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    Re: I'm getting a Pontoon Boat

    Thank you all for the good advice. I am taking heed. OldBeechNut, I've not thought of wearing a pfd while in the water. I have a vest for water skiing that I can wear.

    Yes, I've heard that about boats, money pit!! lol.. Our objective is to have fun, and that does cost a bit of money. But it adds to life experience & memories.

    That's a good idea with keeping a extra battery. I will keep a trolling motor too, & other safety items.

    Thank you all for your wonderful feedback. I appreciate it.

    Tropical Sue & my dog Kelly



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    Re: I'm getting a Pontoon Boat

    Quote Originally Posted by tropicalsue
    My friend is selling me his 25' pontoon boat for $900. It's a fixer upper. I'll take it out places to go exploring & treasure hunting. It's going to be a lot of fun. Great for hooking up a hooka rig to it also. It also has a trailer that is in good shape that comes w/the boat, all for $900. And it has a bimini top. The floor, engine, & seats need work, and some other things too.

    ttyl, TS & Kelly
    looks really good!!! if the engine needs much work or replaced just buy a good used engine.
    you dont know what you dont know, and you dont know what you dont dig!!!!!!!!

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    Re: I'm getting a Pontoon Boat

    If you're going to run gas with ethanol in it, "always use an additive and always unhook the tank and run the gas out of the motor after each use." If you let the gas sit in the motor "the ethanol WILL eat away at your system." If you can, always run marine gas in the engine, it cost more but it's well worth it. But even then, always run the gas out of the motor after each use.
    "The key to finding gold is finding places where it can be accessed."

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    Re: I'm getting a Pontoon Boat

    Quote Originally Posted by bigscoop
    If you're going to run gas with ethanol in it, "always use an additive and always unhook the tank and run the gas out of the motor after each use." If you let the gas sit in the motor "the ethanol WILL eat away at your system." If you can, always run marine gas in the engine, it cost more but it's well worth it. But even then, always run the gas out of the motor after each use.
    Thank you bigscoop & seeker for the info. I'm not sure if he ran the gas out of it or not? I'll have to ask him. He'll give me the whole lowdown on it. And like seeker said, if it's in really bad shape, I can just get a good used one. They are everywhere in Florida. That is good advice you all give me, and I'm making a advice folder to keep it all in. You guys are great. Thank you.
    Tropical Sue & my dog Kelly

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    Re: I'm getting a Pontoon Boat


    Bigscoop
    "the ethanol WILL eat away at your system."
    Can you explain alittle more detail on that, like what parts of the fuel system, or motor (valve seal/etc.)..I never new that (unless for extended period of time) and maybe one could do some preventive measures if it's to the fuel system like Braided Hose fuel line, and a alcohol type of fuel cell.

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    Re: I'm getting a Pontoon Boat

    I have a pirate barge(pontoon) myself. Will haul gear and group to some not so hard hunted areas away from the beaten path. What a blast!!!!!!

    Get on any of the mapping programs, find access points and look for sandbars in the satelite or areo view. Sandbars with boats in the picture are worth investigating. Sandbars with lots of boats are a must!!!!!!!

    Steve :-)
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    Re: I'm getting a Pontoon Boat

    I've thought of getting some solar panels but I would hook them to the hookah batteries to extend dive time!

    Steve :-)


    Quote Originally Posted by tropicalsue
    Quote Originally Posted by kieser sousa/rip
    That's a really good deal.I've been shopping around for one with the same idea as you ! I have an electric hookah setup that I plan to install and was thinking of rigging up a glass bottom area.
    Sounds great. I like the electric hookah myself. I like the idea of a glass bottom too. It may not need to be too big either. They have a few glass bottom boats here in Florida. It can be done. I've also seen some neat looking solar pontoon boats on youtube. The panels are in the sunroof & they have several batteries, and a electric motor. That would be good as a back up motor & set up too.

    ttyl, happy hunting, TS & Kelly
    Persuaverance is the only true talent!

    KaptainKosmic

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    Re: I'm getting a Pontoon Boat

    WOW! Steve! Excellent!! Thank you for the information and I LOVE your photos'. Thank you for sharing. And the idea for solar w/the hookah sounds great too!!

    Very cool. Thank you. I will do as you suggest w/the maps, sandbars, etc..

    Tropical Sue & my dog Kelly too!

    Tropical Sue & my dog Kelly

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    Re: I'm getting a Pontoon Boat

    Quote Originally Posted by OldeBeechnut

    Bigscoop
    "the ethanol WILL eat away at your system."
    Can you explain alittle more detail on that, like what parts of the fuel system, or motor (valve seal/etc.)..I never new that (unless for extended period of time) and maybe one could do some preventive measures if it's to the fuel system like Braided Hose fuel line, and a alcohol type of fuel cell.
    Gas containing ethanol is really tough on marine fuel systems, breaks down the houses, fuel pumps, etc. Today's new motors and fuel systems are designed to handle the ethanol better. Also, never mix ethanol gas with marine gas because it can cause the fuel to gum up. You can go online and find several sources covering the topic.
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    Re: I'm getting a Pontoon Boat

    Great post and info, good luck with ur pontoon boat....safety first!!! I use the "Marine Sta-bil" for the ethonol, seems to work good.
    This is my simple rig...great for those party sand bars and hang outs. HH to all
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    Re: I'm getting a Pontoon Boat

    Thanks Bigscoop..something for me to work toward down the road..........Coastie, Now I like that..simple it gets you from point A to B, Any thoughts Guys on the Honda Outboard's..looking at the 40 HP..thanks again...........joe

    Steve, KK, I love that..Now that is the Ticket! I could camp on that Baby, Gone for weeks........

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    Re: I'm getting a Pontoon Boat

    Quote Originally Posted by Coastie59
    Great post and info, good luck with ur pontoon boat....safety first!!! I use the "Marine Sta-bil" for the ethonol, seems to work good.
    This is my simple rig...great for those party sand bars and hang outs. HH to all
    Quote Originally Posted by OldeBeechnut
    Thanks Bigscoop..something for me to work toward down the road..........Coastie, Now I like that..simple it gets you from point A to B, Any thoughts Guys on the Honda Outboard's..looking at the 40 HP..thanks again...........joe
    Coastie59, I want that boat! Been looking for a good used one just like it. Need something I can get in the skinny water with. Hard to tell from the angle but is that a 16 footer?

    Joe........I really like Honda motors.
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    Re: I'm getting a Pontoon Boat

    Bigmike....its a 19ft....gets me in any skinny water for sure. Joe...Honda makes a good outboard...make sure u use Marine Formula Sta-bil in the fuel, and prob good idea to run the fuel out after use or storage!


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    Re: I'm getting a Pontoon Boat

    Thanks Guys for the tips, I really like yours coastie..what kind of price did you pay for her and who made it, Brand (she fiberglass?)...my thing is one I can handle getting into the water and out by myself...when I'm alone...plus I was told by a friend to get one with a canopy over the top or some type of sun protection. Any other thing I might look for or need? Was hoping to get someone looking to unload a Bass Pro Boat w/trailer....keep the Merc motor as a backup and get the Honda 40 .........

 

 
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