Getting new (to me) pontoon ready for the water...

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  1. willburrrr2003

    willburrrr2003 Member

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    I picked up my pontoon on Saturday, hoping to take it out on Sunday. I brought it home and put it all together, this is what I got...

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    I examined the frame and even though the paint was faded and oxidized it was solid, despite a bit of surface ruse on the frame sections when I took it all apart. I examined the seams on the toon skins carefully once inflated, and found the stitching on the bottom seams to be questionable, some stitching missing in a couple small spots and worn threading in others.... The bladders hold air fine, and didn't leak at all. At this point I decided to hold off on putting it on the water Sunday, and to get it up to snuff first... I picked up some paint for the frame, heavy duty stuff that also kills/prevents rust, and have painted 2 of the frame pieces at work today, the other pieces will get done tomorrow. I decided to get replacement skins from Creek Company (maker of toon) and rather than the standard replacement skins opted to upgrade to these instead...

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    I placed my order today for the skins, as well as a clip on rod holder too.
    This should be a sweet ride when I am done with it :D , and I can't wait to test it out soon!!
     
  2. Stewart

    Stewart Skunk Happens

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    I would suggest changing the covers in the cleanest place you can. Not that it happened to me, but I think a fairly small bit of grit trapped between the bladder and the cover "could" puncture the bladder.

    Enjoy the toon. That really adds a great dimension to your fishing.
     
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    Thanks for the advice, I will change them on a clean surface so as not to get any unwanted items inside the skins.
     
  4. Chef

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    Will: A lot of motification happens on the water so be prepared. I would take it to a small lake near you and try it out. Martha is a great place to make any changes before hitting a bigger lake plus it is close to us. Also, you will find that you will change stuff here and there as well.
     
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    Well now that you up graded the pontoons and fixed all that was wrong you could of went out and got a new 'toon. Or waited until spring when all the old stuff goes on sale. Just saying........................
     
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    True Oldman, it was supposed to be solid and usable and for $130 didn't seem bad deal to get into one, but once I found the rotting missing stitches on the bottom of the toons I didn't want to risk using them. So I bought the upgrade heavy duty pvc skins, instead of just getting the normal replacement skins. And since I had new skins coming, I decided to paint it as well. I am into the whole thing just under $300. Comparable toons with the heavy duty pvc skins run for about $400 plus tax. Even though I have spent more than I planned, I am still not looking to terrible in the investment end of things. Plus I have been enjoying the project ;)
     
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    Old man, maybe you forgot what it was like to first get into fly fishing. Will is doing a great job. Have fun with it Will.
     
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    I am Chef :D
     
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    I'm not knocking him. I was just pointing out the facts. My first pontoon was a South fork. This was before they had the good pontoons. I sold it to a guy from the OP. My second was a Alpine made by Bucks Bags. It was used just for lakes. Paid about $450.00 for it from Teds In Lynnwood.. I also had a few float tubes which I also got rid of. I fish mostly skinny water now and I fish from the banks. Not to many lakes where I live now. Lots of big reservoirs that are too big for either one.
     
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    No worries Oldman, I know what you are saying :) and pointing out... But I am still enjoying my project and anticipating using the finished toon soon :D here is a kind of ok pic of the painted pieces from last night...

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    Good call on the replacement skins. My dad went cheap one year and bought a boat like yours and I went with the more expensive 10 ft one like you ordered. We ran alot of large and small streams, one time down a small stream his nylon cover ripped open and the bladder came out. We were 10 miles from a truck and we were hosed. So I took 15 lb tippet and a barbless hook and stiched up the nylon. It took 4 hrs, but it worked. He sold the boat after buying new toons and upgraded. My boats is still rocken
     
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    Exactly what I didn't want to chance happening ;)
     
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    Painted up 3 more pieces on my frame yesterday, starting to look good :D
    I should get my new skins best case Friday worst case Mon or Mue.

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    Looks good ;) Did you stick with 8' tubes or go up to 9-10'?
     
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    I kept with the 8' toons, as just the outside skins were questionable not the bladders. The bladders in them still appear to be solid and hold air. When I get the PVC skins, I will just remove the bladders from the original skins and put them into the new skins.
     
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    Josh Smestad aka Mtnwkr

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    Good plan. My fish cat has 8' tubes, great size for kicking around the lake. After I finish modifying the frame i plan to find a pair of 10'tubes for floating rivers.
     
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    Wilbur, I like your paint job! Will definitely show up better than the original black.
    Have considered painting mine,(10ft fishcreek), but it had only been used two times before I stole it for 250. Got it last November and still haven't had the chance to try her.
    I am now going to do a double check on the covers. I think they are fine but going to check again anyway.

    Only real thing I've done to mine is make a rod holder thingy as the one the guy gave me with it didn't fit the 1 1/4 frame and I didn't want to spend money for one that would fit it.

    Don't laugh but here's what I came up with and am sure I'll do some refinement. I cut a slot in a piece of pvc big enough to snap over the frame and put a piece of metal that was laying around and hose clamped them to the frame, then hose clamped a 1" piece of pvc to that. The rod holder is for 1" tubing. I can move it to different locations pretty easy.
     
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    Looks like it works just fine :D
     
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    Mr John, Have you set your fly rod in that yet? That rod holder is for spinning rod . Never mind I see the spinner in that back
     
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    I bought my final can of paint, and wouldn't you know it was pouring rain when I got to work and is still raining....so no painting final pieces today. I figured I would have until beginning of the week before my new toon skins arrived, but the showed up about 10 minutes ago :D Unfortunately my old toons are at home so will have to wait until I get home tonight to get them set up. I'm pretty excited to get the boat all assembled even without the final painting...might even take it for a test drive on a local lake this weekend...not sure about fishing but definitely want to see how it feels on the water!

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