Lifting your boat out of the water keeps it looking new over the years because it saves the boat from the wear and tear of beating against the dock fenders all day long, especially when the boat will be sitting for long periods of time. When we posted a picture of the legs in action on our Facebook page, a lot of our readers thought it looked like something out of a Transformer movie.
The product consists of hydraulic or electric operated lift legs that are attached directly to the bottom of the pontoon deck. Hewitt systems are compatible with two- or three-log boats and come in electric and hydraulic versions. The supporting structure, including mounting brackets, legs and feet, are made from structural aluminum, which offers a high strength-to-weight ratio and natural corrosion resistance. Prices vary depending on the model that you are interested in but you can expect to pay somewhere in the neighborhood of $5K for this kind of lift system. April 21, 2016Premier President Honored At Washington D.C.Premier’s Company President, Lori Melbostad, was chosen as one of the 100 women honored with the 2016 STEP (Science, Technology, Engineering and Production) Ahead Award! A great family pontoon boat, the Misty Harbor Royale Cruiser Pontoon Boat is loaded with features that will make you wish you could spend all of your time on the water. Bold colors, cool graphics, luxury features a€“ The 2007 Premier SunSation X-Series Pontoon Boat is built for a younger generation of boaters. The ultra-luxurious 2007 Sun Tracker Mega Hut 36 Pontoon Boat is the companya€™s biggest pontoon to date.
The 2006 Leisure Navigator 2423 Pontoon is great for family fishing fun and comes in 1723, 2023, 2223, and 2423 models. The 2006 Premier Boundary Waters Luxury Pontoon take the title as flagship of Premier's fleet of luxury pontoons. The Forest River Odyssey 500 Series Pontoon, available in both the traditional twin tube and optional Triple Tube Performance package, enhances your summertime fun on the water with activities such as skiing, tubing and quiet sunset cruises. The Oxford English Concise Dictionary (OECD) defines Meander (verb) as being a€?to wander aimlesslya€? or (noun) as a€?a circuitous journeya€?.
The Braemar is small for a cruise ship by modern standards, at only 640 feet LOA and 950 passengers (350 crew). Our itinerary took us from Barbados to Curacao, Aruba, Jamaica, Mexico (x2), Havana Cuba, Grand Cayman Island, and back to Jamaica.
The other pleasant thing on this trip was that the shipa€™s doctor, one Dr Bob Jones, turned out to be a very old school friend of mine who I had not seen for 52 years. I gather the supper held on 18th February with Adam and Mary Reay at the helm went well with 83 people attending. Also at the supper we presented the John Hyatt trophy for the photo getting the most votes in the annual photo competition. After the presentations, Neil Eccles gave us an excellent talk about his and Brona€™s experiences with keeping their boat, Cutaway, on the West Coast of France. The next and final supper before the summer is on Friday 15th April when Richard Pierpoint will be the after supper speaker talking about Flexisail, his yacht-share scheme (see the linked advertisement on the Social page of the LTSC Web site). I have several a€?computersa€? at home, but the iPad has very rapidly become my computing device of choice for everything from downloading and reading The Times every day (much cheaper than the paper edition!) to e-mailing and web-surfing.
Notice how carefully I have avoided all mention of getting the chute wrapped around the forestay and tearing it on the now defunct (splash) steaming light in the middle week?
This montha€™s blast shows Maureen Harris and Pat Stacey discussing what to do with Ray Collier who was somewhat comatose after a particularly good Meandering lunch on board John and Pat Staceya€™s always hospitable Mixit.
Hey, its Spring!A  The 1st of March has come and gone, and according to the UK Met Office the 1st of March is the start of that most glorious time of year, Spring. I have several a€?computersa€? at home, but the iPad has very rapidly become my computing device of choice for everything from downloading and reading The Times every day (much cheaper than the paper edition!) to e-mailing and web-surfing.A  Apple has just bought out a new iPad 2, lighter and with front and rear cameras for video phoning etc, but I shall be content with just the Operating System upgrade for a while yet. Location: pittsburgh Building My Own Pontoons First time posting, but I have been viewing for some time. I would put limber holes along the bottom pontoon partions at center & each side of all mid-ship panels. It would make it easier to read your post, I didn't because it is too hard to read, if you used paragraphs. Location: pittsburgh Thanks For The Feedback Alan and Tim, thanks for the input.
