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From: huntinelk
03-Mar-22

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Have some time to kill, so here is the evolution of our 14 x 40 jon boat up to this point. This doesn't involve politics or covid, but I'm going to give it a shot anyway....it does involve bow stuff

Happened across this boat and trailer for a steal close to home. It's something we have talked about for a few years, figured this would be a good start. After the boat sat in the yard for a year and half I finally made enough time to get it ready to start hunting fish.

There is a lot of information on jon boat modifications on utube, some of what I have done are variations of other people's ideas.

I started with building a deck on the front to shoot from, nothing too elaborate but functional....didn't watch enough videos to know that you aren't supposed to use pressure treated wood against aluminum....until I had it done.

From: huntinelk
03-Mar-22

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I ordered a Swamp Runner long tail mud motor kit and put a 23hp Briggs on it. With the long tail you give up reverse, but we haven't had many issues without having reverse yet. If the boat will float there the long tail will push it.

From: huntinelk
03-Mar-22

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Maiden voyage making sure it was going to float, quick spin to figure out how bugs needed working out.

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03-Mar-22

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How it looked when we were ready to start shooting from it.

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03-Mar-22

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Flopper stopper....

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03-Mar-22

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The boat worked pretty well and we had some good success last summer

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03-Mar-22

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03-Mar-22

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03-Mar-22

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03-Mar-22
On to winter time, with a little free time to make some changes to the boat getting ready for the spring.

From: huntinelk
03-Mar-22

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The transom board was pretty soft and needed to be changed, added a couple extra strengthening pieces.

From: huntinelk
03-Mar-22

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Added some float pods

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03-Mar-22

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03-Mar-22

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Added some bracing for the pods

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03-Mar-22

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Gas tank holder

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03-Mar-22

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03-Mar-22

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Framing up some side benches and converting rear bench into small shooting platform.

From: huntinelk
03-Mar-22

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Current condition, more pieces ordered to finish up these projects and be ready for the ice to melt.

From: t-roy
03-Mar-22
Looks great, Gene! Any plans on putting any type of railing around the platform?

Also, thanks for the heads up about the pt lumber and aluminum. I was unaware of that potential issue.

From: Hancock West
03-Mar-22
Sweet rig!

From: huntinelk
04-Mar-22
Yes, a rail and some shooting lights are in the plans. I have a small light bar and a couple "driving" lights ready to go on the front now.

From: Casekiska
04-Mar-22
What a set-up!!! Great job. Hope ya'all have a ball. Mostly, be safe.

From: Shug
04-Mar-22
Very cool

From: huntinelk
05-Apr-22

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After a little break for hunting, got back to finishing up the list of stuff on the boat. A little clean up left and will be ready start the season.

Figured if 1 bildge pump was good, 2 would be better.

From: huntinelk
05-Apr-22

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Finished up the benches,added a little storage and did an aerosol make over on the inside. The benches are covered with rattle can bed liner for now. Planning on covering them and the deck with Hydro Turf when time allows.

From: huntinelk
05-Apr-22

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Relocated the flopper stopper and push pole to new locations under the benches.

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05-Apr-22

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05-Apr-22

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Condition of the old transom board that was replaced.

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05-Apr-22

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Couple pictures of the mud motor and mount.

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05-Apr-22

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05-Apr-22

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05-Apr-22
Hopefully the weather cooperates and soon there will be fish pictures added.

From: JohnMC
05-Apr-22
How fast will that motor push that boat?

From: huntinelk
05-Apr-22
Depending on the load, can get mid to upper 20's with it. Still experimenting to find the best prop size. The motor is still stock, there are some aftermarket hop up parts available for them.

From: Matt
05-Apr-22
Looking good, go slay them.

From: hdaman
05-Apr-22
Cool project! You've done a very nice job with it. Good luck!

From: Beendare
05-Apr-22
Looks good but be careful loading it up.

I’ve setup a couple different bowfishing boats and The one common factor is these small boats are extremely sensitive to weight

From: Pat Lefemine
05-Apr-22
Looks like a nice rig. No lights? It's not complete until you have it rigged up for night bowfishing!! Then your kills will be 10x what your day kills are.

Good job fabricating!

From: huntinelk
05-Apr-22
Lights and a front rail are definitely in the plans. Going to build a mount over top of the bildge pumps to mount a small "suitcase" generator.

