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Topic: briankinley2004 Party Hut Rebuild DONE & Sold
Posted By: CajunDiver
Subject: briankinley2004 Party Hut Rebuild DONE & Sold
Date Posted: 07/24/2008 at 11:38pm
I recently bought a 89 or 90 model Party Hut with trailer that needs major overhaul. Basically I paid the cost of the trailer for a 2008 model for the entire package. The engine supposedly ran on the 4th but I did not witness this. I plan on sticking with the original layout except I would like to enclose the entire area now under roof and not just the bath/kitchen. The furniture was removed from the front and judging from the stains on the 3 pontoons only the back 1/4 or so was sitting in the water. Since we are going to use this for diving/fishing/camping the plan is to leave the front deck open for the first 2 and enclosing the back for the last. I have located some grey composite 5/4 decking on closeout for 10 bucks a 12" piece at a local store. I plan on putting this on the front 12" open deck area to add some weight for the missing furniture and to offset the new 110HP motor to replace the 90HP. We really like the color and non-slip texture and do not want carpet anywhere. We are thinking of putting 3/4" plywood with marine vinyl on the rest of the floor. Any suggestions? I am going to buy the composite anyway due to the price and the need to build a dock in my pond should it not work on the boat. We do plan on adding a small bench in the center to suit up for diving or storage. Also when diving we will have 4-6 tanks in the front but not when fishing. Also I am having a hard time locating a replacement canvas for the rear of the hut. I recently re-did an old 74 model pop-up camper and found a factory replacement canvas that ran about 900 for the entire camper. I could probably get the pop up people to make me one for the Party Hut but it would be nice to find the original to replace this with. I have searched alot online and cannot find anyone who offers this for pontoons. Does anyone know of a source for replacement canvas/tent or should I consult with the pop up camper guys??



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Posted By: CajunDiver
Date Posted: 07/24/2008 at 11:42pm

PS

I plan to post pictures ASAP. I cannot start this project until I finish a shed (hopefully this weekend) to park the pop up in.(Party hut has re-located everything) I plan to take the pictures this weekend and hopefully post them!!



Posted By: CajunDiver
Date Posted: 07/25/2008 at 10:58pm

This was taken on the day we purchased it. It looks good from a distance but up close the floor is rotten and most everything is worn, needs new furniture, etc.



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89 Tracker Party Hut rebuilt & modified for 2009
Excellent Member Of The Month Club 12/08
"Guns don't kill people the government does"--Rusty Shackleford


Posted By: CajunDiver
Date Posted: 07/25/2008 at 11:07pm


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89 Tracker Party Hut rebuilt & modified for 2009
Excellent Member Of The Month Club 12/08
"Guns don't kill people the government does"--Rusty Shackleford


Posted By: CajunDiver
Date Posted: 07/25/2008 at 11:08pm


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89 Tracker Party Hut rebuilt & modified for 2009
Excellent Member Of The Month Club 12/08
"Guns don't kill people the government does"--Rusty Shackleford


Posted By: Guests
Date Posted: 07/25/2008 at 11:54pm
Wow, what a difference distance makes. I like the paint scheme though, noticed the big chip, but if you could get a chip to take to get a paint match, it"d be real pretty again. Motor needs some tlc on the outside, but should clean up nice. That window though, umm, don"t know about that. But you know what you"ve got and should do just fine, as the guys and gals will certainly help you.


Posted By: CajunDiver
Date Posted: 07/26/2008 at 12:12am
Yep glad I didn"t buy this one on Ebay! Most of the corners are banged up and I plan on a total strip down and rebuild. Will probably replace the fencing. Can probably buy new vinyl for what I will get for the scrap aluminum on the old fence. I may try to rework the engine. Supposedly it runs and of course would like to keep it but I bought this thing planning to make it "like new". Will probably start with a compression check and go from there. My biggest obstacle so far is the tent in back. Maybe I should try the dealer for a replacement. I like the flexiblility of being able to let it down but I can probably hard side a cabin of some kind for the price of the fabric. Bought enough Veranda comosite decking today to do the front deck for just under 200 bucks(on clearance). May go composite sheeting with vinyl on the back 2/3 but if I find weight is not a problem may buy some more Veranda to do the whole deck in it. If I can get this thing going and reliable for 10K on top of what I paid for it I would be thrilled. Of course I would like to add an a/c and small generator. I am pretty handy and own a construction company so I hope my skills and contacts help make this project come through. If it doesn"t I have a heck of a boat dock for my move to the lake LOL!!!

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89 Tracker Party Hut rebuilt & modified for 2009
Excellent Member Of The Month Club 12/08
"Guns don't kill people the government does"--Rusty Shackleford


Posted By: CajunDiver
Date Posted: 07/26/2008 at 12:14am



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89 Tracker Party Hut rebuilt & modified for 2009
Excellent Member Of The Month Club 12/08
"Guns don't kill people the government does"--Rusty Shackleford


Posted By: papaz
Date Posted: 07/26/2008 at 8:46am
Looks like a great project, I always wanted to build a "camper for the water".  Keep us posted with the pics and glad to have you aboard the forum!!

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1991 Stardust 24'
2011 115 Evinrude Etec
1993 Godfrey "Mini Toon"
2000 25hp Johnson
Ludowici Georgia


Posted By: Guests
Date Posted: 07/26/2008 at 11:25am
Dealer sounds like a good place to find that hard to find prioperity stuff and definity like the AC idea (I hate being HOT  but yet I live in the South where its almost always humid). Also like those rear-view mirrors. Reminds me when I use to drive tractor trailers for a couple years.


Posted By: CajunDiver
Date Posted: 07/26/2008 at 7:26pm
Would love to see some finished pics of your boat as we will be diving from ours as well. We are going to begin the tear down tomorrow.

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89 Tracker Party Hut rebuilt & modified for 2009
Excellent Member Of The Month Club 12/08
"Guns don't kill people the government does"--Rusty Shackleford


Posted By: dahogman
Date Posted: 07/27/2008 at 9:14am
One concern I would have with the composite decking is weight.  That stuff is very heavy.  I would check the weight of it versus plywood.  Composite decking is also not usually rated for structure and decking on a Pontoon boat helps stiffen up the entire structure of the boat.Welcome to the forum and good luck with your project.

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Eric
2011 Tracker Targa V18
Mercury 150 Optimax
99 Jeep Cherokee 4.0 4x4
Galesburg IL
Fishing Illinois & Mississippi Rivers


Posted By: CajunDiver
Date Posted: 07/27/2008 at 9:56pm

OK I have been thinking this composite thing over for several weeks. I got 19 pieces on closeout for 10 bucks each. This is enough to do the front 12 feet from the cabin to the bow. I plan to enclose the rest and wanted something slip resistant and washable in the front. The composite does that and 200 bucks is cheaper than just the marine plywood. I searched online for the weight of the Veranda 0.9"x5.2"x12" planks and could find nothing so I simply weighed one. It is almost 30#. I did some simple math which I hope is right and (allowing for the 1/4" gap) came up with a weight of 5.5#/SF. Right now there is no furniture in the front and I plan to keep it that way. Judging from the water line it looks like it sits low in the back although it has 3 pontoons. Well here is the unscientific results of my study

1) The original weight of the front flooring for a 12x8" section with furniture was 429#. I used 2#/SF for the plywood and 0.2#/SF for the carpet. The furniture layout was assumed (from pictures of other similar boats) to be a lounger section on each side of the boat. The new ones from pontoonstuff similar would weight 218# according to their listed weight. (This is where I got plywood & carpet weights as well)

2) The new weight of the composite plank decking would be 528# without furniture (which is how I plan to keep it). This means I would be adding 101# to the front of the boat.

3) If I use the composite plywood with carpet (dont really want carpet) on the back 112SF of the boat instead of marine plywood I would deduct 84# from the original weight as the composite weighs in at 1.25#/SF instead of 2.0# This would leave me with a net gain of 17# going with the composite plank/plywood combination. I also found out when we removed the plywood ceiling assembly today it is very heavy. If I can put composite plywood back here it would help with the weight.

Based on the above I think I will go ahead with the Veranda decking. It may make the front a little heavier than original but I think it will be workable. If not I will just change it out later. Undrh2o I also will have to deal with tanks, etc. but probably wont have but 4 divers and maybe 10 tanks. Glad to hear it did not mess with your height in the water as that was my major concern. The only time I would want speed would be an emergency or something.Dahogman you are correct on the structural. I will need to add some supports as the planks are only rated for 16" centers and my ribs are on 20-24".

Sorry to bore everyone with the numbers but I searched all over for weights on this stuff and couldn"t come up with anything. I had heard on another site about decking with Brazilian Ipe wood which I think would look awesome but it is heavier than composite. Also it would need to be restained periodically.

Thanks everyone for your suggestions and if you have any other ideas or concerns with my plans let me know as this is my first pontoon boat as well as rebuild of one. We got the rails and roof off today and hope to be polishing the toons next weekend!



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89 Tracker Party Hut rebuilt & modified for 2009
Excellent Member Of The Month Club 12/08
"Guns don't kill people the government does"--Rusty Shackleford


Posted By: Bamby
Date Posted: 07/28/2008 at 5:47am

  Can"t tell from the pictures or seen anywhere on the posts. But is your boat underskined? If not I"d be conserned about water issues. If you leave a gap between planks there will be a lot of water intrusion. If your boat is underskined this is no issue proceed.

  Gregg



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2004 2503 Odyssey
2005 Honda 50
1972 35 ft. Crest Pontoon HB
2007 90 HP 4 st. Yamaha
"Attaboy" Award May 2009
"Attaboy" Award Dec 2009



Posted By: CajunDiver
Date Posted: 07/28/2008 at 9:44am
No it is not underskinned. I have a roll of geotech filter/fabric membrane left over from a job I am thinking about installing under the decking. It is light weight and semi-permeable. I think it would allow standing water to drain but keep splashing water out. It is real similar to the stuff used under RV"s and mobile homes but more durable. We use it under rock for road beds. My other thought was visqueen or 30# felt but the visqueen would probably deteriorate and the felt would have seams which would probably eventually get torn, etc. I know it would be easier to just plywood and vinyl it but I really want a deck look on the front. The Veranda is gray in color and other than its width would look similar to a boat deck and is non-slip.

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89 Tracker Party Hut rebuilt & modified for 2009
Excellent Member Of The Month Club 12/08
"Guns don't kill people the government does"--Rusty Shackleford


Posted By: Bamby
Date Posted: 07/28/2008 at 1:21pm

  I know of the filter fabric you are speaking of that is some tough stuff. Eats utility knife blades real quick don"t it. It would work for certain be a bit hard to get dirt and debris out of though. Another thing to consider on the cabin part is the amount of water the center toon throws out. You"ll think the river is flowing over the outside toons. I bought one for a parts boat and ran it once at speed to try motor and was amazed at the amount of water. Suggest you use conduit to protect wires etc. from chaffing from this action. The boat I bought didn"t have it and the wiring and splices showed it. Be  careful about any holes you need to put in floor to. Thats how I discovered above is because my feet were getting wet.

 Gregg



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2004 2503 Odyssey
2005 Honda 50
1972 35 ft. Crest Pontoon HB
2007 90 HP 4 st. Yamaha
"Attaboy" Award May 2009
"Attaboy" Award Dec 2009



Posted By: CajunDiver
Date Posted: 07/28/2008 at 5:45pm

Thanks for the heads up on the water Bamby. I will be using a solid floor on the cabin area but that is where most of the penetrations are! I like the conduit idea. I"m thinking the grey PVC would blend best with the aluminum. I have seen the galvanized EMT rust over and over so I don"t think I will go that route and rigid would probably weigh too much. Right now the wires are just run above the toons and I think thats how the manufacturer did it. They look to be in bad shape and needs re-wiring. Gettincaught.. I would love to see a picture of your boat. I want to enclose the back fully but have been going against it lately as I am not sure how I would tie up at the dock as well as access the motor for repairs should a breakdown occur in the water. The existing fold down canvas allows me to sleep back there but can quickly be let down to use the back of the boat for docking, etc.



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89 Tracker Party Hut rebuilt & modified for 2009
Excellent Member Of The Month Club 12/08
"Guns don't kill people the government does"--Rusty Shackleford


Posted By: Bamby
Date Posted: 07/28/2008 at 9:11pm

  This is a peacemeal partyhut / crest boat that I"m doing. As you can see space can be easily left for good usage. The original floorplan had two gates one one each side each apx. 24ins. Originally had bimini on back just like yours. Maybe the above pictures will give you some ideas.

 Gregg

***resized pics and combined to this post for better viewing***

 



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2004 2503 Odyssey
2005 Honda 50
1972 35 ft. Crest Pontoon HB
2007 90 HP 4 st. Yamaha
"Attaboy" Award May 2009
"Attaboy" Award Dec 2009



Posted By: CajunDiver
Date Posted: 07/28/2008 at 10:07pm

What length is that? I"m not sure I could fit all that on mine. Its the same in the back as you said and also has 2 side gates. How big is the enclosed portion? What kind of floorplan does it have. I wish I could get mine to sleep 4 but not sure how to arrange that. Does yours do OK on the water. I wanted to use wood to frame my walls in but was afraid it may be too heavy.



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89 Tracker Party Hut rebuilt & modified for 2009
Excellent Member Of The Month Club 12/08
"Guns don't kill people the government does"--Rusty Shackleford


Posted By: Bamby
Date Posted: 07/29/2008 at 6:05am

  The cabin on it is 8x16 ft. on mine. Top picture is how cabin looked as we rec"d boat. You can see waterline as to how it set in water for we used it as a camper last summer. The pre-existing cabin was framed of 1 1/2 in. wood and I replaced with ripped treated 2x4"s. Found yard that carried no. 1 kilned after treatment and they are a lot lighter than reg. treated. You may want to downsize yours a bit though. There is no floorplan on mine that was part of the fun. The pre-ex floor plan did not work for us. It can be done though but finding the right materals at least here is a pain. You have to put a lot ot thought into what you want or need and some graph paper and move it around to make it fit. You could probably make something that would work if you put your mind to it.

 Gregg



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2004 2503 Odyssey
2005 Honda 50
1972 35 ft. Crest Pontoon HB
2007 90 HP 4 st. Yamaha
"Attaboy" Award May 2009
"Attaboy" Award Dec 2009



Posted By: CajunDiver
Date Posted: 08/02/2008 at 8:29pm

OK we got the boat stripped to the frame and are ready to clean the toons. I did the most redneck thing I have done in the last 2 weeks today. Got to thinking about all the cribbing and jacks I would need to jack this thing up to drive out from under it. Well I just backed up to two trees and tied each side to a tree and drove out from under it (slowly of course) Well the trailer is so tall but I was hoping with the boats length the middle would be close to the ground by the time I got to the front. WRONG! Had to get the tractor and gin pole to raise the front off the trailer so we could come on out without dropping the boat. I think when I get the trailer re-done and toons cleaned I will bring my backhoe home and use it to help raise the boat on the trailer. Here are pictures of a redneck moment!

