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by Bamaman
Wed Mar 20, 2019 6:53 pm
Forum: Destinations
Topic: lake of ozarks
Replies: 4
Views: 493

Re: lake of ozarks

LOTO is one of the premier lakes in the U.S. And it's incredibly busy. Let me just suggest you avoid LOTO during the weekends, however. I used to live a few miles from Lake Lanier--the U.S. Government's most used public facility. I was always amazed at the difference between weekdays and weekends.
by Bamaman
Mon Jan 14, 2019 12:06 pm
Forum: General Pontoon & Deckboat Discussion
Topic: If it ain't broke - don't fix it?
Replies: 3
Views: 303

Re: If it ain't broke - don't fix it?

I'd be glad to sell you a 1985 StarCraft pontoon boat with a 115 hp Yamaha. Only problem is that the rear of the toons have a slight bend from the 6" wide slings it sat in for 28 years. Over time, chances are your toons might bend. I have since built a 20' long, 10' wide rack out of 4" channel iron ...
by Bamaman
Thu Dec 20, 2018 4:35 pm
Forum: General Pontoon & Deckboat Discussion
Topic: Fuel consumption
Replies: 8
Views: 375

Re: Fuel consumption

I always used a 12 gallon portable tank, and I had a 6 gallon OEM Yamaha tank as a backup. I carried much more fuel than required on my boat with a 115 hp Yamaha 2 stroke motor. I've had no experience with shorter, less powerful boats so I cannot address fuel mileage.
by Bamaman
Thu Dec 13, 2018 10:10 pm
Forum: General Pontoon & Deckboat Discussion
Topic: Trailer options for a TriToon
Replies: 3
Views: 256

Re: Trailer options for a TriToon

9 feet sounds very tall for a pontoon boat. I'm building a boat barn, and I put my Bennington on the bunk style trailer with 13 inch tires so I could measure it. To the top of the ski bar (and engine), it's about 8' 3". That will let me go with a 9' x 12' door. I would use a wider door, but my barn ...
by Bamaman
Fri Nov 30, 2018 10:44 pm
Forum: General Pontoon & Deckboat Discussion
Topic: Entry Level TriToons
Replies: 20
Views: 938

Re: Entry Level TriToons

Because a boat has a name that's got a luxury reputation, don't think the brand doesn't have entry level models. Most popular brands have different levels of seating and fencing, while the hulls are most often the same. My boat is a Bennington 24 SSLX with the rear facing lounge seat and a Yamaha F1...
by Bamaman
Fri Nov 09, 2018 6:57 pm
Forum: General Pontoon & Deckboat Discussion
Topic: Starcraft SLS-3 pontoon shopping advice
Replies: 14
Views: 545

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: 26
Views: 798

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: 14
Views: 545

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: 556

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: 530

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: 389

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: 376

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: 970

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: 304

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: 19
Views: 1124

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...