From: BULELK1
06-Apr-22
What a kool project

Looks great,

Robb

From: KHNC
07-Apr-22
Nice! Spent a LOT of years sticking fish in NC , SC , GA, FL, TN, IL, OH, KY. Its addictive! If you ever hit the ohio river for bigheads and silvers, you will be ruined. LOL. I havent bowfished since i killed my gator at Seminole in 2015. But im probably going to draw a gator tag this summer again finally. Ill be getting my gear rigged out again. sold my bowfishing boat last year and bought a tractor. So ill have to hire a guide this time for gators. I had a Lowe 1862 Tunnel Jet with pods. LED lights and light bars. Worked great. went thru 3 different boats in the process. lol

From: Shug
07-Apr-22
I like the double pump set up… I think I’ll do the same. Mine has a tunnel hull and I never thought of it till just now…

From: huntinelk
07-Apr-22

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I upgraded the piece of nylon rope tied around the rib for hanging the motor when not in motion. Thinking this has the possibility to work as a low speed cruise control too.

From: huntinelk
07-Apr-22

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New body containment system.

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09-Apr-22

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From: huntinelk
01-May-22

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We were able to get out for a quick scouting trip between the rain showers today.

From: t-roy
01-May-22
A polar bear hunt probably pales in comparison to foul weather free range carp hunting. Is that new body containment system box, a visual reminder for guys to wipe their feet before getting onboard?? Your rig turned out great, Gene!

From: Rut Nut
01-May-22
You did a great job customizing that Jonboat, Gene! Nice job!

From: huntinelk
02-May-22
Troy...the adventure level is pretty high in the wilds of Northern PA, notice we were almost attacked by a rouge free range chicken lurking under the trailer. Free range carp in a man made lake,not sure if they will be eligible for "book" entry?? Yep, don't be mucking up the custom Krylon over dirty aluminum interior....

From: speedgoat
02-May-22
Made that old boat look pretty sharp!

From: huntinelk
30-May-22

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Took one of my sons friends out today, it was his first time bowfishing, pretty sure he is hooked now.

From: huntinelk
25-Jun-22

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Good haul on a hot summer day.

From: Rut Nut
26-Jun-22
Looks like you had a good day Gene!

From: RT
26-Jun-22
Looks like fun

From: Shug
26-Jun-22

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Looks good… Bowfishing is great fun…

From: huntinelk
14-Aug-22

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I cashed in a stack of saved up gift cards and bought a new foot steer trolling motor. Much nicer for shooting while being captain.

From: huntinelk
14-Aug-22

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Custom mount for the trolling motor.

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14-Aug-22

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Found the perfect size cooler for space available.

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14-Aug-22

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Mount for cooler

From: huntinelk
14-Aug-22

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After a month break we were able to get back out for a morning trip yesterday. Water is very low and clear from the lack of rain this summer in PA. Some of the carp are getting a bright yellow color to them now.

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14-Aug-22

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From: huntinelk
24-Sep-22

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Finally got a light setup on the boat and got out try them out.

From: huntinelk
24-Sep-22

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24-Sep-22

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First fish under the lights.

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24-Sep-22

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Day after trophy pic of the nights haul

From: t-roy
24-Sep-22
Good stuff, Gene!

From: bowhunter24
25-Sep-22
Making memories...nice rig as well!

From: huntinelk
25-Sep-22

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Finished the weekend strong with another night under the lights. A 30 pounder and another full bucket

From: huntinelk
31-Dec-22

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My son and a friend are on a road trip with the boat this week.

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31-Dec-22

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Set up base at a state park with these rental tents set up on a platform.

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31-Dec-22

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31-Dec-22

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Getting some gar

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31-Dec-22

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A few talipia

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31-Dec-22

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31-Dec-22

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Some armored catfish

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31-Dec-22

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Clown knife fish

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31-Dec-22

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31-Dec-22

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31-Dec-22

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31-Dec-22

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31-Dec-22

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Adding a few iguanas with pellet gun and blow gun

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31-Dec-22

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31-Dec-22

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Iguanas seem to be pretty bright colors this time of year.

From: huntinelk
31-Dec-22
Lots of fun and experience for a couple 18 year old boys with a little cheap boat project.

I'm going down to spend the last day with them and help with the drive home.

From: t-roy
31-Dec-22
Hopefully, they remembered to wipe their feet. I’d hate to see either one of them get thrown in the “body containment hole”! Looks like a fun trip! I’ve never heard of a clown knifefish. Did you guys save any iguana legs to try?

