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Discussion in 'Boat Tips' started by etipriga, Feb 10, 2006.
where did the name jon boat come from?
Don't know where the name came from, but I've always heard that the first jonboats were long & narrow, made from wood, and used for float fishing the small rivers in north Arkansas.
this is just a bit of info i found on the internet on the origin of jon boats. wheter its accurate or not i cant say.
The Ozarks has many things that are all its own, One of the most interesting products of the Ozarks is the johnboat, a combination of the ingenuity of the people and the natural features of the region. The johnboat is a long, narrow, flat-bottomed wooden boat designed for fishing the pools (called eddies) of the Ozark rivers and floating over the swift shallow riffles. It floats downstream with the current and is paddled by one person in the back using a light-weight paddle.
No one knows for sure when the first johnboat was built or where it got its name, though it is generally agreed that it was first designed by a man named John for float trips on the White River. The same general style boat was used throughout the Ozarks on most streams. Each river had its own boat which was adapted to the characteristic features of that river.
always wondered that my self good info