***realigned pics so text wasn't misagligned*** 



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89 Tracker Party Hut rebuilt & modified for 2009
Excellent Member Of The Month Club 12/08
"Guns don't kill people the government does"--Rusty Shackleford


Posted By: papaz
Date Posted: 08/02/2008 at 9:07pm
Redneck moments, right up my alley!!  Looks like a cool project, can"t wait to see some more pics. 

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1991 Stardust 24'
2011 115 Evinrude Etec
1993 Godfrey "Mini Toon"
2000 25hp Johnson
Ludowici Georgia


Posted By: Guests
Date Posted: 08/02/2008 at 9:44pm
Interesting way of doing things I must say


Posted By: CajunDiver
Date Posted: 08/08/2008 at 10:41pm

Well got the coil cleaner done and then put Brasso on toons and buffed clean with a buffing pad on a grinder. This cleaned them good but left scratch marks. Got a #6 polishing stick and a cloth polising wheel for the grinder and started on the mirror shine. Should be done tomorrow and will post more pics then but here is a start.



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89 Tracker Party Hut rebuilt & modified for 2009
Excellent Member Of The Month Club 12/08
"Guns don't kill people the government does"--Rusty Shackleford


Posted By: CajunDiver
Date Posted: 08/08/2008 at 10:58pm
Thanks CJ. We have decided to hard top/side the back by moving everything forward 2 feet and put bunks in the back 6". We will still have the option of putting this enclosure on it though and will hang on to this information you have given us in case we do. This is good to know because I searched along time online and never found anyone who made this although there are some pop up camper companies I suspect that could if they had the old pattern.

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89 Tracker Party Hut rebuilt & modified for 2009
Excellent Member Of The Month Club 12/08
"Guns don't kill people the government does"--Rusty Shackleford


Posted By: CajunDiver
Date Posted: 08/24/2008 at 7:52pm

Well finally got the stripped down toon back on the trailer today and out of the yard where I can mow (You might be a redneck if you cut your grass and find a pontoon boat!). We loaded it with the backhoe and all went well but it was a tense 10 minutes. The sharkhide is on and hopefully I can get some aluminum stock this week so I can decrease the joist spacing for the decking. Here are some pics.

***edited pics to realign them, so text and pics would flow better*** 



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89 Tracker Party Hut rebuilt & modified for 2009
Excellent Member Of The Month Club 12/08
"Guns don't kill people the government does"--Rusty Shackleford


Posted By: darrklim2
Date Posted: 08/25/2008 at 10:05am
Lookin Good!


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Darren
Deer Creek, Minnesota, USA
78 Lund Mr. Pike
87 Sun Patio Sunliner DLX
04 Chevrolet Silverado


Posted By: CajunDiver
Date Posted: 09/14/2008 at 11:15pm

Well after nearly a month and dealing with record rains from 2 hurricanes I finally got the extra supports added as well as the decking and vinyl flooring. Here are some pics. I am now fighting mosquitoes and trying to paint the fencing. Hopefully I can get it on in the next couple of weeks but teal season has opened and we have a spearfishing trip coming up. I was hoping to get this done before hunting season but looks like I will be on it all winter now. PS went to bass pro in Shreveport Saturday ahead of the storm (very few people there) and got a Pontoon 35 anchor winch and some miscellaneous items for the boat.

PS the vinyl I used is not a marine grade. I am hoping since it will be in the enclosed portion of my pontoon it will work. It should stay dry and out of the sunlight. We did use a waterproof glue from Henry. It seems to be sticking well.

 

**Edit text and pics for better viewing**



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89 Tracker Party Hut rebuilt & modified for 2009
Excellent Member Of The Month Club 12/08
"Guns don't kill people the government does"--Rusty Shackleford


Posted By: CajunDiver
Date Posted: 09/14/2008 at 11:21pm

Also if anyone would like to see all the pics we have online for this project this is the link

 

http://picasaweb.google.com/briankinley2004/PartyHut - http://picasaweb.google.com/briankinley2004/PartyHut

 

 

 



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89 Tracker Party Hut rebuilt & modified for 2009
Excellent Member Of The Month Club 12/08
"Guns don't kill people the government does"--Rusty Shackleford


Posted By: Guests
Date Posted: 09/14/2008 at 11:50pm

I really like your photo album/journal. Shows just how it all came together and the progress you"ve made. I think the vinyl will be fine inside, since it"s the UV rays that harm it most. Thanks for the update and keep um" coming..



Posted By: Guests
Date Posted: 09/15/2008 at 12:07am
Interesting stuff, thanks for the link.


Posted By: darrklim2
Date Posted: 09/15/2008 at 10:15am
Looking Good!!!


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Darren
Deer Creek, Minnesota, USA
78 Lund Mr. Pike
87 Sun Patio Sunliner DLX
04 Chevrolet Silverado


Posted By: CajunDiver
Date Posted: 11/17/2008 at 10:02pm
Well Bass Pro called this weekend and my new motor came in. They are waiting on the controls/cables and should be ready this week. I have the fencing re-done and am talking to a guy about skinning the "hut" part with aluminum for the walls so I can continue with the project. It has slowed waaay down since the days got short and duck season opened. I hope to get the 90HP off next week and ready for Charles to pick up. If it goes real good I plan on mounting the new motor as well but bet I wind up replacing the transom plywood. Has anyone used the composite plywood sold on this site for a transom?? I would probably have to double it but figured it would not rot and I should be able to glue it together. I have 4 sheets left and need to incorporate them into the rebuild. I may use them on the roof but will have to add a bunch of supports which would cost as much as 2 of the sheets of composite. I plan on posting more pics once I get the motor on and/or walls up

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89 Tracker Party Hut rebuilt & modified for 2009
Excellent Member Of The Month Club 12/08
"Guns don't kill people the government does"--Rusty Shackleford


Posted By: SunBlocker
Date Posted: 11/18/2008 at 9:05am
Brian,

I am very interested in your project!  On this forum you will find a link to my 1992 Party Cruiser project that I"ve been working on for the last couple of years.  Long term I plan on replacing the decking in the bow section (ahead of the cabin) and on the top deck.  But in my case I plan on going with an aluminum extrusion like LockDry.

What I am really interested in is your approach on replacing the cabin walls.  This is a somewhat immediate project for me, as I am completely fed-up with the original SunTracker material.  I have looked at a lot of different materials, various laminations, and have considered making my own.  I"d love to see where you go with your "skinning".

Take care!


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1992 SunTracker Party Cruiser 41ft
18' Cobalt, 13' ElDebo E-Pontoon
-- Okauchee Lake, WI --
http://www.pontoonboatforum.com/sunblocker-1992-party-cruiser_topic3192.html" rel="nofollow - The `Blocker Build


Posted By: CajunDiver
Date Posted: 12/02/2008 at 9:30pm
Well I went to Bass Pro today and picked up the new 115HP Opti Max. I am now starting to work on removing the 90HP so Charles can pick it up later this month. Still not sure about using the composite material for the transom but I feel like I will have to replace it. Scott I am not sure about the walls myself. I am not having any luck getting the guy that does the aluminum skin to come look so I am thinking of other options. I saw your boat on another site and your having the same problem I am. I am getting excited about getting mine going but still have alot of work to do before this spring

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89 Tracker Party Hut rebuilt & modified for 2009
Excellent Member Of The Month Club 12/08
"Guns don't kill people the government does"--Rusty Shackleford


Posted By: SunBlocker
Date Posted: 12/03/2008 at 8:10am
Brian,

Well, I have come up with a solution for my walls, and it might be of interest to you.

