Personality – your boat name should reflect your personality or at least the personality you have while out on the lake When you name a boat “party Barge” it’s pretty easy to infer what type of boating you prefer. Hobbies – whether you’re an avid fan of fishing, wake boarding, knee boarding or simply enjoying yourself out on the lake – utilize your hobbies to come up with a sensational name. Fun – we don’t know about you, but we figure it’s always good to have a little “fun” with the title of our boats. Play on words – a creative boat name that is a play on words, or a play on phrases is a great boat name. These are just a few suggestions we have to keep in mind when you’re sitting back, sipping a mai-tai and thinking about how you’re going to name your pontoon boat.
Location: Dunn, NC Need help with 23' pontoon boat design Hi guys, new to the forums, but not to boats!
But then I though about how much the GVW will be with 2 atv's, so I figure a tandem wheel setup would be best (I could go with a single axle 8-lug setup, but the extra reinforcing would weigh alot, although not as much as 2 extra tires, wheels, hubs, and spindles I guess).
I assume that this will only be in the water for quick jaunts to barrier islands, is that correct? Look, this thing is going to be a dog in the water anyway, so you may want to consider fabricating pontoons with a large or more square cross section to gain displacement.
It might be easier to make your ferry a steel scow with the axels hanging in the water or rigging up some ingenious way to retract them into the hull.
Location: USA I agree that you'd be much better off with a barge-style hull - much greater displacement at a lighter weight. There are trailer wheels with a torsion bar that bolts on to the side of the fram and does not need a full axel, that's what I was thinking of using. My idea was to build a light weight tubular trailer with retracable wheels, then cover it with a deck and attach pontoons that could be fitted as needed or that would swing up and down to be carried on the trailer. I may have missed it, but if you are simply using the barge to cross a 50' wide still water area, that would be one thing, crossing a river with any significant current under power will be another.
Location: Eustis, FL Make the pontoons all the same length and the same depth. Location: Beaufort, SC and H'ville, NC My concern is that if this is roadable, it must all be IAW Nation Hwy Saftey Sds, which treats a vehicle differently than the cargo on a trailer.
Location: Australia Doubts have been raised about getting the pontoon trailer registered for the road. You may be able to buy an old registered trailer and add the pontoon to it, or make the trailer part and get it registered first. Location: Dunn, NC I've built a few trailers before, and most of em I don't even bother to put tags on (benefits of being a farmer, in NC there are exemptions to almost every traffic law for farm equipment.
Funny story about how I came up with this idea, I actually jerry rigged a floating trailer one time. When making potentially dangerous or financial decisions, always employ and consult appropriate professionals. Okay let’s be honest, whether it’s your first, second, third or fourth boat – it is ALWAYS exciting when you’re purchasing your first pontoon boat.


