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Old 01-14-2021, 06:48 PM
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Default Opinion on taking pontoon from ny to Florida for spring break vacation Marco island

Hello all.

Budget boater here, thinking ahead about family trip to Marco island spring break time to visit my parents and sister. Possibly going but jury still out. We are driving this year due to covid concerns and thinking about taking our pontoon boat. I have hauled lots of trailers lots of distance and the last trip I took with our family boat was from Rochester ny around Lake Michigan camping and seeing waterways. 1200 miles round trip.

We rented a pontoon 3 days last year and had fun but my boat is better, larger, faster. Much older.

Would it be ok to put my older pontoon in salt water for a week ? At all? My old motor is a 235 johnson 76-84 collection of parts. Runs well but old, never know. I go everywhere with spare parts and a tool box. Family wagon is a 21 year old ford excursion, same tool box, different spares.

Boat is a 91’ forester 28’ with a 2017 Bennington elliptical center tube with motor mount I installed myself.

Is 2 salt dips on my steel trailer something I will regret? Will every fastener on the boat instantly rust over?

there may be an issue if weather leaving ny in mid March. I would not want to haul my trailer in salt snow slop so this may be a maybe trip anyways.

Opinions appreciated on salt effects on equipment!


Thanks all!

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I wish I was young enough to have the balls to consider towing an old boat with an old truck 1300 miles each way for a vacation.

I have a 2017 Yukon Denali XLT and would think many times before doing that haul.

That said, if you have the tools, the spares, and know how to use them, go for it. Though if you screw everyone's trip up because of the boat and trailer, your chances of getting action are nil.

Have fun!
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Steel trailer would be my biggest concern. Maybe get it lifted in and out.
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Originally Posted by Gary999 View Post
Steel trailer would be my biggest concern. Maybe get it lifted in and out.
rinse it off with a hose
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There are many things that can happen trailering a boat long-distance.
Only one of them is a good thing. You make it.
All the others suck.
This from a guy that had a trailer tire pass him on I-10.
It was my trailer tire.
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Old 01-14-2021, 07:05 PM
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Just rent here. Save the gas and grief of towing. Call now and reserve a boat!
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Originally Posted by Still Stoked View Post
Just rent here. Save the gas and grief of towing. Call now and reserve a boat!

From someone who understands the sentiment and has hauled boats to destinations all over, it is just totally not worth it for a pontoon boat of any description. Its not like you will be going offshore. Renting is a MUCH better option. And the pontoon rentals you will find on Marco and vicinity are probably going to be as nice as your $pocketbook$ wants to go.

Just my $0.02.
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Old boat, old car, old trailer (?), 2600 miles of freeway driving... what could go wrong? If you're coming for a long stay I could see it but just for spring break - nope. You don't want to spend your vacation wrenching. There are lots of boats for rent - pontoon and otherwise in Marco. Just make your arrangements now while you can.
But, to answer your salt water question. Fresh water rinse for the trailer and toons and 10 minute fresh water engine flush every run.
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Originally Posted by hjorgan View Post
There are many things that can happen trailering a boat long-distance.
Only one of them is a good thing. You make it.
All the others suck.
This from a guy that had a trailer tire pass him on I-10.
It was my trailer tire.
my tire passed me once too! I didn’t seem very funny at the time, but it’s a good story five years later.
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I theorize the cost of the rental could be offset by the fuel saves of not towing a 28ft Pontoon 2500miles.
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X5? Or is it X6, X7, X8: just rent a boat down there.
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at first i thought--hell yeah, go for it, but after a little thought, renting is waaaaay better.
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sounds like a terrible idea.
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Just take it down on it's own bottom (ah . . . tubes I mean), won't have to worry about getting your trailer rusty.
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Rent one down there
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Rent. Seriously. Just rent. If you’re not going to listen to everyone - get this for the trailer and spray as soon as you pull it out of the water. Especially the (drum?) brakes if you have them. 😂

https://www.amazon.com/SA32M-Concentrate-Mixing-Removing-Cleanser/dp/B0000AXNJO/



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Tow it and dump it somewhere along the way before you get to Florida
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Sounds like a great plan. But in reality, the truck or trailer will break down in BFE and you will burn up vacation time waiting on parts and $$$$ getting it fixed. Up side is you can get jiggy with it at a fleabag motel in the middle of N Carolina while your stuff gets fixed.
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I really got a laugh out of some of these responses. I am getting the picture here. I am going to listen and not bring the boat. I did forget about my new electric drum brakes I put on and how those may not like the salt too much. I figured for grins it’s about $350 more in fuel to tow boat; that’s a days rent right there.

Still driving though; just not thrilled with flying and being that close to people. Will bring kayaks on roof and bikes on back and all kid toys we can pack in for our social distanced vaca.
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I was going to suggest if by chance you were towing that rig with that vehicle, insure you have Roadside Assistance for the tow vehicle and tow boat US for the trailer and Tow Boat US in case you breakdown on the water...............you will need them all.......just saying

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