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Lonnie Clemens

Going to look! Landau 'Jon Boat'

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Hi Folks,

 

Found a Landau jon boat for sale in the internet.  It is 14 feet long and 36 inches wide at the bottom.  The pictures look nice.  Did a search for Landau Jon Boats on the internet.  Only found just a handful.  Has this company stopped making jon boats?  Does anyone have anything to say about the quality?  He is asking $550 for the boat and trailer.  Has seats and a fish finder. 

 

Thanks ahead of time,

 

Lonnie

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It's a jon boat. Fill it with water and see if any leaks out. If not, you're good.

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 Check the bottom out look for dents and cracks

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I have a 1984 Landau Magnum TR (Very similar to a Bass Tracker of that era).  I would say that the quality of the boat was good compared to other boats of it's day, but mine was in very rough shape so I needed to do a lot of work.  There is a thread around somewhere.  I also didn't find much of anything on the internet about them when I was contemplating it.  Landau only makes "luxury pontoon boats" these days.

 

Here's how I see your possibilities:

 

1:   The hull and trailer is good, the electronics are relatively new and of good quality, and working, the deal is good (at least compared to prices in my area).

 

2:  The hull and trailer is good, but electronics are old and you wont be happy with them for long if even working.  Electronics start around 100 and only go up.  Used could save you some money.  Deal is still decent.

 

3:  The hull and or trailer is not good, still could be a good deal if you can do any and all work to repair.  If you can't, I would walk and just buy new.  

 

If electronics are old, don't let the seller try to use it to price it higher.  Small things add up quick, new batt for electronics, trailer needs rewired, new winch, and on, and on, and on........:unsure:

 

Alumacraft 14ft jon  $740

Jon boat trailer         $500

Lowrance hook 3     $100

battery                   $100

cheap seats             $40         

Misc wiring, etc        $20

 

That's the retail cost to buy new, what he is selling used.

 

TRF

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Landau mde some pretty solid boats.  $500 for a boat, trailer and fishfinder isn't bad at all if they are in good condition, when you consider that a cheap kayak or canoe will cost you at least  that.   I would hope to get a trollling motor included with that , but you can get  a decent transom mount  Minn Kota abut 40 to 50 lbs thrust for under $200 if you shop wisely. Less if you buy used. Figure another $80 or so for a battery. That should  push the boat around well enough for a day of fishing on a smaller lake.

 

If it doesn't have rod holders, figure about another $60 for a pair of Berkely  or Cabelas rod holders.  Once you  add all that that you are still parking a pretty good fishing machine for about $800. 

Eventually you may  want to add an outboard. Even used,  that will probably cost you well more than the boat and trailer combined but it would certainly add to your fishing possibilities. Something to consider down the road.

But we all  know that untimately the outfit only cost you $500. The add ons don't really count.;)

 

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I bought the boat and trailer for $550.00 today.  I knew I wanted it when I first saw it.  It is an old Landau jon boat.  The previous owners took good care of it.  It is made of heavy duty aluminum-solid boat.  It will do just fine with a 9.9 Mercury.  It came with a nice Lowrance Fish Finder.  I am excited!

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Good luck...at least you can use it this winter....

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9 hours ago, detroit1 said:

Good luck...at least you can use it this winter....

Thank you, I may take it out this winter, if I have the guts, lol

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I've had my Landau jb since the mid-80s. I have gotten my money's worth out of it for sure. Had some minor leaks a few years ago but j and b weld fixed that. The wood has completely rotted off the transom but it's been in the elements all these years. It's sitting faithfully out in the lake ready for the next adventure.

You will enjoy yours. I sold my bass boat and bought it to have less problems. Mission accomplished !!

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I have owned two Landau boats in the past. They made their boat well. My first one was a 1236 and it fished on our reservoir very well.  My second was a 17 1/2 foot long bass boat ( like a Tracker TX) with a Merc 75.  I really liked that boat till I started fishing the Potomac and wanted fiberglass.

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Looks like you got a nice little fishing machine at a good price.  A 9.9 on the back will push that along nicely.  Unless you already have one, be prepared for sticker shock though.  A used 9.9 in good condition may run you almost double what you paid for the boat and trailer. But it will be fun outfitting the boat to fit your needs. 

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Think you got a good deal, looks like a solid boat

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