Learning how to do a jon boat conversion can make that old rust bucket useful again! A jon boat conversion utilizes that old jon boat that you already have to create a boat that you can be really proud of. If you have a little spare money, time, and patience, than take a look at this list of items you’ll need to do your very own jon boat conversion.
To do a jon boat conversion, you’ll need the following items:
- Jon boat
- Spare lumber
- Electric Saw
- Marine/outdoor carpeting
- Electric drill
- Boat chairs
- Pedestal w/ mount
- Casting/fishing deck. The first step to doing a jon boat conversion is installing a casting/fishing deck in the front or back of your boat. A casting deck will allow you to be higher in your boat for optimal fishing and boating performance. To determine where to install your casting deck, install it where you will be predominantly fishing. Where you are most comfortable running your boat is usually a good place to install this deck. To install it, place wooden support beams that are level with the height of your casting deck in the bottom of your boat. Next, drill your plywood deck to your wooden support planks. Make sure you use treated lumber to prevent rotting! To finish this step, coat your deck with glue and install either marine or outdoor carpeting to prevent water damage to your treated lumber.
- Carpet is fashionable and practical. Don’t put away your glue and marine carpeting yet! This stuff is truly handy. Not only does it protect surfaces but it helps you to keep balance in your boat when things get a little wet. To install marine carpeting throughout your boat, remove any old carpet with a knife. Next, thoroughly clean the surfaces where your carpeting will be installed. Coat the area in which you will be installing your carpet with glue than simply place the carpet on the glued area. Make sure to make your measurements and cuts on your carpet before placing glue on any surfaces in your boat!
- Comfy seats? The final step to doing a jon boat conversion is installing pedestal seats. Pedestal seats will allow you to be both higher and more comfortable in your new fancy jon boat. To install seats, first determine where you’d like your seats to go. Next, using an electric drill with screws, install your pedestals in your desired area. To finish your conversion, simply install your boat seat to your pedestal. On most seats, the seats simply screws into the top of the pedestal; we saved the easiest for last!
Doing a jon boat conversion can be a lengthy project for the time allotted to allowing items to dry, making the right cuts, and cleaning your jon boat. But if you have a little patience and spare time it can be a fun project for the whole family! After you’ve done your jon boat conversion, make sure to give yourself some spare time to enjoy using your new toy on the water this fall and next summer!