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I am buying a new 14 ft jon boat at academy sports and i am thinking riggin it like a regular fishing boat with a deck livwell and storage. but my dad thinks that it will add a lot of wieght tell me what yall know

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I am buying a new 14 ft jon boat at academy sports and i am thinking riggin it like a regular fishing boat with a deck livwell and storage. but my dad thinks that it will add a lot of wieght tell me what yall know

It adds a lot of weight if you do it with wood, but if you do it with aluminum the weight increase is minimal compared to doing it with wood.

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thanks i looked at the myjonboats.com a few days ago and here is the boat i want mine to look like but with a little more storage and seating

I thought that was my boat for a second. I have the same depthfinder but mines in the front and the carpet, seats, and pedestalls are very similar. Also my seat is up maybe 6in to make room for a storage hole. Ill try to get some better pics thursday and post them here.

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Sure it will add weight, but you have to consider the trade-offs. Customizing gets you good looks, carpeted (quiter) floors, lots of little accessory perks like tackle and rod holders, livewells, bilge pumps, storage, creature comforts, etc. But you'll spend money, add some weight and slow down your speed a little in the process. Ultimately everyone has to decide for themselves what the happy compromise is. I went the upgrade route and couldn't be happier. You can get more detail in the following link. Mine was a 16' jon boat (Lowe's).

http://www.bassresource.com/bass_fishing_forums/YaBB.pl?num=1209601311/0#0

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