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Good morning. I am looking for some brain storm ideas of what platform to use to build my wife a party barge. I am thinking 20-24 feet long. 8.6' - 9' beam or so. It needs to be able to support large structure with second deck up top so the children can have slides that mount up top an slide into the river. Wrap around couch seating, a single helm. A single outboard.
Thoughts for the boat: Would a pontoon be best or something like a 24' Carolina Skiff? I am looking for stability. The boat would be used mostly by my wife and children ( 2,4,6 years old) and the neighborhood children ( same age).
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An old party barge would be my first choice.
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I would think a pontoon boat in decent shape would be the place to start. Then start looking at pictures like the Craigslist posted above.

Seems like a great time to learn how to TIG weld! Cool project.
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We used to build our own barges for doing dock repair work. We basically welded up a dock frame and used the poly floats on the bottom. This will support way more weight than you are talking about and will be stable. Find an old ragged out ski boat with a good outboard on it to rob for the motor, steering and controls you can buy cheap and you are good to go.
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Dont forget the stripper pole on the top deck. Its a USCG requirement.
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Doesn’t Jeff Foxworthy have a saying about this?
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Good morning. I am looking for some brain storm ideas of what platform to use to build my wife a party barge. I am thinking 20-24 feet long. 8.6' - 9' beam or so. It needs to be able to support large structure with second deck up top so the children can have slides that mount up top an slide into the river. Wrap around couch seating, a single helm. A single outboard.
Thoughts for the boat: Would a pontoon be best or something like a 24' Carolina Skiff? I am looking for stability. The boat would be used mostly by my wife and children ( 2,4,6 years old) and the neighborhood children ( same age).
Yes, buy an old pontoon and fix it up. Too much trouble to do it from scratch just make sure you get over-sized logs.
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My kids wanted me to buy this one. I almost considered it. Might still be for sale.
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What you want already exists, no need to cobble something together


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They call those pontoons
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A guy a couple canals over made his own. Plastic 55 gal drums for flotation, enclosed structure with bunks, slide from the top. He moves it around with a little Boston Whaler and just anchors it for a night or two as needed. Pretty cool little set-up that can probably be built for less than $2k.
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Wonder how it would do
in the open ocean?
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Originally Posted by pdsw View Post
An old party barge would be my first choice.
I think that is the route I am considering at this time. A decent 21' pontoon "party barge" can be had for $2,000 then build up from there.

I don't see $12K worth of value there. But, it it similar to where I am going w/ this project.

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I would think a pontoon boat in decent shape would be the place to start. Then start looking at pictures like the Craigslist posted above.
Yes, that's the current plan.

Seems like a great time to learn how to TIG weld! Cool project.
TIG welding has always been on my bucket list to learn. Time is not my friend these days.

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We used to build our own barges for doing dock repair work. We basically welded up a dock frame and used the poly floats on the bottom. This will support way more weight than you are talking about and will be stable. Find an old ragged out ski boat with a good outboard on it to rob for the motor, steering and controls you can buy cheap and you are good to go.
I think I'm going the pontoon route ( cheap baseline pontoon w a deck. Then, build up from there).

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Yes, buy an old pontoon and fix it up. Too much trouble to do it from scratch just make sure you get over-sized logs.
Agreed. THANKS.

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A guy a couple canals over made his own. Plastic 55 gal drums for flotation, enclosed structure with bunks, slide from the top. He moves it around with a little Boston Whaler and just anchors it for a night or two as needed. Pretty cool little set-up that can probably be built for less than $2k.
Cool idea. But, my wife wants to be able to take it up river 15 miles to the sand bars. So, not realistic w/ a 13 whaler and a 20 hp four stroke tiller to move the machine I intend to build.

Still braining. Thank you to everyone who has made positive contributions to this fun project still in the "thinking/ design phase".
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We want pictures of what you end up doing.
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A sun tracker party hut would be ideal. They are 30ft and have an upper deck on the rear half. We had a 2006 and it had an aluminum floor so no plywood floors to worry about. The roof will be a plywood covered in a rubber membrane so watch for water damage there. Ours would run 15-17 mph so don’t plan on getting anywhere fast, but they have a ton of room.
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