put the rails on the plywood so I could get exact measurements. Made one modification from my original layout. Kicked one armrest and added a Lay back on the front seating, port side as it has no door. Placed the order seats, Bimini, ladder rear Bimini light. The radio arrived today, I'm going with 4 6 1/2" speakers, new 12 gal tank and line is on the way. Still a lot to be done. Almost 10:30 and I'm bushed, have been up since 4am. Was in the garage working on her at 6am coffee in hand. I'm real lucky to have a real deep 3 car garage. My car and truck in the drive, as is my fishing boat. I keep my sons car in the garage as he is in Afghanistan right now. But just before I put the toon in the garage I backed my fishing boat in to get it ready. I don't back up as good as I use to, can't turn all the way around, and backed the boat motor into the rear left quarter of his car. So it's in the body shop $5800 damage. You see it under a cover in some early pictures. It's a 67 Camaro convertible. We restored it together about 4 years ago. At least I have more room now
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Smile View from my deck to the lake.  the ice is turning black, it will go out soon.Wink


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Carpet came in today so laid it out to let it lay flat for a day and inspect.  Finished cleaning the railings and side panels, so there good to go. Tomorrow a friend is coming to help glue it, i have reserved a lenolium roller and the garage heated to 70.  Ill let it sit for 24 hours then trim off excess carpet and will mount the side trim and railing.  I ordered the furniture, ladder, and Bimini top from PS, 3k order, they have to love me. I know I love them.  Here is a picture of the unglued carpet, it looks good even unglued  
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I got the carpet glued and edges stapled today.  also the 12 gal fuel tank came in, it fits nice.

Tomorrow i put on the side trim and railings.  Some of the seats arrived today should get the rest tomorrow.
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