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Old 12-15-2006, 04:51 AM   #71
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This is a more streamlined version of a vintage airstream turned into a pontoon boat. Somewhere in Airizona.
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Old 12-15-2006, 05:02 AM   #72
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Originally Posted by markdoane
I hope that red thing on top is a loveseat, and not a homemade blackwater tank. is a REDneck hot tub solar heated BTW


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Old 12-15-2006, 05:25 AM   #73
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So sad, unique, but sad.
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Old 12-15-2006, 06:47 AM   #74
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Originally Posted by rickandsandi

Now of course we AS owners were not the first to think of it!...
Or maybe so (from sister thread):
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Old 12-15-2006, 07:23 AM   #75
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now that's what i call a CLIPPER! ho ho ho!

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Old 12-15-2006, 09:42 AM   #76
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Old 09-14-2007, 09:32 AM   #77
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Originally Posted by markdoane
If I was redoing my Tradewind I would put a little more Sikaflex around the belly pan, and Bearing Buddies.

Why do you need pontoons if the bottom is watertight? Probably needs some kind of a keel, and a motor bracket on the back. And replace the clearance lights with red and green navigation lights.

I wouuld think pontoons are a good thing to have to keep the boat stable.
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Old 09-14-2007, 12:52 PM   #78
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Old 09-14-2007, 02:02 PM   #79
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Originally Posted by A-Merry-Can
ha! awesome! i was talking about that a few years back with some buddies.. get an old pontoon boat, and the shell off an airstream... (or better yet, avion! it'll keep the hate mail down), graft em together and away you go. i think it would get to be a bit top-heavy, though... unless you use a bambi or a caravel...

... but i think that's a capital crime in most states.

you know if you went about it right it might look really neat. you would have to build the base wider and longer though so fake grass and flamingos could be put in.
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Old 12-30-2007, 11:52 PM   #80
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Pontoon trailer

Here is a Spartan mounted on pontoons. Taken in 2004 near the south end of Navajo Resevoir in New Mexico.
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Old 12-31-2007, 08:23 AM   #81
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awesome! Now you can line em up in the water, too! The neighbors gotta LOVE looking at that every day! I like the idea of room for the flamingoes... would be nice to have a happy fun slide out the back window, too!

Good lord, what am I saying! haha!


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Old 12-31-2007, 09:44 AM   #82
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It is funny this thread should surface....just when winter is coming strong we all dream of days camping by the lake and of course the curious question - I wonder if I could put my Airstream on a pontoon system...

We all have these fantasies - and as you can see some out there actually go forth and build their little Silver Ark Wally would be proud Extending the tarmac highways to the seaways and the inter-coastal water highways of North America.

Well it was not long after we got our first Airstream the 69 Globe Trotter - and having converted from the powerboat scene to the Land Yacht scene I too was curious....We had also purchased a waterfront lot and had just completed our dock for our 20' Cuddy Cruiser.

We then ran into red tape for building on that lot (and still are!!!!) and I thought hmm we could show them all and just put our Trailer on pontoons and have a self contained Cottage on the Trent and there would be not a darn thing anyone could do about it!!!

After many hours of research I did find a place that built custom Pontoon set ups for any application. I even went as far as getting a quote for my system I needed - with extra water and holding tanks - full walk around gang way, forward steering helm and rear patio deck. To a tune of about $4000.00 I thought that was really reasonable. We even had special roll on winch and planks that would slide out for loading the trailer - just like you would winch your boat up on it towing trailer.

I wish I could find the info again - - if I do I will be sure to post the manufacturer here - for all your crazy aluminists....(I resemble that comment )
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Old 12-31-2007, 06:37 PM   #83
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really it's not too bad of an idea...would be scarey to be caught in a strong wind un announced! Or others flying their boats past your place to send it rocking and jumping up and down, or even mosquito attacks but if you really thought it out it would be wild to go motoring down the Mississippi to lol
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Old 01-12-2008, 12:21 PM   #84
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From reading this article in Oceana's Herald-Journal out of Hart, MI, it looks like an Airstream houseboat has the neighbors talking.

Posted 10-12-2006
Houseboat stays, for now

Stony Lake Property Owners Association members are taking a wait and see approach regarding an Airstream-houseboat that has been on the water this past summer.

Association Vice President Chuck Ginebaugh said he believes the houseboat was launched from a private boat ramp in the Stony Lake subdivision and they are waiting to see if the property owners will allow the boat to be launched through their property next year. Ginebaugh said they have spoken with the sheriff’s department and learned there is nothing they can do. The boat was still on the water Sept. 29, property owner Cynthia McKinnon said.
Benona Township has not been approached about the houseboat, Supervisor Steve Fleming said. He thought he knew who the owner is.

“It’s a water thing,” Fleming said. “We don’t have a zoning ordinance or anything for water. “He goes out there I believe. I don’t think he is sleeping on it. He’s certainly not living on it.”

Oceana County Sheriff’s Department Lt. Buzz Angell also believed there is nothing the sheriff’s department can do about the houseboat. He provided a copy of a law that says county boards can regulate the mooring of houseboats on inland lakes by ordinance.
County Administrator Paul Inglis was not familiar with the houseboat, but said he would bring the issue to the county board of commissioners if requested. He instructed administrative assistant Sue Johnson to search for model ordinances, and said any proposed ordinance would need legal review for the content.

I just hate it when people don't mind their own business! If the owner is not hurting anyone, why call the sheriff's office. I'm glad the sheriff's office did not take any action.

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