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Topic: SunBlocker 1992 Party Cruiser
Posted By: SunBlocker
Subject: SunBlocker 1992 Party Cruiser
Date Posted: 11/12/2008 at 5:24pm

Hey all!

I"m new to this forum.... but have taken a lot of time to read some of the old posts and look at the projects.  There is some great stuff here!

Last year I embarked on a HUGE project that involved the partial restoration and radical modification of a 1992 32" Party Cruiser.  If you take a look... you"ll see that I did a LOT of work on that barge... perhaps some if it ill-advised!

Anyway, I did some more work on her lat winter and she now has a full slide, bow and stern washdown units, another stereo system for the top deck, a full 3rd toon... and many, many other things.  I will try and update the project site when I get the chance.

Here"s my current quest:  this winter I will be attempting to replace the walls on the entire cabin structure.  Anybody who has dealt with a Cruiser or a Hut knows that the SunTracker stuff is garbage and over time it delaminates and bubbles.  It also absorbs water and gets quite heavy.

I"ve looked at a lot of options, including some all-plastic stuff from Parkland.  I"ve also considered making my own laminate from FRP/foam/FRP... and it looks like that"s perhaps what others have done here.

Can I get some comments on that?  I"m really clueless on making my own laminates and am concerned abut using the correct glue and process if I ultimately go that route.

Thanks!



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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



Replies:
Posted By: Guests
Date Posted: 11/12/2008 at 5:41pm

Hello Scottbee, welcome to the forums. Got a great bunch of people here. Glad to see you come join us. Be sure to post some pics of your boat(s) in the "Show Off Your Pontoon" section (or rebuild depending if you have before/after pics), as we"d love to see them. Also tell us your story in How did you come to join the forums? (just click on the red link and tell us all about it ).  You probably did like a lot of us have. Looking for pontoon accessories and either found it through http://www.pontoonstuff.com/ - www.PontoonStuff.com ebay site or web store. Jim (administrator) and Andrea (pontoongirl) Myers (our hosts) have excellent staff members to help them help you find whatever it is you"re looking for your boat and has excellent shipping and customer service. Have fun and happy boating. Be sure to edit your signature line to include details of your boat and motor so folks won"t have to ask for it if questions arise later. I"ll let our other members who have experience with your type of project make their comments, as its outside (way outside) my expertise



Posted By: Bamby
Date Posted: 11/12/2008 at 6:38pm

  Nice looking project you got going on there. I must have spent 1/2 hr. just looking at your pictures. Not sure what classification you tune comes under but it sure is a neat different. Not sure if you"ve looked at my project or not but here"s a link.  http://www.pontoonstuff.com/forum/pontoon-forum/2916-10-my-p-111-nto-111-n.asp?PN=1 - http://www.pontoonstuff.com/forum/pontoon-forum/2916-10-my-p -111-nto-111-n.asp?PN=1   The siding I used is 1/8th in thick in some kind of vinyl  it"s U.V. resistant etc. But it moves a lot from expansion from heat and cold. If you are interested I"ll find a link to it for you. One question though where did you plumb the black water to can"t see or missed where it went.

 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: SunBlocker
Date Posted: 11/12/2008 at 6:53pm
I did look at your boat.. it was one of the first projects that I perused here!  I am interested in your material.. although my application is a bit different.  I"ll need a composite that ends up being about 1" thick, finished on both sides... in a 4x8 sheet.  Those sheets are mounted in the aluminum structure and create the interior and exterior walls.  There is nothing wrong with the fundamental idea... it"s just that Suntracker used a vinyl coating over Masonite... which is then laminated to styrofoam.  The Masonite absorbs the moisture.. and then all heck breaks loose.

As far as the black water is concerned, the head that I selected.. the SeaLand Traveler 711M28, has an integrated black water holding tank directly below the bowl.  It"s a VERY nice unit and I highly recommend it.

If you have any other question... feel free to ask!


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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: Guests
Date Posted: 11/12/2008 at 7:16pm

That is some photo layout I have to say. I can see scbadiver now just thinking up all kinds of ideas in that beer weekend environment he puts himself through



Posted By: Bamby
Date Posted: 11/12/2008 at 7:25pm

  I found a link to the product I used. There are some additional pcs. that could be handy for your use. They are stainless steel outside corners avl. and also some matching H type pcs. for use between panel sections. Of course the only one without listed prices is the one I used.  It"s pretty easy to work with though I did a lot of the cutting with a table saw. And on the windows and doors used a trim bit in a router and cut it right out. Same applies here if you think I can help you out just ask.   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: SunBlocker
Date Posted: 11/12/2008 at 7:56pm
I just made a quick update to my PC Project web page to include the 3rd log and water slide. 

More to come!


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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: SunBlocker
Date Posted: 11/12/2008 at 7:58pm
Originally posted by Bamby Bamby wrote:

  I found a link to the product I used. There are some additional pcs. that could be handy for your use. They are stainless steel outside corners avl. and also some matching H type pcs. for use between panel sections. Of course the only one without listed prices is the one I used.  It"s pretty easy to work with though I did a lot of the cutting with a table saw. And on the windows and doors used a trim bit in a router and cut it right out. Same applies here if you think I can help you out just ask.   Gregg



Hmmmm... PolyMax board!  I"m somewhat familiar with that stuff.... but never thought abut using it in this application.

Thanks for the tip... <ponder> <ponder>


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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: SunBlocker
Date Posted: 11/12/2008 at 9:54pm

I stumbled across this "in the water" shot from last year.... showing what she looks like with most of the canvas down.  This was taken before I added the slide, washdown system, and additional speakers for up-top.  We were parked just off shore from a local tavern that was having a bikini contest.... makes a nice observation platform!

***resized pic for better viewing and fit the web page***



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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: SunBlocker
Date Posted: 11/14/2008 at 1:09pm
***resized pic for better viewing and fit the web page***

Oooops... sorry about that!  I run some pretty big monitors and occasionally forget what the traditional pixel width is... 


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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: Bamby
Date Posted: 11/14/2008 at 1:22pm

   Lucky you looks as if you do have the perfect observation post for looking at bikini clad babes. But if it were me I"m sure my ribs would have been bruised.

