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    Default My Jon Boat Conversion

    Here's my jon boat conversion I just finished this weekend:










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    Looks nice.
    Have you had it in the water?
    Be careful when you first take it out, because the center of gravity of the boat is now way higher than it was before. Hopefully it is still stable enough with 2 people in it.

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    I like the reinforced rails under the deck...good thinking. The camo job looks great, too! You just go yourself a very inexpensive new fishing rig! I agree that you need to be careful about the center of gravity, please be cautious when you go out. You may also want to consider sealing the wood you used with resin, as water will make your deck soft in a couple of years.

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    Did you treat or coat the plywood before the carpet? It looks very good..... I would stability test it.
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    Nice job! Did the same thing to my 14/36 Eldocraft. I stand up and fish out of it but I'm cautious of my movements. Will you have an outboard on the back? If not I'd suggest moving the battery to the stern. I put two large Trojan batteries on either side of mine and it helped with the stability a lot.
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    I have given some thought to her stability. And I want to be able to stomp around on that deck without any worries. So I'm considering an outrigger system to help keep me on deck.

    Something like this:


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    Yes, I treated all of the wood with Thompson's Water Seal after all the cuts were made..stunk up the garage for 3 days.

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    Outstanding job !!!
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    The outrigger would help with stability but I'd drive me nuts while I was fishing. It may not be necessary though. I was actually surprised at how stable mine was. It's only when I get right on the edge that it gets squirrely. I've learned to stay in the middle of the boat and have yet to take a swim. If you're not going to have an outboard or a battery in the back or something heavy it may have a tendancy (when you're up front) to dip foward lifting the stern out of the water. If that happens the boat will spin around like a wind sock in a light breeze. Don't ask how I know.
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    Eventually (when the budget permits) I plan to put an outboard (9.9hp) on her. I'm also considering the outriggers to keep her stable for duck hunting.

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    Nice job . Is that a 1232 or 1436 ?
    I got a 14'er waiting for time , weather , and , my natural tendacy to completely over-engineer every detail , lol .

    Take her out for a sea trial when you get that 9.9 , it just might be a little more stable than you think .

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    She's a Lowe 1436

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    I hope you glued the carpet down before you stapled it,It looks kinda saggy. when I did mine I used outdoor carpet glue and a rolling pin to get out all the air pockets.

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    yes.. I used carpet adhesive before I stapled it. Thsoe lumps you see are the hinge plates, I wanted to cover those so they didn't heat up too much in the sun.

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    Very professional job would rate 3aaaa
    What did you use for camoflage ?

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    did you use marine carpet?

    how much was the carpet?
    marine carpet is about $10 a square ft.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pccraig View Post
    Yes, I treated all of the wood with Thompson's Water Seal after all the cuts were made..stunk up the garage for 3 days.
    That'll make the wood last a longer than totally untreated, but if you want it to last years a coat of resin & maybe even a layer of glass would have been better. Just food for thought for next time

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    Quote Originally Posted by b1bofz13 View Post
    Very professional job would rate 3aaaa
    What did you use for camoflage ?
    http://www.camoclad.com/

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    Quote Originally Posted by mike64 View Post
    That'll make the wood last a longer than totally untreated, but if you want it to last years a coat of resin & maybe even a layer of glass would have been better. Just food for thought for next time
    I realize that... but I'm always tinkering with stuff, so after a few seasons, I'm sure I'll be revamping my design.

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    Cool. Nice job, by the way. Will keep an eye on this thread to see how the water trials go.

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    very nice job. would love to see pics of her in the water. awesome looking boat.
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