1989 Pontoon Boat Restoration - Story/Pictures

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Not mine.. Seen on Reddit

Not a project I would have took on but in the end he spent way less than buying a new boat. Just throw a bigger motor on that thing and you are set.

















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Cool project. That's a bigger pita than I'd take on too.
 

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issue with the whole "bigger motor and you're set" notion is... the toon size and construction.

those toons are the same as the ones you see completely submerged when 4 people are on a pontoon on the chain.
 

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Looks like it would be a fun project!

I've always been curious how much it would cost to restore/build an awesome pontoon vs buying one.
 

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issue with the whole "bigger motor and you're set" notion is... the toon size and construction.

those toons are the same as the ones you see completely submerged when 4 people are on a pontoon on the chain.
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We're happy with how it turned out. Next step is a bigger motor. The 30HP Mariner just isn't enough for the size of lake it's on now. We just me in it, it was GPSed at about 13-14MPH, but add in 4-5 other people and a cooler and it's only hitting about 8MPH. It's rated for up to a 75HP motor, which is what I think we're going to get... maybe next year!
75HP would be a hell of an upgrade.
 

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75HP would be a hell of an upgrade.
even with the 75hp. it's not going 20 with that load.

that outboard will be 10-12k new anyways.
 

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even with the 75hp. it's not going 20 with that load.

that outboard will be 10-12k new anyways.
Id hope he wouldn't buy a new outboard seeing he is a DIY guy.

My neighbor has a 85ish 28ft toon. Had a 50HP Yamaha on it. slow as dog shit. Ended up buying a new 90HP Merc Pretty sure he has 10K into the boat after rigging. Probably just should have put that money towards a new boat at that point because its still slow.
 

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I thought that was the point of a pontoon boat just to slowly cruise around the lake?
 

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Same deal as mine 25' 40 hp Johnson, I run 12-14 with a couple people at wot, though I hardly have any furniture on the boat just one couch on the back a double seat and 3 swivel buckets
 

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Yea that looks fairly simple to do. But the cost of the premade chairs and stuff gotta be pricey.
 

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