 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: Guests
Date Posted: 11/14/2008 at 2:01pm
I"d have to have the steel plate in my head replaced to beat out the dents


Posted By: SunBlocker
Date Posted: 01/30/2009 at 2:09pm
As I mentioned in another thread, the new wall panels showed up today.  My original plan was to wait until early spring to replace them, but now I"m just a bit excited!  Going to see if I can wrangle some space in our building away from my Production Manager.  Then I can pull her inside and do it in the warmth and comfort of our factory.  Beats the heck out of fighting with the unpredictable elements, and it will give me a head-start on finishing up the interior (again)... things like window treatments, wiring, caulking... etc..

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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: lindaslounge
Date Posted: 02/05/2009 at 1:41am
Nice pic!!!  This looks like the American River here.

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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: SunBlocker
Date Posted: 02/16/2009 at 9:31pm
Well... I started to get busy on the project again.  Mostly I was waiting on the new wall panels to get here, but I also needed to get motivated!  Linda helped a lot with that.  She SHAMED me into getting busy!

I brought the boat into work where we have the space and heat necessary to do the job.  I pulled off the old wall panels and the picture below show us why the owners of Party Huts and Party Cruisers need to be concerned about the condition of their walls!  The masonite wicks up the moisture and slowly disintegrates internally.  This wouldn"t be all that bad, but the walls are STRUCTURAL on these boats and are basically what supports the top deck.  Once the walls come apart, there"s not much else holding the walk-on deck up there!



So the old walls are now out on the starboard side and the new panels are in place.  This what she looks like right now:



**links to personal websites not permitted***

Lots, lots, lots more work to do... but at least I"m making forward progress!


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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: lindaslounge
Date Posted: 02/16/2009 at 9:48pm

I shamed you!!!  Sorry!   Now I see what MY walls might look like, thanks a bunch, cha ching - cha ching once again.



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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: 02/17/2009 at 8:00pm
Well at least you didn"t have termites like mine did. I wonder if the Party Cruiser is different. The panels on mine were not structural. They had aluminum tubing that bolted to the roof to hold it up. The aluminum trim on the panels was structural. Also the door must be made of something different. I re-used my old door. It had the same vinyl coating but was solid as a rock. Looks like you got it going on and are about to catch up with me!

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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: 02/17/2009 at 9:01pm
The aluminum "H" and "C" channels are somewhat structural on the Cruiser, but they are only 1/16 inch material and don"t have much column loading strength.  There are also gaps between the members.  Tracker relied on the strength of the walls, in conjunction with tons of rivets, to create the "box" structure.  Since the bottoms of my walls were shot (mostly hidden behind the fencing), the structure was quite weak and there was a sag in the middle of my roof on the sides.  That sag put a load on the top rail of the fencing (which was bolted to the "H" bars) and that caused the fencing panels to bulge out.

The entire construction method was questionable in my opinion.  The new structure has additional 1x1 square tubing vertical members in-between the wall panels, and I use 2x1/8 anodized flat aluminum stock in conjunction with those verticals to make my own "H" channels.  I just finished up the starboard side tonight, and soon I will post pics of what the new channels look like.  It"s looking pretty good in my opinion and should be plenty strong.

Oh.. and my doors are made of the same material that the walls were made of.  My doors are OK, but I"m gong to replace the panels anyway so everything matches.  I"m also going to change the stern door so it open into the cabin instead of out.


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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: 02/17/2009 at 9:19pm
That ain"t good. I looked at your pics on link and saw what you meant. There are posts at the kitchen and bath on the Party Hut that are tapped into the roof structure. They are 2 1/2x1 1/2 tubing and had angle brackets in the floor. I added these back in my rebuild to help although the 3/4 tubing on the walls provides alot of support.

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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: 03/07/2009 at 8:51am
Well progress does continue on this project!

I have completed installing the exterior walls and the interior walls for the head.  The only thing really left is the stern door (which is being narrowed and changed to a "swing in" configuration).  Main windows for the forward and aft walls have been re-installed, but I"m holding off on installing the side windows until all of the graphics are done.

I re-shot all of the fencing inserts with a base gloss white to give the graphics house a nice "clean canvas" to work with.  Probably should have just re-skinned them.... but that"s 20/20 hind-sight!

So this is how she was before I towed her over to the graphics house yesterday!



While she is over at the graphics house I am working on some side projects.  I have a  new countertop for the bow bar/BBQ area, and I am going to seal the underside with epoxy (lessons learned).  I am also working on a full 2 zone SONOS system that I am going to add to the existing stereo system.... along with a wall mounted tablet computer.


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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: Zboating12
Date Posted: 03/07/2009 at 12:38pm
Nice job, think of all the time you can be spending on the water this summer by starting your work now. I wish we had a place to work indoors on our toon, but spring will be here soon, I HOPE!

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Krista
Bay City, MI
1974 24 Ft. Harris FloteBote
45 HP Evinrude
2010 Galvanized Wolverine Bunk Style Trailer
Vacation on Otsego Lake, MI.


Posted By: SunBlocker
Date Posted: 03/07/2009 at 1:19pm
Originally posted by jennyd jennyd wrote:

hi scottbee
great job on your project. I was wonder who did your canvas? thanks


Some of my canvas is "factory".  Other pieces were either done by Harken or Custom Transformations.  Both of those are somewhat local companies.


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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: SunBlocker
Date Posted: 03/13/2009 at 10:14pm
Well she"s back from the graphics shop!  It"s amazing what a little graphics will do.  (OK, a LOT of graphics!)



Tomorrow I hope to be able to poke the side windows back in so I can take her home and tackle the interior.


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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: Zboating12
Date Posted: 03/13/2009 at 10:25pm

NICE! Love the patriotic theme.

 



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Krista
Bay City, MI
1974 24 Ft. Harris FloteBote
45 HP Evinrude
2010 Galvanized Wolverine Bunk Style Trailer
Vacation on Otsego Lake, MI.


Posted By: Guests
Date Posted: 03/13/2009 at 10:35pm
That"s an instant winner there now.


