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Posted: 19 Dec 2014, 19:09
Hello everyone. I just joined this site today and acquired a dead 12' Jon Boat today as well for $70. The boat needs some serious work. I plan to REVIVE it by spring 2015 by turning it into a nice comfortable fishing machine with at least 2x swivel seats, plenty of hidden storage for tackle trays and what not, install some rod, oar and net holders, carpet, lights, a fish finder, a powerful trolling motor and battery, and whatever other ideas I get along the way from you all. I've never worked on a boat so this is all new to me. I will be reading all the older posts and probably asking you professionals some questions along the way. Anyway, I'll attach pictures of it, which is how I received it today. Please follow the thread for routine updates and or to see if you can help me bring this thing back to life. Thanks for allowing me to join the forum. I look forward to chatting with and learning from you all.
Posted: 19 Dec 2014, 19:34
Some more pics...
Posted: 19 Dec 2014, 19:47
Welcome to tinboats & thank you for your service!
That's a pretty good deal for $70. There is lots of 12 ft builds here to get ideas from so search away & enjoy the process.
Posted: 19 Dec 2014, 19:51
Thanks for the welcome RStewart. I hope to be holding a bass like you are in the pic this coming Spring. Thanks again.
Posted: 19 Dec 2014, 21:02
don't change a thing! I'd kill to have my boat camoed like that for duck hunting.
Posted: 19 Dec 2014, 21:05
HA HA HA!!! It does have an awesome camo look huh? All that rust and rotten sealant is an excellent visual concealment, but it leaks. We'd be drowned before we could pop off 3 rounds!
Posted: 19 Dec 2014, 22:05
It looks like you have a lot of work to do. Do you need a title in your state and did you get it?
Posted: 19 Dec 2014, 22:15
Got the bill of sale today and headed to DMV Monday to get the title. Unless I'm missing something extra I need, I think I'm set. Is there something else do I need? Thanks!
Posted: 20 Dec 2014, 08:54
Depends on your state and how their laws work. Im in FL and my jon boat I had previously was given to me by a buddy who had the boat for over 10 years. He never had the title so I had to take in a bill of sale and a letter signed by him stating they never registered the vessel as it was used on private property. That was all it took to have a new title created. Only issue I had was that the boat was originally a 1960's era vhull Grumman and they listed on the title 1999 homemade aluminum because there was no HIN on the boat anywhere and they could only verify ownership back to 99 with my friends letter I had.
Posted: 20 Dec 2014, 09:03
Good to know. I think all I need is the bill of sale to get the title here in VA. We'll see how it goes. Thanks.
Posted: 20 Dec 2014, 19:18
Hey all, here's a photo update on what I did to the 12' Jon Boat today. Hope you enjoy
Posted: 20 Dec 2014, 22:06
Have you heard the saying?
The operation was a success but the patient died.
I highly recommend you get another boat.
Posted: 20 Dec 2014, 22:41
After seeing these pics I'm not sure if I would proceed with this boat anymore. You can work with it but it's going to be a big job.
Posted: 20 Dec 2014, 23:04
Ahhhh c'mon, where's the faith guys? I'll be fishing off this dead patient in a few months and there will be pics of it in this thread.
Posted: 20 Dec 2014, 23:11
Do you know what a painters car is? Once a house painter gets a car for work it's not going to be good for anything again. That boat looks like it was used to paint other boats in salt water. Honestly look around for something better.