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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 12-29-2015, 10:45 AM Thread Starter
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what jon boat ?


looking for an economical upgrade.

I am thinking of buying a jon boat. I currently have a small 12' crestliner sportsman (actually its 11'9") v hull.

95% of my fishing is alone, small lakes in the area, juniata river, north branch susquehanna...ect


i'm leaning pretty hard to staying small. I have never fished out of a jon boat in my life.

considering 1436 or 1542 jon...i weigh around 170, 5' 10".

Was thinking a deck on the bottom of boat...Any problems standing to fish for a solo angler on calm to moderate chop, with a boat this size?

For what its worth i stand to fish in the one i have now on a calm lake, but the boat has seen its better days.

Figured surely someone on here has a small jon, that can voice an opinion.
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I have a 14 ft AlumaCraft and love it. There is lots of room for my wife and I. I cut plywood to fit in the bottom and covered it with marine carpet.I had a 12 ft too and went to a 14ft.

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Re: what jon boat ?

I fish the same waters in a 1448. I can walk anywhere in the boat and it stays rock steady. I know a guy close to you with some options for sale. Pm if interested

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Whatever length you decide on , go as wide as possible. I have nearly flipped a 36 when fishing alone and getting too fare to one side ,the wider the better for a jon boat. Also the highest sides that are available to you. Those small, narrow ,shallow jon boats scare me to death.
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I agree with the above posts, get the biggest size you can, and I definitely would advise against a 36". I have a Lowe 1440 and wouldn't want anything smaller. Stay away from the flimsy thin metal ones too that flex and bend. Your life may depend on it.
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I would opt for a welded semi-v jon boat, 14-16 foot long and as wide as I could afford. They are very stable if you get that kind. I have owned Boston Whalers in the past and they are super stable, kind of the same concept. I prefer tri-hulls or semi-v boats. They are very stable with a wide enough beam. More stable than true v-hulls.

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Re: what jon boat ?

I think LOWE has a 10 foot jon with a 40 inch bottom. I wonder how stable that would be.
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I would opt for a welded semi-v jon boat, 14-16 foot long and as wide as I could afford.
I have a 14' jon. It is a nice boat. I use it on the Susquehanna and a few local lakes and ponds. If I were going to replace it I would go for a semi-V for its capabilities in rougher water.
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I think LOWE has a 10 foot jon with a 40 inch bottom. I wonder how stable that would be.
That scares me just thinking about it.
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I have a 16/48 tracker grizzly all welded I love it it rides high on the water and runs dry very little or no water splashing the boat when your running. I've had it for 11 years and no thoughts of changing.
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