Posted By: lindaslounge
Date Posted: 03/13/2009 at 11:56pm
Very very cool!!!!!  I love those graphics.  Makess me want to make mine bigger, faster, better, MORE (red, white & blue)!!!  I am talking about my own Jeff aka "Tim tool Time Taylor".  This is awesome and a great triute to our red, white and blue. Just wanted you to know I tooted your horn today on another thread, Scottbee, check out a0168090"s post Rebuild and Modernize 24" Pbarge.   I referred hime to see you toon and your other pic website.  He wants to extend the forward and aft deck.  Thought you could help.

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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: SunBlocker
Date Posted: 03/14/2009 at 9:44am
Thanks for the praise!  I"m pretty happy with the results.. although the development of the graphics led to some interesting discussions between the technical resources (me) and the creative resources (the wife).

My graphics guy is pretty dern good and he runs a great shop.  Right now we are jointly working on the ability to "print" the graphics directly to the 24 inch vinyl trim coil that is often used to "re-fence" pontoon boats (the trim coil is carried by PontoonStuff).  If we get that working (and it looks like it will work well), it will be great for re-fencing and re-graphic"ing" a pontoon boat in one semi-easy step.


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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: Guests
Date Posted: 03/14/2009 at 9:56am
Those graphics are awesome!! Nice job..


Posted By: SunBlocker
Date Posted: 03/14/2009 at 10:15am
Originally posted by jennyd jennyd wrote:

LOVE THE BOAT!!!!
CAN"T WAIT TO SEE MORE PICS
DID YOU REPLACE ANY OF YOUR CANVAS?
I WOULD LIKE TO REPLACE THE REAR ENCLOSURE OF MY PARTY HUT
ITS SO DARK AND DINGY LOOKING BACK THERE WHEN ITS UP
ANY THOUGHTS??
THANKS JENNY


Jenny,

I didn"t "replace" any of the canvas, but I reworked most of it.  I had new screens (mesh) and clear sections installed in most of the panels. The actual "canvas" (blue material) was generally "OK".

It is my understanding that you can still get the canvas for these older Trackers directly from DowCO (the original manufacturer).  I have been told that they are exact replacements right down to the snap locations..... but that"s all "word of mouth".




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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: SunBlocker
Date Posted: 03/14/2009 at 10:17am
(Did anybody notice the "subtle" change in the Sun Tracker logo? There"s a bit of a private joke on our lake regarding the effect that we have on the "sun worshipers".)

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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: Zboating12
Date Posted: 03/14/2009 at 12:59pm
LOL, I didn"t notice it! Cute!

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Krista
Bay City, MI
1974 24 Ft. Harris FloteBote
45 HP Evinrude
2010 Galvanized Wolverine Bunk Style Trailer
Vacation on Otsego Lake, MI.


Posted By: lindaslounge
Date Posted: 03/14/2009 at 10:01pm
This pattern of ribbon and stars is what I was originally looking for but couldn"t find something already designed.  Does your decal guy sell these graphics?

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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: SunBlocker
Date Posted: 03/14/2009 at 11:06pm
Sorry Linda!  That"s my own design.. it"s copyrighted, trademarked, and I"ve filed for a patent!! 

Of course you can use that design, but our boats can never be seen together!

I know that Chris can/will sell you a roll of that pattern, already die-cut and ready to go... on a backing sheet.  But, of course, you"ll have to apply them yourself.

Knowing Chris, he"ll probably want a picture of your boat and some dimensions.. because he will custom craft them for your specific layout.  A few EMAIL"s back and forth and you"ll have it nailed.

PM me and I"ll give you his EMAIL address.  But please, contact him as soon as you can.. if only to show interest.  I haven"t paid my bill yet and your "re-use" of my pattern might earn me a break! 

P.S.  I went back and looked at your thread on removing the old decals.  20/20 hind-sight told me that I could have had him print the pattern on vinyl coil (flashing) and I could have put that over my old fencing.  That same hind-sight tells us that he could have printed the pattern on the vinyl covering that you used before you applied it!  Ain't that the way it always works!


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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: lindaslounge
Date Posted: 03/15/2009 at 1:15am

You got me with that crazy patent stuff .  I will be sure to apply them just a little differently so we will not be twins or Big Daddy and Little Lounge.  You are right about that hind sight stuff .

We found a new way to remove the decals and glue but haven"t had a chance to post the pics, I found my lost camera!!   

I REALLY like your entire design.  Very Very classy!!  How much did this set you back if you don"t mind me asking?



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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: SunBlocker
Date Posted: 03/15/2009 at 8:19am
Linda,

We do a lot of business with the graphics place, and part of this project was a personal favor.... so my exact dollar figure isn"t accurate or relevant.

If I"m not mistaken, the industry average for a UV printed, multi-color, 1 square foot of INSTALLED vinyl graphics is about $16.  "Install it yourself" is probably a bunch less, although I don"t know the figure.

I spent yesterday putting the main windows back into the cabin.  They are a "necessary evil" for this boat, else the interior of the cabin is WAY too dark most of the time.  And I say necessary evil because they "broke up" the design a bit and we lost a few of the big stars.  The wife was none-too-happy about that, but she also came up with the solution.  She makes her own semi-transparent "window clings", and she is taking the sections of removed material and using them as a template for interior window clings so we will see the rest of the pattern "through" the windows.  Should work out really well!


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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: SunBlocker
Date Posted: 04/19/2009 at 7:05pm
Well!  I finally made some progress . 
Highlights include:

Installed this pretty slick toilet paper roll holder (I know, it doesn"t take much to get me excited).. but since the head doubles as a shower, wet TP is always a problem.  This new unit is not only O-ring and rubber-lip sealed.. but when you open the "door" it unrolls about 3 sheets worth of TP.  When you close the door it rolls it back up again!  Slick!

The TV got a bump in size from a 15 w/DVD to a 19 w/DVD.  I went to the store *just* to get a digital converter box......

Installed a piece of Starboard under the microwave.  After a couple of years we have learned our lessons.. and we know that coffee always runs behind the microwave.  Hopefully this elevated "island" will reduce that probability!

The air compressor got a serious upgrade in size last year.. but I never posted a pic of the new unit.  That PUMA 12V unit is sweet and has served us quite well!

