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JON BOAT

Discussion in 'Warm Water Species Fishing' started by huntmichigan, Apr 3, 2018.

  1. huntmichigan

    huntmichigan

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    Any one have any recommendations on a jon boat looking for one with a flat floor so your not standing on the ribs. Also what is everyone opinion on a jon boat vs a utility boat? what are the pros and cons of a jon boat as well.
     
  2. 357Maximum

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    I have went to modified v flatbottoms, will never own a true flatbottom with a flat nose ever again. The floor is something you can add yourself if you have any amount of handy man within you. Mod v's will do everything a flatbottom will do, without getting you splashed/wet, and they handle so much better at high speeds, can actually split a wave instead of jumping it, etc, etc, etc. Get the biggest/widest one you can afford, the bigger/wider/longer they are the shallower you can run em with the same amount of weight in em.
     

  3. Riverdude

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    ^^^ Thats good advice right there.
     
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  4. 357Maximum

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    Thanks, but I would call it some very expensive experience, and my Wife would agree with zero doubt. It took several rounds of "musical boat chairs" for me to figure that out. :lol: 1750 and 1872 are very good numbers for a mod v boat design. ;)
     
  5. mjh4

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    I've got a 14ft semi v bottom Starcraft aluminum boat that was made in the 60's I've had it 30years it's fairly heavy but doesn't leak a drop and cuts the waves pretty good compared to a full flat bottom boat. I've seen some of the newer boats that have all ready began to leak and aren't even 10 years old I would recommend a older semi v bottom boat like I said they are heavier but also seem to be built a lot better than most of the newer cheaply built boats. Semi v is a lot better in choppy water.


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  6. Shoeman

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    All depends on the use..... on a river, cool!
     
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    I take my BARGE out of Muskegon and into the big lake quite often, only scared myself once coming back in right after the car ferry left. You cannot fully appreciate a big mod v until you have used one in other than the river applications.
     
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    Yes,

    Not sure what size the OP settles on. 10’, or an 18..... ponds, or the big pond! Seemed like one of the smaller ones.
     
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    I'd take a 14 foot canoe places I would never dream of taking a small 9-10 foot flatbottom pram, then things are just not stable. I intentionally swamped a 9.5 x 32" pram once just by standing on the transom. The 1432's are just as bad, but they are a riot in calm water with 25 ponies on the back. :lol: I am glad I lived through that adventure. :sad:
     
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  10. Pasquan

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    I have a full flat bottom...if its windy or other boat making waves you get wet and beat on going around the lake haha
     
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  12. Matt V

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    I have an Alumacraft Sierra 1648 modified V that came with an open Jon Boat 6.JPG aluminum floor. I added a center seat to it and love this boat. I use this thing all of the time. That being said, it is a ROUGH ride in any kind of waves.
     
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    love my 16 ft mod v
     
  14. raisinrat

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    I own one of those fancey mod-v flat bottoms from Ranger the RT198P I use it alot out here on Lake St. Clair and handles it like a dream(within reason). I have had it up as high as 62mph but normally I am in the 56 to 58 max speed when I am loaded up. They have some nice ulity models with floors already put in them that maybe worth a look if you have that kind of money. If not a DIY project isnt hard to do and make it very fishable.

    https://www.rangerboats.com/aluminum/utility/mpv.html

    This is me with my rig.
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    Me playing in some rough stuff last fall on a windy day.
     
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    My lower back aches just from watching that.