Removing jon boat center bench seat


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    Nate Griffith
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    Default Removing jon boat center bench seat

    i'm posting this for someone i know who is currently looking into buying a 14ft riveted jon boat but only wants to do so if the center bench seat can be removed. If the seat was removed would the vessel still be structurally sound??


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    Barry (Bear) Johnson
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    I've seen alot of people do it, but the bench is part of the structure just the same as the ribs. To what extent it will weaken the hull I cant say, but it will definately weaken it if you dont replace it with a rib.


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    ive seen people do it but they usually make repairs to it before putting it back in the water

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    I don't understand this.

    Why not buy a jon that's made w/o the center seat?

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    the removal will weaken it some.
    Your friend would need to replace the seat with a "stiffener" rib of some kind. The "benches" in a jon boat are a important part,so just cutting it out would be bad.

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    IT easy just grind the heads off them on the inside down to where there level with the seat.
    Then take the seat out. And then with 2 hammers One on the out side hold it aganst the rivet. And the inside hit the rivet and it will seal the holes back over and not a leak/
    I you need more info just Pm me. Did this to a few of them. and last one I did was a 1988 new Polarcraft 1448 john new. Got it home and cut it out.
    Seen the boat last year and still not leaking . Used to to mussle in and fish bait nets and jumper lines.
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    Buck McClendon
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    I removed both seats from a 1648 john, did not add anything but a plywood floor. Never had any problems and neighbor still has boat in use. Can be done but use some common sense.

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    If you "have" to do it strengthen the walls with plating of some type. Alum. is best but it's $. Drill through it into your ribs and rivet it to them. This will keep it from twisting. I've got an old bass boat that I cut the front deck back about a foot and a half and did this using sheet metal screws and rivets. No problems at all. You are talking about the center stability of your type of boat though. The time, work and money you spend you might want to save a while, sell what you have and buy what you need.

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    this might help w/ your ques.

    http://www.catfish1.com/forums/showthread.php?t=67816


    I agree w/ Katmandeux, if you haven't bought anything yet then look around for one w/ an open layout.

    Matt

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    I have a 75 15ft lowe riveted-I took the seat out and riveted some railes down the inside plus screwed them down to my floor-Its as strong now as it was beore I did this....It also give me a place to mount lights to and behind them makes good odd/end storage.
    My first boat was a 74 polercraft and someone did this to it and no bracing ....still out there-Id brace it though!-You realy shouldnt do it but....hey it aint a catfishin boat unless you do:wink:

    one who is of sound mind keeps his inner madman under lock & key......

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