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    Posted: 12/10/2011 at 10:36am
Here we go again LOL.  I've actually worked on this pontoon boat 2 week ends so far, but things have been extremely busy and thus the lack of info and pics.  Sooooo basically what we have here is a new ground up pontoon build, using a bunch of parts I have collected this past year that were never sold.  It's going to be set up to use as a fishing rig as opposed to a cruiser.  PontoonStuff vinyl floor, bare bones, wide open.  And it will be for sale, so if you know any one looking let them know Wink.  OK enough talk lets get to the pics!  Here I have the tubes squared and 2 cross members attached.  Laying out the rest and getting ready to drill a LOT of holes!  The tubes are new 18.5' x 23" pressurized units from a local manufacture.
 
New cross members going on.  The top hat style takes a little more to fasten to the pontoon tubes but they make for one really strong pontoon.
 
 
Here you can see the new pontoon transom, with integrated 31 gallon fuel tank.  The PontoonStuff Deck Joint Tape is down, and the new CCA 8.5' wide Marine Pontoon Decking is going down using the PontoonStuff Deck Screws.
 
 
Now some real progress!  I'm all ready to lay down the PontoonStuff Alpha Vinyl Flooring.  Notice the PontoonStuff Adhesive and Trowel, this stuff works great!!!
 
 
OK, fast forward a week end.  The PontoonStuff Alpha Vinyl is down, cured and trimmed.  I installed the rub rail and corner caps, and I have the railing attached using the PontoonStuff Pontoon Fence Bolt Kit, and the PontoonStuff Fence Risers.
 
 
I set the pontoon fence forward to make room for a set of fishing chairs from boatingseats.com out back.  This pontoon will also get a matching pair up front.
 
 
That's all for now, stay tooned for more pontoon build updates!
  
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Nice Ty!!!!!!!!!Beer
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What motor you gonna put on it?
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Now I LIKE that fishing toon setup Clap
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Nice job so far. Where did you get the transome with the gas tank?
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i was thinking of building a 28 footer. those toons are great looking too. where did you locate them?
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He gets them around the Elkhart/Goshen IN area. Lots of Pontoon Manufacturers there.

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   Looks real good ! Not so much into fishing yet myslelf but I sure could work with that blank canvas and make a nice leisure craft !!! I think your going to need to make a brand name of boat for yourself , you have a real nack for it . I love seeing a new build when summer seems so far away. I look forward to seeing more pics !!!
 
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Ty, have you ever considered using a synthetic for the deck rather than plywood? Is it cost prohibitive? My pontoon has that option from the factory and it sure is nice not having to worry about it getting wet, deterorating, etc. You always done such great work I'm surprised I haven't seen you use it (expecially for one you plan to keep for yourself.)
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New CCA decking, when taken care of would out last my ownership of a pontoon.  My first custom build I kept on the water for 8 years and the carpet & decking was still like new.  That's certainly not to say I wouldn't like to have synthetic decking.  I would love to use Coosa Pontoon Decking for the weight savings, but it is not offered in 8.5' widths.  The others I've seen are so heavy that I can't justify spending the extra money.

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Originally posted by rickdb1 rickdb1 wrote:

What motor you gonna put on it?
 
I found a deal on this little gem...
 
 
I'm thinking a new SuperCharged 300HP Four Stroke Merc would get you out the fishin hole in decent time LOL
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Time for another update.  And, to answer Rick's question seriously, I will probably offer this boat with out a motor.  Unless I find a deal on a good used unit.  Check out how great the PontoonStuff Pontoon Graphics & Decal Kit look on the green fence.  I went with the Smoke/Tan kit.  This is also a great example of how you can set them up how ever you like.  I've used these same graphics now on play pens as short as 13' and as long as 24'.  Extremely versatile!
 
 
Side shot:
 
 
Front corner shot shows how I wrapped the graphics around the front, and two of the Folding Fishing Seats from BoatingSeats.com:
 
 
Rear is wide open for fishing:
 
 
That's it for now.  I'm waiting on the new PontoonStuff Pontoon Console to come in so I can get that mounted and wire every thing up.  I'm thinking because of the small available area inside the pontoon fence, I want to go with a center mount helm.  This would leave the deck very wide open for fishing, and I would still have room to mount a small bench in front of the helm for more seating and storage.  What do you think?
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Outstanding workmanship!! Where do you find the top hat style stringers? 

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Looks great Ty. Great layout and excellent choice of colors.
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Great idea on the helm placement for fishing. If you add a bench in front you may want to consider making it a livewell.
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I mocked up my pontoon helm, a bench, and a captian's chair.  What do you guys think?

 
 
Nothing is fastened, so I could easily move it.  With my limited space, I'm thinking this may be the best option for seating and keeping with the theme of a pontoon boat used mostly for fishing.
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Ty, it's certainly not coventional for fishing I think it is a great setup! Comfortable chairs for the Captain and First Mate to fish and direct the activities and unrestricted rail access for the fishers, whichout having to reach over (or kneel on) the furniture. The central location of the console keeps things more balanced too when you are running light.
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Agree.  The access all along the rail would be great.  Thumbs Up
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Guess I better update Smile.  I buttoned it all up, at least as far as I had planned to.  Got every thing mounted, and I did turn the center bench seat in to a live well Wink.  It will be leaving this Saturday to be with it's new owner, so I guess I'll have to think about what to start on next LOL
 
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Looks great Ty!
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I turned the center bench seat  in to the live well with a kit from Attwood.  I used silicone to seal up all the factory drain holes in the plastic base, and plumbed every thing up.  The PontoonStuff Pontoon Boat Wiring Harness has a lead built in for the pump so wiring it up was a breeze.








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It's nice to know that the plastic bases can support the weight of the water, I didn't think they could. I might have to convert on of mine into a livewell, that was one of the things I lost when I changed my layout and don't really have room for as of now!
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