View Full Version : Is there such a thing as a 8 foot Jon Boat?

Cane Pole
02-15-2005, 07:44 PM
If so, where can I get one? I have found a 10 footer, but was told that some 8 footers were manufactured. Let me know. I am scheming up something as usual. It should be interesting.

02-15-2005, 09:43 PM
Scroll down this page and you can make you a 7 ft john boat..LOL

02-15-2005, 09:57 PM
Hey Tom, thats an easy one. Buy a ten footer. Take it to school. Get the welding class to take a torch and cut two feet off of it. Or did you mean an 8 footer that floats?:)

02-15-2005, 09:59 PM
You want an 8 footer for Kentucky Lake? Dang, got more guts than I have. You da man Tom.

02-15-2005, 10:16 PM
Fatboy thats going to be his livewell.LOL

02-15-2005, 11:02 PM
Ol' Tom has got a goodun up his sleeve, he's gonna make an autonomous boat. The boat will include a robot that fishes for crappies.....he's a sharp one, that Tom.

02-16-2005, 12:24 AM
There are a lot of local fishermen at Grenada Lake in Mississippi that use those small boats. They put a big trolling motor on them and buzz around from tree to tree. It's pretty neat to watch them do this.

02-16-2005, 04:20 AM
I have seen two time winners of Crappie USA tournaments fishing out of small john boats and catching quite a few slabs. These boats being small and low to the water make it easier to sneak up on the crappie quietly. Sometimes I wish I had a small two man boat to fish some of the local ponds and pits. Something that is light weight and transportable over rough terrain.

Knowing tom he will probably add a radio control driver to the motor and use it around his back yard. LOL
I can see an R2D2 driving that thing.

There are a lot of local fishermen at Grenada Lake in Mississippi that use those small boats. They put a big trolling motor on them and buzz around from tree to tree. It's pretty neat to watch them do this.

Barnacle Bill
02-16-2005, 07:41 AM
What about one of those little dinghys that they tow behind sailboats? I thought about getting one for a tackle box. LOL

02-16-2005, 07:52 AM
I have an aluminum 8' factory boat that weighs about 40lbs. I can drag it with one hand while caring a bucket of minnows in the other hand as fast as I can walk. It is great for remote fishing where you have to walk in. I do not use a trolling motor with it unless I can drive to the launch site. (battery is too heavy to carry and weighs more than the boat). I have to sit in the middle of boat for it to sit flat in the water. When I am in the front, the back stands up. The boat sits flat when 2 people are in it or if I am using a battery to weight the other end down. I love this little boat but it is not for carring a lot of equipment or for wakes caused by bass boats.

02-16-2005, 07:54 AM
You can check out the WaterQuest brand at http://www.jowatercraft.com

Ours is a Leisure Life BassHound (same boat, old owner's product name), which is the 9.4 set up for fishing. If you want a basic tender, they offer those, too. If I knew how to attach a photo, I could post ours. We opted for this over a small jon boat because it's wider of beam and with the polyethylene (?) hull, quieter, too. - Roberta

unknown 5
02-16-2005, 08:04 AM
I have a small Jon boat but I think it is a 12 footer. I do know that it will tip over very easy and I don't use it for anything but ponds. Unless they are wide and deep, small Jons could be death traps.

02-16-2005, 01:47 PM
Pop had an 8 ft in his lake/pond. As a kid I would row that thing all over the 10 acres. More than once I fell out when I was the only one in the boat and coudn't stand up with out wobbling all over the place. Fished much better with two people in it.

Larry C
02-16-2005, 03:53 PM
Cane Pole,

Saw this boat at Dick's, it's not a jon, but it is 8 ft.


02-16-2005, 04:22 PM
Man, your right, this is hard to find..but i did find it...see link


the model3 844 is a 8' footer....


02-16-2005, 08:16 PM
Alumacraft was making 8' jon boats. I saw a few a couple of years ago at a dealer that has now quit selling them.CF

02-16-2005, 08:23 PM
yea, I saw G.I. Joe rowing Barbie across the ditch in one. Just kidding, seems like it would be too small to do anything with. Please tell me where would you use one?

02-16-2005, 08:42 PM
http://www.1stdirectproducts.com/basshunter.html look at the bass hunter . you cant sink it and it will carry 2 people

02-16-2005, 11:39 PM
here's a little 8 foot dingy rowboat on ebay.....

02-17-2005, 12:09 AM
Like Roberta said the basshound is a good stable boat.It floats in 6 inches of water with me and my brother in it and is invincible as far as damage goes.(i beached it on a bar in a river once and on submerged sandunes in a resivior) Its stable enough that i have a casting deck in it.So theres no stability problems. They are really a great little boat if your looking for a small boat.