We love to go fishing but since we have a baby Melanie will not go out into a boat with our baby, even with a life vest. But she loves to go out on a pontoon boat with friends on the lake or on my parent’s dock. On our cabin lake most people use a pontoon as a dock.
With the doors and rails our little Michelle is safe and protected from falling into the water. But there are no fish along the shore on our side of the lake. So Melanie never gets to fish anymore.
I saw this old pontoon boat sitting here and got the idea of making an off grid tiny house bot on top of the old pontoon boat frame.
I will restore the old pontoon boat and then build a small cabin on top with benches that fold out to beds, a kitchen, fish cleaning station, solar power, LED lights and the works.
There will be two fishing decks, one out front and one out the back side.
The cabin will be fully enclosed to protect us from the elements and the bugs. It will have screen windows and sliding plastic or plexiglass windows.
I started out by removing all the garbage that was on top of the old pontoon boat. Then I stripped off all the trim metal on the sides.
Then I ripped off all the old plywood bench seats. And the side rails and doors simply pulled off for the most part due to the rotted decking.
I ripped up the decking with my bare hands, it was so rotted.
I will keep all the metal and trim for use on my new boat.
I got the boat stripped down to its frame in just an hour and a half. It was an easy job.
I will strip down the metal and paint it with a rust preventing paint and primer. Then I will put on new decking and then the side rails.
Later I will start the cabin build on top.
This is going to be an exciting project.
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