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10' jon boat vs. bass raider 8'

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i noticed neither one of these is very popular here, but i dont have a choice. my condo acc is going to fine me for having my 12' jon. i need something i can fit in my shed and load ON my car.

which one is more stable?

i like the fact that i could mount a foot controled trolling motor on a jon, but the bass raider only weights 85#'s with seats. most of the places i fish are under 100 acres. i had more than enough room on my 12'. i know i can get a used jon for less than the raider. the jons im looking at are welded with a 36" botom. i like how high up you sit in the raider.

i would apreciate any advise from people who have owned or used either or both. pro's and con's please. thanks in advance.

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I like the jon. They are not too heavy and if you dont like it, it is easy to mod it to your needs. Just my personal pref though. sux you have to lose your old one though.

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I have both! While The raider might be a little more stable because of its design, the jon will last longer. The plastic just ends up cracking over time. After a long day on the water you will notice it is allot heavier to load back up. I have seen this on a few of them.

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I have a 10' jon that works perfect for me to hit the little ponds I fish regularly. Trolling motor, battery, gear, and myself in it, and I can do somersaults all over the boat if I want.

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I've owned both.

Currently I still have the bass raider. I love that little boat. Stable, simple and fun to fish out of.

I leave it at my parents river and can troll all over the place with it if I need a quick fishing fix and don't feel like taking my real boat out.

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I've owned both.

Currently I still have the bass raider. I love that little boat. Stable, simple and fun to fish out of.

I leave it at my parents river and can troll all over the place with it if I need a quick fishing fix and don't feel like taking my real boat out.

Anything that floats is a boat or a craft, I've fished off a Raider for years, this a great lil rig for what it's worth. I think Id rather have the Raider other then a jon, the Raider has more stability then a jon and will last just as long if properly taken care of. And yes I've owned both and my pick is Raider.

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I've owned both.

Currently I still have the bass raider. I love that little boat. Stable, simple and fun to fish out of.

I leave it at my parents river and can troll all over the place with it if I need a quick fishing fix and don't feel like taking my real boat out.

Anything that floats is a boat or a craft, I've fished off a Raider for years, this a great lil rig for what it's worth. I think Id rather have the Raider other then a jon, the Raider has more stability then a jon and will last just as long if properly taken care of. And yes I've owned both and my pick is Raider.

Here's something might help him out...how much wake can the bass raiders take? I should say, what would be the threshold that you would say safe/unsafe comes at with them?

I had a 1436 jon, I added a bilge to it, and really felt comfortable in waves up to 3 ft. 4 was pushing it. That being said it was RARE I ever had a wave come over the side.

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well, just sold mt boat. :'( i dont have enough money to buy a raider right now so im going to check out a welded 10' jon this afternoon. figures, today weather is perfect for fishing. wish me luck.

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I've owned both.

Currently I still have the bass raider. I love that little boat. Stable, simple and fun to fish out of.

I leave it at my parents river and can troll all over the place with it if I need a quick fishing fix and don't feel like taking my real boat out.

Anything that floats is a boat or a craft, I've fished off a Raider for years, this a great lil rig for what it's worth. I think Id rather have the Raider other then a jon, the Raider has more stability then a jon and will last just as long if properly taken care of. And yes I've owned both and my pick is Raider.

Here's something might help him out...how much wake can the bass raiders take? I should say, what would be the threshold that you would say safe/unsafe comes at with them?

I had a 1436 jon, I added a bilge to it, and really felt comfortable in waves up to 3 ft. 4 was pushing it. That being said it was RARE I ever had a wave come over the side.

Im thinking about a 3 or 4ft wave, and if you ask me that would swamp a jonboat, I've been in some pretty choppy stuff. I grew up in the ocean and 3 and 4ft waves may not sound like much but add a small 14ft boat to that mix and it'll get dang hairy ina hurry.

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I've owned both.

Currently I still have the bass raider. I love that little boat. Stable, simple and fun to fish out of.

I leave it at my parents river and can troll all over the place with it if I need a quick fishing fix and don't feel like taking my real boat out.

Anything that floats is a boat or a craft, I've fished off a Raider for years, this a great lil rig for what it's worth. I think Id rather have the Raider other then a jon, the Raider has more stability then a jon and will last just as long if properly taken care of. And yes I've owned both and my pick is Raider.

Just to clear things up. I wasn't trying to knock the bass raider. It's just not my primary ride. I still think it's a great boat for what it does, but it's not as versatile as my Tracker

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I agree with you wagn, they are great lil rigs for what they are and do but will never take the place of a larger boat..

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i couldnt wait to get the raider so i went out and bought a 10' grumman jon. all the seams are welded. the guy painted it over the weekend and gave me the leftover paint. theres no cracks or repairs anywhere. the transom is real solid. i need to buy new seat brackets to mount my seats. paid $200. got the same for mine and this ones in way better shape.

thanks for everyones input. figures its crazy windy outside now.

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Nice looking boat

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GO WITH THE JON.  This spring I bought a 10'6" Basshound.  Similar to the Bass Raider. Although it seamed really nice at first I hated  it. Water got between the plastic layers, the floor would buckle when you got it it. There was no way to stand up in it.  The plastic would scratc pretty easily.  What through me over the edge was when I stepped off the dock onto the bow for the first time and the whole bow went under the water.  Sold it a month later.  

Just bought my first Jon, a 15 footer.  Starting to customize it.  Tinboats.net really got me hooked on the jon because you really customize it to your liking.  Much easier to work with Aluminum than plastic.

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got the jon. check my previouse post. been hearing alot about water getting inside the plastic boats. hope i made the right desicion.

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i checked out a minn kota 55# maxxum foot controled trolling motor for $100 on craigslist. i dont know what i was thinking, but that thing is so huge and heavy that i think im just gona mount my hand controlled on the front for now. i ordered a bigfoot switch and quick release seat mounts. also got some rod holders.

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