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I'm looking to buy a jon boat to take around to small freshwater lakes and ponds around Missouri. I'm looking for a boat that me and another person could load and unload by hand and carry a short distance to the water. I'm looking for a flat bottom boat that would work well for me and one other person to fish out of. I'd be attaching a trolling motor to the boat to get around with. I would really want a boat that two people could stand up and fish in. I don't need any wood decks or anything like that, just room for both of us to stand and fish. What size would you recomend? Would a 12' work? Also, have any of you ever hauled a 12' jon boat in the back of a full sized truck? Does it work well?

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from Cgull wrote 3 years 20 weeks ago

a 12 fits in the back of a truck fine. A 14 would float higher and would provide more stability. Thin wood decks add a little bottom weight that stabilizes even better, it'll also dampen the noise of dropped items. I have a 12 jon, it's very tipsy with two people, a battery, a couple of tackle boxes and an ice chest.

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from Cgull wrote 3 years 20 weeks ago

A 14 ft would fit into the bed of a truck just as nice as the 12. Slide the transom in to the bed and tie off, weigh it down with a battery and ice chest and it'll never move.

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from Joe Kidd wrote 3 years 20 weeks ago

I'd advise a 14 foot "river jon" vice a "lake jon". A river jon is deeper and wider that means more stable.

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from santa wrote 3 years 20 weeks ago

I personally had a sears 12 foot aluminum boat about 25 years ago that was made out of extra thin aluminum so one person could carry it. I built two boxes out of styrofoam ice chests that I hinged to the sides so I could fold them up to fit between the fender wells of my 66 Ford truck. The bottom of the boat was 36" and it was about 44" at the top rail. The inside clearance in the Ford bed was about 48 3/8" With the ice chests folded out and pinned, I had two outriggers that made a stable casting platform. Two cheep trolling motors were attached to the brackets holding the ice chests. You steered the boat just like a catepiller with the two motors.

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from jaredrobbins wrote 3 years 20 weeks ago

i have a 12 ft coleman crawdad that we fish two people out of. It works great for me and isnt tippy at all, it fits in the back of a truck and it light to carry.

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from DakotaMan wrote 3 years 20 weeks ago

I've used a 12' jon boat for about 25 years now and I cart it all over. I made a set of wheels for it with upright 2x4s that slide in the carrying handles on the stern. I load it in my pickup and I have carried it easily on top of a car. The cart allows me to drag it wherever I need to reach. I can get it into the water myself and can use a small motor or an electric trolling motor. It is even easier with two people. We fish comfortably out of it. I would highly recommend it for that purpose. It gets me into lots of places for fishing that would otherwise be tough to fish. It has done its job well and I would highly recommend it. Bigger boats are nice but its purpose is to get me into the tough spots easily.

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from DakotaMan wrote 3 years 20 weeks ago

I've used a 12' jon boat for about 25 years now and I cart it all over. I made a set of wheels for it with upright 2x4s that slide in the carrying handles on the stern. I load it in my pickup and I have carried it easily on top of a car. The cart allows me to drag it wherever I need to reach. I can get it into the water myself and can use a small motor or an electric trolling motor. It is even easier with two people. We fish comfortably out of it. I would highly recommend it for that purpose. It gets me into lots of places for fishing that would otherwise be tough to fish. It has done its job well and I would highly recommend it. Bigger boats are nice but its purpose is to get me into the tough spots easily.

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from Cgull wrote 3 years 20 weeks ago

a 12 fits in the back of a truck fine. A 14 would float higher and would provide more stability. Thin wood decks add a little bottom weight that stabilizes even better, it'll also dampen the noise of dropped items. I have a 12 jon, it's very tipsy with two people, a battery, a couple of tackle boxes and an ice chest.

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from Cgull wrote 3 years 20 weeks ago

A 14 ft would fit into the bed of a truck just as nice as the 12. Slide the transom in to the bed and tie off, weigh it down with a battery and ice chest and it'll never move.

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from Joe Kidd wrote 3 years 20 weeks ago

I'd advise a 14 foot "river jon" vice a "lake jon". A river jon is deeper and wider that means more stable.

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from santa wrote 3 years 20 weeks ago

I personally had a sears 12 foot aluminum boat about 25 years ago that was made out of extra thin aluminum so one person could carry it. I built two boxes out of styrofoam ice chests that I hinged to the sides so I could fold them up to fit between the fender wells of my 66 Ford truck. The bottom of the boat was 36" and it was about 44" at the top rail. The inside clearance in the Ford bed was about 48 3/8" With the ice chests folded out and pinned, I had two outriggers that made a stable casting platform. Two cheep trolling motors were attached to the brackets holding the ice chests. You steered the boat just like a catepiller with the two motors.

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from jaredrobbins wrote 3 years 20 weeks ago

i have a 12 ft coleman crawdad that we fish two people out of. It works great for me and isnt tippy at all, it fits in the back of a truck and it light to carry.

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from DakotaMan wrote 3 years 20 weeks ago

I've used a 12' jon boat for about 25 years now and I cart it all over. I made a set of wheels for it with upright 2x4s that slide in the carrying handles on the stern. I load it in my pickup and I have carried it easily on top of a car. The cart allows me to drag it wherever I need to reach. I can get it into the water myself and can use a small motor or an electric trolling motor. It is even easier with two people. We fish comfortably out of it. I would highly recommend it for that purpose. It gets me into lots of places for fishing that would otherwise be tough to fish. It has done its job well and I would highly recommend it. Bigger boats are nice but its purpose is to get me into the tough spots easily.

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from DakotaMan wrote 3 years 20 weeks ago

I've used a 12' jon boat for about 25 years now and I cart it all over. I made a set of wheels for it with upright 2x4s that slide in the carrying handles on the stern. I load it in my pickup and I have carried it easily on top of a car. The cart allows me to drag it wherever I need to reach. I can get it into the water myself and can use a small motor or an electric trolling motor. It is even easier with two people. We fish comfortably out of it. I would highly recommend it for that purpose. It gets me into lots of places for fishing that would otherwise be tough to fish. It has done its job well and I would highly recommend it. Bigger boats are nice but its purpose is to get me into the tough spots easily.

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