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    Posted: 08/06/2012 at 4:27pm
Hi everyone I am a new/used Pontoon boat owner and I am picking it up this week. I have a few questions for anyone since I am new to Pontoon boats.
 I purchased the boat from a friend that I have known for years. It's a 22 ft Pontoon boat by Sweetwater. 

I need to purchase a new Bimini Top has anyone know of a good place to purchase one?
 Also I am a little confused about Radio's for Pontoons. It appears that the radio draws off the battery when its being used if so would I not have to continually recharge my battery all the time?
The motor is a Yamaha 40 HP 2 stroke engine any tips on maintenance issues with oil/gas/etc?

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There's no better place than where your at to buy the bimini top, they are made well and have a great warranty. The radio is normally connected to a house battery in an ideal installation, it's alot better if your main starting battery is just for starting the motor. Not that you can't hook it up to your starting batt but it's better on it's own battery. Maintance on the motor is as simple as changing the water pump and lower unit oil at the beginning of every season.
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Welcome David. You can buy a Bimini top right here at PontoonStuff. And yes, your radio and other low current electronics (Gauges, Fishfinder, Etc) will draw off of your starting battery (unless you opt to have a second deep cycle battery). Normally this is not a problem, as the charging system on your outboard motor will keep the battery charged up. Course, if you like to run electronics for many hours when the motor isn't running, then there is always a chance that you could run the starting battery down. That's why some choose to have a second deep cycle battery dedicated for separate electronics. But like I said, in normal usage, the motor will charge the battery with no problem. Not many tips on the motor. Make sure to change the lower unit fluid if it hasn't been done in a while and add oil to the fuel at a ratio of 50:1 unless the motor is oil injected. If the boat will sit idle for over a month or so, add Stabil to the fuel to keep it fresh. Has the boat sat for a long time without using it?
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Originally posted by MRT24 MRT24 wrote:

Maintance on the motor is as simple as changing the water pump and lower unit oil at the beginning of every season.
 
Actually you want to change out the lower unit oil every fall. Reason is, if you didn't know you had a leak and water is in it, then it'll freeze and ruin the lower unit. By draining the oil and filling it with fresh oil, even if you had a small leak, it gives you the advantage of taking it to the shop that winter and have seals replaced OR just use the motor as is but check it more often (and replace unit oil more often) until you get the repairs made. BUT don't hold off too long, water and oil is NOT good for your gears. If you were to wait until the beginning of the season, then you either have a busted gear case OR you get in line with everybody else having their motors in the shop. (boy I said a mouthful didn't I) LOL
 
IF the lower unit IS bad enough, then still putting fresh oil before winter is good, cause of the previously mentioned problems PLUS you prevent is from seizing up and/or rust beginning on the gears.
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Thanks everyone for the great advise based on what you shared I went ahead last night and bought a new top at pontoon stuff! On the recommendation of the 50 to 1 ratio for the oil/gas mixture so would that mean for 5 gallons of gas it would be 1 oz of oil?
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Originally posted by CaptPappy CaptPappy wrote:

Thanks everyone for the great advise based on what you shared I went ahead last night and bought a new top at pontoon stuff! On the recommendation of the 50 to 1 ratio for the oil/gas mixture so would that mean for 5 gallons of gas it would be 1 oz of oil?

No... for 5 gallons of gas it would be about 13oz. of oil.
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1 gallon = 128 oz.
5 gallons = 640 oz.
 
640 divided by 50 = 12.8 oz. so 13 oz. would be good.
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Go to wally world and get one of the mixing bottles, it makes it all too easy. Its in the fishing dept most of the time. Tall plastic bottle with markings on it, usually showing 40-1 50-1 and 100-1. Looks like this
 
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You guys are great, thank you for the information. I am planning on submitting photos soon of the boat. It needs work for sure but nothing that I can't do over time. When I was at Bass Pro Shop the other night I saw aerosol spray can for some type of marine vinyl paint? There were several different colors to rejuvenate your seats, has anyone tried this product before and knows if it works or not? 


