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    Posted: 11/27/2011 at 8:13pm
Hello to everyone.  I just joined the forum and this is my first post. 
I bought a boat this past summer and fixed it up a little to use over the summer and now that winter is here, I'm going to rebuild it.   
The boat had been tied up at a covered dock for I'm guessing ten years and when I got it home it smelled like dead fish from all the slimey buildup on the pontoons.  I used a pressure washer to knock off the heavy stuff then I learned from a neighbor/friend that another product works great with no scrubbing. 
 
The boat is a 1986 Weeres 24ft.  It came with a similar year 40hp evinrude that I don't know if it would run or not.  I do know it had broken motor mounts (the rubber ones not the clamp on the transom) that were going to cost about 300 dollars for parts.  I didn't have a chance to tinker with the motor before I found a 1998 Yamaha F25 four stroke.  I wasn't sure the Yamaha would push a boat this size and I really wasn't looking for much speed anyway but I got a good enough deal with trading the Evinrude that I figured if it didn't work out I should have no problem selling the Yamaha.  I have been very satisfied with the performance of the Yamaha F25.  It's the best running motor I've ever owned.  With me, my wife and our 4 year old, large ice chest and chairs on board we got a GPS speed of 16.2 MPH. 
 
I'm waiting on my plywood order to arrive and then I'll start with the teardown. 
 
 
 


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Ok, so you mentioned a floor which generally means you're getting carpet too right? What else are you going to do with it besides that? Anything else? Wink
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Looks like a great toon! It appears you already have the under deck mounted ladder which is a plus! You gotta keep that LSU bimini topTongue
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Yes I am leaning toward carpet due to cost.  I would love to use the vinyl but at more than twice the cost, it is hard for me to justify. 
 
I plan to replace the helm, install new steering system and steering wheel.  New captains seat but plan to leave the rest open and use portable chairs.  We really enjoy the open and flexible space.  If you're at anchor and the sun is in the wrong place just move your chair over a little to get back in the shade. 
 
The sheet metal fencing needs paint and new stripes.  I plan to drill out the rivets and remove the sheet metal to paint and that should make it easier to clean up the railings also. 
 
I will install a tachometer, radio/cd player and speakers, new navigation lights, depth finder, and I would like to install a washdown pump to spray off the dog hair, food crumbs, etc. 
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Yes Brian I installed that ladder and love it.  The boat didn't have any type of ladder when I got it so I purchased one of those rope ladder things from Walmart to get by for the 4th of July camping trip.  What a waste of money.  The thing was almost impossible to use.  We ended up building a ladder at the campsite out of 2x4s a couple of bolts and some screws.  The homemade ladder worked well but was not very pretty. 
 
The under-deck ladder is very stable and easy to use.  When we tie up with our friend's boats, everyone climbs my ladder to get back onto their boats. 
 
The bimini top is a replacement top from Pontoonstuff.  It works well and was easy to install.  A bad storm hit us on the lake this summer with high winds and almost destroyed that top.  It broke the zippers that attach it to the frame.  I repaired it with zip ties and so far it has held together. 
 
As for the rope ladder, I took it apart, threw the plastic steps in the trash and use the rope for a dock line. 
 
 
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We had a storm get some tops and covers on boats around here too. On second look your top seems blue. My initial impression was LSU purple
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