Parkland plastics makes a product called Insulex, which is a plastic/foam/plastic composite.  Normally the nominal thickness for this product is 1.16", which would be too thick for our aluminum extrusions.... but they have said that they can do some custom panels that will end up at 1" thick.

I am ordering 14 panels (giving me a couple of spares in case I make the anticipated mistakes), and I am going to make a sincere effort to install them over this winter shutdown.

Another option is to use their DuroTherm product... which comes in 7/16" thicknesses and can be ordered through Menards and other "big-box" outlets.  If you laminate two of those panels together you will end up with a 7/8" panel, which can be made to work in our situation.

If you are interested in the Insulex, just let me know.  I can hook you up with my contact at Parkalnd.


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1992 SunTracker Party Cruiser 41ft
18' Cobalt, 13' ElDebo E-Pontoon
-- Okauchee Lake, WI --
http://www.pontoonboatforum.com/sunblocker-1992-party-cruiser_topic3192.html" rel="nofollow - The `Blocker Build


Posted By: CajunDiver
Date Posted: 12/03/2008 at 8:24am
Hey Scott I am very interested in both. What is the approximate cost and lead times? I looked at an interlocking 12" wide panel from Durashield?? that was going to be great but wound up weighing 3 pounds per LF and cost was over 100 bucks for a 12"x8ft. piece. I am assuming your product is lighter than that.

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89 Tracker Party Hut rebuilt & modified for 2009
Excellent Member Of The Month Club 12/08
"Guns don't kill people the government does"--Rusty Shackleford


Posted By: Guests
Date Posted: 12/03/2008 at 9:47am
Guys, be sure to indicate inches or feet, as the forum software can"t make the distinction with a single or double quotation marks, it"ll translate a double quotation mark for inches into feet. That way anyone reading won"t be confused with your figures.


Posted By: SunBlocker
Date Posted: 12/03/2008 at 5:53pm
Originally posted by briankinley2004 briankinley2004 wrote:

Hey Scott I am very interested in both. What is the approximate cost and lead times? I looked at an interlocking 12" wide panel from Durashield?? that was going to be great but wound up weighing 3 pounds per LF and cost was over 100 bucks for a 12"x8ft. piece. I am assuming your product is lighter than that.


Hmmm... I hadn"t even looked at the Durashield product.  I do a lot of business with Strongwell and I"m confident that I could probably get a good deal on that stuff, but as you mentioned... it"s going to be heavy.  That"s just the nature of pulltruded fiberglass products.  And even a "good deal" on Durashield will probably be substantially more expensive than what I am looking at.

The Insulex is quite light.  According to my calculations it will be under 20 lbs per 4x8 (foot) panel!

Lead times are looking to be about 2-3 weeks, and the initial estimate was that the panel cost would be about $55/ea shipped.  I"m waiting fora hard quote so I can issue a P.O., and I hope to have that by the end of the week.  I can give you updated numbers once they are finalized.


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1992 SunTracker Party Cruiser 41ft
18' Cobalt, 13' ElDebo E-Pontoon
-- Okauchee Lake, WI --
http://www.pontoonboatforum.com/sunblocker-1992-party-cruiser_topic3192.html" rel="nofollow - The `Blocker Build


Posted By: CajunDiver
Date Posted: 12/03/2008 at 6:35pm
That sounds like a pretty good price Scott especially for a finished panel and custom at that. You can PM or email me with contact info. if you like. Charles I forgot about the glitch on the measurements. I almost have the motor ready to pull of and hope to get it ready this weekend. I am trying to label the cables, etc so hopefully it wont be as bad putting it back.

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89 Tracker Party Hut rebuilt & modified for 2009
Excellent Member Of The Month Club 12/08
"Guns don't kill people the government does"--Rusty Shackleford


Posted By: Guests
Date Posted: 12/03/2008 at 8:17pm
No worries there, I"ll figure it out, manual I bought seems pretty good.


Posted By: CajunDiver
Date Posted: 12/07/2008 at 9:26pm

Got the rotten transom finished today and was worried about the motor fitting the boat as the installation guide said the motor needed 33 in. clear at the transom. The way mine was built it stepped up and was only about 22 but there were holes cut in the sides for the steering arm, etc. I decided to lift the motor up to the boat and see what kind of mess I had on my hands. When I got the motor in place and checked the mounting height, etc. I found the old holes for the Johnson matched up perfectly with new Mercury. I went ahead and drilled the new transom material, the bolts fell right in and I decided what the heck. The motor is now bolted to the boat. The only issue I see is the new motor has a chase that all the control wires, etc. come thru. This protrudes out and hits the corner of the transom when the motor turns hard to the port. I think I am going to grind the corner out as there is already a hole cut there for the steering arm. If I dont modify this I will not be able to turn the motor to the left completely (to turn right). I have along way to go to finish this project but feel like I have reached a major milestone and there is no turning back now.



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Posted By: Guests
Date Posted: 12/07/2008 at 9:31pm
Ahhh motor looks lovely doesn"t it , don"t forget to update your signature line now.


Posted By: Guests
Date Posted: 12/07/2008 at 10:31pm
Sweeeeeet....


Posted By: CajunDiver
Date Posted: 12/20/2008 at 11:03pm

After tossing around all kind of options and waiting for results I got impatient and decided to do myself what I was going to pay someone to do. This seems to be the most logical and simplest method for me to enclose the cabin. We started at 10 am this am and by 4:30 had this framing sitting on the boat deck. Only bad moment was when I went to turn on the lights and I had blown them out by hooking them to 220V. My shed only has 120V to it and the welder I borrowed was 240V. I switched the breakers in the house and wired the welder to my camper plug which was 110V but 30amp. Well I forgot to turn the light switch off and it fed 240 to the flourescent lights. This is why I don"t have a pic of the frame on the boat as it was dark when I backed it back under the shed. I found some skin for the exterior from our local portable building place which I plan to put on the exterior then rivet paneling on the interior. The frame is built of 16ga. x 3/4" tubing which is suprisingly light. Two guys lifted the entire frame up to the edge of the pontoon while me and my youngest son grabbed it and set it in place. It probably weighs less than 200#. I plan to put a 3/4" rigid foam core between the skins. I also found some RV windows on e-bay which were much cheaper than buying them new. I did not get the exact sizes I wanted but they are close and I don"t have the passenger side front window yet. Also I have to come up with a 30" x 72" storm or glass door somewhere for the front and the back doors. The back door will have to swing in as well which will present some challenges. Here are a couple of pictures

 



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Posted By: SunBlocker
Date Posted: 12/22/2008 at 8:21am
Brian,

Wow!  Nice work!  Is that framing material aluminum or steel?


