It Takes A Little Elbow Grease

Resurrecting a ’toon to her former glory

Published online: Mar 03, 2014

To quote the latest James Bond 007 movie, my hobby was resurrection. I'm in Dadeville, a small town in east central Alabama, near Lake Martin. I resurrected a 1985 Sundancer 24-foot pontoon boat with a mysterious 90hp outboard motor. I documented my progress on the PDB forum for those who care about such things; my avatar is Hottommy.

The before shots weren’t pretty. The carpet and upholstery needed work. The structure beneath the furniture was a mixed bag of bad and not so bad, but the pontoons and floor structure seemed sound. Before the project was done, I redid all the wiring, fuel system, transom support and paint. The roof appeared to have been grafted from another source and needed both structural and cosmetic attention. The good news? The trailer seemed relatively new and sound. My goal was to have the boat in the water within four months.

See what it took (and how much it cost) to restore this boat to its former glory in the March 2014 issue of Pontoon & Deck Boat magazine. Never miss another issue! Subscribe today!

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