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Jonboat Jerry
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First, Thanks for hosting a great website! Lots of great ideas here.
I acquired a 78 20' Olympic Jon Boat built by Lowe Industries and a '83 50Hp Evenrude last week. The boat was in pretty good shape, the motor is a ?. I need a rugged shallow water boat for the flats north of here called "The Devils Rock Pile".
There is some twist in the hull, don't know what to do about it yet.
Plans are to clean it, strip in , paint it, and put a center console on it, and fish it. There is a lot of work from here to there.
Here are a few pics and a link to Photobucket for the whole album.

https://s250.photobucket.com/albums/gg26 ... Da%20Boat/

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I like the bigger aluminum rigs myself, this one has endless possibilities. Keep us posted and take lots of pics.
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And when it comes to my Last Cast. I then most Humbly Pray.

When in the Lord's Great Landing Net and Peacefully Asleep,
That in his Mercy I be Judged as Big Enough To keep.

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Will do Boatwright, I was org. looking for a 24, glad I didn't find it, this is big enough.
Well, I grabbed the pressure washer this afternoon and scrubbed, blasted, bailed, & blasted some more.
About 2 1/2 hrs later she was pretty clean., all the loose paint and dirt was gone. No surprises, but the twist
was still there. Might even be a good name for her....TWISTED.

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Don't you just really hate it when the previous owner put a galvanized fastener in a boat? What were they thinking?...........................nice boat!
I LOVE old aluminum boats and old Mercury outboards!

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Man -O -Man, That is awesome! Huge boat. It looks pretty straight in the pics. Of course pics can be decieving. maybe once you put a floor in it, and get it on a trailer so that the hull is supported better by the bunks it will level out some. A riveted boat that big is bound to flex a little. those old Lowes are tough boats. huge ribs on those things.

www.akmccallum.com has a lot of consoles and accessories for jons. I use them for measurements and to get a few ideas when pricing stuff.

be sure to keep us posted.

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Thanks guys, and those galvanized bolts are on my hot list! I can't believe I picked all this up for $700 clams.
Didn't get a trailer, got a 10,000lb boat lift in the back and live on a canal....that's why it is on furniture dollies for now.
Thanks for the link REEDJJ. the console I had in mind is pretty big. Plenty of room for lots of toys.
I just hope the motor checks out ......Jerry
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If your looking for storage I would extend that front deck back just past the 2nd exposed rib. You could install hatches to put stuff under the floor. As it stands the existing front deck looks too small to really use it for anything other than sitting or as a step to get in and out. You would solve 2 problems at once.

1. Have a bigger useable deck that you could have a pedestal seat and trolling motor mounted to.

2. increase your storage area to hide all that gear. Maybe mount your trolling motor battery under there.

You could mount your cranking battery under the center console. And put twin 6 gallon tanks behind the rear bench. One each outboard of the 2 transom supports, with a bilge pump in the center.

What are your plans for the floor? Closed cell foam? Wood, aluminum, carpet, non-skid?

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That boat is AWESOME!!

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All good ideas Reedjj,
1. The front deck definitely needs to be expanded with stowage for an Anchor, etc. Also, the pitch is too steep
to mount a trolling motor so that will have to be worked out as well.
2. I want the batteries up front for weight distribution and a cranking/bilge pump battery in the center console.
3. The transom is a great area for the fuel tanks and bilge pump with a live well built into the rear seat.
4. Large center console with a reversible leaning post.
5. The floor will be aluminum with nonskid if I can afford it.
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Post by z0mbie f1sherman »

wow... i didn't even know they made jon boats that long

what a great, big canvas to work with!

good luck, I can't wait to see what you come up with

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If I had that boat, I'd do something like the link below maybe in a center console version. I think I'd make both the front and rear decks bigger for nice fishing platforms. After all, you have a whole 20ft feet to work with.

This is still one of my favorite builds here.
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Nice find! If you decide to ever part ways with that 50hp..... let me know, I'm about 3 hours from you on the other Florida Coast! Can't wait to see the outcome of this build :shock: !

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Happy 4th everyone
Yesterday I built an "A Frame" to turn the boat over so I can pressure wash, repair, and paint the bottom. It was a struggle!
But done!
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MMF I have almost all of those nasty Galv bolts replaced now, 6 to go and all done.
Today is pressure wash day....Jerry
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Nice work!
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verry nice. Keep the pics coming. Cant wait to see what you do with this blank canvas.

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