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Posted By: CajunDiver
Date Posted: 12/22/2008 at 11:17pm

Scott

The material is 3/4" 16 ga. ( i think its 14 but sold as 16) steel tubing. It is suprisingly light. Two men (one on each short end) lifted it on to my trailered boat which was probably 5" to the deck. The other two of us picked it up and set it in place. Im guessing 200#. I don"t have my steel bible with me but it took 13 stalks of 24" long tubing with maybe 10-15" of short waste pieces. I may pull my manual out at the office tomorrow and get a rough calculation of weight but it can"t weigh a whole lot more than aluminum. I plan on using the aluminum top framing that was originally on the boat



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Posted By: Guests
Date Posted: 12/27/2008 at 7:11pm
Scott, you"re too late on the 90hp. I already picked it up the 22nd. Brian offered it to me last month or so when a local person in my area reneged on a 90hp deal a few months ago. I fixed him up with 3 computers for it to replace his aging Windows 98 machine. He lives near Monroe, LA way out in the woods about 20 or so miles from there but he"s got a nice setup at the house. He could hunt right from his back porch


Posted By: CajunDiver
Date Posted: 12/29/2008 at 7:56pm
Thanks for the answer Charles. I have been at the camp since Christmas without internet. By the way the new computers are great and I have installed wireless internet cards in the kids. The only thing I have run into so far was the sound card for the one (which I got installed without a hitch)and the other (one with wires out of back) did not have a working USB port. I bought a 5 slot PCI/USB card and got that going. Thanks for all the work you did customizing everything for us. It was great to meet you and your wife. Hopefully you can get the motor installed soon. If not looks like you have an interested buyer in Scott lol.  I bought the siding for my cabin but can"t seem to quit hunting long enough to do anymore work. If the ducks quit flying I will get back on it!

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Posted By: Guests
Date Posted: 12/29/2008 at 9:47pm
They all had working usb ports in the back since I used a usb keyboard and mouse to configure them. Now the front usb ports on that one I probably mis-pinned it. Took the cover off the outboard yesterday and it looks pretty good under there but I"ll fix the cut wires and clean up the splices made as that"s probably why the trim/tilt didn"t work from the console (but does from the motor side). My 3ft OMC to Mercury adapter came in today as did the new spark plug wires (very good ebay purchases) so I"m excited to get going. Will also get new decals so I can start sanding down and cleaning up the motor for a new paint job, new decals and new clear coats for a like new motor look (solid gloss black). Will be removing the Tracker Pro 90 Oil Injected look for a Johnson 90 (black/silver/grey/red colors) look (not original, but looks good) http://cgi.ebay.com/Johnson-Outboard-Hood-Decals-V4-1992-94-90-140-hp_W0QQitemZ370081670593QQihZ024QQcategoryZ47131QQcmdZViewItemQQ_trksidZp1742.m153.l1262 - like this decal set . If I can get my buddy to make me a motor stand, I"d work that way, otherwise I"m just going to use my come-along and hoist it into a tree and work on it when the weather gets better in March/April (sure be nice though if I could work on it in the comfort of my garage)


Posted By: CajunDiver
Date Posted: 12/29/2008 at 9:59pm
Boy am I computer challenged. I plugged the mouse and keyboard into the usb ports on that thing and didn"t realize you could get one of those splitters to make them have more USB outlets. I had one and forgot they make those. I pulled up a webpage on pinning those front ones and it was pretty confusing especially since none of the diagrams matched the pins I saw. It was easier on me to just buy that pci card. Is the adapter for your wiring harness or shifter control? Those new decals and a paint job should make that motor look good. I guess your home now and got the motor unloaded OK. Could you rent a hoist like I had and mount it on your boat? That is how I removed it. You would have to have a couple hands to balance it but it should be fairly easy. Then you could work on it with it on the boat.

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Posted By: Guests
Date Posted: 12/29/2008 at 10:39pm
Friend of mine that I want to build the motor stand has one in his home garage and one on the back of his personal business work truck (he works for the city like I do, but in the gas department), we swap out work, I work on his wireless and computers in exchange for his and his son-in-law (who also works for the city) for anything I might need. So he"s off this week, I"ll call him tomorrow and see if he can fix me up a stand pretty quick as I"ve only been asking him since last year for one (but his side business has really exploded - good for him but bad for me as he"s my fishing buddy too). Yeah, that motherboard is I think a spinoff from MSI and there"s no pinout for that particular model, so I had printed out like 3 other motherboard manufacturers that produced motherboards for to get the pinout that finally worked. Didn"t figure you"d actually use the front ports , my bad. I"ll also get him to lift the motor tomorrow so I can get the hood back off that get that model number I need so bad.  Oh and I could probably get a couple of bud"s to actually go ahead and mount it, but didn"t want to bother with it now until I actually got it cleaned and prepped for running. The adapter is just for the electrics part, I"ll have to get different (universal) cables to go from the controls to the Johnson for shifting and gears but mine has what appears (didn"t look REAL hard yet) the same motor control ends (universal).


Posted By: Guests
Date Posted: 12/30/2008 at 4:07pm

Brian - Guess what? That motor WAS NOT a 90 horsepower and definitely not made in 1989. So it was quite an amusement to find out its an 1984 115 horsepower Johnson with a Tracker hood from another motor on it.  Might be older motor, but more HP is always good (I guess)  So I"m betting somebody just got the hood to accomadate their max hp rating on their decal rating. As far as I"m concerned, it still a great trade on my part    There were two numbers on the silver plug on the cylinder head. One was J115TLCRD which shows to be a Johnson (J) 115HP (115), Electric Start, Tilt & Trim (T), 20in Transom (L), made in 1984 (CR) and this model is D (D) for that year. The other number is J5960246 which is the serial number of this motor 



Posted By: CajunDiver
Date Posted: 12/30/2008 at 7:42pm

All I can say is Wow! Actually my toon was rated for a 115HP so that would not have been the case. I posted on your other link that the boat and trailer are both 89 models (the are registered as such) so I don"t have a clue what happened there. I would have never thought to check numbers. I hope my new 115 is not a 90 with a 115 hood LOL



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Posted By: Guests
Date Posted: 12/30/2008 at 9:06pm
Stranger things have happen but the only thing I can come up with maybe insurance purposes?


Posted By: CajunDiver
Date Posted: 01/17/2009 at 9:55pm
Rob- I do not think I am going to use my canvas/frame however the canvas is in bad shape and has been cut. Provided I don"t use it you are welcome to the frame and whats left of the canvas if you can use it. I am going to PM you when I get closer to the tank racks. Hopefully I can get back on skinning the walls this week and get a roof on it. I will probably do the tank racks later on this spring when it warms up. We are going to Coz in early June and probably won"t dive around here until we get back.

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Posted By: SunBlocker
Date Posted: 01/18/2009 at 11:00am
UndrH2O,

Have you been to Bonaire before?


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-- Okauchee Lake, WI --
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Posted By: CajunDiver
Date Posted: 01/18/2009 at 5:23pm

Rob I am pretty sure after looking today that I will not be using the old frame/canvas. Let me know how to get it to you. We are actually staying at Casa Del Mar and were unsure of dive ops. Glad to hear something positive about Del Mar Aquatics as we heard on some of the boards they ran cattle boats. We went/stayed with Scuba Club last time and did not have a problem with their boats. We decided on Casa Del Mar because we have some non divers this time and Scuba Club is so dive oriented that they don"t even have TV"s in the rooms. Have you stayed in the cabanas at CDM? That is what we booked. Would love to go to Bonaire and our local dive shop is going in July to Divi Flamingo but don"t know if we can swing both trips. We have a son that dives so we have to multiply everything by 3! We got a great deal to Coz with airfare and the cabana room being $600 per person excluding diving.

