Bought my first boat today!

Discussion in 'Boating' started by WaltonsMountain, Aug 8, 2009.

  1. WaltonsMountain

    WaltonsMountain New Member

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    Hey all,

    Thought I would share my recent garage sale luck w/ ya'll today. Found this 12x32 flatbottom jon boat along w/ trailer, trolling motor, battery and a couple of old bass pro cushion swivel seats for $250! She's a 1974 Appleby in good solid shape w/ a clear title. Now I can finally go after those Cats in some deeper waters! :big_smile: Was thinking of doing some modifications in the coming months but had to share some pics w/ the BOC!

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  2. sjohn58

    sjohn58 Guest

    Congratulation, on the boat! :wink:
     

  3. cat-tracker

    cat-tracker New Member

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    Looks that you got yourself a nice starter boat, great find though.:big_smile:
     
  4. Mickey

    Mickey New Member Supporting Member

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    Ryan congrats on the boat find. It looks like it has been taken care of. Your going to find a new world of fishing with a boat. Enjoy and think safety first. Don't overload or forget the drain plug.:wink: "Lifejackets is a must."
     
  5. wayne1967

    wayne1967 New Member

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    Cool! I've got one just under 17ft with a 60 horse. From time to time I'll get to thinking I want a bigger boat (I run in the Mississippi) then I go up a shallow creek or behind sandbars and am glad of my smaller boat.:wink:
     
  6. THE PAN MAN

    THE PAN MAN New Member

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    nice! a buddy of mine has a 14ft. semi v he plucked out of a field. we now use it for alot of crappie fishn. we went dwn the missouri river in it to hit a creek and got swarmed by asian carp bout took us out! good times. :go:
     
  7. bedbug jr

    bedbug jr New Member

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    Congrats on a really good deal and now a whole new world of fishing is open to you. Stay safe and good fishing!!!:wink:
     
  8. tbartek

    tbartek New Member Supporting Member

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    Congratulations Ryan. Remember a boat's nothing more than a big hole in the water you throw money into. :smile2: Now you can start accessorizing.
     
  9. preshrd3cpy

    preshrd3cpy New Member

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    Great find gook luck. Still trying to get mine ready
     
  10. Jollymon

    Jollymon Well-Known Member

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    Ryan hope you enjoy your new boat ,but more important is to stay safe whille you are enjoying it :wink:
     
  11. GrandpaGoneFishing

    GrandpaGoneFishing New Member

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    Congrats on the new boat!
    Be safe out there!
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  12. ccat

    ccat Well-Known Member

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    Ryan
    Congrats on that boat you found. I have a 2072pro SeaArk and fish out of it all the time,......but still have a flatbottom boat like you have. I love that boat. I was strapped with cash when I first got it, so I did a lot of modifications and inventing on my own. I made rod holders with PVC. I used 12-2 wire from the back to the front, this way, my trolling motor battery can stay in the back, but I can have my trolling motor on the bow and just plug it in up in front. I have a portable livewell I made from an old cooler I put in and out of the boat when I go too.
    Just remember to watch all the weight you put in that boat, but you can really do a lot. Take and wear that lifejacket!!!
     
  13. DoubleD

    DoubleD New Member

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    Nice find Ryan, I bought a 1968 14 ft Appleby just over 20 years ago and paid 175 for it and all it came with were a set of oars and I thought that was a good deal even back then.


    Over the years I’ve accumulated a couple more aluminum boats, but still kept the Appleby, its sort of sentimental, I hadn’t been married to long when I got it and had to scrape the money together to get it. Things seem to mean more when you have to work hard to achieve them.


    Hope your ole boat brings you and yours as much joy as mine has for my wife and I. :big_smile: