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  • New to pontoons

    I've had v bottom ski boats and 21' bow rider but this is my first project pontoon boat

  • #2
    So my family was too big for my 88 galaxy admiral. I loved that boat, it was 21' and heavier than most bow riders. I was told it was set up for salt water, it had a mercruser 170 and a alpha one stern drive. It also had a cool feature, a heat exchanger. It had antifreeze in the motor. It was a wander full boat but now that we have four boys and a little girl ohh and four boxers the ol girl just wasn't big enough and wife didn't think it was safe enough ( it rocked too much for her). So I sold her ( the boat) and got a 30' sun tracker party barge. Got it for $800 it had a new floor but that's it oh and the upper half of a 30 hp Johnson.

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    • #3
      Well my brother in law gave me a old 1973 Chrysler 70 hp outboard that haven't ran in 11 yrs but it ran when we parked it in his field. I hope I can get it running I think it would be better than the 30 hp motor

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      • #4
        Welcome aboard!

        You picked a great forum to ask for help and advice.

        We love pictures here.
        Bob, Seneca Lake NY
        '88 Bayliner 1700 Capri bowrider, 85 HP Force O/B, "Sea Weasel"
        '94 Grumman Fish'N Fun pontoon, 40 HP Merc
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        Disclaimer: Although I am a member of the USCG Auxiliary, the opinions and advice in my replies are my own and do not necessarily reflect CG or CG Auxiliary policy or regulations unless so specified.

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        • #5
          here's the project

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          • #6
            I tried posting pics of motor but keeps telling me pic is too big

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            • #7
              Originally posted by NYBo View Post
              Welcome aboard!

              You picked a great forum to ask for help and advice.

              We love pictures here.
              ​thank you look forward to ya'lls advice

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              • #8
                Dusty, going to be blunt here. If that Chrysler checks out OK, then fine. If it doesn't, I would look for a different engine. My experience has been that there is no end to expensive repairs with them - that, and the fact parts can be difficult to find.

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                • #9
                  and what sort of a new floor, and yes it matters
                  Bad Dog

                  If it aint broke your not having enough fun

                  my 1988 Riviera Cruzer pontoon rebuild
                  http://forums.iboats.com/showthread.php?t=526820

                  my pontoon trailer rebuild

                  http://forums.iboats.com/forum/boat-...railer-rebuild

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by ahicks View Post
                    Dusty, going to be blunt here. If that Chrysler checks out OK, then fine. If it doesn't, I would look for a different engine. My experience has been that there is no end to expensive repairs with them - that, and the fact parts can be difficult to find.
                    ​right now it fires but wont stay running, I'm not sure if its enough motor for the toon but better than half a 30hp maybe in a yr or two I can get a better one, just right now I miss the lake and the above ground pool we have is a pain

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by MH Hawker View Post
                      and what sort of a new floor, and yes it matters
                      ​he told me its 3/4" ply not sure what kind and it has new carpet. I've red a few discussions on flooring on here and suspect ill be replacing in a yr or so. also seating and captains control I need to figure that out my wife wants new but that's a few grand and not sure I want to spend that much this early in build. I'm kind of a jack of all trades and expert of none so I can build and work with my hands.

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                      • #12
                        if you dont know then you need to find out, once you start putting things on the deck its 3 times the work, if you can look at a sheet edge it should be 7 not 5 layers but then its your time and back
                        Bad Dog

                        If it aint broke your not having enough fun

                        my 1988 Riviera Cruzer pontoon rebuild
                        http://forums.iboats.com/showthread.php?t=526820

                        my pontoon trailer rebuild

                        http://forums.iboats.com/forum/boat-...railer-rebuild

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                        • #13
                          I'm going this weekend to look at it at the in-laws farm. I didn't know how important different plywood was until I red a post by domwebhost on his pontoon build and the many options there is.

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                          • #14
                            Dusty78,
                            I suspect the worst thing is when people think pressure treated plywood is a good alternative because it is better suited for outdoor use. The chemical commonly used to treat that plywood is corrosive to many metals including the aluminum routinely used in pontoon boats. So I suggest you look for signs of chemical reaction where your plywood touches the metal and get it off soon if you see it.

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                            • #15
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                              As long as it isn't pressure treated you'll be fine. I grew up going out all the time on an uncle's pontoon where all the furniture had rotted out. He stripped it down to just the deck and coated it with something grippy (probably just paint with sand in it). He build two large wooden boxes with padded lids, one for each side and added a couple deck chairs. The only things fastened down to the deck were the console and captains chair..It was great. Go fishing or clamming and make a mess? Just hose the thing down when you're done. It was a big toon like your and he pushed it with a 70HP. If you can get the Chrysler to run with just carb kits or whatever I'd run it. Nothing particularly bad about them. Just parts are tough to get.
                              2002 20' Hydra-Sports 202DC 200HP Yamaha HPDI
                              1976 18' Starcraft SuperSport 90HP Evinrude
                              Restoration thread http://forums.iboats.com/showthread.php?t=357767

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