From: huntinelk
31-Dec-22
Sock feet only on the Krylon interior...

There are iguana legs on ice.

The clowns are only supposed to be in 2 lakes, but they got into a bunch of them last night 50 miles away.

From: huntinelk
01-Jan-23

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I managed to get there in time for a combo trip last evening.

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01-Jan-23

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From: midwest
01-Jan-23
Dog fish!

From: Teeton
01-Jan-23
Nice thread, i was thinking of doing a boat for bowfishing . I have a 14 v boat. But think i need a flat john to do it right. I got a reservoir by my house that a few years back I saw a bunch carp in it why kayaking it. I never onces saw anyone bowfishing it. A buddy lives right by a reservoir thats knowen for having a lot and big carp.. Again nice thread.

From: BULELK1
02-Jan-23
What no snow, wind, ice nor warm clothes?

Is this for real? haha

Happy for y'all, fun trip.

Travel safe,

Robb

From: huntinelk
16-Mar-23

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More off season boat enhancing. After the Florida trip we had a better idea of what we wanted for lighting. Ordered up another stack of 100w led lights from Mr Le in China.

From: huntinelk
16-Mar-23

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Then started building a railing out of the latest space age polymer materials available.

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16-Mar-23

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16-Mar-23

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The mounting brackets that come with the lights are pretty flimsy and need some extra stabilizing.

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16-Mar-23

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For $20 the lights are actually pretty bright.

From: iceman
16-Mar-23
Good stuff, Gene!

From: huntinelk
16-Mar-23

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Low tech, but effective. Left , right and front groups of lights are on separate switches in case all sides shouldn't be lit up, because of houses or whatever wouldn't be impressed with led lighting in the middle of the night.

From: huntinelk
16-Mar-23

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Switched back to tiller steer trolling motor to get all the clutter off the deck.

Wanting for the open air rattle can paint booth to warm up to color match the railing to the deck now.

From: Shug
16-Mar-23
Looks great … I’ve been using HPS for too long. I’ve toyed with the idea of switching to led’s also. Did you research light color and how well it cuts water? (Your findings) Also could ya share a link to where ya bought the fixtures… thanks

From: t-roy
16-Mar-23
You order those latest space age polymer fittings from NASA, or Home Depot??

Looking better each go-round, Gene! BTW….Treeman has been forewarned about wiping his feet.

From: Joey Ward
16-Mar-23
Excellent work! I like your attention to detail.

I like your batting cage too.

Any plans to install an LED light bar under the top bar of the ROPS on your tractor?

From: huntinelk
16-Mar-23
Actually Lowes aerospace section which happens to be in the same isle as the poop transportation section.

Treeman should be fine, he will most likely walk on top of the water to get in the boat with clean sandals on.

Tractor is going to be limited to daylight activities.

Shug, light info on the way.

From: huntinelk
16-Mar-23
Here is a link to the lights. Like everything they have went up, $30 now.

I knew I didn't want to screw with hps lights and didn't want to pay over $100 per light just because it has a picture of a carp on it. Took a chance on the first pair of these to try and they worked fine. Using auto window tint could be an option if you wanted a more yellowish tint instead of bright white.

From: huntinelk
16-Mar-23

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Can't get the link to post, but you can look them up on Amazon

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16-Mar-23

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16-Mar-23

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From: Shug
16-Mar-23
Ty… much appreciated…

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16-Mar-23
Ty… much appreciated…

16-Mar-23
Roughly how much weight have you added to the boat?

From: Stoneman
17-Mar-23
huntinelk - Great project, great results, and what a great example to those young men! Well done!

Bow fishing is the most fun you can have with your pants on.

From: BULELK1
17-Mar-23
WoW!!

I had to put my sunglasses on just to look at the pix!!

Well done,

Robb

From: midwest
17-Mar-23
badass

17-Mar-23
My very first bow kill in 1954 was a carp while wading in Lake Erie marshes. What you got there is way over the top. Nicely done. Paul

From: huntinelk
18-Mar-23
Thanks for the comments.

I'm not sure how much all the additions weigh, but has definitely made a 4 person boat into a 2-3 person boat

From: BrentC
19-Mar-23
Very nice. Are you able to run all the lights off battery or are you using a generator?

From: huntinelk
19-Mar-23
Using a 2200 generator

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