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    Posted: 03/08/2014 at 10:48pm
 
Hello everyone! I'm Rob, and I'm now a Pontoon Addict! LOL  My wife and I recently bought our friends' Pontoon Boat. We've been wanting it "if they ever sold it" and they finally decided to sell it to us. What a steal, too! They also included EVERY single boat-related item they owned. Handshake
 
My buddy bought this raggedy old 1980 Crest III in late summer of 2012 as boat / motor / trailer for $1,500 on CL. He said he only wanted it for the motor; which was worth more than $1,500 alone. The trailer was rotten and barely made it home but lasted him the fall season. He spent $2,600 on a brand new galvanized double axle trailer built for it last spring.
 
Most of the steel cross-members had rusted-out, and riding in the boat was like sitting on a wet oriental rug on top of the ocean-- Confused scary! He and a friend cut / welded all new L-angle steel cross members in and what a difference--solid as a rock!
 
They invited us out on it last spring, and we went just for the *inappropriate language not permitted* of it. I thought "Pontoons Boats...Ha! Those are for old people and hillbillies!" Well, we had an absolute BLAST on it and decided that maybe this is the kind of boat we wanted; having just moved out near the beaches of Perdido Key, Florida. My wife had major spinal fusion surgery 4 years ago and can't take the constant beating of a speedboat on the ocean.
 
With all the improvements they had made to the boat to make it a "worthy project boat" for me, we JUMPED at the chance to buy it ALL for $4,000! The boat is 100% seaworthy (been out on it many times now)--it's ugly, but the trailer and engine are worth more than what I paid him so I'm happy!
 
So here goes:
 
New-to-ME   1980 Crest III 24' Pontoon Boat
New Bimini Top
New Boss Audio Marine Reciever and 4 Speakers (Ipod, BT, XM)
New Batteries (x2)
New Trailer
New Seat BACK Upholstery (but plain white Star-Board plastic seat bottom panels--ouch!)
New Fire Extinguishers (x2)
New Flare Gun and spare flares (x8)
Porta-Potty
New Life Jackets (x10)
New Air Horns (x2)
Folding Aluminum ATV Ramps (to get on / off the beach)
New Pontoon Side Ladder
New iCom VHF Floating / Waterproof Hand-Held Radio
Anchors (x2)
Docking Lines (x2)
 
2006 Suzuki DF-50 4-Stroke Outboard Motor:
Now has only 370 Hours on it
New Impeller
New Zinc Anodes
Recent Suzuki Tune-Up / Oil Change
New Ignition Swith and 2 new keys
 
WE'RE WAY EXCITED! Tongue  It's been in my driveway for 2 weeks and I've piddled with it a little every day. Been sunburned twice Angry and drunk once Beer--and haven't even put it in the water yet!   Cry
 
Since structurally / mechanically WE KNOW it's solid, we're doing a low-buck "refurbishment" to make it more comfortable, functional and easier on the eyes.
 
My First Addition: (I'm a retired USAF Aircraft Structural Repair / Corrosion Control Guy)
 
 
And I've sanded all the railings with 400 grit paper, wiped with Acetone, and begun painting with Ace "Aluminum" Outdoor Enamel. Looking better so far, but will need another coat...
 
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Between the Chemical Paint Stripper and the elbow grease, I've got almost 3/4 of these old sun-baked blue striping decals removed. What a chore!
The Pontoons are now scraped and sanded smooth (not in this picture) awaiting primer and the Pettit EasyPoxy Gloss White I purchased.
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Hi, Welcome to the forum. You got the pontoon for a really good price. Keep the pictures coming.
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Identifying the SEVERE corrosion pits in the aluminum pontoons with red paint. A friend of mine (a professional TIG welder) is repairing these next weekend, as well as welding-on some aluminum tow-eyelets on the front and back of the toons, and a 90-degree L-bracket to the bottom / aft of the left toon for my fish finder transducer. Good to have a variety of friends! Handshake
 
So aside from sanding, stripping, grinding, and cleaning, I've also begun re-covering the seat bottom panels with high-quality HR 30# upholstery foam and heavy white marine vinyl.
 
