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by Bamaman
Thu Jul 12, 2018 3:28 pm
Forum: Pontoon Rebuilds and Restorations.
Topic: Moving Engine Mount Aft
Replies: 6
Views: 83

Re: Moving Engine Mount Aft

Leave it like it is. The cutout muffles the.sound.of the motor. I have a Starcraft styled like it, and my Yamaha 115 horsepower two stroke planes at 2800 rpm's and is very, very quiet.
One problem with small motors is that they are relatively loud because they have to be run so hard.
by Bamaman
Tue Jul 10, 2018 11:18 pm
Forum: General Pontoon & Deckboat Discussion
Topic: Water Pump
Replies: 8
Views: 163

Re: Water Pump

Only a $28 part. Kits are seldom required if you are careful with gaskets. Pay attention to the direction the impeller veins were turned so the new one can be put back the same direction. Bolts to remove the lower unit are easy to find--except for that one bolt under the bottom of the steering tab o...
by Bamaman
Tue Jul 10, 2018 11:09 pm
Forum: Welcome
Topic: Navarre Fl
Replies: 2
Views: 99

Re: Navarre Fl

Racine, Wisconsin at Great Lakes Skipoer has the best toons. They are pretty rare in the deep south.
by Bamaman
Tue Jul 10, 2018 11:07 pm
Forum: Welcome
Topic: Welcome
Replies: 347
Views: 49827

Re: Welcome

Good to have you. This is the place with the most knowledgeable info.
by Bamaman
Tue Jul 10, 2018 6:59 am
Forum: General Pontoon & Deckboat Discussion
Topic: Yamaha 225 vs 250-Sun Tracker vs Sun Catcher
Replies: 13
Views: 238

Re: Yamaha 225 vs 250-Sun Tracker vs Sun Catcher

If a $23,000 motor is going on a tritoon boat, the hull really should be a high performance model and brand. And if you are going to spend that much money, the boat should also.have premium seating, fencing and features. I don't know that SunTracker or G2 meet that criteria. Are you comparing a Yama...
by Bamaman
Fri Jul 06, 2018 8:59 pm
Forum: General Pontoon & Deckboat Discussion
Topic: Front of your boat ever gone way up?
Replies: 4
Views: 240

Re: Front of your boat ever gone way up?

I have an old Starcraft pontoon with a very strong Yamaha 115 horsepower 2 stroke. Throw the throttle from a dead start and it accelerates really fast because the nose just goes straight ahead--not nose high. Planing hull boats always start with the nose high before planing off. The displacement pon...
by Bamaman
Wed Jul 04, 2018 6:20 am
Forum: Pontoon Rebuilds and Restorations.
Topic: 3RD POONTOON FOR THE 1992 TRACKER
Replies: 10
Views: 213

Re: 3RD POONTOON FOR THE 1992 TRACKER

All you are needing with the strakes is getting the nosecones out of the water. That's good for 10 mph in most cases. It is best to have 115 horsepower or more and underskinning. Great Lakes Skipper is one of the few sources of toons. Most are seconds. They have a website showing all kinds of produc...
by Bamaman
Fri Jun 22, 2018 7:20 am
Forum: General Pontoon & Deckboat Discussion
Topic: Buying lessons needed for nice pontoon
Replies: 7
Views: 324

Re: Buying lessons needed for nice pontoon

Well as a car guy, you recognize buying at low wholesale so you can sell later at retail. I consider the prices you've been quoted as "high wholesale.". My suggestion is to hang back and wait for a deal to come around.
by Bamaman
Mon Jun 18, 2018 4:17 pm
Forum: General Pontoon & Deckboat Discussion
Topic: sun tracker party barge owners question
Replies: 2
Views: 149

Re: sun tracker party barge owners question

I have a Bennington, however I can address your question. Ventilation will usually occur when your propeller is not deep enough in the water. That means the engine is sitting too high on the transom or when the engine trimmed too high. One other situation is when a bunch of people sit up front--lift...
by Bamaman
Fri Jun 15, 2018 2:56 pm
Forum: General Pontoon & Deckboat Discussion
Topic: How many dock lines?
Replies: 14
Views: 279

Re: How many dock lines?

I always use 4 docking lines. I purchase a 50 foot bag of hollow rope, cut it in 4 pieces and put a loop on each end threading the ends of the rope inside the hollow rope. That gives me 4 nine foot sections I put on the 4 cleats on each corner of my boat. I always tie the end of each rope to the fen...
by Bamaman
Wed Jun 13, 2018 7:12 am
Forum: General Pontoon & Deckboat Discussion
Topic: NEED BUYING ADVICE
Replies: 20
Views: 489

Re: NEED BUYING ADVICE

My favorite brands are Bennington, Manitou, Harris and Premier. But there are another dozen companies I would be proud to own boats from. Quality difference is often in the welding, seats and fencing. But styling, floorplans, availability and A quality dealer base is also important. Honestly, few wa...
by Bamaman
Wed May 30, 2018 7:17 pm
Forum: General Pontoon & Deckboat Discussion
Topic: Bennington is now owned by Polaris
Replies: 4
Views: 194

Re: Bennington is now owned by Polaris

Bennington is Yamaha.Outboard's largest customer. And Yamaha is a big competitor of Polaris in ATVs and UTVs. Wonder if Polaris might switchover to Mercury as their dominant source of outboard.motors? Congratulations to the two families that owned Bennington. In 19 years, they have built a powerhous...
by Bamaman
Mon May 28, 2018 5:03 pm
Forum: General Pontoon & Deckboat Discussion
Topic: Wishing I had a boat lift
Replies: 11
Views: 307

Re: Wishing I had a boat lift

Most passengers get into boats on cantilever lifts are from the side. Unfortunately you are in the far north where docks and lifts have to be pulled from the water prior to winter. A 4000 to 5000 pound lift would be preferred. T&M Marine, north of Minneapolis, is may be the largest pontoon dealer th...
by Bamaman
Mon May 28, 2018 12:33 pm
Forum: General Pontoon & Deckboat Discussion
Topic: Need Help - Only getting 4100 RPM @ WOT
Replies: 19
Views: 273

Re: Need Help - Only getting 4100 RPM @ WOT

I cannot believe a dealer sold you a 150 hp motor for a boat without lifting strakes. Unless you have them, you are missing 10-12 mph and burning much too much fuel. You need to get those nosecones out of the water, and that requires strakes. Try to find another boat like yours with strakes and copy...
by Bamaman
Mon May 28, 2018 4:15 am
Forum: General Pontoon & Deckboat Discussion
Topic: PONTOON TUBE REPAIR HELP?
Replies: 11
Views: 227

Re: PONTOON TUBE REPAIR HELP?

You will need to find someone experienced in working metal, and they are not easy to find. Pontoons are often machine made, but all nosecones have to be made manually. If course most of the manufacturing is in the Elkhart area. Depending on the dent, sometimes holes can be drilled in the dent and a ...