Construction of my Jonsboat
is of AC Exterior Pine from Lowes, 1/2" for the bottom,
transom, and seats, 1/4" for the sides. The chines and
wales are of pressure-treated pine decking lumber. We used Titebond2
and ceramic decking screws to put it all together. The chines
and whole bottom are covered in 6oz fiberglass cloth and Raka
Epoxy. The boat is painted with 100% Acrylic Latex from Lowes
(can't remember the brand but I think it is American Tradition).
The motor is a 1969 Evinrude
Sportwin (9.5 hp) (low-profile powerhead) with a short shaft.
On the trial run, this little motor would push the boat at around
11mph consistently though we did reach 12.5mph once according
to the GPS. We have an old 18hp Johnson Seahorse that we may
Under each seat there are 8 pool
noodles (very cheap closed cell foam) bundled together for emergency
flotation, though I believe she wouldn't sink because of the
wood's bouyancy alone...
Over all I'm really pleased with
the boat. In the picture you'll see that with the motor, 6 gals
of gas, myself (235lbs) and my son (180lbs) the waterline is
barely above the chine logs. Jim is right, this thing WILL float
I think overall with the wood,
screws, glue, epoxy, motor and used trailer we have about $800.00
in the whole outfit...
Any other details that I may
have forgotten that you'd like to know about?
Also, have any of you folks
had any experience with putting drain plugs in a boat like this?
Did you go through the bottom, or transom? Did you use the little
plastic ones, or the brass and rubber versions? If through the
bottom, did you did you make a little cowling to induce suction
for self bailing? Just curious..