Lil Bitz, a 15ft john boat modifcation

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Lil Bitz, a 15ft john boat modifcation

Post by Gators5220 » 20 Apr 2012, 17:10

Hi TinBoats, long time fan and reader and a recent boat owner. I'm in the process of converting a 15ft john boat that I was given with a 18hr johnson (which I sold for 400 bucks), because I have a 25 hp yamaha with a pull & electric start. I'm a University of Florida Alumni so everything on this boat will be orange & blue, gaudy I know but it's my school have to represent. Since it's a small boat I've been adding a lot of stuff to have some sort of organization, as this boat will be used offshore (for snapper, grouper, mahi, & the like when the weather is nice) & inshore (for the trio of reds, snook, & trout) in florida it might give some of those on here a new prespective because it seems many of the boats on here are more midwestern or northern boats. Which is cool, just a different type of fishing here. Any input would be appreciated and I hope y'all like the boat.
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the boat as it was when I bought it...
the boat as it was when I bought it...
rear of the transom, the support has a crack in this picture not sure if you could see it, I welded it back and supported it with wood later on...
rear of the transom, the support has a crack in this picture not sure if you could see it, I welded it back and supported it with wood later on...
transom again...
transom again...
another view of the boat
another view of the boat
My buddy Pat Pat the Water Rat, helping me clean the boat up at my buddy Mike's shop...good to have friends with welders and a shop to work at!
My buddy Pat Pat the Water Rat, helping me clean the boat up at my buddy Mike's shop...good to have friends with welders and a shop to work at!
another bottom view of the boat...
another bottom view of the boat...
cleaning the gunnels again...
cleaning the gunnels again...
rear of the boat again, pre transom...
rear of the boat again, pre transom...
another view of cleaning the boat up.
another view of cleaning the boat up.
upside down view of the boat, which leaked badly so we cleaned all the gunnels welded them and then hit them with 5200 caulk just to make sure it didn't leak.
upside down view of the boat, which leaked badly so we cleaned all the gunnels welded them and then hit them with 5200 caulk just to make sure it didn't leak.
another view of the boat.
another view of the boat.
side view of the boat, I'm in the process of adding another axle and lengthening this trailer basically for road trips to the keys or lousianna.
side view of the boat, I'm in the process of adding another axle and lengthening this trailer basically for road trips to the keys or lousianna.
rear view of the boat
rear view of the boat
another view of the transom
another view of the transom
transom mock up
transom mock up
another transom peice being cut
another transom peice being cut
making the transom
making the transom
yet another jackplate closeup
yet another jackplate closeup
another jackplate closeup.
another jackplate closeup.
jackplate closeup.
jackplate closeup.
25 with jackplate mounted...
25 with jackplate mounted...
As always tight lines, cold beer, & Go Gators!

my build http://www.tinboats.net/forum/viewtopic ... 21&t=25185

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Post by Gators5220 » 20 Apr 2012, 17:15

That same weekend I also worked on the anchor mount, again to give everything a place to bee so stuff won't be cluttered on the boat. The only thing I want to add to this is a spindle & a pulley to hold & guide my 250yd rope, 25 anchor chain, and 18lb anchor but other than that I'm pretty happy with how it turned out...

I'll take some more photos of the way the motor sits as I realize it's probable hard to see with just one photo of it thus far. On the agenda for the weekend, go catch some snookies and drink some cold beer...

peace everyone...
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Not sure If I added this mock up closeup of the jackplate before, or gave a reason why I jacked it up...it's a long shaft motor which I actually prefer for two reasons, a it puts the weight higher better balancing the boat (as this is a 3 cylinder yamaha 25hp) & it looks wicked.
Not sure If I added this mock up closeup of the jackplate before, or gave a reason why I jacked it up...it's a long shaft motor which I actually prefer for two reasons, a it puts the weight higher better balancing the boat (as this is a 3 cylinder yamaha 25hp) & it looks wicked.
another view
another view
another view
another view
After addition of it, I love the look after this addition, plus gives a firm place to tow the boat if it ever gets broke down.
After addition of it, I love the look after this addition, plus gives a firm place to tow the boat if it ever gets broke down.
Pre-Anchor mount..
Pre-Anchor mount..
As always tight lines, cold beer, & Go Gators!

my build http://www.tinboats.net/forum/viewtopic ... 21&t=25185

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Post by flajsh » 20 Apr 2012, 19:14

Yeah this is a awesome site. It's cool to see a salt build.
I'm thinking of buying a semi v 16ft. For fishing the flats.
so ill see if I can borrow any ideas you come up with.
:D
nice boat I bet it will be killer when done.
john

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Post by Gators5220 » 21 Apr 2012, 03:03

Thank you sir, actually it handles pretty well offshore as well believe it or not. Got some pics of a tarpoon some permit and a cobia we landed on a quick run of the beach I'll have to get up here...
As always tight lines, cold beer, & Go Gators!

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Post by IwanaFish » 21 Apr 2012, 04:07

Nice job. What make of boat is that? I have one like it. The last 2 owners just registered it as a Jon. The data plate is gone along with the brand on the side.

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Post by Gators5220 » 21 Apr 2012, 11:25

I have the same issue Lonny, it was retitled in 1960 and the make was classified as
"unkown". So i won't be much help sorry...
As always tight lines, cold beer, & Go Gators!

