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BTW Thank you Charles for fixing my pictures.
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Gotta look closer Les, I didn"t do that   Rick did.
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 OK Thanks to Rick then. It"s been a LONG COLD RAINY DAY here today. I think I am going to go to bed & try it all over again tomorrow. "IF" it"s not raining.  

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Hate to burst your bubble, but rain is in the forecast all the way to Sunday. There was a chance yesterday there wouldn"t be on Saturday but I see this morning that has changed. I"m so sick of rain but I know the Georgia folks are needing it pretty bad so it"ll fill up their lakes. I know we"ve got flooding here.
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Looks great! Looks like we are at about the same place in the rebuild process... I am hoping to get the floor and carpet on the boat this week...  
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Well my forecast just changed, gonna be party sunny and 76, so I"m taking the day off tomorrow to work on the boat. Les, I hope that good weather helps you too even though its only 1 day for this week until Sat or Sun.
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We NOW have a tornado watch until 7:00PM & it"s been pouring down rain all day here with extreme fog in the low lying areas. A flood watch is also in effect until 10:00PM this evening.

I know I complain about the rain but at the same time there are people who would LOVE to have it like we are here right now & I hope they can get some of it. NO doubt later on this summer we will be crying for rain like we did last year. We had the worst drought in over 42 yrs in my area. So even though it is holding me up on my rebuild I won"t complain too much. If anyone needs some rain let me know & I will send them how ever many gallons I can find buckets for.  I know peppyjd lives about 40 miles NW of me so she is getting it too. The rivers, creeks, ponds & YARDS are swollen around here & MORE rain coming the rest of the week.

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Well, it"s been a lot slower going then I had wished for due to all the rain & WORK & taking care of many other things BUT, I finally got my new Road King trailer today & got it home. The pontoon WILL go on it tomorrow for sure as the weatherman is calling for CLEAR & 80 degrees. It "might SNOW" now that we are finally getting some decent weather so I can go OUTSIDE & work. I"ll post some more pics tomorrow of what I get done.

***had to fiqure out why you did a quote of yourself and then what was the quote and what wasn't, quoted material removed and picture cropped and resized***

 



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OPPS!!  Sorry Charles. I forgot to resize the picture. My trialer is different from the one pictured above in that it has the PVC guides as well as the full lengh bunk glides (2X6) & LED running lights. All galvanized with no brakes at this time because I do not think I will need them due to the flat area I live in & the distance back & forth to the lakes. If I find out I do need them, then for another $350.00 I will put them on it myself. Not a big job to do IMO. I"ll just wait & see. Got to have some money for the Sunbrella bimini "if" I don"t get the camper top & I still need to get the fishing seats & pedestals too.
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Why didn"t you just take a pic of the new trailer? . First thing I"d have to do is chop off the bow stops and put new material in to widen those bow stops out.
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It was too dark last night to take a picture of the one I actually got. The bow stop is much wider then the one shown by at least 3 feet, I"m also thinking about possibly changing the PVC guides to covered 2X4 or 2X6s with the glides attached to them.  I picked it up in a thunder storm & pulled it home 112 miles. It got a little nerve racking due to people running 85 mph PLUS on the I-95 corridor. I made it home safe & I will adjust everything today & get the toon on it & take some picutres. It was definitly worth buying it out of town then buying it locally. I saved quite a bit of money even though I had to drive 200 miles round trip to get it. The new Sunbrella bimini or possibly the camper enclosure is looking like a reality more now then it was.
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Here"s a few updated pictures I took this morning of the new trailer BEFORE it started raining AGAIN.

***added a return at end of first pic so text would be separated from pic - letting them align properly***



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 Update of todays accomplishments. Finally got the pontton on the trailer which was a piece of cake with those bunks slicks. Those things are the BEST!! I wetted them down along with th elogs & winched it up on the trailer like it was sitting in the water. COOL!!!

Also got the plywood up on the deck & now trying to get everything square. There is NOT ONE cross member the same length from front to rear. I got everything within 1/8 inch square but think I can do a little better then that. I will get back on it tomorrow & hopefully get the deck sheeting screwed down & then I can go with the carpet.

