Pontoon Modifications

Discussion in 'Watercraft' started by Ed Call, Jan 28, 2009.

  1. colton rogers

    colton rogers wishin' i was fishin'

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    mumbles, i think you should test your boat and see where it floats when your sitting and how much room is left under the seat and side to side. you will also need to look over all the places you can mount it and how your going to mount it. but when it does arrive best of luck and i hope you don't fall in!
     
  2. Ed Call

    Ed Call Mumbling Moderator Staff Member

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    Some crappy scans of color printouts. Sorry I could not find jpg photos. I think that the entire deck area can be covered with marine plywood (I already have a piece that should do nicely). To that I'll likely recess a pair of grooves to accept the slider tracks. The rear deck area is slightly larger than the seat base area so the seat should be able to slide fully to the rear allowing me to stand on the marine plywood deck beneath the seat.

    Again for stillwater applications only! I'm a fool, but not suicidal. The following statements are in comparison to my previous 8' round rockered pontoon boat: This boat is 1' longer but also has way less rocker and the channel between the dual pontoons. The pontoons have far less rocker and are 6" lower top to bottom. The width of this boat is greater by 6" or 8". These things make me think that it will be a bit more stable on the water.

    I'm picking it up in about one hour. After I get the family to bed I'm probably going to be doing a garage assembly mission. The wife may find me sitting in it in the morning.:D Anyway, I'm excited about it. It might take a while to get the platform made, I may never make it at all. I do hope that I can get a half day on the lake this weekend...have I been good? Is the honey do list caught up? I better check that out.
     

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  3. Ed Call

    Ed Call Mumbling Moderator Staff Member

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    Colton, are you taking yours out this weekend? Maybe you could be around to pull me out if I fall in.
     
  4. troutangler

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    Mumbles,

    My buddy has the same boat and I've used it a few times.
    It's very stable, tracks well, and is easier to row than mine (which is the higher profile big rocker style).
    You picked a good, for what you are planning to do with it.
    :thumb:

    Troutangler
     
  5. Ed Call

    Ed Call Mumbling Moderator Staff Member

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    Thanks troutangler, that is good to hear. Now that I have it at home and assembled I'm even more excited. The frame is much wider and longer than my previous boat's frame and seems quite burly. Some will remind me that it is still aluminum which is tougher to repair than steel, but I happen to know a retired gent who welds aluminum and steel, so if I get stupid or out of control and take a frame shot I am confident that he'll know just what to do. I'm also very impressed at improvements from my previous boat. I liked my other boat just fine and I hope its new owner does too, but man, this is nice. The overall width of the frame even has me more convinced that when I have the time to create it, a casting platform will fit nicely atop the entire seat base and cargo area. Rather than using the quick connect pins and clips I'll likely bolt my platform right through the connection points since I rarely disassemble my frame. Easier to row is good to hear too, I'm not great on the oars yet and hope to get a lot of practice and in time I can take it many more places confidently. Thanks.
     
  6. colton rogers

    colton rogers wishin' i was fishin'

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    i probably wont be going out this weekend b/c i think im going to help my dad strip a wall [concrtete panels] and then serve food at night and strip agian on sunday unless he does that tommorow. but peninsula school district gives us a break called mid winter break and its a week long and its the 16th through the 21st so maybe ill get my parents to drop me somewhere for a couple days with a tent. mumbles does teal have a place to sleep? ;D
     
  7. Ed Call

    Ed Call Mumbling Moderator Staff Member

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    Colton, posted no overnight camping at Teal. Not sure how or if it is regulated. Not sure if you could put up a tent down one of the side trails in the woods. Why not take that new pontoon and float something? I have a slim chance at fishing on the 16th...maybe I get lucky and get some time and can run into you somewhere. I might get nothing, a few hours or the whole day. School and daycare are closed and the wife and I are both off work.
     
  8. SpeySpaz

    SpeySpaz still an authority on nothing

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    congrats on your new toon Mumbles, I've heard pretty good things about the panther, I think that's the one you got.

    so, when are you installing the tuna tower?:rofl::rofl:
    just screwin' with ya. Actually, the toons on the Panther seem to have less rocker than the other Fish Cats...you might actually get away with it.
    I imagine you have her inflated by now, is there any rocker or are the toons flat on the bottom?
     
  9. Ed Call

    Ed Call Mumbling Moderator Staff Member

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    SS, curved up at the tip and tail but I'd say pretty flat for about 6-7' of running length as compared to the noticably rockered 8' boat I just sold.

    Tuna platform...mabye my 6' extention ladder would work. I could put a little bucket seat atop that one. Do you think a tuna on the hot run would be able to pull me off that ladder?
     
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    naw, just grab one of the outriggers and push yourself back up.:rofl:
     
  11. Ed Call

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    So, while tinkering this is what I've come up with. The slider tracks are not as beefy as I'd like, but I have another heavy duty set coming. I added some plastic grip tread that is about the same thickness as the sliders so that there is mostly a flat surface. While working and tinkering on this boat I'm really impressed on its design and it is way wider than former boat. Various shots of the seat mounted on the platform, forward, back and also one of me standing on the platform. The last one shows the two pins that prevent the seat from sliding rearward until I pull them to slide back and stand up. In the forward position there are slide stops. I think I'll be getting it wet tomorrow afternoon if the day works out as planned. Let me know what you think.
     

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    I think it looks cool, Ed. I'd be making damn sure the pins are real solid and can't possibly come loose when getting out on moving water - I was just picturing the seat accidentally sliding back as I row thru a rapid :eek: Maybe the heavy-duty track you have coming will take care of that, or maybe it's already a non-issue. Overall though I think it's well done.
     
  13. SpeySpaz

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    nice job Ed,:thumb::thumb:
    but where's the tuna tower?:rofl:
    are the slides you have coming steel or aluminum?
     
  14. Ed Call

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    Thanks gents. The pins that I'm using now only go through the wood deck so they are not the "ideal" version. When my stainless sliders arrive, should I choose to keep this mod going, I'll bore a pin hole through the overlap of the sliders and the pins I use will be the ball lock type that require a push of their release button to come out. Oh, the tuna tower was at the house, hanging on the pegs where its alter ego "portable ladder" rests.

    The swivel seat also does not lock, and I'll add a locking lever or pin for that too if I opt ot keep the swivel. I'd actually like the seat to be lower to allow more leg in the water for kicking. I was only in to about the mid shin/calf area today.

    I've seen guys fishing the beaches on milk crates and folding ladders. Not putting one on my pontoon. No chance I'm targeting tuna in this craft.
     
  15. Jerry Daschofsky

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    Hey Mumbles, they sell a swivel seat base that does just that. Already has a trigger to unlock it to do a full swivel, then pull that latch down to lock it in place. Can be locked in any position if memory serves me right.

    What type of frame do you have Mumbles? Is it a powder coated steel? If so, make sure you recoat the places you drill. You can get by with heating it up and putting powdercoating on it. Then reapplying heat to harden it more. Will stop it from rusting on you. Sucks, been there and done that by accident. Didn't realize what I had done until it rusted from inside out. Didn't treat the drill points (my mistake). Just food for thought. Had to have a buddy put a sleeve over that point and reweld to reinforce it. Thankfully, was free for me.