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Old 4 Weeks Ago   #51
 
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So moving the valves is the way to go. No more stress of busting a valve.
Most of us surplus folks have frames that accommodate the right tube valves on the inside. I moved mine when the tubes were still in the raw.
Originally moved the valve location and installed mirada research valves with recessed boots. That lasted maybe 4 or 5 years and just recently I swapped the miradas for C-7's. Way happier now.

Here's a couple pics:
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Old 4 Weeks Ago   #52
 
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My snout trailer is a 20 ft deck over flatbed. I just welded a winch post on the nose, attached a 12k lb electric winch and built a couple 8" rollers for the back. Works great.

The S rig trailer is a salvaged travel trailer. We stripped everything off the deck, the frame was bent so we straightened it and boxed the I-beam frame to beef it up. We added a 12k lb electric winch and no rollers. We figure the end of the trailer will be under water anyway, We did add a snatch block mounting spot on the rear to help drag the boat off the trailer at spots without a boat ramp. Like Ouray.

My buddies steve and lloyd use pontoon boat trailers. I don't remember where Steve got his but Lloyd's was picked up in Dallas. Tons of toons in Texas.
I kinda like their setups because they're a lot lower to the water and therefore easier to load and unload. I work around that with the electric winches. I just drag the dang things onto the trailer.
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Old 4 Weeks Ago   #53
 
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Yes! Thanks! Exactly what I was looking for - thanks for all the info! Did you do the valve swap yourself or take it to the professionals? If professionals, who would you recommend? I like the idea of C-7’s!

Good point about Texas - I will have to start looking there to see what I can find for a used pontoon trailer. Thanks!
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Old 4 Weeks Ago   #54
 
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I did it myself but I used to do this stuff for a living.

I can't speak for any other repair guys out there but I do know that Inflatable Technologies works on a ton of these big boats and does the maintenance on a lot of commercial company rigs.
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Hi,

For me, the sweet spot was 20 foot 36 inch Jack's Plastic El Tigre Grande tubes, with a frame I worked up myself with NRS fittings.
Did you used to run a tohatsu 18 on her? I swear I've salivated over that thing somewhere.
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Hi yardsells,

Yup, grey Tohatsu 18 with a Nissan 9.9 strapped down for a spare.

Here it is being pulled on a turnaround run in Dubendorf. I had seen Hance deliberately motored backward, and thought I'd try it for fun, but somewhere not quite as long and complicated.

Rich
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Hi yardsells,

Yup, grey Tohatsu 18 with a Nissan 9.9 strapped down for a spare.

Here it is being pulled on a turnaround run in Dubendorf. I had seen Hance deliberately motored backward, and thought I'd try it for fun, but somewhere not quite as long and complicated.

Rich
That dang dubendorf is kinda my nemesis. I blew up a lower unit in there last year. I clipped that table rock just under the surface kinda left of center toward the bottom. I thought I had enough clearance... my buddy steve ran a nearly identical line to me but he cleared that bugger.

Yeah, I've seen your rig and thought "they clearly know what they're doing."
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Hi yardsells,

You're too kind. Every run there was a challenge to an old codger like me.

But I confess, it sure was fun. I enjoyed rowing it for its stability and predictable tracking, but a rig in that size range with a decent motor is pretty frisky and nimble, so it was sort of easy to maneuver out of pending doom.

Have a good one.

Rich
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Aired her up today. Appears to mostly hold air. We'll see how it looks in the morning. Tubes are a bit rough and frame has numerous cracks. Frame goes to get stripped tomorrow so I can begin to address the bad welds.
Confident that I finish first in any ugly boat contest.




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Here's our trip vid from the Grand last year. Kinda long.

We're hoping to add more motor folks to our trips. I know you're out there.

Raymo: Memorial day Cat?!?! Sounds like Yeager will be there too. He's looking forward to seeing you again and catching up. Our S is almost done...


https://youtu.be/AZAjKBosGRM
I'm a proud owner of a 27' pontoon.... working on some snout tubes for big Cats. If my middle fork trip doesn't go off in June bc of high water I'll be diverting to Cat bc 80k there doesn't scare me like 7ft on the middle fork.
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