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ummmm I don't know about painting vinyl seats. If they are cracked, they stay cracked. Seems I remember looking at that stuff as it caught my eye, but that's all it did LOL
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I have not painted pontoon vinyl seats but we painted a spot in the wifes Yukon using a special paint for that application. When we bought it kids had marked all over the seat. That has been several years and you cannot tell where it was ever painted. Of course there is no rain or severe weathering to deal with in a car.
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Ecklers Corvette used to sell a "vinyl paint" that we used on dashes, door panels and seats.  It held up quite well, even in the convertibles that would occasionally get a mild inadvertent soaking.  Just an FYI. 
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Thanks again guys for the information, I might buy one can of the spray paint at West Marine and try it on a small area to see how it does. Okay I now have a few new questions, I was reading my owners manual on the Toon and it stated in large letters and Warning flags all around that you should never trailer your Toon at speeds above 45mph or serious disastrous results would happen???? Are they serious 45mph? At that speed I would be blown off the road especially interstate 95 where the speeds are 70 mph. 
Second question, I have a small pin hole in my left Toon, realized there was an issue when it started leaning in the water. I pulled it out and it is located at the bottom rear of the Toon. If water had not been coming out of it would have been almost impossible to find. Now my question is some people have told me to take it too a Marina and get the hole welded. Others have shared to just put Marine Epoxy over the hole and it will be fine. Any suggestions or thoughts on this idea? 

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Does anyone know why warnings are in owners manual never to go faster than 45 mph when you are trailering your Pontoon boat? I am just curious does the fact that you are dealing with 2 pontoons and a deck above them act like a sail effect and will lift the boat off the trailer or cause you to lose control while driving? 


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I thought you asked that question before, I see we had no takers on it. I think we ALL ignore that part because it just isn't feasible. Now granted - I don't go over 60 hauling my toon just because its too hard on my truck and they say my 10in tires builds up heat quicker than a 13in. Don't know about that since I've towed it to Arkansas, Southern Lousiana, 2 or 3 times to Elkhart, IN and several times to Rogersville AL (the shortest of those trips) 200 miles round trip, all while doing 60 with a few short bursts to 75 (downhill). I generally do 62 as a happy medium. Now IF I had a truck with a 5.7litre engine instead of a 4.7 I MIGHT go speed limit. (maybe) I fact I'm leaving right now with the toon for Fayette AL with a stop on the way back in Decatur AL all for fishing Big smile
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a type of   rule of thumb when the national speed limit was 55 15 years ago. or someone seen it on a u-haul trailer    max speed 45 mph    lol.
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Couple of things I did not see mentioned: Always use tie down straps front and back to tie the boat to the trailer at least that is my opnion.
Never leave your bimini open when trailering. If you zib it up that will elminate the big ol sail problem.
If it has been sitting for awhile and you are going to trailer much it would be a good idea to have a tire shop check for any dry rot or other issue with the tires. Depending on the shop they can also check your bearings to make sure they are in good shape. When pulling the trailer any distance I usually stop after the first 30 miles or so and put my hand on the outside of the bearing case. It will be a little warm but if it is so hot you can not touch it that is a warning of a problem which should be addressed right then. Nothing worse than be passed by a loose tire!! LOL
Other than that Welcome aboard and hope you enjoy your new toon.
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Word of caution it can become addictive listening to it on the waterBig smile


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Oh funny you should mention the bimini boot cause I forgot it until I got about 50 miles. Didn't destroy it, but one of the zippers won't zip up, or I couldn't get a grip good enough with the bad thumb. So I used straps to tie it up until I can get some help with the zipper. Ouch.   Oh and yes on tie down straps. I got them in the front, but lost one and almost lost the other on the rear. Gonna have to get a different kind of tie down for the back until I can get anchor rings in the rear rub rail to tie them to. Road was ROUGH
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Thanks everyone for all the great advice.
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