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Post by Gators5220 » 21 Apr 2012, 14:53

Put some rod racks on today before studying for finals, I have a couple more rod racks I want to put on as I'm going home soon and it'll be nice to have plenty of options to put rods and gear. Everything is orange and blue of course...Go Gators!
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Orange and Blue of course, I'm actually going to move these up a little bit I don't like how the rods don't bottom out on the reel.  I think they'll have a tendency to try to turn and bounce a lot more unless I do so.
Orange and Blue of course, I'm actually going to move these up a little bit I don't like how the rods don't bottom out on the reel. I think they'll have a tendency to try to turn and bounce a lot more unless I do so.
As always tight lines, cold beer, & Go Gators!

my build http://www.tinboats.net/forum/viewtopic ... 21&t=25185

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Post by Jonboat Jerry » 23 Apr 2012, 09:43

Nice work on that transom...looks like a couple of Stradics too, great choise :)
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Post by Gators5220 » 23 Apr 2012, 19:43

Thanx Jerry, actually two stradics and two sustains, I'm partial to all older Shimano when it was still made in Japan...a lot of their stuff now days is made in maylasia and I'm not very found of that idea. About the transom yes it'll do for now, I'm uploading some more pics of it to show you some more stuff I have planned for it...I'm also contemplating the idea of making duals on this boat at some point, like dual 25hp's, there are a couple of reasons for this which I'm willing to dive into if anyone wants to hear them.

Going to Crystal River camping out this weekend after finals, so I'm hopeful the weather will be as nice as it has been and the fish are hungry!

As always tight lines, cold beer, and Go Gators!
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another view of the rocket launchers...
another view of the rocket launchers...
view of my torn up corner brackets, which work for now but I will replace with thicker gauge aluminum and of course my rocket launchers for trolling...
view of my torn up corner brackets, which work for now but I will replace with thicker gauge aluminum and of course my rocket launchers for trolling...
yet another view
yet another view
transom with the huge 25hp yamaha on the back...its like double the cubic inches of the more efficient newer models lol...
transom with the huge 25hp yamaha on the back...its like double the cubic inches of the more efficient newer models lol...
transom with the huge 25hp yamaha on the back...its like double the cubic inches of the more efficient newer models lol...
transom with the huge 25hp yamaha on the back...its like double the cubic inches of the more efficient newer models lol...
Thought I'd add some photos of the transom to give you guys a better view of the rear half of the boat...
Thought I'd add some photos of the transom to give you guys a better view of the rear half of the boat...
As always tight lines, cold beer, & Go Gators!

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Post by Gators5220 » 24 Apr 2012, 02:44

Also I was going to do a little transome stiffening with some 1x aluminum brackets and bolt this back to the main boat...I'll send pics after a trip home to the rents and what not....

As always tight lines, cold beer, and Go Gators!
As always tight lines, cold beer, & Go Gators!

my build http://www.tinboats.net/forum/viewtopic ... 21&t=25185

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Post by glenbo8391 » 30 Apr 2012, 03:59

You're build looks great, I'd love to find a 16~18 foot v hull to take down to the gulf to play around in. Don't think my flat bottom would hold up very long in some chop :shock: ...

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Post by Gators5220 » 30 Apr 2012, 19:20

Thanks glenn, I'm trying to balance a boat that can do all three types of fishing I do (inshore salt, freshwater, offshore salt on a nice flat day), and simple without a lot of clutter...It's a balancing act for sure. I think one of the best ways to formulate how you like an idea or a layout of the boat however is to fish it and see how she feels. You should be able to find a 16-18 footer for the gulf if you look hard enough...I've got twin 50hp yahama's a few months back for an offshore tin boat myself.
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Post by bguy » 30 Apr 2012, 22:12

WHAT PART OF FLORIDA YOU IN...?
http://www.tinboats.net/forum/viewtopic ... 21&t=19145
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Post by Gators5220 » 30 Apr 2012, 23:46

Hi bguy, I'm in Gainesville for school, but I have family in Big Pine (the Keys) and in Vero Beach (where I'm going this weekend after my last final), so I have access to some great fishing. I'm hopeful the mahi are still bitin their blue, yellow, & green tails off next weekend like all my buddies have been sayin that have been, hopefully drop back some pink & white and blue & white skirts and bust some of their faces off haha...

Where are you at?
As always tight lines, cold beer, & Go Gators!

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Post by Gators5220 » 03 May 2012, 01:00

Here's some pictures from the weekend trip, which we ended up running offshore for most of it as it was nice enough to take my fathers action craft to some wrecks and reefs we know of. Caught about a dozen permit, these are pics of the largest ones, got broke off by a couple of groupa's and even caught some cobia (no pics I think they are on my buddies phone will post later)...o also my biggest cuda on fly to date...I have a few pics of a gator trout and a snookie in lil bitz I will post as soon as my buddy sends me the pics off his phone...
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baracuda, love the chart flies let me tell ya, don't throw a chart fly next to a bouy without some wire on it...
baracuda, love the chart flies let me tell ya, don't throw a chart fly next to a bouy without some wire on it...
here's my dad's permit
here's my dad's permit
little larger permit
little larger permit
Here's some pictures of my recent trip offshore with my dad on his action craft, doin work on some permit & my largest baracuda on fly to date...
Here's some pictures of my recent trip offshore with my dad on his action craft, doin work on some permit & my largest baracuda on fly to date...
As always tight lines, cold beer, & Go Gators!

my build http://www.tinboats.net/forum/viewtopic ... 21&t=25185

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