Monday, July 14, 2014

The Pontoon Boat

It is summer at the cottage once again. We got here late this year because  warm weather was really slow arriving and there was a late thaw in our lake country.
Also adding to our slow start was all the concerns we had with our boat last year. Bob ordered parts to do the necessary repairs and we waited a long time for everything to arrive.

The second day we went out to work on the boat I sat in the parking lot near our dock with Bob working on the engine. We still hadn't been over to the island this year. We were approached by the guy that owns the campground where we rent our mainland dock space. He told us he heard we were interested in getting a pontoon boat and might need a bigger dock space. We wanted a pontoon boat but we were imagining it in the distant future.  

Trying to power wash it clean.
The camp ground owner told us he had an older boat for sale that he bought from someone who needed to give up their trailer space last year. He offered us a good deal on boat, trailer and motor and would arrange for us to switch to one of those rare bigger dock spots.

We took a look.. and it was not in bad shape really. It has a lot of mildew and the carpet has several major tears but it works fine!

We now have our very own pontoon boat and a new rental dock that we will need to fix. A pontoon will handle rough water better than our smaller boat and it will be easier to haul larger material and more people. As one friend commented we didn’t purchase a party boat -- we got a barge!



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