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They cruised the lake in the 1960s on a pontoon boat built with scrap metal and old-fashioned ingenuity.
Sitting around one of our nightly campfires, Roy Jones, also known as “Captain,” said he had come across blueprints for a pontoon boat and wondered if we would be interested in trying to build it with scrap materials. Here’s what we found: 12 metal barrels, scrap pipe and fittings, old foundation forms, the scrap pieces from a seat belt company, nails and screws left over after a saloon renovation and the steering wheel from a junked 1950s Plymouth. One man donated a 7.5-horsepower motor that came with a gas tank because his wife was tired of tripping over it in her laundry room. Actually, we currently have loads of fun on Upper Straits Lake, including lake volleyball, live music concerts, fireworks, and sunset pontoon cruises with homemade wine! The old Mercury ran great and pushed the boat at 22 knots and we decided the boat could be lots of fun with a few upgrades.
The deck paint had started peeling up in little latex curls, giving a shag carpet appearance at first glance. The two front pieces of plywood needed replacement and I filled and sealed a bit of rot in other pieces with epoxy, but overall the deck panels were in decent shape.
My wife did not like the center console layout and I found the console itself a bit too small, so I knew these installations would be temporary. I got the idea that the new engine could be hung on a new center hull, a bit larger than the old motor well, with a built-in fuel tank and a pointed bow to take the chop.
The motor well has drain holes on each side for self-bailing and a plate to provide access to the lower engine mounting bolts. The old console had to go, but still had the steering cable and helm attached, not to mention various hardware that I wanted to transplant to the new one. As long as I was into deck repair mode, I decided to fill the old fuel tank mounting holes and drill some oversized new ones to fill with epoxy.
There are probably better ways to fill a largish hole in a plywood deck than the one I chose, but none within my imagination or skill set. I went around all the areas of torn up plywood with a wire wheel to strip nearby paint and loose material so that I could fill those areas at the same time the patch was glued in place. I got underneath the boat and put blue tape on all the old bolt holes so that epoxy would not run out. The next batch of epoxy, applied immediately afterward, was thickened with Cabosil to allow filling and fairing all the gouges I had put in the deck in the course of removing the console. Coming in the next installment in this series, the deck will be repainted, the new console will be fitted with access doors and helm, and the deck will get a brand new hole for the cables for the new engine. Starting with the little two-person inflatable raft I had as my very first boat, I have always loved the freedom and the feeling of being out on the water.
This year the annual conference of the New England Chapter of the North American Lake Management Society (NEC-NALMS) will be held at the Lake Morey Inn on our neighboring lake on June 13-14.
The main sessions take place on Saturday, the 14th, but a number of workshops will be offered on Friday.
The ice went out late this Year on Lake Fairlee — it disappeared sometime in the last week of April.

We also found a used boat trailer on craigslist to replace one that finally broke for the last time last year. The Water Quality Division of the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation has a program to engage the help of citizens in monitoring the spread of invasive exotic plants and animals in the State’s waterbodies. Early detection is vital to protecting Vermont’s waterbodies from harmful invasive plants and animals.
A Case tractor pulling a trailer waits to recieve a Caterpillar D7 bulldozer lifted by a crane based on a floating pontoon. There were many campers, but my husband, Walter, and I spent most of our time with four families that were our close friends: Roy and Eleanore Jones, Wally and Judy Grace, Gayle and Dorothy Paul, and Leonard and Eunice Craven.
The mayor pro tem of Orchard Lake, Kenneth Treacy, christened Sir-Plus with a milk carton full of homemade dandelion wine.
Time eventually took its toll on Sir-Plus, which was dismantled and sent to the scrap yard.
It is an article written by Betty Wilson, good friend of my Grandma and Grandpa Jones, RIP.
I used Behr porch and deck paint and sprinkled some glass beads in the top coat for nonskid. I installed the chartplotter on top of the console and hung the VHF and its microphone holder on the inside of a deck hatch that had been installed as a front door on the console.
We were already making plans to replace the console with a side-mounted one and get the fuel tank off the deck.
The new section would provide some additional flotation aft, improving the trim attitude at rest, but if set high enough it should mostly clear the surface when cruising and have little effect on trim attitude.
Incorporating a fuel tank turned out to be too complicated, so it's just a watertight hull with a pointy nose and a motor well on the aft end.
Prying it off the pieces of wood that had supported it and stripping all the hardware turned out to be a pretty easy project compared to removing those four pieces of wood.
While I was at it, I filled the two bolt holes that had been used for the aft railing section (now replaced by the fuel tank) with new bolts. I used the Fein Multimaster to freehand carve an almost-rectangular parallelogram with (more or less) 45 degree beveled edges.
I taped a piece of wax paper to the underside of the deck where the rectangular plywood patch was to go.
With my father's help, I added a hard plywood floor to that little inflatable, and that was the beginning of a long chain of boats I have owned, loved, maintained, modified, fixed, enjoyed, and scared myself to death on over the past few decades. That is them on the front right of the boat with my cousins Dave and Denise Terrian in front of them.
His intention was to run kayaking fishing trips and eco-tours, but the project languished and the boat sat for a year or so before we bought it. I removed the fuel tank and railings but did not feel like disconnecting all the cables and wires so I just unbolted the console from the deck. During installation on a Saturday morning, I had a question about the geometry of their diagram.

I wrapped some mesh fabric from the Home Depot garden department around PVC pipes, secured with tie-wraps, and used big spring clamps at the top and ropes at the bottom to secure it. We bought the boat with the intention of repowering it, and as long as you're going to replace the console, engine, and almost everything in between, why not install a new motor well and fuel tank at the same time?
The previous owner had reinforced the old motor well and replaced the wood before mounting the engine, but I was not happy with it.
I asked a local welder whether he could accomplish all this and he agreed to give it a shot. It is bolted into the holes used for the previous well and has somewhat larger spray deflectors.
It is only 8 inches from front to back so it takes up considerably less deck space than the old one. I was able to cut and pry most of it away, but some pretty good sized pieces of the plywood deck came up too. Getting the nuts onto the ends of those bolts in the small space between the new motor well and the deck was tricky. I measured the resulting hole, went to my table saw and cut a slightly larger rectangular piece with beveled edges, then returned to the boat and carved out the hole in the deck until the plug fit.
I mixed up some West epoxy and injected it into bolt holes, then painted all the bare wood and the beveled edges of the plywood patch with it. Huge homes boasting paved circular drives and tennis courts now stand where our volleyball court with its tattered net once did. The mostly flat aft section of the well would slap when cruising in chop and I was not completely certain of the structural integrity. It has five grey spots on it because I filled the old VHF and microphone mounting holes with stick epoxy from West Marine. I had to put some blue tape across a ratchet wrench so it could hold the nut then use it to reach the bolt and catch the threads. I have great memories of grape drink with the aluminum peel off tops and feeling incredibly special when they let me steer the boat! It has aluminum powder in it, giving the grey color along with some additional strength and UV resistance. I did not realize it at first, but the unfortunate worker who drew the duty of responding to customer inquiries early on a Saturday morning was the President of the company.
Yes, it is possible to manufacture in America at a competitive price and offer good customer service. This year the pontoon boat we use for suction harvesting and laying bottom barriers received some modifications and a new deck.

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