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Old 03-28-07, 03:31 PM   #1
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I have a 10' jon boat and I want to fish small lakes and ponds out of it with 2 people. What do you think I should do to it to make it like a mini bass boat (seats, motor, etc.)It is only 3 ft wide but it is stable enough for one person to stand up in. Thanks in advance.
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Old 03-28-07, 04:21 PM   #2
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i have a 10 foot jon boat also..i have 2 seats with swivels, a live well, storage, (2 trolling motors, 1 3.5 outboard - the smaller trolling motor will be used with the outboard...the transom mount one is 54 pounds of the thrust and the smaller bow mount is 28.) i also have rod holders for just cruising and ones for trolling...
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What do you have for storage. Do you have a deck. Did you buy a livewell or make one with a cooler. How does it move through the water. Isn't it a little heavy?
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What do you have for storage. Do you have a deck. Did you buy a livewell or make one with a cooler. How does it move through the water. Isn't it a little heavy?
what i did for storage is cut a big square hole in the top of one of the benches and put a piece of plywood with a hinge on the hole. i do not have a deck. i took a cooler and bought an aerator and put it in the back of my boat (but i will only use this for tournies only)...its not heavy at all..i added mostly small stuff and made some changes in stuff. i never really added anything with weight.
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If you want to make it like a mini bass boat, you're gonna need a larger boat. The smallest boat that two people are going to be able to stand in, on a decked boat, is one with a 36" bottom minimum.
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What if I put 2 pedestal seats in it. Would this be unstable or would it work. Also how do you paint an aluminum boat thats never been painted?
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Anything to greatly change the center of gravity in that boat, and you're gonna have problems. My suggestion would be to save up for a 1436, then go forth with your plans there.

However, if you are just wanting short pedestals to mount to the seat, maybe 6-8 inches max, you may be ok.

I painted mine with a suction fed paint gun, one of the cheap $20 models, and single stage automotive paint. Roughed it up with a scotch brite pad to start with, but mine had the factory olive paint on it.
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what kind of paint would you use? something oil based?

do you suggest that i buy some marine paint or use rustoleum?
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