I am very sorry for the rambiling posting, but I found myself caught up describing details. I could engage you in pointless vollys of postings that will show you how silly you really are, but I do not entertain myself with such childish pleasures.
Location: Australia Thanks Jimith, it would be a waste of time indeed as I am sillier beyond your wildest dreams.
Then again, if you don't fill with foam, water pressure at speed or in a turn may collapse the pontoon walls in.
I've not seen or heard of this being done before, but I've never seen this aircraft like pontoon construction either.
Location: pittsburgh Take a piece of 1?x12? sheeting and cut it so it will cover 2 bulkheads. When making potentially dangerous or financial decisions, always employ and consult appropriate professionals. The resale value will certainly increase with a shiny and clean hull that is free of grime, lake scum and dings.
Leg assemblies are solidly bolted to the existing frame members of your pontoon boat and will not interfere with trailering. Whether you have sand, rocks or muck, each independent leg has approximately 3,000 pounds of extension and retraction power so getting stuck is not an issue.
This is a Pontoon Boat Trailer inner guiding system that mounts to the trailers cross member of frame to provide direction while loading and unloading the pontoon boat onto the trailer. The Royale is ideal for water sports, as it comes with a convenient rear boarding ladder and rear entry, making water skiing and tubing easy. Great for entertaining friends and family, the Upper Sundeck two decks offer plenty of room for guests to relax and enjoy themselves.


The 900 Series is built for a smooth ride, with air pressurized chambered pontoons, a full length protective bottom keel, and a continuous aluminum riser. The Meridian, with luxurious couch seating, a cozy rear table, and an intimate sundeck, is the ideal boat for a romantic dinner for two. With a variety of roomy floor plans to choose from, a rear ladder and entry gate for swimming, and a large sundeck with changing room, the SunSation X-Series makes it an ideal pick for family fun. This Premier Boundary Waters Pontoon is definitely unique especially with the upper deck complete with water slide, and an LCD television. Cool standard features include a Sony X-Plode CD Player, 4 Sony X-Plode speakers, high impact graphics, hydraulic power assist steering, Dino steering wheel, tach, fuel and speedo gauges, all fiberglass sport helm, lifting strakes, SHP hull, underskinning and a Sunbrella top and mooring cover. The Forest River includes luxurious amenities and abundant seating perfect for entertaining family and friends. 10 boats and 30 people went and had a good time as described by Adam Reaya€™s report as event organiser, here, on the LTSC web-site. I had intended to take Selene, and all plans had been made with Peter Bennett who was going to crew. When Bob retired as a GP some years ago he signed on with Fred Olsen for a few weeks doctoring each year. The Octagenarian walking stick is just a chance to celebrate each year one of our many still very active over-80s. Not strictly speaking a cruising event or competition, although the originator and organiser of the competition, Ray Collier, is one of us, and this time it was ace photgrapher Ray himself who won and to whom the trophy was presented by Barbara Hyatt.
Illustrated with many photographs, examples of the lower costs in France than in the UK, and even an excerpt of Edith Piaff singing a€?Je ne regrette riena€?, Neila€™s talk had many of us thinking about emigration! The first is that since Duncan Wright, our hard-working Rear Commodore House, with Elaine and Tracey, introduced the excellent new three course menus, the events are selling-out. As well as the vector-based Navionics charts I mentioned last time, Imrays have just added their English Channel folio in raster form as an App for the iPad at A?25. I have to go and try to find the leak through which Selenea€™s pressurised water system is pumping the contents of the fresh water tank into the bilge ready for the Marchwood YC Meet this weekend. Of course, there are still a few fundamentalists around who argue that the seasons dona€™t change until the equinox.
I have been wanting to build a small pontoon boat that will fit into the back of my Ford Explorer.
Measure in an inch (left and right) on each side and make a 90 degree bend the length of the side.
That in conjunction with a drain plug at the aft end of each pontoon will allow any water out.