The underpinnings of the new SONOS audio system are installed and it works well in conjunction with the existing Jensen/Klipsch setup.  The heart of the SONOS system is the Fujitsu tablet computer, which essentially serves as the music server.  I load the server with a 32GB thumb-drive... with the music files being copied from our home system via a script.  The tablet talks to the rest of the SONOS system via WiFi.. through a router to the rest of the Zone Players.  So far.. so good!

With all of the other major work, I was finally able to reverse the direction that the rear door swings.  From the factory it would swing "out", which would block access to the top deck ladder when you were in the stern.  That ladder has become quite important now that we have the slide.  By reducing the width of the door (so it wouldn"t hit the head door) I was able to configure it so it swings "in".

And I threw in a shot of the AIMS 1250W inverter that has faithfully powered all of the 115VAC stuff (including most of the stereo) on the boat for a couple of years.  This is its last hoorah, since I have acquired a 1800W true sine-wave unit (Xantrex Prosine) that I hope to be installing in a week or so.

More to come!


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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: Zboating12
Date Posted: 04/19/2009 at 7:21pm
Wow!

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Krista
Bay City, MI
1974 24 Ft. Harris FloteBote
45 HP Evinrude
2010 Galvanized Wolverine Bunk Style Trailer
Vacation on Otsego Lake, MI.


Posted By: peppyjd
Date Posted: 04/19/2009 at 7:38pm
That is just incredible!  You could move in and live there!

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


Posted By: CajunDiver
Date Posted: 04/19/2009 at 8:24pm
Excellent! Where did you find the washdown station for the bow? I was wanting one for mine but the ones at Bass Pro, etc go thru the deck and that wouldn"t work good

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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: 04/20/2009 at 12:50am
Originally posted by briankinley2004 briankinley2004 wrote:

Excellent! Where did you find the washdown station for the bow? I was wanting one for mine but the ones at Bass Pro, etc go thru the deck and that wouldn"t work good


Brian,

HoseCoil makes three different versions of their enclosure (if I"m not mistaken) and every once in a while you will see them on eBay.

But... looking back over my records.. it looks like I got in a hurry and bought those on-line from C-ME marine.


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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: 04/23/2009 at 7:24pm
Thanks for the info.

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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: 04/28/2009 at 6:48am
Originally posted by DLCulbertson DLCulbertson wrote:

Another WOW!  What a floating palace.

Did you remove the sectional toons when you added the large center toon?



Dave,

I didn"t completely remove them.  After I installed the new 3rd log I still wanted to add some buoyancy to just the stern of the boat, so I took a couple of the toon modules, added the nose-cones, and put them in the very back between the existing center transom/pod and the original outer logs.  This helped to compensate for the weight associated with the slide.. and the activity that comes from having a slide back there!

That"s the beauty of having the modular logs... I can use as many sections as I want, and put them almost anywhere.


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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: SunBlocker
Date Posted: 04/28/2009 at 6:57am
"Hey Scott, so what holds up the deck with your new walls, just the laminate and foam core walls or did you add extra bracing? I see what looks like two new pieces of aluminum tubing between the 4x8 panels, what exactly is that and how thick is it?"

B,

Good eye.  I didn"t want to rely on the new panels for the structural support.  I thought it was a bad idea and I was surprised that Tracker went that way in the first place.

In between the new panels I installed 1x1 (inch) square vertical tubes which have 1/8 inch walls.  That material was available at the local hardware store.  On each side of those tubes I attached 1/8 inch by 2 inch flat stock using flat head recessed aluminum Pop rivets.... creating my own "H" bars.  Very, very strong.

I wanted the 1/8 x 2 flat stock to be anodized.. and had a really hard time finding that material at a reasonable price.  Then I stumbled upon aluminum straight-edge rulers, which were the perfect size, anodized, and available in 8 foot lengths at a very reasonable price.  Perfect!


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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: SunBlocker
Date Posted: 05/04/2009 at 6:34am
Heya B!

I"ve been workng pretty mch non-stop on the PC for the last 72 hours and it"s just about time to post some new pics.  The interior has received a major facelift, and it"s looking pretty good. 

The head and the shower run off of the solar tank mounted on the roof.  The sink runs off of the cold fresh water tank mounted under the galley counter with its own pump.  And the washdown system and slide run off of a lake water pump mounted back by the engine.  I don"t have cold water in the head and I don"t have hot water in the galley.  Next year when I replace the roof with an aluminum one, I think I"m going to get rid of the solar tank, mount one large potable tank(s) somewhere, add a 6 gallon hot water heater, and deliver both hot and cold water to the galley and shower.  But that"s a "next year" project!

Yes, the Onan plugs into the original power panel.  I"ve added an automatic transfer switch of my own design that integrates the inverter into the mix.

The only battery that is currently in the back of the boat is the group 24 for starting the outboard.  There is a small AGM battery up by the Onan for starting the generator, and the three group 27"s are up by the helm.  I put the group 27"s up by the helm because having them back by the engine in the port compartment really threw off the balance of the boat... too much weight on the port side and too much weight in the stern.

Whenever possible we try to run completely off of the batteries and typically only fire up the Onan when we are using the stove, running the A/C, or when the wife is running a bunch of electric appliances (griddles, fondu pots, whatever).  The Onan is pretty quiet, especially now that the "up exhaust" has been installed, but it"s still makes enough noise to "ruin my solitude".

The batteries will get us through a full day on the water... including running the compressor, water pumps, and cranking the stereo(s).  If we spend the night on the water I will crank up the Onan before we sack-out and let it run through the night to recharge the system.  And this is where I mention the need for having a really, really good CO detector!


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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: SunBlocker
Date Posted: 05/04/2009 at 11:58pm
The solar tank is noting more than a under-belly wedge black-water tank.  The stock gray ones from Tracker work just fine, but the model that was on my `92 was too tall to go under our bridge.  They used a shorter model in the later years, but it was cheaper and easier for me to get the black water tank.

I understand your position regarding the mini-blinds.  Is that what you currently have on your PC?  The factory one are the "special" marine/RV type that have the tensioning cords that run down the length... which anchor to the wall.  In all honesty, they"re pretty good and work well.  I just couldn"t find anybody that made them in RED! 

