Intro: Jon Boat to Bass Boat Mod
This instructible will get you out on the water to fish without pulling too much cash out of your pocket. Not only will it be an affordable way but the results are very satisfying
Step 1: Get a Cheap Alluminum Boat
The boat can be either a "v" bottom hull or a flat bottom boat. With this kind of modification the flat bottom boat will end up being less stable. Alluminum is normally the best route because it doesn't rust and takes a very long time to corrode. This boat that I flipped is from the late 60's and was sitting in a guys woods for several years filled with water.
Step 2: Disassembling the Boat
If the current owners of your boat didn't spend the extra $$$ to install stainless steel bolts then they are more than likely rusted away. If the rust is excessive then the best way to remove the bolt is to tighten the nut until the bolt snaps. Note: keep all of the bolts and wood that is taken off the boat so you know what sizes you need when you replace it
Step 3: Sanding the Boat
Using 180 grit sandpaper sand both the outside and inside if the boat. It is a long process to do it by hand but the finished product is much nicer since you are able to sand into all of the nooks and crannies. You don't have to sand all of the paint off though, just remove any loose paint that would interfere with the upcoming paint job and scratch the paint so new paint will stick. Make sure you remove all of the dust from sanding from the boat before painting with a vacuum or air compressor.
Step 4: Painting
Before painting the boat make sure any dirt and dust is wiped off of it so the paint will stick nicely. I used a black epoxy for the outside of the boat so it would seal up any leaks if there are any in it. Put on one coat, wait 15-20 min, then spray on a second coat. If you are only painting it one color you can let it dry and then paint the inside. I chose to paint a blue stripe on it since it matched the swivel seat I had. If you choose to do this use steel wool where you want to paint so it will stick. Tape off where you don't want overspray. After the second coat of blue dries I painted 2 more coats of clear coat
to give it a glossy look. I also painted the inside with a grey epoxy to finish "sealing" the boat
Step 5: Finishing Touches
Once you have your boat painted you can deck it out with whatever you like. I went with 2 swivel seats so it would be comfortable and bought a 75lb trust trolling motor along with a 5.5 hp johnson outboard motor. I found a cheap trailer in Craigslist and am installing compartments under the benches soon so I can store stuff. I will post pics once I finish.
This is my first instructible so please let me know how I did
Step 6: A Few More Add Ons
We put treated marine wood on the benches so it would be easier to bolt the swivel seats down and gave them a nice stain. The back seat was too far back and the motor couldn't turn so I cut a rounded shape that hung off of the bench with a table saw. I cut and painted a 2x4 to support my weight when sitting in it. Once you are all done you can take it put and enjoy what you have worked hard on