LoweHusky 18' flatbottom

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Post by Spoiler » 08 May 2011, 00:02

Hello Everyone, Found this site by searching for jon boat modifications...that was three weeks ago. I found that I quickly got hooked and have'nt left. I really like how everybody is so willing to help and share there builds with each other. With that being said I would like share with everyone my jon boat mod. This is the first boat I have ever owned and plan on building in to a bowfishing boat/all around fishing boat. I bought this boat 4-6-11 and have made pretty good progress on it considering I have two very young "helpers". I have taken pics thru out the build just not sure if I post a few here and there or post all to sow where I am to date. Thank you and I look forward to comments and or suggestions. SORRY FOR THE PICTURE QUILITY IN THE BEGINING THEY GET BETTER AS THE BUILDS GO ON.
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Post by Jim » 08 May 2011, 01:12

:WELCOME: spoiler!

Thanks for joining. Great looking boat you have there.
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Post by Spoiler » 08 May 2011, 10:33

Well the first thing I did was have my brother who is a welder help me build a shooting platform that will attach to the bow of the boat. It will he raised 12 inches above the bow and will be removable with with 4 pins. We made the platform with a seat so my two sons can sit down and still be elevated while fishing. the floor is going to be marine grade plywood/carpeted.It is 5 x 4 and has about 18" rails around it.
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Post by fish2keel » 08 May 2011, 15:58

Will be watching closely! am building my 16 foot for bowfishing/fishing also and am looking for ideas!

Keep the pictures and everything coming!
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Post by basshunter25 » 08 May 2011, 16:41

Nice boat. Post all the pics you want. We love to look at pics!
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Post by Spoiler » 08 May 2011, 19:22

I just finished the trailer yesterday. It was in really good shape already but Im redoing the whole boat so I decided why not do the trailer too. I wired wheeled the whole thing then powerwashed it. Next day I primered it and the following day painted it gloss black. Some treated lumber and some indoor/outdoor carpet and I was finished. It turned out great. Sorry all these pictures are so crappy but I took them all with my cell phone
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Post by Spoiler » 08 May 2011, 19:30

From some reason the picture of the trailer all finished didn't attach to the last thread. Here it is.
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Post by reedjj » 08 May 2011, 19:45

I love the removable bowfishing deck! What kind of lights are you going to use and how many?

Dont' bother with the Marine Ply. Just get some good exterior ply and put a couple coats of spar urethane on it.

I don't have the heart to tell him about he Treated wood...someone else do it!

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Post by Spoiler » 08 May 2011, 19:53

When I bought this boat it had the worst camo paint job on a boat I had ever seen. I tore the floor out and pretty nuched junked everything even the nav lights. Here are some pics of the boat after I gutted it and set the shooting platform up on some 4x4's about where it will be. Also in these pictures you can see that I am stripping all the old paint off it. That proved to be alot harder than I origanally thought it was going to be.
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Post by fish2keel » 08 May 2011, 19:54

Wow that trailer looks great!

I would love to see more of the deck and how you made it removeable.

Listen to reedjj. Treated wood will pit aluminum since it has chemicals in it that react to aluminum. Better to stay far far away from treated wood.
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Post by Spoiler » 08 May 2011, 20:03

Thanks for the comments on the shooting platform, it definitly turned out awesome. A friend of mine is building me the lights I think there called Halides. I seen his and I know they are 400 watt and they have 30,000 lumans. When we held a 500 watt halogen on the wall and then turned the halide on you could no longer see the halogen. They are super bright and I love the fact that they are only 400 watt. I'm going to run 2 on front and 1 on each side of tha platform. Now someone please tell me about the treated wood on the trailer.

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Post by Spoiler » 08 May 2011, 20:06

Wow thats a shame. Sure wish I would have known that before I finished the trailer. Do you guys think I should redo it?

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Post by Spoiler » 08 May 2011, 20:57

Here are some pics of the oustide of the boat when I was priming it and one with it all primed. Also the platform primed. Everything got two coats.
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Post by Spoiler » 08 May 2011, 21:39

Here's a veiw inside. A few days after the primer was finished I started the first coat of Khaki tan.
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Post by fish2keel » 08 May 2011, 21:49

Spoiler looking good! Keep it up!

Not sure if i read it or not but what are you putting on the back end of this puppy?
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