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Post by Gator Bait » 07 Sep 2010, 10:21

Hi! I'm a first time poster here and have never modified a boat...yet. I've had and been around Bass, ski, and fishing boats most of my life.

Now for my stupid question... In a jon boat, what difference does it make low vs mid vs high deck (other rhan a little more storage space)?

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Post by Hydrilla » 07 Sep 2010, 10:32

For small waters, I'd say it would be pretty good and I would personally deck it out bench high. Some would say no, however. If you can find a 48" bottom one, go that route. If you can get a 16 footer with a 48" bottom, even better. Honest, you can run out of room real quick.
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Post by Hydrilla » 07 Sep 2010, 10:34

Personal preference and fishability based on your style of fishing. A bass fisherman likes to have a high deck because of the techniques used. Crappie fishermen and catfishermen for example, I'd say it probably doesn't matter as much except for storage as you mentioned.
Gator Bait wrote:Hi! I'm a first time poster here and have never modified a boat...yet. I've had and been around Bass, ski, and fishing boats most of my life.

Now for my stupid question... In a jon boat, what difference does it make low vs mid vs high deck (other rhan a little more storage space)?

If you want to talk tippy, I now have a Sea Eagle SE9 inflateable boat. It has a floor board and a motor mount. Try standing up in that thing!

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Post by Bass fisherman » 05 Dec 2010, 21:38

iam a newbie at boats but heres the question how do u measure the boats bottom to know when to deck i have a 14 ft and i measure the middle of the the boat from one side to the other it measures 54 inches is that good to deck
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Post by 12_Tinner » 15 Dec 2010, 11:47

Very good thread, 3/4" should do the trick for decking? I got about a 3ft gap under the floor and would like to justput the wood across it without support...

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Post by screwballl » 14 Feb 2011, 16:45

I think it all depends on the boat.

For 36" and skinnier at the base (including v-hulls), I would not deck any higher than the lowest bench, and even then only deck the very front and back, not the entire length. Full length is only recommended for 1442 and wider/longer.

On my 1436, my wood frame will be level with the top of the bench, with 5/8" plywood on top of that for the front deck. Then 1/2" plywood "floating" on top of rubber padding for the floor, not planning to screw that down for ease of cleaning.

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Post by mcdonl » 19 Feb 2011, 04:39

Bass fisherman wrote:iam a newbie at boats but heres the question how do u measure the boats bottom to know when to deck i have a 14 ft and i measure the middle of the the boat from one side to the other it measures 54 inches is that good to deck
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Post by Froggy » 21 Feb 2011, 18:44

Did you measured on the bottom of the boat (floor)? I think not, what you need to know is how wide the floor is along the middle bencht as well as the height of the side wall ( 16, 18, 20 inch)

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Post by CountryRoad » 02 Mar 2011, 16:04

Great. Thanks for the post

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Post by feelincrappie » 03 Mar 2011, 01:11

great post because i was going to ask about my situation. i'm about to start my first mod on this 12 ft alum flat bottom. Not sure on the width and i dont have it in my possession yet. If i do end up decking it, would a material lighter than plywood and a 2x2 or 2x3 wood frame help with stability? If so what materials?

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Post by mcdonl » 05 Mar 2011, 12:40

Ok.... I took some measurements and I hope this will give me some direction. I am struggling with what size my boat is.

So, from bow to stern it is 14'.... that is easy.

The middle bench seat is 48" wide. If you measure the "deck" directly in front of and behind the middle seat it is as follows..... from the lowest "rib" where the v-hull comes up on both sides it is 24" wide.... if you measure from the top of the "V" where the gussets end it is 43" wide... I am not sure the best way to describe this.

The transom is 16" high, the rear bench is 11" from the deck, the middle bench is 14" from the deck and the front bench is 16" from the deck. At the section of the boat forward of the rear seat the side rails are at about 24" or so.....

Below is a picture. My goal is to have a small deck down the middle of the boat. Not for elevation as much as for a flat, quite surface. I will probably look to find 6" pedestals for the fishing seat in the stern and in the bow seat.

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The boat will have a 55 pound thrust motor, a fish finder and will only have 2 adults or 2 adults and a child a most. We used to use a 36 pound thrust (As seen in the picture) but I figured with the added plywood, framing and carpet a 55 would be better. We also used to take all four of us fishing but the kids are growing...

So, what do you think I should do? What size boat is this other than a 14' Starcraft?

Thanks!

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Post by mcdonl » 05 Mar 2011, 20:41

I have been out there staring at the boat for an hour. I am hopeless. I cannot tell where to begin. Is there a good source on the internet that shows a pretty good step by step procedure? I cannot even tell what size my boat is let alone how to make it more fishing friendly. And advice would be helpful.
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Post by Jim » 05 Mar 2011, 21:30

mcdonl wrote:I have been out there staring at the boat for an hour. I am hopeless. I cannot tell where to begin. Is there a good source on the internet that shows a pretty good step by step procedure? I cannot even tell what size my boat is let alone how to make it more fishing friendly. And advice would be helpful.
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Post by mcdonl » 05 Mar 2011, 21:37

Jim wrote:
mcdonl wrote:I have been out there staring at the boat for an hour. I am hopeless. I cannot tell where to begin. Is there a good source on the internet that shows a pretty good step by step procedure? I cannot even tell what size my boat is let alone how to make it more fishing friendly. And advice would be helpful.
Post some pics of the boat(If you have not already).
Previous post has pictures. I am so new at this I am not even sure where to measure.
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Post by lbursell » 07 Mar 2011, 06:04

mcdonl wrote:I have been out there staring at the boat for an hour. I am hopeless. I cannot tell where to begin. Is there a good source on the internet that shows a pretty good step by step procedure? I cannot even tell what size my boat is let alone how to make it more fishing friendly. And advice would be helpful.

In my opinion, you already found the best source on the internet that shows step by step procedures. Go through the builds that are posted here. There's tons of how-to advice and pictures, as well as the invaluable resource of others who are completely willing to offer support and suggestions. "Staring at the boat" for hours is part of the process. You're going over in your mind about your available options. Can I do this? If I do this, will it it affect how I do that? Relax and enjoy it. Rule No. 1 - If you're stressing over it, you're doing it wrong. I found TinBoats early last summer and decided to mod my boat. Went to the scrap yard and bought aluminum framing and got a rivet gun. Then, I decided to re-do the trailer before starting on the boat. Been working on the trailer since August and still not done. Haven't even opened the package for the rivet gun. BUT, at least once a week, I'm out staring at the boat, experimenting with different lay-outs for the decking by putting the framing in different positions, imagining where I want the batteries, livewell, rod storage, etc. Don't let the wife or the neighbors catch you sitting in the empty boat with a fishing rod in your hand. :) Also, don't let the process overwhelm you. Break it down into small steps. You're not gonna be done in a week. There will be challenges and frustrations, but there will also be satisfaction at knowing you are custom building something that can't be bought anywhere else. Remember, this is also supposed to be fun.
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