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Old 11-06-17, 06:56 PM   #1
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Default Letís see your Jon boat set ups! Looking for inspiration!

My dad has a 14í Lowe Lake Jon that he said I can have. Iíd love to throw a jet motor and oars on it. Motor up and float back down. I donít even know where to start as far as picking out a motor.

Iím also not wanting to break the bank on a 10k motor for a $1000 boat.

What are yíall using? Any suggestions for motors? Anyone have an old running outboard laying around they want to trade for some stuff that goes bang??
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Old 11-06-17, 07:39 PM   #2
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Check out tinboats.net for lots of ideas from guys that have done it.

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Old 11-06-17, 09:57 PM   #3
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If it's a riveted hull you will be limited to a smaller motor. Fully welded and you have a stronger rated hull. (There's a dude on the river with a fully welded 14ft hull running a 90)

My boat is a 15 ft fully welded hull with a 60. The motor was converted to a (45 hp) jet using an outboardjets conversion and she hauls. I'm still getting comfortable with the power honestly as my previous boat had a 9.9.

I'll post pics tomorrow but it is a pretty basic setup with front and rear casting decks that I am very happy with. You could throw a trolling motor and small outboard on yours for a few thousand and have nice little river boat.
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Old 11-15-17, 09:18 AM   #4
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I would suggest forgetting about the oars and getting a trolling motor.

A trolling motor will allow you to fish and navigate at the same time, and to have more fishing time when you go by yourself.

I fish rivers (Etowah and Coosa) often and you will be surprised how often you will have to correct your course while floating down stream.

Even though an expensive foot control trolling motor is nice you can get by nicely with a hand control motor. Get a motor strong enough to pull you up river for when you get a snag or throw your lure into a tree.

Also, My prop two stroke main motor has a shallow setting. Kind of a manual trim with only 2 setting regular and shallow. The shallow setting is nice for rocky sections of the river. My rule is to go 1 mph per foot of water depth up to 10 feet. So going upriver is slow in the shallow parts but I fish lakes and the deep parts of the Coosa to much to justify a jet.

Most men need at least 3 boats, but married men have to settle for one boat and make it work.
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Old 11-15-17, 10:12 AM   #5
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I would suggest forgetting about the oars and getting a trolling motor.

A trolling motor will allow you to fish and navigate at the same time, and to have more fishing time when you go by yourself.

I fish rivers (Etowah and Coosa) often and you will be surprised how often you will have to correct your course while floating down stream.

Even though an expensive foot control trolling motor is nice you can get by nicely with a hand control motor. Get a motor strong enough to pull you up river for when you get a snag or throw your lure into a tree.

Also, My prop two stroke main motor has a shallow setting. Kind of a manual trim with only 2 setting regular and shallow. The shallow setting is nice for rocky sections of the river. My rule is to go 1 mph per foot of water depth up to 10 feet. So going upriver is slow in the shallow parts but I fish lakes and the deep parts of the Coosa to much to justify a jet.

Most men need at least 3 boats, but married men have to settle for one boat and make it work.
Lots of wisdom and good knowledge here. Best post currently by far.
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Old 11-15-17, 10:28 AM   #6
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...check out fishmonger's rig...

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Old 11-15-17, 11:14 PM   #7
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I am still learning how to perfect fishing solo on my Towee...it definitely takes time. I have oars and never touch them when fishing solo but do use my trolling motor frequently. Lately I have been trying to outboard motor to my spot and drop a drag chain to keep me in a zone where I want to fish. My 15hp Mercury is more than enough juice..my buddy has a 9.9 on his Riverhawk it also flies...obvious pros and cons on new vs used engine and depends on how handy you are....I had to screw my motor up a few times before I realized You Tube wasn't good for me and taking it to the shop was the best option
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He sold the Minnow and has a fancy G3 now. But if you use the search function and look up posts by Fishmonger and the keyword minnow im sure a few images of his old v Hull are around. Ther was also a thread sometime back that was Hooch digs that there were a lot of boats from G3ís, gheenoeís and Jonís.
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This thing leaves a little to be desired in the looks department, but the front control setup is pretty rowdy.

https://atlanta.craigslist.org/nat/b...351586982.html

I couldn't help but notice in another of your posts that you say you are 300 pounds. Sitting up front would also help keep the boat balanced (and plane) if you went big on your motor. If you do go tiller steer and run into planing issues, throw a set of smart tabs on. I'm running them on my boat and it jumps on plane around 1/4 throttle. Without them I had to be just about WOT.
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$1200 with controls. Convert to jet, run controls to the front seat, and ride out.

https://atlanta.craigslist.org/sat/b...385299860.html
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