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KEVnKY 1981 Crest 25ft Rebuild Done

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Topic: KEVnKY 1981 Crest 25ft Rebuild Done
Posted By: KEVnKY
Subject: KEVnKY 1981 Crest 25ft Rebuild Done
Date Posted: 10/24/2009 at 2:42pm

I have been looking for a pontoon for a while.  New price to high due to my wife just had a baby.  Long story short my father in law drives for UPS and found this boat.  After seeing this and debating I decided to give it a try.  It is a 1981 crest with a 50 hp motor.  Plate says it is 25 foot.  Talked the guy down from $800 to $650.  That included the trailer, and motor.  It has been an adventure, but well worth it.


I took extra tools, straps, and an air tank.  Had to pull it 80 miles.  But now it is home.  This is a picture of my wife and son.

Carpet has been laid and on boat.  Pretty fun.  Much easier than getting algie/crust off toons. Took 9 gallons muratic acid, and 2 gallons coil cleaner. 


Next picture is after cleaning the rails with coil cleaner and painting the sides. They were light blue, but metal in good shape. First time at using a pop rivit gun.

Father in law found old seats without bases when making a delivery.  Got them for free, but they did not have the bases/compartments.  The seams were coming apart, so got an old sewing machine and marine thread.  Lot of time, but it worked.

Took four trips to finally get it ready for fishing.  First time went out found reverse not working.  Friend/mechanic fixed reverse gear for me. I"ll describe in another post.  Second time had a short in the wiring.  Third time weather problems.  Fourth time steering problems. Ended up purchasing new steering and cable from PS.

Notice my canopy/tarp.  $4.00.  it will work for this year.  My wife is a red head, needs the shade.

As you can see I built boxes and console.  No gadges yet.  Wondering what I should get.  Did use MY GPS and boat goes 11-12 mph. 

Rigged boat up for trolling.  This is the biggest fish so far. 13.5 pounds from Barren River.   So far boat has been out 22 times.  Total investment $1500.  Including $300 to rebuild trailer. New barings/seals, cross braces. Back brace only had one eye of bolt holding. Front braces had 2 places paper thin.  Looking to  add trolling motor, gauges, and live well next year.

***Realigned text, resized pics as best as I could but some were not correct size, had to crop a lot of white space out of pics, then resize best I could, some were lot better than others for resizing***

Kev in Kentucky
1981 25 ft Crest
1981 50hp Johnson
Give a man a fish feed him for a day.
Teach a man to fish feed him for life.

Posted By: Guests
Date Posted: 10/24/2009 at 8:26pm
Welcome Kevin! Looks like you did a great job on a small budget. It got you on the water and that"s what counts. Thanks for sharing with us..

Posted By: Zboating12
Date Posted: 10/24/2009 at 11:19pm

Welcome to the forum, look like you and your family are enjoying all your work already!

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: 10/25/2009 at 3:10pm
Thanks to Melinda, Kevin"s wife, I"ve replaced some of the blurry pics with the originals she had available. Trying to see if I can get some other pics replaced, thanks Melinda

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