- Feb 4, 2012
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- Springville, Central California
This is a Lowe 20' Jon Boat that has been sitting since 2000. Fella from Arkansas left to his son and he pulled to California and never used it. It was full of water (must not be any leaks!!) and just a mess. Bought for $400. There was 'stuff' thrown in it ie: 4 plastic red gas tanks; coolers; some 16 rods and reels and some more fishing stuff. A paddle; a Minn Kota trolling motor with controller/top broken and prop broken and more control wires and stuff hanging out. A nasty umbrella and stands and just lots of leaves and dirt. Wow - passed it by once and then my son and I looked again and said 'project boat'.
Finished cleaning today - and decided to take out the console and driving seat. All the wires and cables were laying on the floor. By the way, there is a aluminum floor and carpet in the boat. All the wire and cables laying on top - great trip hazard. Now, everything is out - have a blank canvas. Never saw so many wires - wires everywhere - whenever he added something just ran speaker wire and grabbed on to the nearest hot line!!!! The wires even had wires!!!!!
Thinking of installing a 1/2" plywood floor on 2x4's over the existing floor. This would give us space to run the wires and cables. Going to extend the front deck (5/8" plywood) and add a rear deck too. This will allow room for storage and hatches. Is this ok to do? I figured 2x3"s between the ribs and then 2 full 2/4's in-between for support. Is 1/2" ok or should i go the 5/8"? Help -
The motor is a 1984 Johnson 40 (but the engine id shows it as a J60 or 60 hp with a 40 cowling). Engine has been converted to a jet drive. Motor does not turn with the steering wheel so will be ordering a new steering cable. Motor is not frozen but does not want to start - bought new plugs - next new plug wires and if does not kick will try to find a outboard motor mechanic for assistance. By the way, there is a solar panel attached to the top of the motor too!!!!)
Going to be a fun project - thanx to all of you on this wonderful tinboats.net forum - you have already helped so much and i am sure lots more questions coming. Thanx.
I will post more pictures as we go,