I ended up going with Bali cordless 1-inch aluminum blinds, and then I modified them so that they don"t rattle.  The modification involves laying some Velcro  "loop" down inside a groove in the existing window frame (you can"t even see that it"s there) and then putting some Velcro "hook" on the backside of the bottom rail.  I also use the Bali hold-down clips at the bottom.  When the blinds are fully closed and the clips are being used, the Velcro eliminates the noise that would usually come from the blinds hitting the window frame.  If I want the blinds partially open, I stick the bottom rail to the loop on the window frame.  It works quite well!  The other option was to fabricate a valence "surround" for the window like Tracker does on the newer models.  I thought I"d give the Velcro a try before I invested time and money into creating the valence surrounds.

If you are interested in a set of the factory tensioned blinds in gray, my old set is actually in pretty good shape and should fit all of your windows and the stern door perfectly.  I was going to clean them up and put them on eBay one of these days.

The only thing that is stopping me from taking the pics right now is that there are wires and tools all over the interior of the boat and it looks hellish!  I"m working on a lake-wide WiFi repeater setup so I can run Pandora and internet radio on the boat.  At this point I basically have it working.. but it has taken some VooDoo, two routers, and some custom software......  It"s amazing how these projects sometimes spiral out of control!


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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: SunBlocker
Date Posted: 05/05/2009 at 12:26am
P.S.  If your aluminum fence panels are "bowed" out, that"s a dead give-away that your wall panels are shot.  When the panels decay, they lose their structural rigidity and no longer support the upper deck properly.  The "H" bars between the panels are bolted to the upper railings of the fence panels.  The weight of the top deck pushes the H-bars down, causing the top rail of the fence to deflect, causing the panels to bow out.  You will see that a lot on PC"s from the early 90"s.

You can see the light reflecting off of the "bow" in the following picture of my PC before the walls were replaced:




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1992 SunTracker Party Cruiser 41ft
18' Cobalt, 13' ElDebo E-Pontoon
-- Okauchee Lake, WI --
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Posted By: SunBlocker
Date Posted: 05/05/2009 at 6:24am
Heya Dave,

No, not really.  The stock center stern log from Tracker doesn"t have deflectors on it, so well-installed under-skinning is a must.  I made some cockpit errors the first go-around and lost a small section of the FRP under-skinning in this section.

Besides this, it all works well. 


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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: slow_n_easy
Date Posted: 05/05/2009 at 8:57am
You have inspired me with your vinyl graphics... AWESOME!

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Austin, Texas
1986 Suntracker Bass Buggy 20ft
75HP Mercury 2-stroke


Posted By: peppyjd
Date Posted: 05/05/2009 at 11:41am

Scott---

How did you attach the vinyl coil to your fencing (I think that"s what you used but correct me if I"m worng), and did you do anything to accomodate for expansion? 

PS I love the Sun "Blocker" lol. 

 

 



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


Posted By: SunBlocker
Date Posted: 05/05/2009 at 1:23pm
Jenn,

If I had to do it over again I would have used the vinyl coil.  I got my butt in a jam and decided to change the color of the fencing just a day or so before the boat was due at the graphics shop.  There just wasn"t enough time to acquire and install the coil.

So in the end, I masked the whole thing off and went with paint.  I may come to regret that decision down the road.


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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: peppyjd
Date Posted: 05/05/2009 at 2:54pm
Thanks Scott---It looks great.  i am sure that paint will be just fine. 

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


Posted By: SunBlocker
Date Posted: 05/06/2009 at 8:05am
B,

The structure for the platforms was made from bolt-together aluminum extrusion.  The material that I selected is manufactured by Bosch.  It is anodized and it comes in a number of sizes.  Bosch also carries gussets, hinges, "slot filler strips" and all kinds of other accessories for their "Erector Set" components.  It is also available in black-anodize.  You can set up an on-line account with them and order direct.  We use the stuff a lot at work, so I got most of mine there.

Most of my main structure is made from their 30mm x 60mm rail, with other components being fabricated from their 30mm x 30mm rail.  Some other minor stuff was also made from 1/8 inch thick aluminum "angle"... either 1x1 or 1.25 x 1.25.

The beauty of the extrusion for me was that I could cut it "on-site" using a standard miter saw (with the appropriate blade) and bolt all of it together.  No welding required.  The fact that the material is anodized is also a big plus.

The decking material is composite UltraDeck that I got from Menards (special order due to the color).  I looked at a lot of the composite decking material and went with the Ultradeck due to its weight and thickness.  Toyed with using aluminum decking (which is what I am going to use for the roof and main deck replacement), but decided that it was going to give me grief in this specific application due to the small size/shape configurations.


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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: SunBlocker
Date Posted: 05/07/2009 at 9:50pm
Well, as promised, I cleaned her up enough to snap a few pics.  I posted 5 or 6 up on my web site, but I"ll toss a couple of the "highlight reel" shots here:

This shot shows the new walls from the inside, the new couch/bed, and the color-coordinated mini-blinds.  You can also see the Fujitsu tablet computer.



Here we can see some more of the interior.  The reworked galley, the new TV/DVD player, one of the Sonos controllers, and some other odds and ends.



The long window on the rear door is going to cause me some grief now.  The mini-blinds that I ordered for it aren"t going to work and I"m going to have beg and cajole the wife-unit into making some other form of window covering.  Our married life is based on the bartering system, and I"m concerned about what I"m going to have to give up to get it!


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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: 05/07/2009 at 10:52pm
Your A/C unit looks like the same Carrier unit I bought on ebay. And installed in the same place.....Where did you get the back door/window? I cut down some $90 storm doors from lowes but not sure how long they will last. That window with blind trouble would match my scheme perfectly if it were white. Love the galley. I traded mine for bunks. Is the flat screen 12volt?

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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: 05/07/2009 at 10:59pm
Awesome job, Scottbee.  Looks very comfortable.  Job well done

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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: Guests
Date Posted: 05/07/2009 at 11:29pm
Very nice..


Posted By: SunBlocker
Date Posted: 05/07/2009 at 11:45pm
Originally posted by briankinley2004 briankinley2004 wrote:

Your A/C unit looks like the same Carrier unit I bought on ebay. And installed in the same place.....Where did you get the back door/window? I cut down some $90 storm doors from lowes but not sure how long they will last. That window with blind trouble would match my scheme perfectly if it were white. Love the galley. I traded mine for bunks. Is the flat screen 12volt?


