Learning how to fix up a used jon boat can be a fun experience especially with hard-water approaching with the change of seasons. Not only can it be fun, but you can add value to that old jon boat that you otherwise may have considered an old rust bucket! If you have a little time, patience, and creativity, than take a look at the following list of tools you’ll need to fix up your old used jon boat.
To fix up your old used jon boat, you’ll need the following items:
- Jon boat
- Electric drill
- Electrical knife
- Hand saw
- Marine Carpeting
- Remove your old stuff. The first step to fixing up your old jon boat is removing any old parts, carpet, wood, etc. To remove any old parts, such as rod holders, fish finders, etc. all you’ll need to do is use an electric drill. To remove any carpeting, use an electrical knife to cut-out the carpeting. To remove any old wood such as decks, use a hand saw to cut out any of the old decks. To remove any old paint from the sides or insides of your jon boat, use a hand sander to remove the old paint. Finally, if you have any other excess parts use an electrical drill or a hammer to remove them.
- Install a casting deck. A great way to fix up your old jon bait is to install a new casting deck in the front. A casting deck will expand the uses of your jon boat and is a great way to use your jon boat for fishing. To install a casting deck, simply determine the area in which you want to install it, cut-out the plywood to the length and width of your measurements, than install it on any existing flat surfaces with your electric drill and screws. After you’ve installed your casting deck, make sure to glue marine carpeting to the casting deck so your casting deck is protected from the elements.
- Just a little paint will fix ‘er up. The final step to fixing up that old jon boat is giving it a fresh layer of paint. Not only will a fresh layer of paint make that old jon boat look almost new, but it’ll add extra protection to your jon boat. Jon boats typically go places where other boats simply can’t, such as rocky rivers, private lakes, or hard-to-access streams. Choose a color that will both look good out of the water and good in the water. Camo is always a good option for your jon boat, especially if you enjoy hunting fall fowl. You can also consider base colors such as blue, red, green, etc. that will look great with all of your improvements. Make sure that you thoroughly sand your surfaces before painting your jon boat so the paint sticks! Also consider adding a couple layers of clear-coat to your jon boat’s fresh paint job to add further protection to your boat.
These are only a few ideas for used jon boat fix-up’s, depending on your use, you may consider even more customizations to fit your needs. If you use your jon boat for fishing, you might consider adding a second casting deck to the back. If you use your jon boat for hunting purposes, you may also consider adding camo chairs and paint to your jon boat.