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    Re: No title for trailer

    See: http://www.legis.state.la.us/lss/lss.asp?doc=630941

    Every state is different on titles. In TN and AL, there are no titles. Lenders have to use a UCC-1 Financing Statement to file...
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    Re: Are flooring kits worth the money???

    I have had to replace a couple of smaller pieces on the rear of my 1985 model pontoon boat. The front pieces are still perfectly good after all these years.

    I would just replace plywood that...
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    Re: Should I stay clear of rebuilt engines?

    You should consider saving up enough money to buy a 4 stroke PWC. They're just so much more long lasting and don't cause nearly the problems as the old 2 strokes.

    That said, I still have a...
  4. Thread: new pontoon

    by Bamaman1
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    Re: new pontoon

    You will be glad you went Bennington. They're the leader of the pack and have a 7 year warranty nobody else offers. Resale is the tops in the business, and they're a totally customer driven...
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    Re: trailer bearing failure

    Trailer parts are generic. Get under your trailer and figure out the diameter of your axle. Then measure the length of the axle and the distances between the springs.

    Check...
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    Re: Axle-Less Suspension- Timbren

    There are so few torsion axles used on boat trailer for a reason. They're not needed. The old standard straight axle does a great job and they pull good enough for a very low price. Stick with...
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    Re: Towing with 2014 Ford Explorer 4WD

    Get the dealer to let you take the Explorer home for an overnight demonstration. Slap a receiver hitch and ball on there and take your boat for a little "test tow."

    Like was said earlier, the...
  8. Re: ordered new engine today, and bought new boat!

    You really should consider signing into Pontoonforums.com and repost your question. That's where the biggest bunch of experts are on this subject.

    The 150 Pro XS is a conservatively rated...
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    Re: Allure Vinyl Floor for Pontoon

    When it comes to decking, the real marine 3/4" plywood is the only thing to use. And nobody should use pressure treated plywood that touches aluminum.

    Check with PontoonStuff.com for anything to...
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    Re: Stringer Repair/Replace

    I understand how some would desire to take on such a project. But is the boat going to be worth the investment in supplies and a couple of hundred man/hours. I just hate to see people invest so...
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    Re: 1998 Yamaha Waverunner XL 1200 Rebuild

    I don't know your problem, but as above you should do some disassembly to see if the problem is evident.

    If you need parts or a motor rebuild, there is a large PWC junkyard NE of the Birmingham...
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    Re: Pontoon Trailers

    On our lake, most pontoons are sold without trailers. Our boat dealerships have loaner trailers or can make arrangements to pickup pontoon boats for annual service. We're fortunate that most of our...
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    Re: Location of center tube question?

    You should be good to go. Strakes on the center toon will get your nosecones out of the water.

    90 hp is the minimum to use on a straked hull, and your 25' boat is longer than most. There...
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    Re: rusted tube trailer

    Any trailer going into salt water needs to be made of C channel or I beam.

    And such trailers can be difficult to build as a homebuilt. Sometimes you've just got to step up and buy something...
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    Re: Yamaha 25 HP 2-stroke hard starting

    On all starting problems with 2 strokes, I take it step by step. Then I see step by step if the problem's solved.
    Step #1--put new spark plugs in it.
    Step #2--check the fuel filter and use fresh...
  16. Re: Bit of a problem with my renter... a little help?

    Find a generic lease agreement online, and fill it out--at market value on the rent plus she pays 3/4 of the water bill equivalent.

    If she won't sign, tell her to hit the road.

    Take the dog on...
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    Re: for the mercruiser 470 guys

    I had a 470 in a 17' bow rider, and it ran great. But it didn't run long. The engines were closer to a tractor engine than a boat engine, and they were junk.

    And there are not as many good used...
  18. Re: questions about covers and bimini tops fabrics

    My Bennington came with a factory OEM mooring cover, and to order a new one costs $1,500 MSRP. My bimini is made out of the same fabric, which is a Far East copy of Sunbrella polyester fabric. With...
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    Re: Voyager Pontoons

    Okay, we're getting somewhere here. A 225 hp Optimax is a good motor, but not nearly as good as the later model Optimax Pro XS that's going to push almost 250 horsepower. And the Pro XS is the one...
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    Re: what paint for aluminum boat?

    Yep. Self etching primer and Rustoleum enamel or TSC enamel--either with a hardener.
  21. Re: Pre purchase checkout of 45 hour Yamaha F115TLR (2007)

    I would suggest you spend an hour labor at a shop that can scan that engine for (1) actual hours and (2) how many hours were run at specific speeds. You should also have the shop drain the lower...
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    Re: Location of center tube question?

    Are you wanting better speed and efficiency, or are you wanting the capability to carry more people on your boat? What size motor are you running presently? Does your new toon have lifting strakes...
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    Re: Pontoon project boat...

    Run from this boat--and fast. That short of a pontoon boat is for small waters/ponds, and it'd be quite a boring ride. Chances are it's an ancient hull and not something you'd be proud to be seen...
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    Re: Voyager Pontoons

    There's nothing wrong with a Voyager pontoon/tritoon. My first question is what kind of 225 hp motor are you talking about? 2 stroke? 4 stroke?

    Does the tritoon have lifting strakes on the...
  25. Re: When or what age to pitch in and pay room and board....or not.

    Whenever someone's in school or college and going in a positive direction, they shouldn't be required to pay rent to parents that are fiscal stable.