Brian,

The A/C unit is the low profile version.  Don"t know if yours is or not, since most of the models use the same interior section. I had to get the low profile for bridge clearance (the original Coleman would hit).

The back door/window is the original Tracker window... and I built the door.

The TV/DVD is 115VAC.  So are many of my stereo components (Klipsch).  The barge has a 1800W Xantrex Prosine true sine wave inverter on-board to handle those duties.. and a 4KW Onan generator for when the house batteries (3 Group 27 Deep Cycle units) give up the ghost.


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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: 05/08/2009 at 12:10am
I don"t know if mine is low profile or not but my generator is above the a/c at 13ft. 4in. I am not sure what the maximum normal height it but I have been told 13-6in. This is for road use. As far as bridges I have not run into that issue on the lakes I use much as most have ramps on either side or have few to no bridges. How long will the flat screen run on the inverter? I have found some 12volt ones but they are pushing 400, but again a 120V version and an inverter may run me that much or more. My sound is 12 V and since I listen to old twangy country and 70/80"s stuff as long as I can hear it I"m ok.

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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: 05/08/2009 at 7:40am
Brian,

We"ve got a bridge on our lake that is 9-3in off of the water.  Everything on the boat was designed to "just clear" that sucker.  That"s why I needed the low profile A/C unit, had to trim the ladder handles, and had to put the TV antenna on the pneumatic actuator.  We go under that bridge 1 to 2 times per day when out on the water, and it added an interesting design twist to the project.  That bridge is also what keeps larger boats off of our lake.  The launch ramp is on one side of the bridge, and the main lake is on the other.

The TV draws about 60W, which isn"t much.  Quick-math says that I could run it for a couple of days off of my battery/inverter combo before having to recharge... if the TV was the only thing that was on.  Of course, that"s never the case.... and with the compressor, water pumps, stereo, lights, microwave, and other things running, we"re good for about 9-10 hours.


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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: SunBlocker
Date Posted: 05/09/2009 at 12:28am
Originally posted by BsCabin BsCabin wrote:

Scott, does your boat still have the original carpet or did you replace it while the walls were out?


Original carpet, all the way through.  It"s in surprisingly good shape too....


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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: peppyjd
Date Posted: 05/09/2009 at 9:53pm
WOW----that is REALLY nice!

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


Posted By: Zboating12
Date Posted: 05/09/2009 at 10:45pm
Looks great! Nice work!

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Krista
Bay City, MI
1974 24 Ft. Harris FloteBote
45 HP Evinrude
2010 Galvanized Wolverine Bunk Style Trailer
Vacation on Otsego Lake, MI.


Posted By: SunBlocker
Date Posted: 05/10/2009 at 7:03am
Originally posted by BsCabin BsCabin wrote:

So how did you get that old couch out and the new one in anyway? Did it fit through the slider or did you have to remove the glass?


Well, if I would have known for sure that I was getting a new couch I could have done all of that when I had the walls off!  But alas, I didn"t!

The old sleeper breaks down into 3 sections by just removing a few screws.  After that, you can get out out via the slider (and some cursing).  The new one went in the same way.  Except the new one weighs about half as much.. and therefore there was about half as much profanity!


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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: SunBlocker
Date Posted: 05/10/2009 at 7:07am
Thanks for the kind words everybody!

I thought I was just about done yesterday and was getting ready to put the ear muffs on the Johnson and get her fired up in anticipation of a launch this week.  Then, to my horror, I discovered that I had left the one remaining galley cabinet door out in the rain last night!  Curses!

The water wicked into the particle board underneath the laminate, causing it to swell at the edges.  I"m trying to do some emergency repairs in order to get it looking decent, but I think in the long run it is going to get replaced with a new King Starboard (or equivalent) unit.  That will be a bit of a project.  And if one cabinet door gets replaced, you just know that they"ll all need to be replaced in order to match!

Crud!


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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: Guests
Date Posted: 05/10/2009 at 8:25am

Geezzz that is bad and yep, I know about cabinet doors not matching after water damage.



Posted By: SunBlocker
Date Posted: 05/10/2009 at 8:41am
Originally posted by Wildcat Dude Wildcat Dude wrote:

Geezzz that is bad and yep, I know about cabinet doors not matching after water damage.



Yeah... I"ve got to catch myself and not sound like a whiny child.  I have a little damage to a cabinet door on a recreational boat.  Big deal.  There are many people out there who have suffered through having their entire house flooded....


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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: Guests
Date Posted: 05/10/2009 at 10:33am

But it is your pride and joy and so much work put into it to make it look perfect. I"m terrible about trying to make EVERYTHING work and function but when I get frustrated and tired, I end up taking shortcuts that cost me later. (or entice scbadiver to come and help )



Posted By: SunBlocker
Date Posted: 05/10/2009 at 11:19am
Well, I made some more headway this morning and I think I"m rounding the final bend (assuming the Johnny runs!).  It looks like the repairs on the cabinet door will be "adequate" and will hold me until I learn how to work a wood router and make the Starboard replacement(s).  Guess I actually have to buy a router first.

I got the last little bit of trickery working:



Yup!  That"s a 10db omni WiFi antenna.  Because all pontoon boats need Internet access... right???

Actually, this serves a larger purpose. The wife has become a big fan of running Pandora through the SONOS system, and she has created some pretty cool "personal radio stations" that we both enjoy.  We need the wireless access to stream the music while on the lake (either WiFi, or we drop some coin for a 3G data package).

It also serves an added benefit.  I can pull radar weather images up in a hurry!  Came in handy the other night!



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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: Guests
Date Posted: 05/10/2009 at 2:55pm
Now that"s very interesting. What does that package cost per month access or is it as you need it? PM me on who the provider of that service is.


Posted By: SunBlocker
Date Posted: 05/11/2009 at 8:20am
Charles,

It"s not a commercial offering.  I spent some time over the winter creating a private secure WiFi hotspot on our lake using some inexpensive hardware (Buffalo WHR-HP-G54"s) and some customized open-source software (DD-WRT).

