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new foam pontoon kickboat #4541900 02/27/10 05:24 AM
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Something I've wanted to do for a long time and finally had the time to do it. No, I'm not planning to mass produce, but maybe build a few.
Visit my website to learn more - floatpros.com

Re: new foam pontoon kickboat [Re: rockhopper] #4542294 02/27/10 01:56 PM
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cool! I went to that website and it said its under construction. I like your concept. Here's a pic of my old styrafoam kicker; I've had it for 6-7 years-p-


Re: new foam pontoon kickboat [Re: pearow] #4542399 02/27/10 02:55 PM
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Rrockhopper I want access to something that starts out like yours but gets stretched so's to add a small floor and a waist bar to allow me to safely stand up.




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Re: new foam pontoon kickboat [Re: StevenNDallas] #4542599 02/27/10 04:11 PM
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looks good

Re: new foam pontoon kickboat [Re: pearow] #4543336 02/27/10 08:53 PM
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Be sure to put the s on floatpro(s). There's another site called floatpro and it is under construction. I was wondering if you knew if your foam is 1# or 2# ? I'm looking in to using the 2# and they say it is twice as dense. If you've had yours for that long and its 1#, then I'd say 1# is plenty good!

Re: new foam pontoon kickboat [Re: rockhopper] #4543346 02/27/10 08:58 PM
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sweet I likey.




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Re: new foam pontoon kickboat [Re: derik d] #4544307 02/28/10 02:43 AM
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Nice looking job! thumb

How tall are the pontoons? I know alot of the inflatable ones are 16" diameter. How does that compare? Also did you have to shape the pontoons or did you find them premade like that?

Re: new foam pontoon kickboat [Re: K.D.] #4544416 02/28/10 03:20 AM
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Thanks K.D.! The pontoons are 12" in diameter and I found them premade. After doing a little research, I discovered 1 cubic foot of foam will float 55 pounds. The trick was to figure how many cubic feet were in a 12" cylinder by 48" long. It's been too long since I took math class but I came up with 3.16 cubic feet (x2). I could make the pontoons longer if need be.

StevenNDallas check p.m.

Re: new foam pontoon kickboat [Re: rockhopper] #4544472 02/28/10 03:33 AM
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So you're at 48" long pontoon and it holds 350 lbs? That's pretty impressive! Not many toons out there at 48" long will hold that much. Heck alot of the 7-8 footers won't do that or much more.

That's great for the guys with inflatables to use as an alternative when their fabric and/or bladders wear out. It looks like they can keep their existing frames and adapt them to the styrofoam pontoons.

Nice find!! thumb

Re: new foam pontoon kickboat [Re: K.D.] #4544644 02/28/10 04:23 AM
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That's the math working. I'm saying 250 lbs. max, or go with longer pontoons. Just trying to keep it safe!

Re: new foam pontoon kickboat [Re: rockhopper] #4544775 02/28/10 05:16 AM
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Looks great. How much does it weigh?


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Re: new foam pontoon kickboat [Re: rockhopper] #4545718 02/28/10 05:18 PM
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That's a great looking setup. It makes me want to buy a frame float tube (already got an ODC) to experiment a bit!

Re: new foam pontoon kickboat [Re: texguppy] #4546455 02/28/10 10:19 PM
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Thanks John L
It weighs 32 lbs.

Re: new foam pontoon kickboat [Re: rockhopper] #4548778 03/01/10 01:38 PM
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I like it, i was wondering do you all build the frames or reuse pontoon frames, I am working on something sumular. i am using 12"x 12" x 4' (8 cubic ft) blocks of foam completly caged in by a tubing frame. i have read that you get about 30% more floatation using square insead of round toons but i am no engineer. I am about 90% done and would love to post pics when conmpeted if i can figure out how to do it. nice job on the boat would like to see it in action.


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Re: new foam pontoon kickboat [Re: sumo] #4549219 03/01/10 03:30 PM
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welcome aboard sumo


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