From about ?? down, from the top of the angle on the side, drill and install screws threw the angle, aluminum, and into the sheeting to hold everything together. When it's time to go, they are fully retracted under the deck and do not affect the performance. At maximum leg extension, the underside of the boat's deck is approximately 6 feet above the bottom of the supporting feet. Driving this Misty Harbor pontoon is a pleasure too, with a comfortable captaina€™s bucket seat and complete console with instrumentation. With luxury as part of its name, you know youa€™re going to find luxurious standards inside. Standard features on the SunSation include a 24-inch on-center crossmembers, nine-feet Bimini top, CD stereo with two speakers, a cream oval table and a chaise lounge.
Some of its standard features include a wet slide, air conditioning, and a 3000-watt generator.
Choose from the 22 SHP X-Plode or the 24 SHP X-Plode model which both come in either Osprey Pro or Oasis floorplans and with the exclusive SHP hull. Mind you, really observant readers might have noticed that I had a covert live, working, link to this blog from the LTSC site the whole time the matter was being debated by the powers that be - all you had to do was to open TellTales on screen each month and, voila, therein was the link before your very eyes waiting to be clicked! That is what I have been doing, meandering at sea for 2,950 nautical miles in a floating 5 star hotel. When launched in 1992 she was originally 538 ft LOA and she could only take 727 passengers. No, not one of those semi-submersibles which keep a bit of themselves above the water at all times, a real submarine, down to 138 feet below the surface. The first time we chatted neither of us recognised the other, but talking to his wife, Jane, the next day the question of where I grew up and had gone to school arose and the facts became clear.
The Titanic trophy goes for the biggest prang of the past season, and this year was for Barry Duttona€™s attempt to destroy what is now known as Duttona€™s Post (one of the transit marks with a ladder on it which the ferries use). Particular thanks are also due to Neil for stepping into the breach at short notice when the originally scheduled speaker could not make the date. Not quite sure which I prefer yet although waypoint addition is neater and more accurately accomplished on the Imrays. She still comes sometimes on Selene but back trouble has limited her in the long drive from where she lives to Lymington.
Two weeks ago he arrived with pans full of pancake batter so we celebrated Shrove Wednesday up at the Folly with a plentiful supply of excellent pancakes for lunch. But if you work that way then summer does not begin until the summer solstice on mid-summera€™s day. The Titanic trophy goes for the biggest prang of the past season, and this year was for Barry Duttona€™s attempt to destroy what is now known as Duttona€™s Post (one of the transit marks with a ladder on it which the ferries use).A  Arguments that Barry did not qualify, being a racer rather than a cruiser, were speedily dealt with by the fact that he often turns out at Meanderers, and in any case the race he was trying to get to at the time had not yet started - so he was cruising!A  The Endeavour trophy went to John and Chris Chaundy for their voyage to New Zealand, although as someone pointed out to me this is not quite the first LTSC yacht to make that trip because Jill Lazenbya€™s son sailed her boat there when he emigrated.
Used to guide the Ohiopyle section and other area whitewater, so I should be able to keep everything dry on the gentle waters of the bottom. I was hoping for a better draft, but I checked the numbers first and just needed to be sure. Instead of a science fiction creation, it really is an effective way to keep your boat lifted. The company has been around for over 15 years and has over 8,000 sets out on the water today.


With lots of room and seating in the Royale, why not invite the gang onboard to show off your beauty! New features on this Crest pontoon boat include flip-open lay-back cushions, an MP3 player jack, recliner seat head rest logos, a Triple-Toon model, sundeck and seating graphics and steering wheel. The Meridian Pontoon Boat comes standard with a Bimini top, stainless steel cleats, a changing room, corner castings, aluminum transom and undercarriage, slider helm chair and a tachometer. You can even choose to have it outfitted with a built-in MP3 plug and Sirius radio capabilities.
Pick from eye catching colors for your Boundary Waters Pontoon like Starlight Blue, Crimson, and Gold Dust. That left me with literally no clothes suitable for the jacket-and-tie dinner at the Royal Corinthian YC on 5 March.
Then two years ago Fred Olsen took her to Blohm and Vossa€™s shipyard in Germany and had her sliced in two and a 102 feet extra centre section added.
