From the small peddle powered single seater float to the massive party platforms of barge like proportions pontoon boats offer a safe and unique boating experience. Pontoon boats should be used on a small body of water, they are not designed for use on the open sea or any large body of water that could cut up rough, these vessels will not handle a sea of any type they are simply not designed to do so.
Any wave action will break over your boat and wash anything on deck overboard, including you!
Pontoon boats are generally constructed in a simple format of a couple of tapered pontoon floats that provide steering and floatation, with a flat platform or deck placed on top, with a railing surrounding it giving a large stable and safe area for any number of people, depending on the overall size and specifications. Some are constructed simply as a floating party platform and others have inbuilt furniture and resemble and open air floating living room. I have seen them completely camouflaged and used as a hunting blind, or simply designed as a personal transport float with peddle power. If you are using a pontoon boat as a floating party place please remember that alcohol and boating of any sort do not mix! So please take care and always have a sober skipper and crew and keep a close eye on your guests.
Pontoon boats come in any size or style you want and some of the smaller models will fit on a trailer.
Their simple construction means they are usually an affordable boating option that you can construct to your personal specifications. So weather your looking for personal transport to cross the lake or a massive party location on water, there is an option for you in the wonderful world of pontoon boating.
I had to ?give? the other boat back last August, so I have been searching CL and other spots since then. Again CL came into play and search for the next month for an old boat that had the famous GM 4cyl in it. The part the motor and out drive need to be 2? thick to support and give the right distance from motor to outdrive. Over 60ft of TIG welding 2 tanks of Argon and 10 pounds of .125 filler rod shes mostly done.
Meanwhile while taking breaks from welding I stripped the pontoon down to its frame and test fitted the new 3rd pontoon. Woke up from a dream at 1am of having this boat all done and backing it into the water and it just kept sinking. At this point I also need to start the body work on the railing as I wanted these to be High Gloss Black. Between stripping and sanding the railings down for paint (well over 80hrs) I finished the center counsel and got the pieces of alum for the gauges done and anodize.
After getting the center counsel back from paint I came the conclusion that this pontoon is turn out way to nice to sit outside while I?m building it.
We painted the railings in 4 sections each sections took 2 nights to do the primary then the paint.
Before I could put it back on the trailer I need to paint and replace the bunks on the trailer. As I said earlier on of my goals was need to be quiet when idling and be able to go fast when I wanted to.


During this hole build I was struggling on what I wanted to do with seats and as the pontoon transformed to what it is today. I must say building this boat almost caused me a divorce with my wife since I was always out working on it. After it dried I sanded the entire toon (everything I wanted to polish) with some 400 grit sand paper on a random orbital sander. If this is your first visit, please click the Sign Up now button to begin the process of creating your account so you can begin posting on our forums! A week before memorial weekend the Wife and I closed on a cabin 2hrs north of where we live on a nice lake. Over the summer I kept my eye on CL for a cheap v8 boat so I could take all the running gear off the boat and install it in mine.
It will be getting a fuel injected LS1 with water cooled manifolds that I?m building this winter.
Totally badass, but I would have been WAY too tempted to put a bench and a throttle on that center-pod and taken it out for a cruise first. Not selling anything, just like being creative and find this little craft does just what I was hoping it would, and still pretty cheap. I started with a $208 Cheek Company Sport LT one-man inflatable pontoon boat from Sportsman's Warehouse.
Well, we bought 3 of them (extra one for one of my son-in-laws who's an avid fisherman), a nice fishing pole and some tackle. Took mine to my shop Monday and did some considering on what it would take to fix this thing so I wouldn't have to set in water anymore. I decided I wanted to use wood for the deck boards and also wanted to use a trolling motor. The archives are full of ideas on customizing these type of craft, so they make for interesting reading.
I decided I wanted to use wood for the deck boards and also wanted to use a troweling motor. There is a reason the maker keeps the seat low, these are used around here to float down rivers, sometimes with swift choke points.
This also reminds me of an inflatable boat my uncle and I made when I was a kid in the 60s.
Now, it seems you could make a nicer one and cover the bottom say with hypalon material and fasten it to the deck, better oars, etc.
Wavewacker - I built a houseboat back about 1960 (when the adventures of huckleberry finn came out). When making potentially dangerous or financial decisions, always employ and consult appropriate professionals.
When I got married I acquired the pontoon boat very similar to this one but only 16 feet that was complete rotten out and needing everything from the floor up.
I found this boat in SE Iowa February 26th and drove down and got it March 1st , left the Minneapolis Mn at 4 A.M to try and make it back before dark. Need to build a 3rd like pontoon that would hold the motor and keep it water tight along with the outdrive.


Since my truck was stuck in the back yard and I need 4 18? boards brought home a TDI VW Golf should work right?
As you can see I didn?t have a lot of room and this was rolling it out on the trailer hubs. This stuff works awesome even on my old boat it took all the scale off and brought them to a nice dull finish. Also wanted a wakeboard tower and a place to hanger speakers also wanted nice rolled tubing. Tube Dude on that site is a master at redesign, and even has compiled an extensive book of pictures on his creations. Took me 2 summers of getting things the way I wanted and realizing how much I like having a pontoon of my own. Once the bottom skinned ,lifting stakes on and the correct prop I should be good for atleast 35mph. Thru a lot of research I found the company that builds most of the seats for pontoon boats.
I wore Ear, Eye, and respirator for the first half and will be switching to a full face shield for the 2nd half. Very important to clean the pad every so often as it will get aluminum build up on it and actually scratch the toons.
Went to a SBC early in the yr that I ended up spinning a main bearing on it so I put the 4cyl back in. Well fast forward to last summer and one of my father in-laws brothers decide that he wanted the pontoon left at the cabin for his drunk a$$ to use.
One night of talking to him telling me over and over ?your building a hotrod pontoon you have to paint it hot rod colors? I gave in to is suggestions an we came up with black railings with a 2012 BWM orange for the center counsel and the sides.
Had one small issue, when you get moving above 25mph it would push water thru the gas tank vent and into the tank. From there I can pull to more pins on the bottom and the entire thing tips back and the speaker rest on the swim platfourm. Used conduit bending the ends of the pipe so that they provided posts under the decking and ran across the top of the deck, ] shaped with the short ends down. I end up getting paid for the money I spent on the boat but never the amount of time I put in to it. I also im going to install a 3rd pontoon that goes all the way back to the motor pod along with lifting strakes on all the toons. Went to the tire shop and bought two large innertubes, stretched them front to rear on each side and sraped them into shape.



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