Pontoon Boat Project

Discussion in 'Boat Tips' started by RIP, Jan 29, 2006.

  1. RIP

    RIP New Member

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    This is my first post I am from tennessee and looking for ideas for a pontoon I have acquired. It is a 1985 play craft 20' with yamaha 40hp,want to make a catoon. Have been looking at this site since november,and I like it!
     
  2. james

    james New Member

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    Welcome to the BOC RIP.
     

  3. RIP

    RIP New Member

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    Thanks James. How do you add pics
     
  4. oldprowler

    oldprowler New Member

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    RIP: First off - Welcome to the BOC. Good to see you made your first post.

    Making a catoon isn't an over night project. It sort of evolves and becomes a lifetime project to suit your personality and way of fishing. Some thoughts and recommendations:
    1. You never have enough room, no matter how big the pontoon is. Most pontoon boats were designed for cruising and partying and have way too much furniture on them to be good fishing machines. Give some thought to not replacing stuff (chairs, couches, etc) when it becomes unservicable. You will find plenty of uses for the space it takes up.
    2. Rod holders. Another very personal matter. There are as many varied designs of rod holders as there are people to use them. The number of rod holders and the placement of them on your boat depends on a lot of different things so be prepared to experiment a whole lot.
    3. Storage. By their very nature, pontoons have a lot of storage room but it is real hard to make the best use of it. I personally have found that using portable boxes and buckets works the best. Storage boxes are readily available in a large variety of sizes.
    4. Seating. I removed most of the seats on my boat and now just carry the foldable canvas camping chairs. They are light weight and when not needed don't take up a lot of space.

    There is a lot of additional information on this site as to how others have their boats set up. You can do a search for "catoon" and probably find enough information to keep you reading for a good while. I don't know of anyone that would object to you taking their ideas and putting them to use on your pontoon.

    Good luck.
     
  5. Deltalover

    Deltalover New Member

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    Welcome to the board RIP! Your pontoon boat sounds like a real cool project and I look forward to seeing pictures of it!
     
  6. fwmud

    fwmud New Member

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    Rip, check out Jims catoon. Also check out Greg's rodholders
    That'd be "catfish feverl" and Nightfisher"
    Welcome to the BOC bro!
     
  7. Whistler

    Whistler Well-Known Member

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    Rip, where are you in Tennessee? I live about halfway between Dickson and Clarksville. I have a pontoon that I've done a couple of modifications to if you'd like to see it. Just give a holler with a PM sometime.
     
  8. RIP

    RIP New Member

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    Thanks to everyone for the welcome. oldprowler I dont think I am going to put pontoon seats back on it as I want as much room as I can get. Thanks for input. Whistler I am in somerville,about 30 miles east of memphis.
     
  9. Mark J

    Mark J New Member

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    Welcome to the brotherhood RIP.
    We got a few members that have made some awesome catoons.
     
  10. Ulizth

    Ulizth New Member

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    Welcome RIP,

    I too have recently acquired a pontoon and while mine will have to remain a family boat I still plan on a number of modifications. These probably won't start till april but I will post progress.
     
  11. Bubbakat

    Bubbakat New Member

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    Welcome to BOC RIP.
     
  12. zappaf19

    zappaf19 New Member

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    Look in the libray here. There are great indeas on rod holders and other neat stuff! Oh, Welcome!
    Bill:thumbsup:
     
  13. C_wernett

    C_wernett New Member

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    A buddy of mine has a pontoon that we are rebuilding to be a catoon! He wants to start a charter on some local waters with it. But we've replaced all the deckboards, carpet, repainted the console and rails...we started with and '88 18' bass buggy. We're trying to decide on what angle of rod holders we want to go with right now...there is a ton of stuff going into it...we've complete stripped out all the old seating, and are going with few combination seat/storage units...and are deciding on what kind of bait/livewell to go with! We're also installing a second fuel cell.
     
  14. RIP

    RIP New Member

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    Do u have any pics? c_wernett
     
  15. ShilohRed

    ShilohRed New Member

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    RIP I'm east of near the Tn river. You need to make it to the Pickwick gathering when we have one. Its in the spring and then the fall. Lots of fun.
    Also welcome to the board even though I'm a little late.
    Pete
     
  16. RIP

    RIP New Member

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    shilohred I would like that, I know a guy that has a place on the river there, I mean right on the river. walk out on his deck and there it is mabey this summer we can make a trip there.
     
  17. Catfish Fever

    Catfish Fever New Member

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    Howdy Rip, welcome to the BOC. As everyone's already told you, there's quite a bit of info in the Library, with pics and explanations on just about anything you want to do, homade livewells, rodholders, etc..
    Here's a couple of pics of the "Catfish Fever" just to give you an idea what can be done to/with one. "Like the Old Prowler" Tom said, it's a constant and on going thing. I've had mine a little over 15 years now and just finished two modifications. As for posting pics, there's a tutorial that explains how, also how to size them before you try to post them. Good luck with your Toon.
     
  18. Catfish Fever

    Catfish Fever New Member

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    Rip, sorry bout that, forgot the pics, here they are. Also, the aluminum truck box across the back holds my batteries, starting/trolling motor, PFD's, etc.. Well, for some reason, they don't want to upload, I'll try later. Sorry.