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    Posted: 07/26/2017 at 3:26am
Last fall I started looking for a project to have for the winter.  I had a couple things in mind I wanted and didn't want. 
1. I wanted a 24' or bigger
2. I wanted a front deck in front of the rails/fencing
3. I wanted a rear entry gate to the back of the boat
4. I wanted a 4 stroke motor, like a 50 to 100 horse

Looking for about a month there where not many real good options out there.  I missed a dream boat (San Pan) that I wouldn't have to do much to at a crazy good end of the season price, and others I saw where either complete junk, had a lot of damage to the foam in the seats or just looked old and out dated in general.  I have reupholstered 3 other boats so that was expected going into this.  My budget was $5000-$15000, kind of a big range but the more I spent the less I would have to fix or redo.  My dad insisted I have sea legs because there isn't much room left at the dock.

So searching craigslist I came across a 2003 270 Sun Sation.  It was a rental boat down on the St. Croix river in Stillwater ,Mn.  75hp 4 stroke, and everything else I wanted.  Pics looked pretty bad but I was about 15 miles from the marine dealer that had it so I decided to go take a look.  In the pics the vinyl looked bad the pontoons looked worse and the carpet was stained and ripped.  I show up and to my surprise the tubes are mostly just discolored with only minor scratches and a few small dents.  All the frame/railings where in good shape, the aluminum siding was ugly but mostly in damaged and the foam in the seats was all good, no big holes or spots that look like a mouse had chewed a hole.

Price with no trailer was $4500 firm, so I had some thinking to do.  Talked to the guy the next day and asked if he would hold it for me until I found a trailer.  He said he would so back to Craigslist.  Found a scissors style trailer for a 26' pontoon for $2100 so I picked that up.   Went and got the Premier 270 and in late October brought it home.   I will get some pics of it up this weekend when I find the memory card with them on it.
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Can't wait to see the pics.
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cool.  waiting on those pics :-)
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So I got the pontoon home late October and had it on the water once before putting it away for the winter.  It ran great and was a good cruiser.  I was really disappointed with how far the back end was sunk in the water with not many people on board.  And also I was told there was a leak in the port side pontoon tube that was going to need to be fixed.



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So the idea of a regular pontoon does not appeal to me at all but a pontoon with an upper deck to jump off of is what I have wanted for a couple years.  On our lake, since I can remember, actually since the 1960's there has been a "Diving Tower"   The family that had it was getting older and the cabin was changing hands within the family and they said anyone that wanted the diving tower could have it for free.  No one took it so somebody scrapped it.  My family and I would jump off that thing every weekend even if it was just a few times, and when it disappeared it was a sad day for the whole lake in general.  So that was my big plan for the pontoon so it was time to get to work.

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So I stripped everything down to the wood floor, took the side rails home to work on them and started to do some upholstery work.  My goal was to have it back on the water by Memorial Day.  The old aluminum panels came out really easy and I was able to bend the flanges up easily with a 3" wide paint scraper.

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Found a pair of used SEA LEGS from a marine dealer 1 1/2 hours away, it was on craigslist, and went to pick them up.  The guy said he had never actually tried them out but the motors seem to work fine and they seem to be in good working order.

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So I had to do something about all the extra weight that was going to be added with the SEA LEGS and the upper deck.  So I researched and looked for someone that modified pontoon tubes.  Found a guy that was about 2 hours away and called him up.  I asked if he could extend my 25" pontoons about 6' and he said "No Problem"  " That will run about $600"
I said "That sounds like a *inappropriate language not permitted* of a deal to me, see you in a few days."
So I pulled it to him and a couple weeks later when he got to it he sent me a couple pics.

Sometimes 26' just isn't enough!!

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That is crazy. Never thought of extending pontoons. Now you need to shine up the other parts.... 

Keep the pics coming. I love getting ideas from everyone's projects.
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The overall look I wanted was to be updated and maybe a little different. Searching new pontoons I came across some black ones that I really liked the look of that also had black railings so that's what I set off to get. To do the railings I scratched the surface with some 120 grit sand paper and then sprayed it with an etching primer. I think I gave it 2 good coats. Then I bought some Rustoleum truck bed liner and just rolled it on with a 4" foam roller. I gave it 2 1/2 coats, the half being just a touch up of spots that needed a little more. Most siding sheets I took off were 12'1/2" and everything I could find was only 12' but made it work. Before I put the panel in I put the vinyl striping on the aluminum siding. I actually planned to just go with the bright green but was walking through a Joe Ann fabric store and saw the ugly green/yellow in the marine vinyl section and knew I had to have it with the green. There was one problem, in searching for a vinyl stripe in the ugly green/yellow color I couldn't find anything that was very close. Went to a sign company and he was able to find a color that was very close, so that made my happy.

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Standing up in the back ground is the upper deck.    8'6"x16'

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Got all the small cushions and the captain chair covered and worked in the ugly green/yellow into the backrest areas.  Had to do some diagonal stripes to break things up.  Then covered the L section because that had to go in first to get placement for the upper deck legs and that is what the battery and SEA LEGS pump motor and reservoir go in.


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what are the SEA LEGS you mention?  Some kind of hydraulic lift?
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Yes, they are hydrolic legs that mount under a pontoon and lift the boat out of the water.

So I re covered the spot where the helm was located because I wanted to move the helm back 24" for a upper deck support leg to come down in that spot.  The pontoon also came with a changing room/head and I wanted to get rid of that so it allowed me to move the "L" couch back 24" also.


Got the rear frame on and decked it.  The spot behind the motor is a trap door so if the motor is trimmed up it will lift the floor and be able to trim all the way up.


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So I was all ready to start putting carpet and flooring down but I wasn't completely happy with something.  I didn't like how to pontoons stuck out in front of the front floor area so I knew I had to do something about that.  Took off the front sheet of plywood and started to fab up the new floor frame that would cover the pontoons fully.
 
 
 
 
In the end it added about 10" from the original design and so glad I did it.
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Got the carpet on and vinyl flooring and a couple of the fencing pieces.  I wanted carpet inside of the fence and the vinyl in the front, back and on top of the upper deck to seal it up from leaking through.  I was lucky enough to find some smaller cuts on craigslist that worked out perfect.  A 15' for the top, a 10' for the rear and a 5'cut for the front.  Got it for $10 a foot. 



I also painted the helm with the Rustoleum truck bed Liner, 2 coats
The hardest part of the whole rebuild was finding new aluminum edge trim.  I wanted to do something like what was on the boat originally but it was had to find in more than 8.5 foot lengths.  So I just bought standard 1"x3" aluminum uneven angle.  It came in 24' lengths and I think it turned out pretty good.
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is that aquatread's fake teak vinyl? looks good
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Not sure of the brand but I am fairly happy with it. It can be a little slick when wet but for normal walking or moving about it is fine.
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