Best Jon boat for a 20hp 4 stoke

Discussion in 'Boating' started by CoyoteCatfish, Mar 19, 2009.

  1. CoyoteCatfish

    CoyoteCatfish New Member

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    Hey All
    I'm new to the group and have a new 20 hp 4 stoke. Has anybody got advice about Jon boat size. Im looking to keep weight down to basic needs only. I'm looking to fish a great little creek and a nearby river. :eek:oooh:

    Thanks everyone.
     
  2. headbanginhillbilly

    headbanginhillbilly New Member

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    i'd go 14' to 16'. had a 25 hp on my 16' worked ok.
     

  3. Dsage

    Dsage Active Member

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    The current will have a lot to play too. Some places i fish I could get away with a 20hp on a 20ft then other places I would have trouble with a 20hp on a 14ft jon.
     
  4. cantstopgrandma

    cantstopgrandma New Member

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    I personally wouldn't go any bigger than a 16' jon boat. I like my boats to plane out, and get up and go......i am not a speed demon, but i like to be able to get back to the boat ramp should a summer storm pop up out of nowhere (or an emergency arise). My 1448 flatbottom will do 27 to 28mph by my gps with a 25hp 2 stroke. I also feel that its more efficient to be able to run my boat on plane at part throttle, than to have too small a motor and run it full throttle all the time to remain on plane. Go with a 1648 riveted boat and it will be lighter than one of the wider welded boats, lighter = better performance.

    With all that said, if you are fine with putt-putting around, you could go even as big as a 20ft jon (or larger) and it should still get you there.....just probably not very fast, and possibly not even on plane.
     
  5. Mo.Hick

    Mo.Hick Active Member

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    First off welcome to the BOC Kenne. I personally would not go over a 16 ft with a 20 horse. Depends on the creek or river or lake you plan on going on. talk to other people at boat ramps and just see what other people are using. I used to have a 16 ft aluminum with a 25 horse 2 stroke and ran the mo river all the time. This river has a strong current avrage 3 to 4.5 mph current. I had no problems at all. Good luck with your quest.

    Tom
     
  6. riverbud55

    riverbud55 Well-Known Member

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    Dale Miller
    1st off welcome to the boc Kenne. Should have no problem with a 16' flat jon 40"+ wide, if your running shallow water and getting new ya mite look at finding a tunnel hull for a prop(deeper then a jet tunnel) weld-craft makes some nice tunnel jon's:wink:
     
  7. Dsage

    Dsage Active Member

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  8. DJH1

    DJH1 New Member

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    I'd go with a 1448, much more stable than the narrow 14'ers and the 20hp will have no problem pushing it.
     
  9. seaark ryan

    seaark ryan New Member

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    I have a Lowe 1448 with a 20hp tohatsu 4 stk. I think it is a great match and it will move. 27 mph gps one man, 25 mph with two men and one lab.