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  1. BUCS

    BUCS New Member

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    want to change mesh deck Bucks BAG to a more solid one any advice?
     
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    I got rid of the webbed decking and picked up a piece of star-board plastic from clear cut plastics in fremount. I mounted my battery and a extra rod holder to it.
     
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    Ed Call Mumbling Moderator Staff Member

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    Marine grade plywood? I have such a deck on my solo pontoon. If the webbed decking frame is solid enough to support it you might find an aluminum piece of diamond plate. This may require some sort of brace under the decking because it is not tremendous for weight bearing. If you are not going to put a ton of stuff back there either should work. There are a few threads on this or similar pontoon modifications here. Some have some pretty cool photos. (bunch of boat geeks and all)
     
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    Mumbles is right, plywood is the easy, light, and quiet. If you start welding that tube you may not get what you want in the long run...
    Tom C.
     
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    what size pontoon boat are we talking about here?
     
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    8ft BUCS BAG
     
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    I used aluminum diamond plate for my Osprey rear deck 24"x60". I had two pieces of 1" square steel welded to the frame and attached the diamond plate with screws to the 1" steel. If I were to do it again I would cut a few slits in the diamond plate and use cam straps to attach it to the frame, it would be lighter without 2x60" pieces of steel and I would be able to take it off when not needed.
     
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    I have the same Bucks boat and I built a custom frame extension with some stainless tubing and some diamond plate. I used an electrical conduit bender to bend the tubing and a rivet gun to rivet the diamond plate to it. The extension slides right into the existing frame and clips on with clevis-style clips. It works awesome...I use it it put large totes, dry bags, etc for longer trips. It would be easy to mount a motor or anchor to it as well. PM me if you want more pics or details.
     
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    slim Fish or Ski...Fish or ski....fish!

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    Bucks, I was facing a simliar situation in that I wanted to build a bigger deck, there's a previous post with what I ended up doing and what others did as well. Mine ended up working out nicely, easily carrying what I needed for an extended trip.
     
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    I cut up some large cutting boards then u bolted them to the frame, actually worked great
     
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    just found the perfect thing for rear deck at www farmtek.com plastic sheets 2/4
     
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    just found the right thing for rear deck change at www.farmtek.com looks like good stuff
     
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    farmtek.com polymax polytry/kennel flooring
     
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    These are nice and very light weight:thumb:
     
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    Zack Dudley Take em'

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    bling bling bob!
     
  17. Ed Call

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    Bucks, good product. I had to search through that website for a bit before I found it, but I am glad I did. I think you are on to something. I have some metal mesh like that, but this might be lighter weight.

    Here is the link to the specific product I found.
    http://www.farmtek.com/farm/supplie...01&langId=-1&division=FarmTek&productId=20251

    If you get some, let us know how you like it, what its weight bearing capacity seems to be. It being 4' wide by 2' should allow it to rest across the frame and onto the pontoons. The square mesh should allow a myriad of tie down points. Cool.
     
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    Mike, that is very nice. Does it make you back heavy or out of balance?
     
  19. Kent Lufkin

    Kent Lufkin Remember when you could remember everything?

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    That's the $64 question whenever one adds additional weight to the back of the boat, either in camping gear, kids or dog. While most boats will allow you some wiggle room in trimming the frame fore or aft relative to the pontoons, others like the Scaddens, with their asymmetrical D rings along the 'toons, are much harder to trim. My Skykomish Sunrise let's me adjust the frame about 2-3" in total fore and aft movement while my Osprey frame on Maxxon tubes can move up to a couple feet.

    K
     
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    Kent speaks wisdom! Some modifications might require creative moving of the frame on toons, seats on frame and footpegs on frames. I've been lucky my toons have allowed me all the flexibility I've needed so far.
     

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