A few of the best boat names we’ve heard of are “Aquaholic”, “Sea Breeze”, “It’s 5 o’clock somewhere” and the list goes on and on. I've had this idea in my head for a while that I wanna build a pontoon boat, and I had a drew up a nice design a while ago, but looking at it now I think it needs revising.
I'd suggest you consider building simple barge style wood pontoons, butt joints and glass tape as they can be incorporated into the decking.
Depending on where the wheels were, if the pontoons swing down lower, the wheels could be afixed. Since you want a trailer aspect, you need to build off the framing and keep it as light as possible and the pontoons sized for the displacement required.
I think I'm gonna stick with my triple pontoon design though, cause I've got tons of barrels laying around. Calculate your maximum full up weight, worst case situation, then double it as your 50% (immersed) floatation requirement.
Hell I've pulled tobacco trailers down the road with ATV's before.) I have had a couple inspected though, and I'm pretty sure if that rolling barge thing will pass mine will, It'll be a lot sturdier anyway. One year the river overflowed over the bridge, and cut off my buddy from 3 of his big fields (the next nearest bridge was 40miles away, a hell of a journey on a tractor). Haven (misbehaving) , Pier Pressure, Solitude, Playbuoy, Marlin Monroe and the list of great boat names reflecting personality goes on for a while. Our 3M vinyl is nationally recognized as the best in the industry – why settle for anything less?  Click here to get started or give us a call at 1-(888) 934-6578 and we’d be happy to help you! I have a pretty good idea of how I'm going to connect them and how the frame will be built, and I plan on using the same deck plan as my first design, but I need to know if my current design will have problems. You'll not be very pleased with the preformance of a drum pontoon and it'll be heavy with huge corrosion issues too, but some have done it.
All they really look for in a homemade trailer is if it has the correct number of lights in the right place and if it's structurally sound.
So we took a 20' steel trailer, chained 10 of those square 250gallon ISB tanks to it, loaded a small ford tractor on it pulled it to the edge of the river, backed it in, unhooked it and tied it off to a tree. Now that you FINALLY have the boat of your dreams, you’ve got another exciting task at hand – you’ve got to name your pontoon boat!
So realistically I should cut that figure in half if I want the waterline halfway up the drum right?
I know it shouldn't be lower than the others cause that would cause it to wobble like a table with 1 short leg, but should it be higher or the same as the others? There is alot of strain on those attachments with a moving barge, especially running aground. Then we went and got my 19' rinker to pull it with, put it in at the nearest ramp, went to where we backed the trailer in and tied to it, pulled it a mile down the river and a quarter mile up a flooded field until we got to the waters edge, tied the boat off to a tree, jumped in the trailer and 4 of us rowed it as close to shore as we could get it.
Since a boat is supposed to be all about the good times, good people and good vibes we wanted to make sure to make the boat naming process as easy as possible. And that made me think, this will be one heavy SOB, especially with 2 ATV's on it (~1500lbs), plus with the extra features (wheels, trailer tongue, top, trampoline deck) the boat itself will weigh a lot more than a regular 23' pontoon boat.


I though about making it higher so most of the weight would be on the outer pontoons, but it can't really be higher unless I mount the deck higher above the other 2. If using steel, it'll still be heavy, though likely not as much as a stack of drums, especially if the pontoons are sized and reinforced properly (you'll only need two as well). The chains that held the tanks on were a little slack, so the trailer bottom was about 2' under the waterline, but that don't matter to a tractor cause the wheels are tall. Also the floor will have to be heavier to support cargo, so I though about adding a third pontoon. I also thought about having a smaller pontoon in the middle, like so short it wouldn't even touch the water unless the boat was loaded heavy, but then again that wouldn't support half as much weight as the others would.
I also have a central hatched floor opening over which is mounted a winch used as a mooring lift. My 4 wheelers are 900lbs and 500lbs, so that's 1400lbs of ATV, plus 2-4 people (~600lbs) is 2000 lbs. Then we just drove the tractor off, hooked up to the equipment that was already in the field and went to work, haha.
A boat is just boat until it gets a name, once it gets a name it’s YOUR boat ready for some fun in the sun. It is driven by a small outboard and easily decoupled from the docks gangway, where it sets as a float 99% of the time. I know most trimarans have the middle hull sticking out farther than the other 2, but this wouldn't work with my trailer tongue. 55 gal (45gal.in Canada) plastic drums could also be use but you would have to make up a custom frame in place of the cat walks. When the water went down a few weeks later we drove the truck to the next bridge, drove to the field and the trailer was sitting there on its wheels , still tied to the tree.
Also I'm not sure about whether or not the middle pontoon would interfere with the outboard in any way? The individual drums serve as individual watertight compartments and several can be used as fuel and fresh water tanks. The only steel on this boat will be the drums and a piece of angle running the length of the pontoons to weld them to, and the reinforcing straps.
I won't want plywood and marine carpet because I wanna be able to leave it outside with no cover to worry about.
I actually thought about thin marine plywood and linoleum with a hard wood look, but I've seen linoleum shrink in weather before.




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