    But when they're out of college 6 months, or...
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    Re: longer term financing

    Sig is right about financing a boat, car or anything on extra long terms. The interest charges go up so fast after 48 months that payments can total to a ridiculous amount. It's just like when you...
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    Re: Considering new truck - Opinions?

    After working in the auto business 24 years, I consider myself a car guy. And I'm particular to the biggest sellers in the market because you can find more of them used. And they're the biggest...
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    Re: Looking for low price on Jet Ski

    I've been into PWC's since 1984, and had a Kawasaki (stand up), two Sea Doos and now a Yamaha VX Cruiser.

    Whatever you do, go 4 stroke. They're trouble free and outlast a 2 stroke by a large...
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    Re: help with Rochester Carb

    Don't go badmouthing Chevrolet V-8 motors used in the marine industry. The engines are actually closer to industrial engines than they are to automobile/truck engines.

    Mercruiser goes into the GM...
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    Re: 3 Tools in One

    I first remove the lower unit when reinstalling the outdrive unit. It makes the assembly light enough to install by hand.

    Then I reinstall the lower unit without the prop. It's no big deal.
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    Re: mercruiser 7.4L engine replacement project

    Since you've got to get the motor so high to get it over the transom, you might need a local crane company to drop it in. Many have small cranes are not that expensive if used for just a short time....
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    Re: reman engine company's

    I hate to tell you, but OMC is gone--bankrupt. Bombardier (ETEC) is not supporting the old OMC I/O's in parts, etc. and parts for that drive train are hard to find. I wouldn't put one red cent into...
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    Re: Which Engine For My Tritoon?

    Speed and efficiency comes with strakes turning a trihull boat into a planing hull. Don't expect anywhere near 40 mph with your present displacement hull.
  34. Thread: Honda 40 pt&t

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    Re: Honda 40 pt&t

    Anything is rebuildable if the parts are available. But is the price of the rebuild worth the investment? I've never seen a 7 year old small 4 stroke motor requiring rebuilding.

    If the cylinder...
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    Re: thinking about a toon

    If you're looking for Party Boat Central, you should be looking for a 28' pontoon boat. Longer boats handle heavier loads, and you can build an aluminum deck on them with a sliding board.

    You...
  36. Re: Starting my own boat repair business out of my backyard. Good or bad idea??

    Yep, stay away from heavy truck repairing. You end up working on brakes and trailer repairs, and the work is terribly physical wrestling huge wrenches and engine parts. My ex-son in law went to...
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    Re: Can I repair my torn bellow?

    I once changed my bellows on my newest I/O, and never had much luck getting them to seal properly. Mercury designed them with little "lip" for the hose clamps to grab hold of. And the Mercruiser...
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    Re: Convert pontoon trailer to "V" hull

    Pontoon boats typically weigh 2000 pounds if a twin toon plus 500 lbs. for the motor--2500 lbs. A tritoon weighs another 300 lbs.

    Chances are that the trailer is just too light for your needs.
  39. Thread: ercoa pontoon

    by Bamaman1
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    Re: ercoa pontoon

    I'm an experienced tooner and the proud owner of a Bennington tritoon. I've never seen a Ercoa pontoon boat, except in pictures, but I can tell you they're a different animal than anything else on...
  40. Re: Putting heavier leaf springs on pontoon trailer?

    ChampionTrailers.com is a great place to buy parts. And they have good tutorials on trailers online.

    Replacing springs is a very quick and easy job if you have an impact wrench. Most would order...
  41. Re: Starting my own boat repair business out of my backyard. Good or bad idea??

    I admire a 17 year old with the entrepreneural spirit. But finish high school first.

    If you have the talents mechanically, take a auto repair course at your local community college. Marine...
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    Re: Which Engine For My Tritoon?

    You'll just have to try it out with your present steering. If it works, it works. If it's too hard to steer in tight turns, you can always put SeaStar hydraulic steering on it for $1K, including...
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    Re: 2006 Crest Tritoon

    Crest makes a good toon.

    I'd just have him take it to a qualified marine mechanic to get the power trim fixed, and as them to scan the engine for any trouble codes, the actual hours usage and a...
  44. Re: Bayliner Rendezvous on a pontoon trailer???

    It'll work if the weight of the boat is not too much for the trailer. Most pontoons weigh about 2000 lbs. plus fuel and engine, so some pontoon trailers are not too heavily built.
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    Re: Great, my marina is closing.

    We had one marina with a huge dock break loose in a rare flood, and it floated downstream and under a bridge. A bunch of houseboats and cruisers were badly damaged. Two years later, a tornado came...
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    Re: Which Engine For My Tritoon?

    You have not said whether you're going to be putting strakes and underskinning on your present boat.

    These are really prerequisites to repowering. You don't want to waste a fine new engine...
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    Re: Props for pontoons?

    Most pontoons run with 3 blades.

    Yamaha's with 150 hp run the OEM Reliance stainless props. 250 hp usually use the Yamaha stainless Saltwater Series II. Most 115 hp models and below use...
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    Re: Mercruiser 140 turbo

    I think it would be better if someone put out a nitrous system for marine use.

    The 4 cylinder I/O's are notoriously slow coming off an idle. You could spray nitrous for a few seconds pulling a...
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    Re: What Yamalube Oil for 2005 F150TXRD

    My dealer told me to use 10W30 on my F150 last year.

    I'm running diesel oil in my boat, as it does the job perfectly well in marine use.
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    Re: Which Engine For My Tritoon?

    I suggest you sign on to Pontoonforums.com and ask this question.

    The 2 stroke vs. 4 stroke question has been talked about in the past, and most will go with the 150 hp 4 stroke. In recent...
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