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My Video of My Jon Boat Customizaton Project
« on: September 19, 2008, 09:58:40 AM »
I though a lot of members would enjoy this.  This is how I transformed an old 400 dollar jonboat into a great fishing tool.

My Custom Jon Boat Video on YouTube

Besides at the end you get to see my ugly mug!

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Re: My Video of My Jon Boat Customizaton Project
« Reply #1 on: September 19, 2008, 10:11:45 AM »
Very nice!  I like the decks you added

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Re: My Video of My Jon Boat Customizaton Project
« Reply #2 on: September 21, 2008, 02:37:58 PM »
Some nice ideas there.  That is very much like the setup I'm planning on making for use on the small 150 acre lake in the Adirondacks where I have a camp.  I plan on going full electric since the boat will stay on that lake.  I plan on using a 24v front-mounted remotely controlled trolling motor, which I will be able to operate from anywhere on the boat.  The addition of a solar panel to charge the batteries will give me a silent boat that I can step onto anytime.  Even if I make it to 90 years old (still a few decades away), I will be able to hit the button on the hand-held remote, and off I will go for some Bass and Black Crappies. ;D

The use of the bungee cords to retain the tackle boxes is an excellent which I will steal, if you don't mind.

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Re: My Video of My Jon Boat Customizaton Project
« Reply #3 on: September 21, 2008, 02:51:21 PM »
Doh!  For some reason I never thought about adding some solar panels!  Great idea and a front mount troller is planned with remote for mine as well.

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Re: My Video of My Jon Boat Customizaton Project
« Reply #4 on: September 21, 2008, 08:55:25 PM »
Two comments:

Love the Jimmy, however you sould have put boats to build in the video. had to say that, he lived here, as a matter of fact i can take you to where his granddads scooner is sunk in Mobile Bay.

Second, you need to either use Marine play or seal the ply with epoxy. you might get two years out of normal ply befor delamination.


Overall great job,
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Re: My Video of My Jon Boat Customizaton Project
« Reply #5 on: October 04, 2008, 10:32:07 PM »
A few things to make loading the boat easier.

Take a 2x10 or so and u-bolt it to the top of the trailer. Paint the board, add some sand, and paint it again to seal in the sand for a non-skid surface.

At the back of the boat, put 2 uprights about 2 inches wider then the boat. You can put a pvc pipe around the uprights to work as rollers. Up in the north, if you can find some old Teflon slides from a snowmobile, those work really well. Then mount your trailer lights up high. This keeps them out of the water, and you can see the back of the trailer easier when it's empty.

A little practice, and you can unload and load a boat at just about any boat ramp and stay dry.

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Re: My Video of My Jon Boat Customizaton Project
« Reply #6 on: October 08, 2008, 11:47:03 AM »
Nice job.  Love the very functional nature of your upgrades & now I'll have to start looking for a cheap boat of my own.  My wife thanks you, 'cause she's the fisherman in the family. ;D 

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Re: My Video of My Jon Boat Customizaton Project
« Reply #7 on: October 08, 2008, 11:49:38 AM »
One note, Swamp is right you do need marine ply or do what I did and use epoxy to seal it. Specifically seal the edges really well.

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Re: My Video of My Jon Boat Customizaton Project
« Reply #8 on: October 08, 2008, 04:29:02 PM »
Good info. I have a leaky john boat I need to fix. I'll try Marine Tex in the Spring and see how it works.