My Boat and some ?'s

Discussion in 'Boat Tips' started by sccrstar011, Mar 23, 2007.

  1. sccrstar011

    sccrstar011 New Member

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    Hey guys I'm new around here. I'm a 20 year old college student. I live near the James River in Virginia so I'm real close to some good fishing. I decided to build a boat the summer I graduated from H.S. It's a 12-ft John Boat made from 1/4" plywood that I have covered with fiberglass and epoxy to make it sturdy. I finished the boat in the summer of 2004 and it has pretty much been sitting in my barn the past 2 years. I've had it in the water a handful of times just to make sure it was leak proof and ready to go. I feel that everything is pretty secure now and am thinking about getting a gas motor for it as well as building a trailer for it. I was thinking a 5hp motor would be about as big as I could possibly go. If you were in my shoes what would you guys do for a motor for it. Keep in mind I'm a college student on a limited budget. I will try and attach some pictures of the boat. Hopefully this will work. Thanks in advance for your input.
     

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  2. BIG GEORGE

    BIG GEORGE New Member

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    Don't know a thing about boat buildin but I tip my hat to ya for takein the initiative to do it. Liven where you do near such a fine body of water. I would think the area would be loaded with other boat and "MOTOR" owners. Start lookin in the papers or take a look at some bait shop bulletin boards. Ya gotta find some good runnin small motors wether gas or electric for that vessel. Get that baby powered up and enjoy the horizons it will broaden for ya. I would exercise common sense as where to fish with it and stay away from the "BIG DOGS" that I am sure are on your river. Best of luck to ya on your quest.
     

  3. BAM

    BAM New Member

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    Nice job on the boat, check the want adds, traders post type publications, etc. I had a 9.5 hp on a 12' aluminum john for several years that worked well.
     
  4. Doyle

    Doyle New Member

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    I would guess a 5 hp is as big as you should have with that contruction and type of boat. I bet you will enjoy the boat.:smile2:
     
  5. JPritch

    JPritch New Member

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    Very nice work buddy. Hurry up and get that motor on it...the fishing is hot and the weather is nice.
     
  6. beetle

    beetle New Member

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    Great job on the boat! I use to have a 12' aluminum john boat and I used an electric transom mounted trolling motor.
     
  7. sccrstar011

    sccrstar011 New Member

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    I have a small trolling motor on it right now (40ish lbs of thrust). Just looking for something with a little more umph to it. Briggs and Stratton sells a 5hp for under $800 new. Might look to pick a used one of these up. Still need to get the boat registered with the state and what not. Thanks for all the comments and compliments guys.
     
  8. FishMan

    FishMan New Member

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    I go along with Roger, A troling motor may be your safest bet. You may be surprised how good a job it would do.

    Nice job on the boat.

    Danny
     
  9. rebcatman

    rebcatman New Member

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    I would not go with anything more than a 5 hp motor, and keep the trolling motor on it as well. Nice job on building your boat.
     
  10. mbandjb

    mbandjb New Member

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    Good Job on your boat!
    My bother had a 14 ft. semi v and he had a 20 hp jet motor.
    Pricey,but it was a great river boat.

    mike b
     
  11. sccrstar011

    sccrstar011 New Member

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    Thanks guys. Building a boat was a fun little experimental project that turned out a lot better than I thought. I think the grand total I spent on the boat was just over $300 for all the supplies (wood, nails, paint, epoxy, fiberglass and caulk). I still have the plans for it on my computer if anyone is interested I can e-mail them to you. As for the motor I think I'll look around for a used 2-5hp motor. Again thanks for all your comments and input I really appreciate it.
     
  12. Mark J

    Mark J New Member

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    The boat plans would specify what size motor it would take.
    Check some outboard repair shops for used motors.
     
  13. sccrstar011

    sccrstar011 New Member

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    Never thought of looking at the plans. Sure enough it says 1-6hp motor. Don't I feel a little dumb now. haha oh well. Thanks for your help Mark J.
     
  14. last chance

    last chance New Member

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    IMHO you might think about a little larger trol. motor for your boat ,even a 24v varible speed. You can pick one up off ebay for 400.00 or less and would serve your needs better than a gas motor if you get some good deep cycle batt. to go with it. Much easier to start lol
     
  15. Katmandeux

    Katmandeux New Member

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    Makes me think of The Old Man and the Boy, by Robert Ruark.:smile2:

    Very nice job.