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Hey Les, its looking really good!  that sure is some pretty wood!  Sounds like getting the deck squared has been a real brain teaser.  Glad to see that you were able to get som much accomplished this weekend!
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Those bunks glides work far better then I had hoped for. When we loaded the pontoon on the trialer today it was a piece of cake. I lifted the front of the toon with a cherry picker high enough to the bunks to fit under & then went to the back & using a 4X4 & a farm jack, lifted the rear so it was sitting level & then winched the pontoon forward while wetting the glides & the tubes. It just "slide forward" as if it was in the water.

Is 1/8 inch close enough to work with when squaring the deck?  I"m having a tough time with it right now. I made sure the frame was square before laying the plywood down but when I starting measuring the deges against the ends of the cross members, things didn"t look so good. I have the deck itself square using the "X" method but I"ve got gigure out how much to leave on the sides so the trim rails will line up right. It got dark on my outside so I decided to get it a rest until tomorrow. My my tired old brain will think better tomorrow.

 

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Close enough if that"s as close as you can get it, 1/16ths would be better and you keep measuring as you square each piece as you put it on. Just follow Darren"s post as an example

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Measure across in an X pattern like this. The red line needs to be the exact same as the blue line.



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Nothing like a good nights sleep to clear the cobwebs so a man can think properly. I went out this morning before it got too hot & WALLA!! I"ve got it SQUARE to LESS then 1/16 of an inch & that"s a lot closer then government work sometimes.  I will go back out & finish the rest of the deck this afternoon after Tony Stewart WINS the race. I"ll be ready for carpet tomorrow IF it doesn"t rain. Working outside DOES have it"s advantages but not when it"s raining & I want to put carpet down.
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Thanks Dave. I was surprised at the styule of the bunk glides too as I had not seen any like them. I sure hope they last a long time.

My "main man" Tony Stewart just won the race so it"s time to get back to what I was doing. I should have the deck all fastened down & trimmed by dark. Glad you liked the pictures. WCD has had a hard time teaching me   how to post pictures & I"m not too sure I have really learned how yet but I try.

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Well.....I finally got the deck all finished & the new ponstuff.com carpet glued down yesterday. It was nearly 98 degrees & I believe the glue is dry today. After lots of "ice cold porkchops", a few choice words here & there, it's DONE. I'm on vacation all this upcoming week so the rails, engine, EZACDC wiring, NFB steering ARE going on the toon. I'm custom building my own helm so that is going to take about an extra weeks worth of work to have it done the way I want it. But I can FINALLY see some light at the end of the tunnel. If all goes well I"d say around Sept 15th, 2009 if the boat floats I will do the sea trials.

 

 **Straighened up the text and pics a bit Les**



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It"s coming along great. You should make alot of progress this week if the heat settles down some. Very nice job on the carpet....
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Great job. I would say your over the hump and on your way to the water!
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wow! That was a milestone in the making!!!! Allright, what have you gotten acomplished now???  Carpet is a great color btw.....
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Looking great Les! Thats the hard part. From here you can really start seeing progress. keep up the great work.
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I had ot take my railing to the welder to get some crakced joints repaired. Also have bigger gas tank & battery boxes made for the rear as the ones I had were too small & dented pretty bad. Got the new bow eye installed, trim rails installed & am now working on builidng the new sterring helm.

I have a question if I can ask it here. I am looking for dock bumper material like you see at marinas everywhere. I saw some that had a rounded edge to it & it was made of some type of rubber. Does anyone know where that can be bought or what it is called? I want to install it on my trim rails to act as a bumber guard along the sides.  The 25 ft Oddess we rented the other day had it all along the sides & the front of the trim rail & was all one piece in length. It was WHITE in color & looked to be about 2 inches thick & With ME behind the helm it sure came in handy when I tried numerous times to dock that BIG pontoon.   

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I think you"re talking about a "Rub Rail" that is common on alot of toons. But I can"t say where to buy one that would work for your toon. Maybe others can suggest places to pick some up..
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Page 128 of the Cabelas Marine catalog has what I think your talking about. I don"t know how to link it online but I have the hardcopy and remembered seeing it. Just verified. "Dock Edge" is the company name. Item #SZ018471 is one shape. There are two more. You may be able to go to Cabelas web page and type in the item # and get close. Hope that helps.
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