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by Bamaman
Fri Nov 09, 2018 6:57 pm
Forum: General Pontoon & Deckboat Discussion
Topic: Starcraft SLS-3 pontoon shopping advice
Replies: 13
Views: 190

Re: Starcraft SLS-3 pontoon shopping advice

What about the boat? Lots of opinions on the motor size but Starcraft looks to be a pretty nice boat for the money. Much better pricing than I've seen on some of the other well known brands like Bennington? My Bennington S model triton with the F150 was cheaper than Tracker's comparable model--give...
by Bamaman
Fri Nov 09, 2018 6:49 pm
Forum: General Pontoon & Deckboat Discussion
Topic: lifting nacelles for pontoon boats
Replies: 22
Views: 224

Re: lifting nacelles for pontoon boats

(deck boats)...who have owned them were seeming glad to be rid of them ... In the years I've been on this forum I don't believe I've ever seen a discussion on why deck boats get a bad rap. My boss at work is considering a used one--what should I tell him? Deck boats are fast. But they have less roo...
by Bamaman
Tue Nov 06, 2018 8:39 pm
Forum: General Pontoon & Deckboat Discussion
Topic: Starcraft SLS-3 pontoon shopping advice
Replies: 13
Views: 190

Re: Starcraft SLS-3 pontoon shopping advice

There is a big price differential between outboard motors that are purchased with the boat hull versus an engine purchased directly from Yamaha for retail sale. Manufacturers purchase outboards in volume, and they get a big cut in price on the motors. I would prefer to buy from a dealer that passes ...
by Bamaman
Tue Oct 30, 2018 12:00 am
Forum: General Pontoon & Deckboat Discussion
Topic: Where to spend $2,000 tops for speed.
Replies: 12
Views: 260

Re: Where to spend $2,000 tops for speed.

Put it on the retail market in the spring and buy a boat with a more substantial hull underneath it. Pontoons without strakes plow thru the water, but small diameter toons don't have a chance at producing performance as they dig in even deeper with less than marginal floatation.
by Bamaman
Sat Oct 20, 2018 8:54 pm
Forum: Pontoon Rebuilds and Restorations.
Topic: Help! Can this be fixed?
Replies: 2
Views: 275

Re: Help! Can this be fixed?

Is it just where the water foil was ripped off? If so, you can copy the other side foil, and have a quality welder TIG weld it on. I hope the rest of your nosecone is okay. Most people don't realize that the big manufacturers have computerized welding and rolling equipment that mechanically/electron...
by Bamaman
Mon Oct 08, 2018 4:01 am
Forum: General Pontoon & Deckboat Discussion
Topic: Reasons not to winter my boat in an uncovered wet slip?
Replies: 5
Views: 242

Re: Reasons not to winter my boat in an uncovered wet slip?

My boat stays inside a boathouse lifted 3' out of the water (on a rack) with its mooring cover intact. It has never spent one night left in the water. I'm very fortunate to have double boathouses in my front yard. But if I was going to have wet storage, it would be for as short of time as I used the...
by Bamaman
Thu Oct 04, 2018 7:57 am
Forum: Pontoon Rebuilds and Restorations.
Topic: Floor Coverings
Replies: 4
Views: 113

Re: Floor Coverings

The most popular flooring right now is a marine vinyl, which is very heavy and thick stuff. I especially like the woven look vinyl. (My Bennington has a heavy marine carpet.) The vinyls are not especially difficult to install if you use the correct specialized mastic (glue) and use a 100 pound vinyl...
by Bamaman
Tue Oct 02, 2018 9:05 am
Forum: General Pontoon & Deckboat Discussion
Topic: Got a new boat yesterday
Replies: 19
Views: 555

Re: Got a new boat yesterday

I too am a Bennington/150 hp owner. They get a little exciting when you hit 30 plus mph and the nose raises into the wind. Most passengers don't care to run over 40 mph anyway. Congratulations.
by Bamaman
Mon Sep 24, 2018 11:45 am
Forum: General Pontoon & Deckboat Discussion
Topic: Exploring
Replies: 6
Views: 198

Re: Exploring

Martin Lake is a huge (44,000 acre) lake southeast of Birmingham, northwest of Auburn. And it is a premier lake with incredible residences on it. I can see where there are many creeks and sloughs that are not commonly traveled. You still have the Fall leaf season to be out on the water that far south.
by Bamaman
Mon Sep 24, 2018 11:41 am
Forum: General Pontoon & Deckboat Discussion
Topic: 20 foot tri toon w/115... is it enough?
Replies: 7
Views: 237

Re: 20 foot tri toon w/115... is it enough?

I am a 24' Bennington owner. Do yourself a favor and go a 22' or longer boat with a 150 hp motor. They are much more seaworthy, and the 150 hp motors are substantially stronger than 115 hp even on a shorter boat. The 22' may not be that much more $ than a 20' boat, but you'd find it much more comfor...
by Bamaman
Mon Sep 24, 2018 11:37 am
Forum: General Pontoon & Deckboat Discussion
Topic: Winterize Dilemma
Replies: 16
Views: 347

Re: Winterize Dilemma

+2--not needed.

Glad you're really taking care of your boat--keeping it out of the water.
by Bamaman
Sat Sep 22, 2018 2:49 pm
Forum: Welcome
Topic: How build ramp
Replies: 2
Views: 250

Re: How build ramp

Pontoon boats are just a little large to put up on a ramp. Getting them in the water would be very difficult.

Is there any way to have a lift or boathouse?
by Bamaman
Sat Sep 22, 2018 2:36 pm
Forum: Pontoon Rebuilds and Restorations.
Topic: Brown pt plywood
Replies: 2
Views: 217

Re: Brown pt plywood

Unless you're going to sell your boat next year, go ahead and invest in the proper 3/4 inch marine grade plywood. Regular plywood just doesn't last very long. (Don't ask how I know.) Marine plywood has a long, long lifespan.
by Bamaman
Sat Sep 22, 2018 2:33 pm
Forum: General Pontoon & Deckboat Discussion
Topic: Prop Size - Yamaha 150 (four stroke)
Replies: 9
Views: 153

Re: Prop Size - Yamaha 150 (four stroke)

My Bennington has a Reliance 15 pitch prop, and it's perfect--40 mph and 6000 rpms. That's 6% slip. When I picked my boat up, it had a 14M Yamaha prop, and it was 4 mph short and hitting the rev limiter @ 6300 rpms. He had the 14M in stock and was trying to save a little $ by not ordering in a Relia...
by Bamaman
Tue Sep 18, 2018 8:36 pm
Forum: General Pontoon & Deckboat Discussion
Topic: Marine 31 Mildew
Replies: 22
Views: 469

Re: Marine 31 Mildew

I think Marine 31 products may be about as good as cleaning products and protectants get. My new Gander Mountain store carries a full line of their products. I was thinking that some of the auto detailing online stores also carry it--like Autogeek.com.