Based on some limited testing on the ice over the winter, it looks like I"ve got coverage over about 90% of the lake (over 2500 acres!) and I have a plan in place to increase that to 100%.

This is all done within the framework of FCC Part 15 limitations and the personal private use of my existing WAN service provider. (legal disclaimer)

Some of my work is based on the configuration that a friend has down in the Bahamas where he is servicing over 4500 acres (living on his sailboat).

I should know more about the actual viability of this setup in a week or so!  Right now I know that it is going to work well in my home "port", at our usual anchorage, and at our favorite bar/restaurant.


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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: Guests
Date Posted: 05/11/2009 at 9:25am
Ahh very good.


Posted By: SunBlocker
Date Posted: 05/26/2009 at 8:34am
FINALLY!!!!

We launched her on Thursday and for the most part, all went well!  Our lake is up just a little bit, and with the replacement of the walls she lost a few hundred pounds of total weight (if not more).  That means that our bridge clearance went from a typical 3+ inches to just about 1/2 of an inch!  But a half-an-inch is as good as a mile and we made it (after some very nervous moments)!

I found a "clearance" on-line and was able to pick up some Dolphin-gray 1/2 inch King Starboard material which made a fine replacement for the damaged cabinet door.  I went ahead and replaced both of the lower doors on the galley and I think it turned out well.

Cruised the lake on Sunday and discovered that the lake-wide WiFi Internet system works as planned.  We were able to stream Pandora, and then we were able to surf radar images as the storms rolled in.  The surfing was great.. the storms.. not so much!

Still need to come up with a window treatment for the rear door, and I have just a bit of fit-and-finish work to do in the shower/head.... but for the most part, she"s done for the season (once she goes in the water, all non-essential works STOPS!).

We have decided to take her up North again for our annual "camping trip", so she"ll be coming out of the water in July.  I"ll probably pull her out a few days early and will fabricate some "bow deflectors" for the modular pontoons.  They"re working well, but I stuck my head under the deck while we were at-speed, and I just didn"t like the way the water was flowing around them.

Whew!  Time to relax!




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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: 05/26/2009 at 8:22pm
Congrats. I know the feeling. Enjoy!

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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: peppyjd
Date Posted: 05/26/2009 at 9:19pm
YAY!!!!!---    What a reward for your hard work!  Hope you had lots of fun...

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


Posted By: Zboating12
Date Posted: 05/27/2009 at 12:38am
Sounds like you and your family are going to have a great summer! Nice work on your toon, it"s amazing.

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Krista
Bay City, MI
1974 24 Ft. Harris FloteBote
45 HP Evinrude
2010 Galvanized Wolverine Bunk Style Trailer
Vacation on Otsego Lake, MI.


Posted By: lindaslounge
Date Posted: 05/27/2009 at 1:23am
Whoo-Hoo!!!  Glad to see you back on the water.  Won"t be long for us!!

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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: craig4080
Date Posted: 05/29/2009 at 10:00pm
I really enjoyed all the pics on your website! (My 8 year old daughter now
wants a slide after seeing the picture of yours)... What an awesome boat!!!!!

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2013 Avalon LS 2300
Honda 150
Lake Allatoona, Georgia
2009 GMC Yukon SLT


Posted By: SunBlocker
Date Posted: 05/30/2009 at 8:04am
B.... thanks for handling the reply!  I"ve been having a rough couple of days at the "daily grind"!

Craig... thanks for the kind words.  My beautiful yard ape is 7.. and as you can imagine, she was a large part of the inspiration for many of the things that are on the boat, especially the slide.  Not to say that the "adults" haven"t found clever and interesting ways to use the accommodations!

What happens on the lake.. stays.... naw.  It usually ends up on Facebook!


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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: SunBlocker
Date Posted: 05/31/2009 at 7:01am
Since you don"t have a "bridge clearance" to worry about, you"ll have a lot more flexibility when it comes to selecting and mounting a slide.  I had to add the slide without adding to the overall height of the boat..... and that was a challenge.

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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: lindaslounge
Date Posted: 06/01/2009 at 1:55am
We looked at the pics on your other site.  Jeff can"t believe you put speakers on the top deck before he did.  Of course, I had to show him your W-Fi antenna and express the fact that internet on the boat is a good thing.

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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: SunBlocker
Date Posted: 06/01/2009 at 7:49am
The BOSE"s on the top are nice.  I actually put them on last year but never took a pic of them.  At times I wish I had a sub-woofer up there too... but at some point you have to convince yourself that enough is perhaps enough!

The top deck speakers are on their own amp and there is a volume control on the top deck that services them independently. As a follow-on project I am going to give them their own "zone" on the SONOS system so that they can be independently controlled from the wireless units.  That way I won"t have to climb back up on the top deck when I forget to turn them down or off.

The internet connection is turning out nice!  We were on the lake almost all day yesterday tied-up at the "island".  We had Pandora streaming with a nice "party mix".  We also have a FM transmitter on the boat... one that has some pretty decent power.  The surrounding boats had the option of tuning into our "station"... avoiding the "battle of the stereos".

It all worked quite well until the wife fired up the microwave in order to nuke some stuff for the kids who had congregated in the cabin watching the TV.  The house battery voltage sagged and the whole thing shut down.  Spit!  I"m going to upgrade the wiring run from the batteries to the inverter with some 3/0 welding cable and double-check the condition of the three house batteries.

It"s always something.... luckily, the "somethings" aren"t big deals at this point!


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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: lindaslounge
Date Posted: 06/01/2009 at 9:02pm
Bose are nice!  Don"t have a micrwave. I suppose we coud figure out where to put one but think I will live without one.  Your upgrade on the wire sounds good.  Sound like you had a great weekend.  We will be out there soon, with always something new to upgrade, change or fix.

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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: SunBlocker
Date Posted: 07/05/2009 at 8:56am
Well, it only seemed appropriate to dress the old girl up a little bit and enter her into the annual lake parade for the 4th!



That"s a blower with a "fly-guy" (actually a "fly-girl") up on the top deck.  Needless to say, the generator and 115VAC inverter came in handy!




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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: Zboating12
Date Posted: 07/05/2009 at 10:17am

Scottbee,

Your toon looks great, love the decorations! Bet you got a lot of compliments!



