How do I Build a Fishing Deck on a Jon Boat?

How do I Build a Fishing Deck on a Jon Boat?
Your Jon Boat gets you out into the waters where bass and crappie wait for your line and lure. After a few hours of casting from the thwarts or hard seats, you may be wishing you had a better platform to cast and fish from. With a few modifications you can build a casting and fishing deck on your Jon Boat. Allot a day or two to complete this improvement of your boat.


Difficulty: Easy

Step 1
Measure out the bottom of your Jon Boat's front area, from the first thwart up to the bow. Measure the bottom of the boat, but not from the edges, as the edges are wider and flared when compared to the flat bottom of the boat. Trace out the measurements of this area on one side of the plywood, set onto the flat working surface.
Step 2
Snap the measurements onto the plywood, using the chalk line. Cut out the pattern from the plywood with the power saw. Set the extra plywood aside. Seal the cut-out deck pattern with the waterproof sealant. Allow the pattern to dry.
Step 3
Set the plywood onto the bottom of the Jon Boat, where you took the measurements. This small piece of plywood will place the fisherman anywhere from 1/2 to 1 inch further up to cast and land fish from. Before setting on the boat bottom, line the edges of the pattern with the waterproof silicone caulking, then place the caulk side onto the boat bottom.
Step 4
Let the caulking dry and allow the plywood to glue itself to the bottom of the boat with the caulk. Measure out the pattern deck on the waterproof outdoor carpet. Cut out the carpet and set it on the deck of the boat.
Step 5
Staple the carpet to the deck with the staple gun. If you wish to raise the fishing deck up further, take the 2x2 and cut out eight 1-inch blocks. Lift the deck from the bottom of the boat and place the blocks under the deck, so that it is evenly raised up.

Article Written By Eric Cedric

A former Alaskan of 20 years, Eric Cedric now resides in California. He's published in "Outside" and "Backpacker" and has written a book on life in small-town Alaska, "North by Southeast." Cedric was a professional mountain guide and backcountry expedition leader for 18 years. He worked in Russia, Iceland, Greece, Turkey and Belize. Cedric attended Syracuse University and is a private pilot.

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