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My Escape Cruz – a nifty small pontoon boat

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Topic: My Escape Cruz – a nifty small pontoon boat
Posted By: Songbill
Subject: My Escape Cruz – a nifty small pontoon boat
Date Posted: 08/21/2019 at 12:56am

The Escape Cruz is a nifty type of pontoon boat that is great for “electric only” lakes, like the one I live on. I’ve had my Escape Cruz for 5 years now. On the Internet, there is little if any in the way of videos, images, articles, or posts about the Escape Cruz boat model for owners to share info about. I am hoping some other Escape Cruz owners out there would be willing to share info or stories here about their experience with the boat. Also, I decided to produce and share this 3-minute video about mine.  Here’s a link to it:

Unfortunately, the manufacturer only produced these boats for about five years, ceasing production and sales almost 10 years ago, perhaps due to the “Great Recession”.  I believe they manufactured and sold hundreds of them, perhaps upwards of a thousand or more, but used ones rarely now show up on the secondary market, either in private sales or at boat dealers. When they do, they get snapped up quickly.

Posted By: Barnmb7117
Date Posted: 08/26/2019 at 10:01pm
WOW. Yours look really good. Did you restore it?

1993 Tracker fishing barge 21
2015 Evinrude pontoon series 90 hp
Summer - On the wolf River Weyauwega, WI
Winter- Chicago, IL

Posted By: Songbill
Date Posted: 08/27/2019 at 12:21am

No major restoration.  I did, though, have to replace the original carpet last year.  I ordered a 9’ x 6’ length of blue marine carpet from HomeDepot, on line.  After it arrived, I drew the pattern by taking the wood flooring off the boat, laying it on the carpet, and then, at numerous spots, measuring and inking a dot exactly 6 inches out from the edge of this wood “template”. I then connected the dots, cut out the pattern, and used a staple gun (and LOTS of staples) to affix the new carpet to the wood flooring.  A bit tedious but it worked and looks great.

I also used spray cans of seat vinyl to make the cushions and chairs look new again. This took some very careful tapeing ahead of time, due to the dual colors (white and beige) of the chairs and cushions.  Again,  a tedious job but worked out fine. In addition to spraying on the vinyl colors, it is crucial to first spray an adhesive on the original vinyl.  I used Dupli-Color brand Vinyl & Fabric spray (White and Desert Sand for colors) and a can of Dupli-Color’s “Adhesion Promoter”.  Each of these cans cost only about $8 at an automotive parts store, such as AutoZone.

For periodically cleaning the ABS plastic hull, I use PineSol and a brush, followed by Mr. Clean Magic Pads and soapy water. I then coat it with a layer of kitchen floor shine (QuickShine brand).  Again, cheap but works and looks great.

After all that, you can see why I use the covers shown at the end of my YouTube video.

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