When it comes to building a trailerable pontoon houseboat, I knew that I could build it out of aluminum. Location: SF bay thanks, Ron, did you get the bit about how that mast is also the trailer frame?
Or since I figure the trailer will have total of 6 wheels, be able to reuse the wheels and attach to hull and use power from tow vehicle with belts or chain so the whole boat could crawl out of the water as a unit.
Edit to add--looks like they are there on closer inspection--they just fold down at anchor.
Originally Posted by viking north Ron as a mono hull builder I seldom venture into other marine vessel styles mainly because like many on the forum I have limited time so concentrade on where we can learn and have input. I've got electric brakes on my trailer, but they are not powered up while on the boat or when winching it off. On my boat, all three pontoons (logs) have 3 separate chambers separated by an aluminum bulkhead, so I've got 9 chambers total. I've got the lifeboat - errrrr, kayak - always at rope's length already deployed and ready for a fast evacuation. Originally Posted by dstgean No dog in this fight, but the third or fourth pic in your excellent photo essay includes shots prior to adding the skirts. Dan Yep, exactly - they fold down when anchored - or if you want they can also be deployed when underway as long as there's no chop. We had Martinis and partied late into the night - they were from California and in the music biz. Then again, I've got about $20K (plus a lot of sweat equity) involved versus $2.5M - so I'll just have to put up with my physical inadequacies.
Originally Posted by RonKMiller Yep, exactly - they fold down when anchored - or if you want they can also be deployed when underway as long as there's no chop.
With the Jayco camper on top it floats in a couple of inches of water allowing a stepping distance on shore lines. The camper can be winched on and off barge at a recluse setting and the barge could be used as a large boating platform to quickly explore distance areas of the locations economically or a jetty.
Location: Thailand I just made a edit on the above to two 15 hp four stroke Johnson outboard motors incase some read 25 hp beforehand. To date my boat has been inspected by the Coast Guard and received two yearly safety inspections in a row. I think if they would take the time and effort to actually build something, (like you and me) instead of being so cavalier with their negative comments I might be a bit more tolerant. The simple fact is that it has now been on several different bodies of water - including cruising the California coast line (although close enough to swim to shore). Originally Posted by myark This is another version of a pop up camper on top of a barge platform I invented 17 years ago.It has two 15 hp four stroke Johnson outboard motors and will plan with a Jayco camper on top. You can use the link above to see the Myark folding trailer barge with campervan on lake lake Waikaremoana, map below. The other Myark barge is self trailer landing barge I designed and manufactured that has removable torsions suspension and wheels.
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Most center lift pontoon trailer manufacturers dona€™t make any claims about how road worthy their trailers are and some actually have disclaimers, not for highway use, do not exceed 40 MPH, etc. Standing in the middle of the trailer, grab the top rail, bend your knees and see if you can lift the trailer wheels off the ground. Used boat & watercraft consignment sales in Galax, Independence, Hillsville, Fries, Mount Airy NC, and surrounding area. We always have an assortment of good quality used boats with trailers on hand for sale and we also handle a few watercraft consignments.
Well, time flies, and after a lot of welding, the three pontoons have been pressure tested and are just about ready.You will notice in the photo, that there's a V shape at the bottom of the two exterior pontoons, as I believe these to help in tracking, or directional stability. I'm sure many of our readers would love to have all the tools, welders, and a setup like that.Just a quick note, I hope that the V shape on the bottoms of the two exterior pontoons are going to provide enough slow tracking or directional stability?My reasoning is that on some of the aluminum pontoon houseboats that I have seen usually have some form of small keel welded along the length. I was not the only one that presented this same idea as per my apology to a former posted on the same idea. For example i seldom partake in threads on racing sail boats - powerboats- and almost never multihulls. Our standard response is that for most applications we recommend the wide axle stance of our bunk style trailer.A  However, there are applications for the center lift style trailers. With a center lift pontoon trailer you need to know the dimension between the pontoon tubes.
Some pontoon boats (Bennington) have extra long motor mounts (transoms) that can be up to 70a€? long. We dona€™t offer center lift pontoon trailers in single axle models because we feel they are just unsafe. Box frame pontoon trailers that transfer the weight of the pontoon boat to a lower frame are more stable than pipe frame pontoon trailers.
As a licensed Virginia watercraft dealer, Chestnut Creek Trading will provide all of the temporary paperwork necessary for the titling and registration of any boat purchased from us.For the best deal in town on your recreational watercraft, stop by or call and talk to Sam today! As for not reading all the posts on the thread, I did,(speed read) and as commonly happens some points and photos are missed.(115photos??) This does not excuse your sarcastiuc reply enhansed with faces in return. My interest is motorsailers.Thus I would have not viewed your photos but your thread heading caugh my eye because I have almost completed a similar design for a customer from California.
Neighbors sometimes want center lift pontoon trailers so that the trailer can be used on more than one pontoon boat. Pontoon boat manufacturers fit their pontoons in various ways, from the outside edge of the deck (96a€? or 102a€?) to a few inches inside the deck.
Some brands of center lift pontoon trailers a€?throatsa€? (in the stern) can be as short as 40a€?. Some brands of pipe frame pontoon trailers have the center of gravity 3a€™ off the ground, and are very tippy.
On of the best features with this design is that the floor can be insulated for year round use. There are some lakes with very poor-shallow ramps where ita€™s almost impossible to launch from an ordinary trailer. Typically a 8a€™ wide pontoon boat (96a€?) with 23a€? diameter pontoons will have a 50a€? opening.


On box frame trailers, look for transfer arms to be straight up and down when the frame is in the up position. Go ahead click the book and sign-up, it's free and filled with great articles, tips, information and website updates. In this case the vessel is of course larger - stronger built to take sheltered ocean water conditions. There are storage concerns where individuals want to fit their pontoon boat in a garage or building with a low overhead door, etc. If the tubes are positioned an inch or two inside from the deck, this dimension is smaller. To prevent gouging the pontoon tube, the trailer should be at least 2a€? narrower on each side than the opening between the pontoon tubes.
Arms that are not straight up and down when the trailer is in the up position will not transfer the weight properly to the lower frame. The other feature is the trailer will have electric brakes activated in addition to chain load binders,straps as backup and lock in wheel chaulks.
However these considerations must be weighed against the potential danger of the center lift pontoon trailer. The more weight transferred to the lower frame, the less tippy the boat and trailer will be.
Once that comes into effect and it will, enertia then takes over as the prime enemy of binding failure. That means that if you clip a curb with a tire or a sudden gust of wind hits the boat and trailer, the whole load can tip over. Any wheel movement then generates further stretch until the chain reaction finally causes something to fail. Thousands of pontoon boats have gone down the road safely on center lift trailers, but the potential for danger is always present.
With the lifting arms at an angle, not only to they not transfer the weight properly, they place unnecessary stress on the cable and winch when in the up position. The chain reaction being both the trailer's inertia and trailer induced inertia on the vessel all triggered of course by wave action. The modern pontoon boat with extensive furniture layouts, 30+ gallon gas tanks and heavier engines increases the potential for weight distribution problems on a center lift narrow axle wheel base pontoon trailer. Chaulks help alot but unless they are equipped with a chaulk to deck lock in feature they too will succumb to movement.
Basically it's a 100% backup system any two can fail and the remaining can buy time until a repair is made.
In your case you can compare it to a load of palleted freight riding on a conveyer floor broken lose in air pocket turbulance flying conditions in a DC3.



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