I just got done with about 2/3 of the paneling on inside of the boat and wife has been cutting styrofoam to put for insulation. Got to go back to camp tonite for one last duck hunt. Hopefully I can get pictures posted before I go if not I will get some up this week for sure.



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Posted By: SunBlocker
Date Posted: 01/19/2009 at 12:16am
Originally posted by undrh2o undrh2o wrote:

Hey Scottbee!

I have been to Bonaire a couple of times, as recently as last August. Always a great time and lots of diving!

Have you been?


No.. not personally, but I"ve been invited quite a few times.

I"ve got an old friend who made a killing back in the 90"s via a software company that he founded and ultimately sold.  He took his "winnings" and moved the family down to Bonaire so he could enjoy his diving "hobby" (passion).  I believe he is quite well known down in those parts.

His name is Jake Richter.  Ever heard of him?


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18' Cobalt, 13' ElDebo E-Pontoon
-- Okauchee Lake, WI --
http://www.pontoonboatforum.com/sunblocker-1992-party-cruiser_topic3192.html" rel="nofollow - The `Blocker Build


Posted By: Guests
Date Posted: 01/19/2009 at 1:54am
That"s the guy who does this technology blog I occassionaly view http://blog.richterscale.org/ - http://blog.richterscale.org/  (part of my job to keep up with technology) and I"ve viewed his bio http://www.bonaireinsider.com/JakeRichter-Bio.html - http://www.bonaireinsider.com/JakeRichter-Bio.html , interesting fella.


Posted By: SunBlocker
Date Posted: 01/19/2009 at 10:00am
Yep, that would be my old buddy Jake.  I Google"d him not too long ago and brought myself up to date on his activities and accomplishments.  He"s been a busy boy.  And it looks like time and aging has been kind to him.

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1992 SunTracker Party Cruiser 41ft
18' Cobalt, 13' ElDebo E-Pontoon
-- Okauchee Lake, WI --
http://www.pontoonboatforum.com/sunblocker-1992-party-cruiser_topic3192.html" rel="nofollow - The `Blocker Build


Posted By: CajunDiver
Date Posted: 01/22/2009 at 7:45pm

Thanks for the info on the diving Rob. As promised, but late as usual, here are some pics of the walls. Duck season closes this weekend so hopefully we can make some real progress in the next few weeks. I really need to have this thing going by March!

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Posted By: CajunDiver
Date Posted: 01/22/2009 at 10:02pm
Well too cold to dive around here and we don"t do drysuits! I plan to tow as we have alot of lakes around here and few have permanent docking facilities. Send me your address and I will get the frame/canvas in the works.

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Posted By: CajunDiver
Date Posted: 01/29/2009 at 8:41pm

Finally finished the insulation in the evenings this week. We are starting to slow down so I have been able to get home with a couple hours daylight left each day. I was fighting mosquitoes Monday afternoon and now I am running the heater. Typical Louisiana winter! I got one side of siding on today and hopefully this weekend I can get that finished and start on the roof.



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Posted By: Guests
Date Posted: 01/29/2009 at 9:52pm
Ahhh progress (and thanks for the wiring plug btw)


Posted By: CajunDiver
Date Posted: 01/30/2009 at 3:09pm
Glad to hear you got it! Hope it helps

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Posted By: CajunDiver
Date Posted: 02/01/2009 at 7:57pm

Finished the siding today and could not resist sticking in a window. I got them on e-bay and spent about the cost of buying just one new. They are not the same brands but pretty much look alike except one has tinted glass and will look off. Hopefully I can get the rest of the windows in this week and get the roof on. Ordered a helm stand and seat from pontoons stuff that should be here friday



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Posted By: Guests
Date Posted: 02/01/2009 at 8:05pm
I like that window, starting to take pretty good shape now.


Posted By: CajunDiver
Date Posted: 02/12/2009 at 8:36pm

Work is slowing down but not on the Party Hut! A couple of my guys didn"t have a job to go to today and my work has been slow so we have put a big dent in it this week. Got the roof on except the vinyl which has been ordered. Got the bathroom rebuilt as well as the bunks and all windows are installed. Went to take an outside pic and batteries died on camera so that will be coming hopefully this weekend. Also for all you folks that want to know about replacement panels for the Party Hut sides we made some for our bathroom today. Took 1/2" "Tuff R" (which is the rigid type) styrofoam house sheating and used foam/panel adehsive to laminate 1/4" paneling to each side. We then used a plastic laminate roller to roll it together. We re-used the old aluminum framing and it is as good or better than the original. I know you cant use the paneling outside but Lowes carries a white smooth "tileboard" similar to those marker boards that use the magic marker type pens. It has a water resistant finish and is installed on a masonite type board which could be glued in the same fashion as we did for the paneling. I know this is not as good as some options mentioned but it is the similar to the original less the vinyl coating and could be made for around $60 for a 4x8 panel. Also found some storm doors that were vinyl coated at Lowes. The special order Larsen doors at our lumberyard were 300 each with shipping. I found these for $88 each. It took me about 2 hrs/door to cut them down and re-assemble but hopefully it was money saved. The Larsens were better construction but I can relace these several times for the price of their units. If the vinly comes in tomorrow I hope to put it on roof Sat. and post more pics.

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Posted By: Guests
Date Posted: 02/12/2009 at 8:45pm
Looking mighty good


Posted By: Guests
Date Posted: 02/12/2009 at 9:08pm
Looks great!! Thanks for the update and pics.


Posted By: lindaslounge
Date Posted: 02/14/2009 at 12:08pm
Nice job on the interior!  I like the windows too.  Can you just imagine when it is all done and you are out there on the water having a great time?

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Evinrude 115 hp 2 cycle
2006 HD Roadking
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Posted By: CajunDiver
Date Posted: 02/14/2009 at 10:33pm

Just let me know. Its in the shed all wrapped up and ready to go.

 

Hey Linda I am about ready to have a party on the trailer. I am getting anxious



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Posted By: CajunDiver
Date Posted: 02/14/2009 at 11:21pm
Nope I wouldn"t mind diving on my own boat. Maybe I would catch a fish or two for supper in the process. It would have to be alot of waves though to get to the paneling though unless I left the door open. Do you operate your pontoon in big waves? I heard your not supposed to do that.

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Posted By: lindaslounge
Date Posted: 02/15/2009 at 12:52am
Party on the trailer?  Sounds good to me .  The big waves, I am sure you read a post from me somewhere indicating the waves that came over the bow from a couple of yachts.  I carry a small wet/dry vac to suck up water.  Sometimes a lot of water will collect around the gates from swimmers.  Rather than having it soak into everything we suck it up. 

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'91 Suntracker Party Hut 30 DL
Evinrude 115 hp 2 cycle
2006 HD Roadking
"AttaGirl" Award for December 2008


Posted By: CajunDiver
Date Posted: 02/15/2009 at 5:25pm
I have 6" plank decking on the bow of mine with 1/4" cracks. It is underskinned with a filter cloth which hopefully will let the water drain. I also used spacers under the rails to raise them to allow drainage. There is stainless steel flashing going behind the building siding and under the floor. Only way water can get in cabin is around the doors. I thought about putting a drain along the wall in front of the siding when I was building it but decided to wait and see. We dont have any yacts down here. They must make some big waves to come over the fencing of the bow.