 
Who knew they made rust-proof T-50 staples out of K-Monel Steel Alloy? Big smile  You learn something new every day. One seat cushion down, three to go!
 
 
 
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Thanks for the warm welcome! I've been lurking around this forum for 3 weeks now. Some of the other people's restoration projects are VERY inspriring!
 
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The boat has been reconfigured to be steered from the rear / center via a mid-90's Cape Horn Bay Boat Fiberglass center console. Hey, it works!
 
 
The dog is READY TO GO BOATING! Big smile
 
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Last post of the night:

Here is an "artist's rendition" of the new paint / graphics scheme I have planned for our boat. Like I said, I've been excited! We're SO ready for summer.
 
She's gonna be named " Chillaxin' "  (Chillin' & Relaxin')  Smile
 
-White Pontoons
-Silver Fence Rails
-Dark Blue Fence Panels
-And the SWEET new Champagne & Blue Metallic vinyl RV Graphics kits I bought on eBay! THREE left / right side sets for only $60.00
 
 
 
 
 
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Looks great and what a buy.
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Thanks guys! It's gonna look great within 1 month when she's all "refurished". Smile
 
Someone at work gave me a FREE Garmin 160 fish finder. I also bought a waterproof Jensen "Gimble-Mount" stereo housing w/internal iPod sleeve, which will be mounted atop the center console today. The mount was $45 SHIPPED on Jensen.com--at least 8-15 dollars cheaper than eBay or elsewhere.
 
 
I bought a 6-gang rocker switch panel on eBay to run the radio, fish finder, new LED under-seat deck / mood lights, etc. I will be mounting it in the hole in the console where the radio was. It was WAY too low to see the radio display or tiny buttons down there.
 
 
We also plan to get another inexpensive eBay bimini top for the front. Being a "ginger" I'm "fish belly white" and will surely burst into flames if I don't get some more SHADE on this rig! LOL  AngryAngryAngry
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Oh, and I almost forgot the Surplus RV graphics I got on eBay too! Man, this is some premium binyl. No cheapo stuff here. 3 full sets for $60 shipped.
 
 
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LOOKS FANTASTIC!
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Got a little more work done on her Sunday and Monday.
 
Made a 2-flag pole for the rear from 1" PVC. Stole the golden eagle off the house pole. Big smile
 
 
-Stereo re-located on top of the console (Sorted-through 10% of the spider web of rednecked wiring to do so).
 
 
 
 
Got ONE fence panel painted with the Ace Hardware brand (Valspar) "International Blue" Gloss Enamel. Will need one more light coat, but we love the color. Yup, it's BLUE! Looks so much better trimmed-out with the Ace Aluminum Enamel on the square tube framing.
 
 
 
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Looks like a great project and you seem to be well on you way.  How well do you like the rear console?  I have been thinking about removing my captain seat and moving my console back, just in front of the rear bench.  Use the bench as my driver seat.  I don't see a problem with it but haven't seen any done this way.

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It will add to the weight toward the rear of the boat.  If you're stern heavy now it will add to it.  Wink
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Comin' right along
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Nice progress!


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Thanks, guys.
 
As for the center / stern captain's "helm" I like it--what little I've driven the boat when we were out with our friends who used to own it. It seemed odd to me at first, but I think it gives a better viewpoint all around the boat than being over to the right, halfway towards the bow.
 
She is a little stern heavy, but part of that is WATER IN THE PONTOONS! It sloshes when i tow it. I found a plug of Silicone RTV sealant in the right / aft pontoon chamber. Pulled it out and some water ran out.
 
We believe it's been getting in through several corrosion pits that have been eating their way through the aluminum. My buddy is welding / repairing them next weekend. Good thing he and I both spent 20+ years in the aircraft structural / corrosion control / painting field in the USAF!
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