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by Oldchuck
Mon Jan 21, 2019 8:51 am
Forum: General Pontoon & Deckboat Discussion
Topic: 20 foot tri toon w/115... is it enough?
Replies: 16
Views: 513

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

Mike,
Looks like you have gotten a lot of feedback both here and on the Bennington forum mostly about the Bennington hull design.
Hopefully, you have made a choice that you will be more then pleased with for a number of years..
by Oldchuck
Mon Jan 21, 2019 8:48 am
Forum: General Pontoon & Deckboat Discussion
Topic: What to use of outboard quits
Replies: 15
Views: 359

Re: What to use of outboard quits

guy, I completely agree. My 10,000 acre lake is fairly rural over 95% of the shoreline and living in central Florida it is swamp sometimes 100+ yards from any walking surface not to mention numerous gators and other critters. Some folks have not boated in rural areas but once you do you try not to t...
by Oldchuck
Sun Jan 20, 2019 8:52 am
Forum: General Pontoon & Deckboat Discussion
Topic: 20 foot tri toon w/115... is it enough?
Replies: 16
Views: 513

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

I am not too familiar with the new direct injection two strokes but many like them. There is a longer initial service interval but you will have to buy two stroke oil. They are lighter then a four stroke and provide more power per cubic inch. I would suggest going into the Bennington forum and ask s...
by Oldchuck
Mon Jan 14, 2019 8:41 am
Forum: General Pontoon & Deckboat Discussion
Topic: Panel corrosion
Replies: 5
Views: 121

Re: Panel corrosion

Flounder,
That is a great dealer and one who I hope folks become acquainted with because a good dealer is as important if not more so than the make of boat.
You are correct in that operating in salt water brings different issues especially in a metal boat. Good catch before it got worse.
by Oldchuck
Sat Jan 12, 2019 5:03 pm
Forum: General Pontoon & Deckboat Discussion
Topic: Trolling motor
Replies: 24
Views: 257

Re: Trolling motor

Marc speaks volums in what he said. He knows his batteries. For a weekend recreational user with running mostly at 1/2 power having two large AMG's or even large wet cells does not make much sense. I am partial to Odysseys batteries as I feel their quality has been better than Optimas during the pas...
by Oldchuck
Fri Jan 11, 2019 6:17 am
Forum: General Pontoon & Deckboat Discussion
Topic: Trolling motor
Replies: 24
Views: 257

Re: Trolling motor

I agree with Bobcat in that an on board charger is very beneficial. That was one of my favorite options for my boat. Just come back into the slip and plug her in and all my batteries are always at 100%. I have one that will charge 4 batteries but as Bobcat said it is twice the weight. Getting good b...
by Oldchuck
Wed Jan 09, 2019 3:51 pm
Forum: General Pontoon & Deckboat Discussion
Topic: Trolling motor
Replies: 24
Views: 257

Re: Trolling motor

Bobcat, I believe you are indeed correct. Would not be much sense in operating a 80 lb on a 12 volt system and do not believe any maker makes it. I was just thinking about power drain and was not thinking i through. Some folks may look at lesser power 12 volt systems on a pontoon to save a few bucks...
by Oldchuck
Wed Jan 09, 2019 6:00 am
Forum: General Pontoon & Deckboat Discussion
Topic: Trolling motor
Replies: 24
Views: 257

Re: Trolling motor

Riplipper is correct in looking at a 24 volt system. It will require two 12 volt batteries however your range will be almost doubled. Yes, one 12 volt battery will power the 80 lb trolling motor but it will eat up your battery fairly quickly especially if you are over 50% power which you will need i...
by Oldchuck
Tue Jan 08, 2019 7:47 am
Forum: General Pontoon & Deckboat Discussion
Topic: A Expanding and Trailerable Pontoon Boat
Replies: 5
Views: 175

Re: A Expanding and Trailerable Pontoon Boat

I am with Steve about places where you can trip or snag a line.
Coming from salt water and boating in remote areas I always look at safety issues first..
I would also not want to tackle maintenance/repair issues. However, I am sure some folks will think its' cool and shell out the cash for one.
by Oldchuck
Sun Jan 06, 2019 6:21 am
Forum: General Pontoon & Deckboat Discussion
Topic: What size kicker motor?
Replies: 12
Views: 155

Re: What size kicker motor?

Bamby, Given that you boat where there are no hazards and it is in a place where friends can receive a cell signal and get to you then you are correct. However, there are still places where cell signals are not consistent and places were there are few boaters. I agree, on most bodies of water where ...
by Oldchuck
Sat Jan 05, 2019 6:35 am
Forum: General Pontoon & Deckboat Discussion
Topic: What size kicker motor?
Replies: 12
Views: 155

Re: What size kicker motor?

It is difficult to say exactly what will or will not work without knowing exactly what speed of current is present and how your individual vessel handles the drag of the current. The thing to remember is it does not take a lot of power to get the boat to hull speed however if you have an opposing cu...
by Oldchuck
Thu Jan 03, 2019 7:19 am
Forum: General Pontoon & Deckboat Discussion
Topic: What size kicker motor?
Replies: 12
Views: 155

Re: What size kicker motor?

I would look at hp vs weight. If you are going to take it on and off then I would get something you can handle. Also a sturdy mount is needed and you need to get the the prop down into the water. Many mounts like Garlick extend down either 9-15" which helps get the prop into the water for a good bit...
by Oldchuck
Mon Dec 31, 2018 10:08 am
Forum: General Pontoon & Deckboat Discussion
Topic: What to use of outboard quits
Replies: 15
Views: 359

Re: What to use of outboard quits

Rancheriee,
You are a wise man...I agree completely..
by Oldchuck
Wed Dec 26, 2018 6:53 am
Forum: General Pontoon & Deckboat Discussion
Topic: 22' Bass Buggy Tritoon
Replies: 2
Views: 105

Re: 22' Bass Buggy Tritoon

Oldtimer, I remember reading either here or on the Bennington board about someone asking a question about a manufacturer that had made a short middle tube tritoon some years ago but stopped. I believe it was your make but after reading Bobcat's post I am just not sure. However, several folks were sa...
by Oldchuck
Sun Dec 16, 2018 6:17 am
Forum: General Pontoon & Deckboat Discussion
Topic: Fuel consumption
Replies: 8
Views: 204

Re: Fuel consumption

Mark, I think your assessment is right on. When a young kid all we had were portable tanks and we never had any fuel issues and you could always carry an extra or two for a day's skiing. Now, with more and more contained and expensive boats they are almost never seen. However, internal fuel tanks ca...