Has anyone converted a Jon boat to a bass boat? Platform decks, removable swivel seats, live well, etc. let's see those setups. This is something I've always wanted to try and it looks like an affordable way for a shallow water fishing boat.
My friends and I actually converted a little 14' jon boat into a platform caster boat a couple years ago. This was before lumber prices jumped up so it was pretty affordable to do. We built in a few tackle storage boxes and a rod storage compartment. We picked up the boat that was previously used for duck hunting. We were able to trade the motor for a higher hp one and used marine grade plywood and treated 2x4's. We gave the boat a custom paint job and used green astro turf as the top. It was perfect! I cant find a picture of the finished boat but here's an in progress pic.
I would love to tackle this project with my son this winter so I'm also looking into converting a jon boat into a more fishing friendly boat. Ive found a lot of help from youtube and a lot of DIY bass boat project videos. Here is a video I found that is probably the nicest Jon boat conversion I've seen so far. He spent some money on the build but it turned out amazing.
This Jon Bass boat video is amazing lol! If I didn't have a fishing boat already, I would be planning a project just like this. I will pass it on to my son though. He's going to love it! The only change I would make are adding a couple swivel seats in the front and back of the boat. Great budget bass boat build though!
I found a lot of great ideas just by searching Jon Boat Conversion. Some awesome Jon Boat builds that are great for inspiration. I'm going for something simple like this one I found.
If you have a router and a little bit of tradesman skill you can actually make one incredible bass boat out of a jon boat. Take a look at this video I stumbled across while researching the same thing. These guys make it look like it came from a high end boat manufacturing factory. This is easily the best bass boat conversion I've found online yet.
@MitchInTheMangrove That is about the nicest Jon boat I think I've ever seen! My goal is build something more along the lines in the video here below. My biggest concern is that I want to do it out of wood rather than aluminum. Mainly because I don't have access to a rivet gun and I am more experienced with carpentry than I am with metal work. I understand the benefits of using aluminum on a jon boat conversion over wood. My ideal setup would end up looking something like this boat but with a tiller motor added to the back. Let me know if you have any thoughts.
You guys need to follow Tiny Boat Nation, Its a group of guys who are pros at converting jon boats into the ultimate lightweight fishing boat. Go through the video history and see where they started. They mainly did wood construction and ran into a lot of issues. They walk through the issues and show what worked and what you should avoid. Good luck with your build! They are super fun little projects.
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