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Posted By: lindaslounge
Date Posted: 02/15/2009 at 10:29pm

That"s right I remember now about your plank deck.  I really don"t think you have to worry about anything.  Water can come up drain holes in the deck as well as go out.  The waves did not come over the fence just in through the forward gate bottom.  The first time we had about 10 people on board all sitting forward and our friend thought he was being cool and swamped us with his wake.  Basically he came pretty close and turned and forced his wake through the gate. The forward tops of the toons was only about 4 inches out of the water because of the weight of the people and ice chests.  The second time was a little learning curve on how to hit the waves from the big boats and again we had a lot of weight up front.  We only had four poeple on the boat but it was the first morning and we were staying on the river for 3 days and had about 3 big ice chests up by the forward gate.  Again, we were sitting lower in the water up front.  We hit the wake at too much of a 90 degree angle and took the wake through the gate.  It went all the way to the helm and ran out the side gates.  We have not been swamped again, yet, but we make sure when we are cruising the river to go the same direction as the big boats or anchor up the 5 mile/hour river and wait for the big boats to settle down.  We also make sure to move the ice chests aft to keep the weight off the forward most part of the boat.



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'91 Suntracker Party Hut 30 DL
Evinrude 115 hp 2 cycle
2006 HD Roadking
"AttaGirl" Award for December 2008


Posted By: CajunDiver
Date Posted: 02/18/2009 at 7:55pm

We got a 75 degree day today without rain so off came the tarps and on went the Mari-deck vinyl on the roof. I did not get the trim and rails done because I did have to work some today to pay for all of this. I really like the vinyl and was easier to install than I thought once we came up with a plan to do it in short sections. Had to use contact cement because of the composite/fiberglass decking and it took more than twice what they recommend. The vinyl sort of reminds me of the roofing material they used on cars years ago.

 

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Posted By: Guests
Date Posted: 02/18/2009 at 8:29pm
Man that"s looking good


Posted By: Slow Joe
Date Posted: 02/27/2009 at 10:53am

Cort (AKA Farkum),

If you are referring to the stern light that is mounted down on the rub rail, it is not at all legal. The light must be mounted is such a manner as to be visible all-around (360 degrees) and for at least 2 miles. The USCG regulation for navigable waters read as follows:

"The masthead or all-around white light on power vessels less than 12 meters in length must be at least 1 meter above the red and green side lights."

"At night, power-driven vessels and sailing vessels at anchor must display anchor lights. An anchor light for a vessel less than 50 meters in length is an all-around white light visible for 2 miles exhibited where it can be seen."

12 meters is a few inches short of 40 ft. and 50 meters is about 164 feet.

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03 Party Barge 20ft
04 Mercury Bigfoot 60HP 4 Stroke
02 Silverado
Indian Hills Lake, Cuba, MO


Posted By: Woody
Date Posted: 02/27/2009 at 12:16pm

A powerboat underway does have to display a white light visibile for 2 miles, but it doesn"t have to be a single light.  To prevent blinding the helmsman it can be a stern light and another light mounted forward, each shining a limited amount forward or back.  Of course you can mount a single light up high, to shine over the helmsman and the boat, if that works for you.  Check this website:

http://www.boatus.org/onlinecourse/ReviewPages/BoatUSF/Project/info2c.htm - http://www.boatus.org/onlinecourse/ReviewPages/BoatUSF/Proje ct/info2c.htm



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Posted By: CajunDiver
Date Posted: 02/27/2009 at 8:08pm
As far as I know it is factory but I plan to put the new one on the rear of the top deck. It is LED and has a fairly long pole. I bought it from EZACDC. I also bought a short flagpole from Bass Pro that plugs in during the daytime and this is why I chose to mount it there. I hope I don"t have issues but I was hoping with it being 3" or so above the top and at the rear it wouldn"t blind me.

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Posted By: peppyjd
Date Posted: 02/28/2009 at 7:46am
Brian---

Your deck looks awesome.  I noticed that you sealed the seams and screws...can you tell me what you used, and also did you use the deck tape on the seams underneath, or something else all together?

It appears that you put down vinyl?  Is that the MariDeck, and how do you like it? Any tips?  I got the MariDeck in gray, but it"s still in the roll.  Been too cold here for me to progress with getting the toons polished even. 

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85 Harris Sunliner 24ft
85 Johnson 70 hp
Kayak: Tarpon 160i


Posted By: CajunDiver
Date Posted: 02/28/2009 at 9:51am

Jenn

This is actually the top deck of my boat which is the roof of the cabin. I did not tape the seams underneath. I used regular Bondo body filler on the seams/screws just to keep them from bleeding thru the vinyl. Yes this is the Mari-Deck vinyl in white. I really like it so far although it seems a little thin. It has some kind of felt back and took waayy more glue than they recommended (we used solvent glue because the deck is the composite/fiberglass "plywood" sold here). Standard glue may do better but this stuff was basically contact cement and was rolled on. We ran out and went to the lumber yard and got standard contact cement to finish and it did just fine. It was a little more on the yellow side than the factory glue but stuck fine.

As far as tips to install I would say have 3 people; unroll, measure and cut to fit before you even open the glue can; do on a warm low wind day (we had wind issues); we had to glue both the vinyl and deck so this made it difficult. If you only have to glue the deck it should be a little easier. Also we rolled the vinyl back up and started at one end of the deck. We cemented about 2-3" of the deck and vinyl back at one time. When the glue got right we lifted the roll with the glued section of vinyl and slid a 4" SCH 40 PVC pipe under the glued vinyl. This aided us in evenly laying the vinyl. We just rolled the pipe and the vinyl stuck an inch at a time. Had we just laid a 2" piece out and it wrinkled we would have had a mess with the contact cement as it won"t come back up. With standard glue you could probably adjust and the pipe may not be necessary. We rolled each section with a roller after it stuck. We just went in 2-3" sections using this method  until we hit the end. If you do get a small wrinkle they roll out fairly easy. Also set all your glue, tools, etc. on cardboard or something because its easy to get the glue on the wrong side. Good luck with yours and hope it warms up for you soon!



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Posted By: CajunDiver
Date Posted: 03/03/2009 at 10:01pm

I have been working on this helm now for a few days along with wiring and putting break metal trim around the top of the roof so I can finish it. I put the gauges in so I could mount the wheel as I couldn"t stand not seeing it on anymore. I left leads out of each gauge which I labeled to be connected to the new wiring harness extension I ordered today. Man I am getting so close but have alot of little details left. I used the old gauge bezel so I have a missing speed gauge as I heard they were not accurate. I may cut a white board out with a smiley face in it if I can"t find a clock to fit here.



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89 Tracker Party Hut rebuilt & modified for 2009
Excellent Member Of The Month Club 12/08
"Guns don't kill people the government does"--Rusty Shackleford


Posted By: Bamby
Date Posted: 03/04/2009 at 8:18am
  Just a thought here. I"m going to put a water pressure gauge in our houseboat and they are available in that size I"m almost certain. I figure since I"m not going to be able to ether see or really hear the motor on our houseboat it would be a value added safety item should I trim it to high or gather debris etc. I know I don"t want to burn up our motor  and consider pressure gauge an important feature. I"d also like to complement your work it"s looking real good and I know you"re going to get a lot of enjoyment out of it.
 Gregg   

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2004 2503 Odyssey
2005 Honda 50
1972 35 ft. Crest Pontoon HB
2007 90 HP 4 st. Yamaha
"Attaboy" Award May 2009
"Attaboy" Award Dec 2009



Posted By: Slow Joe
Date Posted: 03/04/2009 at 8:38am

Brian,

Your boat is looking real good. I like that paneling. Looks like you"ll be ready to launch soon.

