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Post by CaseyP » 03 Sep 2012, 21:29

I joined this site last night cause I knew I was gonna be buying a new Jon boat today. I bought a 14' Tracker Topper Jon boat. I've bought a 5hp Briggs outbound from my brother earlier this year. I don't plan on doing much to the boat other than a fish finder, a battery, covering the floor with wood and maybe a trolling motor.

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Post by ifish4redd » 03 Sep 2012, 22:08

:WELCOME:
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Post by muffin » 03 Sep 2012, 22:41

=D> Welcome

Now show us some pictures :lol:
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Post by Gramps50 » 04 Sep 2012, 15:12

:WELCOME:

We want pictures. :P
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Post by CaseyP » 04 Sep 2012, 15:19

When I get home from work I'll take a few pics and post them up for y'all.

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Post by CaseyP » 04 Sep 2012, 21:14

Well here are a few pics, I'll get more tomorrow.
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Not a very good picture but I got a low profile light for the front and put the accessory battery up front. Image

More modifications to come!

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Post by CaseyP » 05 Sep 2012, 19:15

I worked a half day today so when I got home I finished up installing my seat and hooked up my fish finder to the battery and hit the water. I does ok but the motor seems like it is bogged down when running wide open throttle. A guy at work suggested putting a different pitched prop on but I don't think that they make different sized props for the B&S outboards. I can't even find a pitch stamped on the one I have now. Other than the motor lugging down I love the boat.

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Post by theyyounggun » 05 Sep 2012, 19:22

A easy fix for your outboard bogging down is this :lol:

The boat is looking good! My next boat im gonna buy new hopefully.(Or atleast better shape than what mine was in!) Im tired of the prep work!
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Post by CaseyP » 05 Sep 2012, 19:34

That motor would sink the boat! LOL If I had the money I would get either a 9.9 or 15 four stroke mercury. As far as my motor bogging down my guess is that um... I weigh 330lbs plus the extra weight of the battery in the front. The motor did a little better if I stood up and leaned forward and transferred my weight more towards the front of the boat.

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Post by theyyounggun » 05 Sep 2012, 20:05

Haha. Are the batterys in the front of the boat?
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Post by CaseyP » 05 Sep 2012, 20:14

It's just one battery and yeah it's in the front. I plan on putting a foot controlled trolling motor in the front before long, I don't know that the added weight to the front will make a difference though.

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Post by CaseyP » 06 Sep 2012, 23:48

Well I enjoyed the my day off of work today. Most of my day was spent in my boat. I was trying to catch fish and wound up not catching anything, oh well I still had a good time enjoying mother nature and thinking of things I could do to the boat to make it more enjoyable. Carpet covered floors and carpet on the bench seats cause those things get hot!! So my list of mods to come would be a seat for the front bench, carpet on the floor and benches, switch panel for lights and fish finder, a trolling motor on the bow and eventually a bigger motor but no time soon though. Almost forgot about a trailer just for the boat instead of using my utility trailer to lug it around.
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Post by spotco2 » 06 Sep 2012, 23:56

Sounds crazy, but some sand bags in the front will help a lot.

My dad uses a 48 quart cooler for a live well and keeps it (3/4 full of water) in the front of his 12' to keep the nose down. Also mount batteries and keep your anchors and anything else heavy in the front until you need it.

These lil boats like to be level in the water.

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Post by CaseyP » 07 Sep 2012, 00:01

I was talking to one of my neighbors about it and he also suggested getting concrete bags and putting in the front to pull the front down. I will be trying this out soon! I use the ice chest that's in my boat for storage for my jugs and life jackets, I may clean it out and make it into a livewell one of these days.

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Post by CaseyP » 10 Sep 2012, 20:43

I was looking through a lot of the threads in this section trying to get ideas for upgrading my jon boat and I found this thread and thought the seats were a really good idea.

https://www.tinboats.net/forum/viewtopic ... 21&t=25143

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