Big Boy Cataraft

Discussion in 'Watercraft' started by Ed Call, Mar 3, 2010.

  1. Mark Walker

    Mark Walker Active Member

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    If your quote for spraying Line-X was more than $10-$15, I have to question the dealer's integrity/business acumen!
    I had the entire 4 piece bow section of my boat sprayed for $20. They just sprayed the sections along with a truck bed they were doing while I waited.
     
  2. Ed Call

    Ed Call Mumbling Moderator Staff Member

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    Well, let's just say it was more than that. He gave me an estimate for treating both sides and all the edges for both platforms. The price shocked me. Then I got a call from the metal fabricator and his call made my day. Hell, even the misses is impressed I think.
     
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    Ed Call Mumbling Moderator Staff Member

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    Metal grating platforms arrived. Damn heavy, they are galvanized steel and not aluminum. Easily twice the weight I was willing to go for. Back to the LineX guy with the plywood, he wanted as much as doing a full truck bed. We settled on much less than that. He had shut down his spraying equipment so I'll be back there tomorrow at lunch. He said they would be done because he had at least one truck bed to spray out tomorrow anyway. Some dip wad ordered the wrong width crossbars for the rear seat and thigh bar mounts. (That would be me) I ordered based on the oarlock width, not the frame width center to center. I must be staying up too late at night. Once I get the platforms and correct sized crossbars then I'll be done with this (must add "for now" because I know if I say I'm done that I'll be lying as I've already thought of a few things I want to try). No work planned for tonight, but if all goes well I'll have some crossbars and decks to mount tomorrow.
     
  4. James Waggoner

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    Ed, give the Bamboo a try, depending on what type of bamboo flooring you have it could be mostly resin already. Throw a chunk in a bucket of water and let it soak a day and then dry a day and see how it performs. Perhaps put some fiberglass cloth and resin to the underside and top to keep it together; it would suck for it to come apart while standing on it in the river. Could also do the same thing for the platforms on the the tubes to step on.
     
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    I was also thinking about your cooler mount. What about using a set of toilet tank bolts through the bottom of your cooler and through the platform? Could even use a set of carriage bolts, large washers and wing nuts for easy removal, throw in some rubber or neoprene washers to seal and your all set.
     
  6. Ed Call

    Ed Call Mumbling Moderator Staff Member

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    James, I should be returning to the LineX shop in an hour or so at lunch to pick up the platforms. The bamboo is top sealed, but does soak up too much water to be a real solution (unless sealed all around). I thought of some through mount bolts beneath the cooler but did not want to have the bolts exposed out the bottom of the cooler making it a pontoon boat only toy. I thought a frame around the cooler would work if that frame were bolted to the platform. Ultimately I decided to get NRS cross bars, one for the seat and the other for the lean bar. I, of course, ordered the wrong width. NRS and their stellar customer service said, we'll send you return labels, have you ship them back on us and then we'll swap them out. More awesome feedback for those folks. I opted to remove one lopro from each cross bar, cut the tubing to the correct length and remount the lopro. I did that last night and I'm happy to say that I did not manage to screw it up at all. Now I'm pondering how to position bags/boxes for the convenient access to all parties involved, what rod mounting options and tube cover step treads should be used so that getting in and out is not too hard on the people and does not put the tubes at risk. Lots of fun so far, still plenty to do. Thanks for the suggestions. If you have photos of any decking/platforms over your pontoons I'd like to see them.
     
  7. Freestone

    Freestone Not to be confused with freestoneangler

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    Ed, I know a guy with a ww expedition cat that simply lays a strip of indoor/outdoor carpet down the lenght of the tubes (under the frame) to protect the tubes and act as a chafe strip. Even studded boots shouldn't be able to go through the carpeting.
     
  8. Ed Call

    Ed Call Mumbling Moderator Staff Member

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    Sue, good point. I have some of that automotive carpeting, maybe I'll put some of that in place. I've also got a few other ideas that I'm brewing in my little nugget.

    Just back from skipping lunch to pick up my deck platforms. I must say that my initial impression of the LineX is very high. The young kid that I haggled with to get the price down to an affordable point (we're talking about plywood man, not some fancy $40k truck, plywood that you stand on) did a very good, no VERY GOOD job with his edge prep before applying the linex product. They look very good and I'm glad that I went that route. Thank you Mark Walker for the great idea and the prodding until I made it happen. You, sir, nailed this one for sure. Rob and Kerry, if you don't like the casting platforms it is all Mark's fault.

    After the young ladies are out for the night I'll see what I can go about getting these two platforms mounted and post some photos (for the one or two who might be interested). I'm glad it is my Friday. I will have a few hours of daylight to mess around tomorrow.
     
  9. Mark Walker

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    No matter how good you do, or how you try to help, there's just no escaping the "barrel".:rofl:
     
  10. OHJoe

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    I for one will be anticipating the pics. Im not sure how you are getting all of this completed so quickly AND answering all of my questions to get things rolling this spring :thumb: This is giving me tons of ideas for a future toon and my son is quickly getting pulled into the whole toon thing. looking forward....
     
  11. Ed Call

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    OHJoe, I don't sleep much. I don't get to fish much. I like to tinker. I'll try to get some photos posted late tonight (you should be sleeping by then) or tomorrow. I find this kind of project relaxing and fun. I can tell you that I have received a tremendous amount of help, suggestions and deserved ribbing here in the watercraft forum and have asked many of the same type of questions you have asked. You said you are going out on the lakes with your son, who would not like to chip in to make that more rewarding? Awesome plan!
     
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    Ed Call Mumbling Moderator Staff Member

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    Well, I got the platforms mounted and put a few more things together. I also set my soft side cooler and two boat bags behind my seat to see how it all fits. Seems to fit pretty nice. Still unsure about the rods but I mounted an inexpensive Berkley foam clip type mount on one side. Each angler area has enough deck space to stand and cast easily. Each one also has a gear bag for some storage. I'm thining it needs a test run but with the Hoh Down so close and so many things to do I likely won't get a chance to get it wet unless it is raining in the driveway.

    The first three photos show the front platform, the next three show the rear platform and the last one is a frontal view of the whole boat with lots of stuff to see how well things fit in places on the craft. Taking Mark and Kirk's advice about chafing I put some foam pipe insulation around the edges where it touches the tubes. Very nice fit. Thanks guys.
     
  13. Mark Walker

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    Perfecto!:thumb:
     
  14. OHJoe

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    Very Nice!
     
  15. Michael Nelson

    Michael Nelson Old And In The Way

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    Nice job! Where are you going to put the casino?