Joe



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Slow Joe
03 Party Barge 20ft
04 Mercury Bigfoot 60HP 4 Stroke
02 Silverado
Indian Hills Lake, Cuba, MO


Posted By: CajunDiver
Date Posted: 03/04/2009 at 3:51pm

Thanks for the compliments! Gregg do you know where you saw the 3in water pressure gauge? The one in the line I bought from Bass pro was 2in. so I didn"t get. I already have a hose running from the old water gauge that was 2in. and found out my new motor has a tap as well so if I could find a 3in. in white that would be awesome!

 

PS moderators--I caught the in & ft. thing for once!! I did have to go back and change every number though



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89 Tracker Party Hut rebuilt & modified for 2009
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"Guns don't kill people the government does"--Rusty Shackleford


Posted By: Guests
Date Posted: 03/04/2009 at 4:34pm
I don"t recall seeing a 3 1/4 inch pressure gauge (although some are 3 inch overall diameter with the outer bezel), but maybe you could drill the hole for the 2 inch gauge and fit a white (or even black) background around it. Or you might be able to find a 4 inch white or black gauge blank cover and drill it out for the gauge.


Posted By: Guests
Date Posted: 03/04/2009 at 4:40pm

Like these.

http://www.iboats.com/Blank_Gauge_Covers/dm/cart_id.369507321--session_id.224889361--view_id.341239 - http://www.iboats.com/Blank_Gauge_Covers/dm/cart_id.36950732 1--session_id.224889361--view_id.341239



Posted By: peppyjd
Date Posted: 03/05/2009 at 8:40pm
Brian---

The SS steering wheel looks awesome!  And the gauge panel is very nice---what about putting big a tach in the blank cuttout?  Nicely done.....


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Jenn
Charlottesville, VA
85 Harris Sunliner 24ft
85 Johnson 70 hp
Kayak: Tarpon 160i


Posted By: CajunDiver
Date Posted: 03/05/2009 at 9:11pm
Thanks Jenn I got the wheel for less than 50 bucks brand new on Ebay!!! The large gauge on the left is a tach so I don"t need another. The speedo gauge fits there pretty good but I hear they are inaccurate and pretty much a waste. Thats what was there on the old boat.

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89 Tracker Party Hut rebuilt & modified for 2009
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"Guns don't kill people the government does"--Rusty Shackleford


Posted By: CajunDiver
Date Posted: 03/09/2009 at 8:43pm

Got the railing and trim on the upper deck end of last week. Had to pull off the project this weekend to go to Florida and get my Advanced Open Water diving certificate. Now its wiring and trying to get some corners custom made as I ran the metal trim flush with the edge instead of setting it back and the old cast aluminum covers won"t work. I ain"t pulling all that trim back up to move. Had to buy some aluminum angle also to extend the trim where the cabin was extended. It is 4inx4in so I may use it to make some corners.



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89 Tracker Party Hut rebuilt & modified for 2009
Excellent Member Of The Month Club 12/08
"Guns don't kill people the government does"--Rusty Shackleford


Posted By: Guests
Date Posted: 03/09/2009 at 8:58pm

Man that really looks good now compared to what I saw in person in Dec 08



Posted By: CajunDiver
Date Posted: 03/11/2009 at 11:09pm
undrh2o- Is it OK to ship via a freight carrier if I can"t get UPS to do it? Wish I could go with yall to Key Largo but we have a Cozumel dive end of May and a big fishing trip scheduled for mid April where I hope to make the maiden voyage on the Party Hut!!!! Plus looks like I got middle ear troubles from the dive. I didn"t equalize on the surface much as I should have and at 30" felt some mild ear pain. Went up a few feet and then back down. Nothing hurt bad but was uncomfortable. Water was COLD so my ear was probably numb. Now that I am thinking back we went down a sloping  bank to the entrance to the cavern so I was in a head down position as well. Should have used the trusty valsava manuver but wanted to be cool and try moving my jaw. Oh well looks like no diving for 2 or 3 weeks min. We were in Morrison Spings FL so if yall are driving and get that way it has been remodeled and very nice. Yall got any trips to Flower Gardens late this summer??

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89 Tracker Party Hut rebuilt & modified for 2009
Excellent Member Of The Month Club 12/08
"Guns don't kill people the government does"--Rusty Shackleford


Posted By: lindaslounge
Date Posted: 03/14/2009 at 12:08am
Great job Brian!!!  Your toon really looks nice.  Your are too close to launching!!!!  Sorry to hear about your ears.  Your might needs those amenities from time to time so please take care.

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Jeff & Linda
'91 Suntracker Party Hut 30 DL
Evinrude 115 hp 2 cycle
2006 HD Roadking
"AttaGirl" Award for December 2008


Posted By: CajunDiver
Date Posted: 03/15/2009 at 6:52pm

Woke up Saturday feelin better after being under the weather the latter part of the week. Talked one of my men who is also a diver into coming over Friday and putting the ceiling in the boat in return for some toon time. He is a master carpenter so it took a little longer and he came back Sat. am. As he worked on the ceiling I started putting in lights behind him and working on some of the electrical details. He started hinting around about taking it to the lake this afternoon which had already crossed my mind so it didn"t take much persuasion to go do a "float test" as we called it. He asked me "what do we need to do to get it where we can take it to the lake?". I spouted off a few things like finish the ceiling, transom saver, numbers on the bow, etc. Lo and behold at 3:30PM we were hooking up a semi-finished party hut and headed to the lake. We did not call it the maiden voayage as we did not have a quart of Natural Light to break over the bow. On the way to the lake 3 or the 4 Dexter grease thru dust covers came off and my son did not tie the gate good so one of them blew off but my wife picked it up (without a scratch!). I bought new hinges and latches from PS but didn"t get them on as it wasn"t on the "necessary" list.  The boat pulled like a dream with my Duramax engine/Allison transmission and once we hit the water all in the world was good! The new Merc fired right up and before we knew it we had put the first hour of break in time on the motor. Found a few little items we need to work on but nothing major. Couple of gauges not working but I think I know where the problem is and there was some water coming thru the underskin of filter cloth right where the third toon starts only at a certain speed. I plan on putting a piece of sheet metal or something there. Also need to remove the screen off the drivers window. More of a nuisance than I thought. Thing handled like a dream and we made some fairly sharp turns at 3 or 4K RPM without a problem. Heres the pics. I plan to post more of the inside and outside once I am really thru. The A/C should be here Monday and I still have some more miscellaneous things to do.

Leaving Home

***realigned pics for better viewing***



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89 Tracker Party Hut rebuilt & modified for 2009
Excellent Member Of The Month Club 12/08
"Guns don't kill people the government does"--Rusty Shackleford


Posted By: Guests
Date Posted: 03/15/2009 at 7:13pm
Oh man that looks really good, but had no idea your cabin would be so big, no fishing chairs on front either, but looks like it could be a shrimp trawl if the nets were out . Looks mighty fine.


Posted By: CajunDiver
Date Posted: 03/15/2009 at 7:21pm
Chairs on the front are one of those "miscellaneous items"

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89 Tracker Party Hut rebuilt & modified for 2009
Excellent Member Of The Month Club 12/08
"Guns don't kill people the government does"--Rusty Shackleford


Posted By: Guests
Date Posted: 03/15/2009 at 7:39pm
Looks great and sits real nice in the water. I know you had a big smile on..



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