12-14 foot john boat mods

Discussion in 'Boat Tips' started by flatheaddundee, Nov 17, 2005.

  1. flatheaddundee

    flatheaddundee New Member

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    Does anyone have any suggestions for making a duck blind on a 12-14 ft.johnboat? Also a front platform for bowfishing?
     
  2. tkishkape

    tkishkape New Member

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    !/2" thinwall conduit will slip into the oarlock holes on each side of the jon. If you use those as a starting point, build a frame that is high enough to hide the hunter while sitting in the boat. Use a vertical conduit at the corners with pipe clamps to the rolled edge of the boat. Use a galvinized wire around the tops of the conduits to form a frame to hang camo cloth or burlap.

    The top will be open allowing you to see, but the ducks and geese can see in, too. So use a little inginuity and add a tilted shed roof over 1/3 of the boat.
     

  3. tkishkape

    tkishkape New Member

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    Sorry... I forgot the second part about the bowfishing platform...


    Unless your jonboat is at least 6 feet wide, forget it.

    If it is one of the larger, more stable jons, you can use stainless steel bolts to attach a 4 foot long piece of treated 2X4 to each gunnel for a stringer a few inches aft of the bow. Bolt a 2X4 frame to the stringers with a brace across the middle. Attach a 1/2" plywood sheet to the frame with screws. Seal the wood with paint, and then add toeboards and a shooting rail. Be sure to paint the entire wood structure including the underside and stringers to get more than one season out of it.

    Be sure to cut the platform no longer than the width of the jon at it's widest point. You are raising the center of gravity of the boat which will make it much easier to turn over. Attach and wire lights as needed on the lower edge of the platform.