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Krista
Bay City, MI
1974 24 Ft. Harris FloteBote
45 HP Evinrude
2010 Galvanized Wolverine Bunk Style Trailer
Vacation on Otsego Lake, MI.


Posted By: lindaslounge
Date Posted: 07/29/2009 at 1:24am
Scottbee,  the SunBlocker looks awesome.  Wonderful job with the graphics and design on the upgrades and additions!

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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: SunBlocker
Date Posted: 07/29/2009 at 8:50am
Linda,

Much like you... we"ve been doing nothing but enjoying the boat!  No real problems to speak of... and it"s just been pleasure, pleasure, pleasure.

I"m working on my list of "upgrades" for this up-coming winter.  It"s a big list, but most of the changes are functional, not aesthetic.

Let"s hope that you and I continue to have a great summer and we spend most of the time enjoying the fruits of our labor(s)!


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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: lindaslounge
Date Posted: 08/11/2009 at 11:33pm
Pleasure, pleasure, pleasure is right.  Going out again this weekend to the river.  Hundreds of boats will be out.  It is the Annual Potluck Beach Potluck up the American River.  Our friends with the 32" PC will be there with us.  We are starting our list of things to do this winter also.  We need to change some of our walls. We have still managed to be on the water every week and plan to continue.  My job keeps me extremely busy in the summer.  Between work and boating I haven"t had much of a chance to update more pics of our outings.  Winter updates will be awesome!

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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: Guests
Date Posted: 08/11/2009 at 11:39pm
Enjoy your weekend guys. Wasn"t it just a short time ago we were all talking about the first ride in spring? All this talk of winter coming is making me ill....


Posted By: lindaslounge
Date Posted: 08/12/2009 at 9:17pm
Oh my Oh my  Winter is a long way away for us!  We hope to be out there in until late October.  Halloween marks the start of the cold nights.  We had plans to finish up some things this summer but puttin" it all off until December, January and February.  We should be out again in March.

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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: darrklim2
Date Posted: 08/13/2009 at 9:34am

Originally posted by lindaslounge lindaslounge wrote:

Oh my Oh my  Winter is a long way away for us!  We hope to be out there in until late October.    We should be out again in March.

HAHA, I will walking on ICE fishing before the end of October and, we will still be driving our trucks out on the lakes in March. :) Sorry just thought that was funny.



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


Posted By: lindaslounge
Date Posted: 08/17/2009 at 10:53pm
OMG, I think I will stay were the liquid stuff is displaceable.  I suppose it could be fun slippin" n" slidin" on the ice in a truck ...  watch out for the .. oh my ... *& crash %^ .. fishing shack!!!!

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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: SunBlocker
Date Posted: 06/01/2010 at 11:33pm
It"s been a while since this thread was "revisited" by anyone.. including myself.

But with the winter came another opportunity for improvements to the old girl.

Did quite a few things, but the major change was yanking out all of the plywood flooring forward of the cabin and going with the Lock-Dry aluminum planking.  

I"ll save you the details unless you"re interested.  But here is the result:




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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: Guests
Date Posted: 06/01/2010 at 11:51pm
Looks great. Details are always good..


Posted By: Guests
Date Posted: 06/02/2010 at 12:01am
Why it isn"t any fun not telling about details  


Posted By: toonrider
Date Posted: 06/02/2010 at 7:19am
Looks very clean, Scottbee! I looked at the link you provided on a different thread earlier this year of the details, and you have done a great job with the old girl!

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Randy
2008 SunTracker 190
2008 Mercury 60hp Bigfoot


Posted By: peppyjd
Date Posted: 06/02/2010 at 9:01am
Wow, that looks nice!!!! Lotta work involved there.

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


Posted By: SunBlocker
Date Posted: 06/02/2010 at 12:50pm
Originally posted by Wildcat Dude Wildcat Dude wrote:

Why it isn"t any fun not telling about details  


OK.. OK.. I"ll give you some.. but you"ll have to pry the rest out of me.

I personally loved working with the LockDry.  IMHO you absolutely have to have a decent miter saw with the right blade.. but once you have that it cuts like buttah.

I only replaced the foredeck from the cabin forward (removing the entire cabin assembly again was out of the question.. besides, the cabin floor is double thickness, stays dry, and was /is solid).  I"ll do the aftdeck and roof next winter!

In lieu of removing the entire floor and then installing the aluminum planking, I removed the plywood in "strips" and then installed one or two planks at a time.  That allowed me to do it in the winter inside of the boat, and gave me something to sit/stand on while doing the work.  In some ways that method required more cutting and labor, but I don"t regret the decision.



Rewiring the helm and generator involved a lot of work (keep in mind, my helm is far from stock!).

Also... since I only re-decked a portion of the boat, and didn"t completely remove all of the old decking, I didn"t remove my side trip pieces and my aluminum planks don"t go "under" the side trim pieces.  The old wood is still under those bits, and my aluminum decking is "in-between" them.. which is completely different than the way that most people would install this stuff on a complete overhaul. 

Also, I attached the aluminum decking directly to my aluminum cross-stingers and didn"t use any tar or decking tape in-between.  I laid down a nice bead of RTV on the stringer before installing the deck plank, used a bar-spreader to hold the plank in place, and then used stainless steel Tek screws for the assembly.  Then I didn"t step on that specific plank for 24 hours.  I don"t have any rattles at all.

Obviously I could probably go on for pages and pages on the installation.. so iffin" you have any specific questions....


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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: SunBlocker
Date Posted: 10/04/2010 at 11:45am
This winter.....  bow and stern thrusters.

No, I"m not kidding.  I already bought and tested the motors (glorified trolling motors), purchased the "joy sticks" and relays... and am actively designing the "drop down mechanism".  Like many other things on the boat, those actuators will be pneumatic and the thrusters will "drop down" into the water at the touch of a switch.  Kinda like the hydraulic ladders.

More to come I"m sure.


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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: 10/04/2010 at 12:29pm
Keep us updated...another first here, I think...

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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: 10/04/2010 at 1:48pm
What manufacturer is it? I was just reading last week about several filing lawsuits over a company that provided faulty thrusters (didn"t seal against salt water intrusion). You probably already know about that I"d bet  and avoided that one.



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