14' Jon Boat in a truck?

Discussion in 'Boating' started by wdmccall, May 29, 2009.

  1. wdmccall

    wdmccall New Member

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    Hi Guys, A newbie here. I have a question for the experienced guys here. I am looking at a jon boat. I am wanting it to fish some electric only lakes. The maximum distance I will be traveling is maybe 15 miles. I don`t want a trailer as these lakes really don`t have the room needed for a trailer. I am looking at a Alumacraft 1436, but I need to know if I can carry this boat in my 6' truck bed or should I just consider a 1236 instead. (Crestliner) With the tailgate down and using a bed extender I should have 9' to tie to. That leaves appr. 5' hanging over. Is this too much of an overhang? The weight between the two is only 40 lbs or so, and with two guys this shouldn`t be a problem. What do you say guys? Is this possible? Anyone doing it? Love this site...

    Thanks.
    wd
     
  2. GMC FishHauler

    GMC FishHauler New Member

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    you can def haul this in the back of the truck. Be sure that you tie it down really good and mark it with red flag, or red shop cloth. That makes it "legal"
    If you have a couple hundred dollars you can buy some thing that extends from your trailer hitch and will support that boat too. Bass Pro has this. Good luck and leave a few in the water
     

  3. xnmcclurex

    xnmcclurex Active Member

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    yes you can like fishhauler said, just strap it down and put a red flag on it and your good... my dad and i do it all the time with ours
     
  4. Jollymon

    Jollymon Well-Known Member

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    W D welcome to the BOC hope u enjoy it ,there is a lot of good info an a lot of great people on this site.

    WELCOME ABOARD
     
  5. wdmccall

    wdmccall New Member

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    Thanks guys for the responses. Anyone else out there using this type of set up?

    WD
     
  6. Poppa

    Poppa New Member

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    Go with the 14' defiantly, the 14' is a lot more stable. Load it with the
    back of the boat toward the cab. Put your batteries and trolling motor
    ice chest, and tackle in the back of the boat next to the cab so all your
    weight will be in the truck. I use tie downs in the two stake holes on
    the rear of the bed, I run a rope from one tie down to the handle in the
    front of the jon and back to the tie down on the other side. I have hauled
    a 1436 jon many, many miles this way. I unload every thing out of the
    boat before I unload the boat. To unload the boat grab the front handle
    and drag the boat away from the truck until and inch or two is still on the
    tail gate then set the front on the ground and then get the back two handles
    and pick the rear up and turn it till it clears the tailgate and set it down.
    Its hard on your boat to just drag it off and let it hit. If its sand or grass
    you can load your boat and use it like a shed and drag it to the water. I
    use this exact boat to float creeks and small rivers and to fish farm ponds.
    I know you are fixing to have some fun. Be careful and have a great time.
    Ps WELCOME TO THE BOC
     
  7. wdmccall

    wdmccall New Member

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    Thanks poppa. Do you haul yours on a 6' bed truck?

    wd
     
  8. brownie525

    brownie525 New Member

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    make sure you check your state laws some restric how far something can stick out behind the tail lights or something like that, better safe then sorry lol. I haul a 12 john boat in an 8' bed cause some of the lakes i fish are far back in the woods with no room for a trailer just make sure you've got it straped down good and you should be fine.
     
  9. Poppa

    Poppa New Member

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    I have hauled it in a short bed. A short bed is 6' plus the tail gate
    approx. 2' give you 8' in the truck and 6' out, plus you have the
    heavy end in the truck with the weight of ice chests, battery,
    tackle, and trolling motor in the rear of the boat next to the cab.
    It might look strange but it will ride. I would not drive like I was
    at Talladega but unless it is against the law in your state I do not
    think you will have a problem.