It was much like being in a small aircraft but with fish looking in the windows and a Moray Eel to watch.
Both born in September 1940, we had flown model aircraft together, had been ace-keen Air Force cadets together, had gone to the same ballroom dancing class, and indeed had at various times dated many of the same girls. And the caterers need a couple of days notice about numbers, so there is an absolute booking deadline of mid-day on the Wednesday beforehand. We think this should become an LTSC tradition with a Pancake Race down the Folly Pontoon on the Wednesday after pancake day?
In a temperature which at sea was never once below 25 Celsius, and on land rather hotter.A  Sunshine the whole way, except for 10 minutes of rain one day in Mexico. Both born in September 1940, we had flown model aircraft together, had been ace-keen Air Force cadets together, had gone to the same ballroom dancing class, and indeed had at various times dated many of the same girls.A  So pleasant times were spent over refreshing drinks in the hot sun reminiscing about those who taught us, or tried to, at school, the girls we knew, and so forth.
You can use the foam that you mix to fill the chambers, but you better know what you are doing, and it is expensive.
It looks more balanced and allows you to get out of trouble as fast as you got into it (almost).
The deck will be removable so I can take it apart quickly and slide the pontoons into my Explorer, then the deck slides on top of the pontoons so I don?t have to use a trailer. Both products attach directly to the underside of your pontoon and lift the boat with a simple touch of a remote control.
For entertaining purposes, the Mega Hut has a microwave, refrigerator, and space for a dinette and barbeque grill, not to mention comfort options for relaxing and sunbathing. Well, readers, I am sorry this blog does not appear at exact monthly intervals, gratifying as it is to find there are those who wait keenly for the next issue.
A?11-00 gets you a bottle of reasonable wine at dinner as opposed to A?25 plus (I am told) on Royal Caribbean, and A?3-50 a pre-dinner cocktail. You can book with the a cheque (I remember that word, some sort of paper-based way of paying?) and the form at the back of TellTales, or by phone and credit card by phoning Jayne in the LTSC Office. Either way it is a planning boon, no more dragging paper charts home, and you can even pull it out and appear knowledgeable at Sailing Committee Meetings. Willa€™s home made scones, Peter Bennetta€™s home made jam, and Tescoa€™s best extra thick cream in the wall-to-wall sunshine made for a memorable afternoon.
My case was eventually found and returned to me the next day.A  And, to be frank, not only was I without clothes but very tired. A?11-00 gets you aA  bottle of reasonable wine at dinner as opposed to A?25 plus (I am told) on Royal Caribbean, and A?3-50 a pre-dinner cocktail. The Product instructions that are included detail the use of this mounting hardware to outfit to your trailers specific frame dimensions. Yet the literacy rate is higher than in this country and the infant mortality rate is half of that in the US. I never was much good at West to East Atlantic flights even when work meant I was doing them several times a year, but I have got much worse at it with age.
And MV Braemar owned by Fred Olsen is a nice ship, with well designed and sized public rooms.
You can also screw 1" aluminum angle under the deck and on top of the pontoon to keep the deck from moving. That is why I am filling the compartments between the bulkheads with the blue foam sheet insulation at Lowes.
Its not only for an LTSC readership, I do have other friends, and this time will be largely about my own doings.
A 5 hour wait at the airport on Jamaica, plus a head-wind delayed 9.5 hour flight proved too much this time, so instead of sailing I slept.
No, forget all ideas of dolly-birds, these were well-balanced, independent, outward looking people of my age, survivors of bereavement or divorce who had picked themselves up, started exploring new things, and got going again. The 2007 Sun Tracker Mega Hut 36 Pontoon Boata€™s base price of $49,995 does not include prep and destination. Kids play in the street and women walk home alone after dark with no problems.A  No KFC or MacDonalds either unlike drug-ridden Jamaica where walking around at mid-day is a distinctly twitchy experience. The richest and most expensive place we visited was Grand Cayman Island, full of banks and shops selling diamonds, where a modest plate of catch-of-the-day (red mullet) and a beer in a bar cost me $33 US. The foam will not be exposed, and I just need to displace any water that is going to leak in. You could use ping pong balls, plastic bottles, anything to displace water then fill in the voids.



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