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    Default Need layout ideas for fishing pontoon.

    Just aquired a 1999 Bennington and galvanized tandem trailer no motor. Having a Yamaha 70 same year bilt, should be ready in a few weeks.

    Will be fishing East Matagorda Bay, the Intercostal and streams and sloues for trout, red fish and flounder.

    I want 360 fishing around the boat and run with 6-8 guys and possibly some kayaks.

    Here some of what I need on deck.
    1. Sit down center console maybe forard of midship.
    2. Coolers 2 for food/drink
    3. Coolers 1 maybe 2 for fish 1 as live well, I'll install overflow drains and overboard bilge pump.
    4. Locker for safety great life vest, banoculars, handheld vhf and so on.
    5. Locker for anchor and anchor rode.

    Want to use coolers and lockers for underway seating. Probably not have fishing seats but not totally against it just don't think they are needed.

    So post some sketches together for me. This is a clean slate totally open. Deck measures approx 16 x 8

    I know yall want pontoon porn I'll get some before, during and after put together.

    BTW
    Pretty cool site.

    Oh I almost forgot anybody here from the Texas upper coastal area?

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    I would rethink having 6 to 8 guys on a 16 x 8 deck, that's gonna be really crowded. Better be using non barb hooks for easy removal from fellow fishermen!

    Glenn
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    6 or 8 guys on that boat will be a crowd, but it could work if you have it layed out correctly. I would consider a "flip-flop" seat at the helm with storage or the bait well in the bottom. The flip flop seat lets you flip the back of the seat forward or back to face whichever direction you want to or need to. I would also put the seating at the corners and midships seating forward of the steering console, keeping in mind that you have to see around or over those guys. This all keeps the rails open for fisherpeople to move around. Keep in mind that those rails are not designed for fighting big fish. I have gone through a gate into 45 gegree water, not much fun.

    With the small deck you might consider a T top to provide some shade and allow for overhead storage for electronics and tackle. A nice T top with rocket launchers would be outstanding, and I think they look good on a fishing 'toon.

    I fished for Flounder in Chincoteague VA on a charter layed out like I described, minus the T top. I also fished there out of the Forester. Pontoons are very good fishing platform for in the bay, they set up and drift real easy, are easy to control with a 50 lb. or greater trolling motor. I've had two "4 corner" fishing pontoons and caught have caught many 30 pound plus Stripers from them here on the Raystown.

    I'm not fishing from the pontoon now because it very hard to keep the boat in a good fishing layout and still keep it nice for family outings. I bought the 17 foot Sea Nymph a few years back and I fish from one boat and lay around on the other.

    I'd try to keep the livewell in the seat or in a cooler forward of the helm. One of those big white Igloo coolers mounted to the deck with an overflow drain, fed by a pump mounted to the back of a log, all of it coming through two 1 inch holes in the deck and through hull fittings in the bottom of the cooler works well. One hole in one hole out keeps it simple, with one pump to feed it, a bathtub type drain with a removable overflow tube to control the level, down through a through hull fitting to drain it. Look at a livewell in a small fishing boat, that's the design I'd use. I'd keep al of the other coolers loose so you can move them out of the way for fishing or while underway. The white Igloos make a good fishbox too, and they are reasonably priced. Watch the ads and you can pick them up pretty cheaply.

    Gotta do some stuff for a while, I'll check back later see if any of the real fishermen have chimed in.
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    1996 Mercury 115 ELPTO
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    1985 Johnson 70 J70ELCO

    Raystown Country, PA

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    Picture this boat with the console in the center, dry storage under the stern seats, the T top or a bimini, no couch, but a flip flop seat at the helm with dry storage under it. Add a white Igloo cooler mounted to the deck right in front of the CC and plumbed for the bait well. The Igloo coolers have a cushion accessory that make them into a decent bench. One or two more of those coolers floating around for fish and food and you've got a pretty good start on a fishing 'toon.



    I'm talking about a top like this only I would try to have it cover a lot more of the front of the boat.

    http://www.walmart.com/ip/Igloo-120-...ooler/16606389

    Link for 120 quart cooler.
    1992 Tracker Party barge 24 (new deck, carpet and interior, 2019)
    1996 Mercury 115 ELPTO
    1983 Sea Nymph FM171 Striper
    1985 Johnson 70 J70ELCO

    Raystown Country, PA

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    Guys thanks for all the on the layout.

    How or what the best way to run the control cables? From the looks of it the steering cable is the least flexible and needing the longest radius for bends. Being I want a center console how do yall run everything back to the engine?

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    You run the cables through the floor and over to the top of the pontoon on the right side of the boat. Then route on top of the pontoon to the back of the boat and to the motor. Piece of cake!
    2012 Berkshire 230 CL LTD w/Tap Fins
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    Just like D2B said, measure for the cable length using the instructions you'll find in the cable section of the catalog or website you order it from. Measure all your runs so you get the cable long enough. Don't bolt the console down until you are sure of the cable in case you come up a little short. It's a lot easier to hide a little than it is to stretch one of those cables so get a little too much rather than too little.
    1992 Tracker Party barge 24 (new deck, carpet and interior, 2019)
    1996 Mercury 115 ELPTO
    1983 Sea Nymph FM171 Striper
    1985 Johnson 70 J70ELCO

    Raystown Country, PA

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