The straps are kind of interesting since they come with 3 thick rubber pads that curve up and around the tire. The four tie down points makes sense - I've got a tripod now - but ONLY when towing over the road: the 2 wheels and the hitch post which is held in place with a pretty stout pin - similar to what you would use to mount a hitch in a receiver, but not nearly as strong. When I'm towing on the road I WANT the Chalet BODY to float on the tritoon deck and be on the springs to absorb shock instead of tied down tight. There's very little pressure on the jacks, but it really does make it rock solid since the weight on the leaf springs is lessened and partially re-distributed to the far corners of the trailer - and farther out on the deck - vs. I'm certainly no engineer either, but as a commercial pilot I have learned a few things about weight and balance over the years.
Those flanges were not designed to carry a heavy load where the forces are so concentrated on a small area.
The fact that you have a tri is irrelevant to these issues, it's not an issue of boyancy, but structural integrety.
I have seen a faily new pontoon sitting on the hard on the side of a hill with its starboard side on the high side of the hill, it sat there for a few days, not even a week. Production pontoon boats are not designed to put cars, campers or other heavy items on them. In your case, you also have used those plates under the wheels which really helps in the issue mentioned, your area being compressed by the weight looks to be four or five times greater than if it were simply sitting on the plywood.
I point this out to try to keep some fool from putting a trailer on a stock pontoon or tri and getting into some chop on a large lake, without taking precautions as you have with those plates. The flanges should be reinforced in my opinion (and as I was told) by adding angle stock along the welds of the flange and tubes across a longer surface, like running angle the length of the tube over the flanges welding the flange tothe stock and the stock to the tubes. I think you have a nice rig there, and it does not appear to be an old boat, I just suggest you keep a close eye on the condition of the commections and deck and stay out of rough waters. Location: Tucson, AZ So, you are sitting there, typing away and proclaiming this unsafe?
I appreciate your views, but I have NOT exceded the maximum allowed gross weight as established by the manufacturer. You have to assume that 15 people - yup, that's what the Party Hut I salvaged was certified for initially - could all stand on one point on the deck without causing a catastrophic failure of the substructure. I think you feel that pontoons are very fragile, but the combination of an engineered lattice and structural skin (the deck) create a much stronger structure than you could ever imagine. This boat is and never will be adequate for any kind of rough water, but it handled one foot chop and whitecaps (with wind gusting to about 30 mph) quite well.


One of the things I'd propose it for is 'land lubber' applications like RV or office or even workshop, medical etc trailers or vehicles. Yeah, I'd want to be able to just drive on a full size van ambulance rather than try to create a ambulance-boat.
At a 40' size format, with beam to match, I'm thinking a 30-40 RV trailer along with a 40' CONEX box or office trailer, or 18 wheeler trailer. Originally Posted by viking north To hide that trailer on a boat look-- design and install a skirt to surround the lower section between the trailer and the floor of the boat. Originally Posted by viking north That wasn't shown in your photograph on post #13 and I'm sorry to have offended your intelligence.
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Remove all the pontoon boat furniture including steering console and floor trim until you are down to the plywood. Next step is to roll out the new carpet on the pontoon boat and allow some time to allow carpet to flatten. Now proceed into doing the same steps with the remaining section of pontoon boat floor and carpet.
This is how we strapped down trucks crossing the Atlantic, and goes a long way in making sure the cars don't move around when rocking. The flawless Meranti plywood floor connects everything together so it is acting only in tension, it is not weight bearing at all.
The flanges of your center tube are welded to the beams and while it will add rigidity to the beam in the water, it does nothing for the compression on the deck. When the guy came to pick it up, the weight of the boat at that angle had caused the flanges to tear from the low side tubes and it collapsed under its own weight. It will make all the difference in the world and one would be hard pressed to realize it wasn't a typical pontoon house boat setup. They provide spray protection to keep the deck dry as well as provide some aesthetic continuity to the design.


They provided a great place to mount the BMW badges - from the "manufacturer" - of course!
I always recommend using one solid piece of indoor -outdoor carpet or marine grade carpeting.
Now you can remove any of the carpet that maybe stuck to the plywood as well as any of the old adhesive that was left behind. Once the new carpet is ready to install, to back half the carpet and glue the new carpet and the floor of boat. You may want to have another person help you with the installation as a second set of hands is not a bad thing. Neither the service provider nor the domain owner maintain any relationship with the advertisers. Each time your boat rocks it changes the center of gravity and the distribution of weight and forces working on those 4" aluminum flanges. I have had this discussion with several in the industry at different times and the company engineers will tell you the same thing, they are not designed originally to carry such weights. Now is a good time to go for lunch as you need to allow the carpet to settle a bit before next step. Installing pontoon boat carpeting is really not big project to do yourself, especially if you enlist some help. In case of trademark issues please contact the domain owner directly (contact information can be found in whois). It allows you would a couple of minutes to maneuver the carpet into place working out any lumps in the carpet.
I prefer to glue at a temperature higher than 50 degrees and make sure you use a good new hook knife or carpet knife. Don't know what you fly, but you can feel the difference in a C-130 with a heavy load and it's much the same as banking when the center of gravity chnages and the weight is not all on the skids.



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