Tiller Steer Jon Boat Pics

Discussion in 'Boating' started by CatBassin', May 12, 2015.

  1. halll

    halll Active Member

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    i thinkbi could respect a man who uses a 150 hp for a tiller! lol.jeeper i feel like i should say something manly.....
     
  2. Rooster '86

    Rooster '86 Member

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    I know this post is a old but I'm gonna show off my boat a lil bit.... This is it all lit up at night... It's a 1650 xpress with a 25hp Mercury LED light strip down both sides that change to 24 different colors also has 8 rod holders humminbird 598si combo and a 12 gal bait jacuzzi bait tank... Also have a river grapple anchor on the way! Took me a lil while an money to get it set up like I wanted only thing it's missing is storage room other than that really like the boat... And yes that is green LED lights under my trailer... Never can have to many lights ImageUploadedByCatfish11435809875.121699.jpg ImageUploadedByCatfish11435809910.777606.jpg ImageUploadedByCatfish11435810039.106805.jpg ImageUploadedByCatfish11435810110.242990.jpg ImageUploadedByCatfish11435810184.776759.jpg ImageUploadedByCatfish11435810273.603435.jpg
     

  3. CatBassin'

    CatBassin' Well-Known Member

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    That's one sexy rig, Rooster '86.
     
  4. halll

    halll Active Member

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    old thread i know. I sold my boat and am looking to get something else. im considering a tiller steer but was wondering how you guys drive at night with a tiller? i fish rivers mainly so its rather crucial to see whats dead ahead. how do you guys do it? thanks!
     
  5. warrenwaterfowler

    warrenwaterfowler Member

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    IMG_20150823_180059.jpg IF there's not other boaters in front of me, I run my 3k lumen LED spot light on the front of the boat. I also have a 1k lumen hat spot light. But if another boat is anywhere in my path, i'll quickly shut down the bow light so they don't get blinded. This set up works great at o'dark 30 trying to find a spot in the marsh for ducks. The only time it doesn't help is in dense fog- makes it worse. Best to go by GPS then.
     
  6. halll

    halll Active Member

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    looks bright! do you stand up while driving at night or sit down? im really weighing tiller vs console options. thank you for the reply
     
  7. warrenwaterfowler

    warrenwaterfowler Member

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    I have a longtail mud motor, so it's most comfortable to stand up and drive.
     
  8. halll

    halll Active Member

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    im liking the idea of a tiller boat more and more. im thinking itd be a lot easier loading in a river at night, in current by myself. if its light id be able to just crank it up with the winch..hopefully i can get this all figured out within the next wk. deciding on a boat is no easy task!
     
  9. halll

    halll Active Member

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    okay heres a question for the fellas with a rod rack in he back of thier tiller boats. where do you sit while watching your rods? A lot of the newer jons with open floor plans dont have pedestal mounts to position a seat to look directly back at the poles. do you just talk a lawn chair and face it towars the poles? or do you just sit in the same place you drive the boat, next to the tiller?
     
  10. warrenwaterfowler

    warrenwaterfowler Member

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    I use two anchors to position my boat perpendicular to the current, up-stream from where i'm casting. I've found lawn chairs placed between the benches is the most comfortable way to go for me.
     
  11. scootergoodwrench

    scootergoodwrench Member

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    I took the middle bench out of my 1436 g3 and put a floor in. Now I just bring along a nice lawn chair and set it up in the font half of the floor and watch my lines out the back. It's the most comfortable seating that I have on either of my boats. Hard not to snooze off at times.
     
  12. BammaSlamma

    BammaSlamma Member

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    [​IMG][​IMG] Nothing fancy but she works for me and my boys.
     
  13. Toneyd

    Toneyd Well-Known Member

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  14. twaskom

    twaskom Well-Known Member

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    Looking Good Toney. Looks like it moves along pretty well. Probably should put that life vest on right though. We want everyone to stay safe. That will float you face down which isn't good. Anyway, thanks for the picture, Welcome to the USCA forum and I hope you catch a bunch.
     
  15. Spot shooter

    Spot shooter Active Member

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    Here is my rig.

    16 ft legend jon boat with a live well in the middle, and rear pods that I had added on, with a 25 hp Merc. EFI 4 stroke, 4 blade prop. And a 55lb Terrova trolling motor with "GPS" so I can tell it to anchor and stay where it is provider the current isn't running too hard.

    the motor has power tilt so I can run shallow, and I put a CMC kick up jack plate on it for hitting stuff so I can use the tiller power tilt without worrying about really banging anything too hard.

    the floor is 3/16th plywood with pink foam insulation under it between the ribs (very light and floats) I used silicon on the ribs to make the boards on the ribs quiet, and painted the pink foam to seal it, then glued them to the ply wood floor.
    The floor is cut in slats so if you hit something you can lift the floor up and patch it without tools. They are cut tight enough that they hold each other together even when I'm driving at high speeds on the highway.

    I have 2 river anchors, one with 100 ft of rope to hook up and then drift back to where you want, and a second one I can use to help the back end not wander.

    8 gunnel mount monster rod holders (4 front 4 back) so guys can put 2 holders per side - I have 6 holders all 1/2"

    Electronics - humminbird solix 12 SI, with the 360 so I can watch big cats work holes, I put ram mount balls on the front and back and wired the head unit so I can move it where I want it (I use a seat in the middle when I'm fishing alone).

    Lighting - led strips for internal lights to mess with your rigs

    headlights - 14" LED flood up front, with 2 LED spot lights to light up the banks for night driving, they are wired with the switch in in the back so I can control them if driving alone.
    What I did here was to order 1.5" ram mounts with 1 foot long extensions so it lifts the lights off the deck (creates less glare), and lets you remove and stow them, and also point them where you want. I used the Opt7 light what have water proof disconnects so it's all good.

    Much of how this boat is rigged up was from advice from Gordy Gritters - it mush have worked because we're not catching monsters off her.

    :)

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    This picture was taken at 2 am in the dark.. ok kind of in the dark.
    I have a controller up front, and in the back so you can turn the front lights on, the back lights on, or both.
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  16. Toneyd

    Toneyd Well-Known Member

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  17. chadinsc

    chadinsc Member

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    still a work in progress but my boat is a 1444 alweld with a 9.9 mercury.
     

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  18. SnickBn1

    SnickBn1 New Member

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    ChadinSC,
    How well does a 9.9 Mercury push an all-welded boat like yours?