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Buying a Jon Boat

by:Snowaves Mechanical      2020-08-25
Since a jon boat is one of the simplest boats on the market you would think that the decision on which one to buy would be equally as simple. Not so fast. Jon boats range in size from about 8 feet long to well over twenty feet. Each size was designed for a certain reason and there were probably compromises that went into its development. At first glance one would think that getting a larger size boat would give the owner plenty of options. In a sense that might happen but one option he may no longer have is to be able to easily maneuver it by himself. He also will have a hard time transporting it in his pick-up if half the boat is sticking out past the tailgate.
The first parameter to think of is what you are going to do with the boat. If the main reason to get it is to have little fishing boat that will be on a tranquil lake then there really isn't any reason to get a huge boat. If, on the other hand, you are going to have more than one passenger then it will be mandatory that you have a boat large enough to handle the extra people. It is dangerous and possibly illegal to force a boats capacity. If the boat is going to be a family boat or sort of party boat then you will want to get something a little more substantial. All manufactured boats will have a tag stating how many people the boat can safely handle and how much weight it can support.
If you are going to be transporting it each time you use it then you need to figure out how you are going to do that before you buy the boat. If you really don't want to buy a trailer or don't have a place for it then get a smaller boat. If you are going to need a bigger boat no matter what then you will need to start looking at trailers. This will also entail making sure that you have a vehicle that can tow the trailer and boat and having a hitch and the proper ball. Since jon boats are relatively light compared to their size your biggest challenge will be getting a trailer that can support the dimensions rather than the weight. You will need to know the weight of the boat you are interested in and the weight of the trailer to make sure that your vehicle can handle it.
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