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#10891390 - 06/02/15 09:11 PM 1984 Alumacraft fix'er up.
Shaun Russell Offline
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So glad to see a forum that leans towards jon boats. Not having the $$$ to buy a big bass boat has convinced me to pick up a old 84' and fix her up myself.
Here is the day I picked her up.




Edited by Shaun Russell (06/02/15 09:18 PM)
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#10891779 - 06/03/15 02:47 AM Re: 1984 Alumacraft fix'er up. [Re: Shaun Russell]
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I agree Shaun. People can get pretty creative with aluminum boats. Looks like you've got a project now. Keep us updated on it.

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#10893013 - 06/03/15 03:41 PM Re: 1984 Alumacraft fix'er up. [Re: Shaun Russell]
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Yea,I've been seeing people do some pretty sweet jobs customizing old jons lately. If I could afford a more expensive bass boat I would. However for now this will work fine. For those that want a big bass boat but just don't have the funds, a jon might just fill that void!
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#10893432 - 06/03/15 06:34 PM Re: 1984 Alumacraft fix'er up. [Re: Shaun Russell]
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As a kid my first boat was a 12' Jon boat with a 5 horsepower Mercury, and a Shakespeare trolling motor. I've had a couple of bigger fiberglass boats since then, but I've never caught more fish then I did in that Jon boat. I'm boatless now, and wish I had about an 18' CC Aluminum boat. One day again....

I hope this Jon boat forum takes off, and gets a lot of activity.

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#10896403 - 06/04/15 08:54 PM Re: 1984 Alumacraft fix'er up. [Re: Shaun Russell]
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Congrats on the boat Shaun. Please keep posting as you start doing the restoration thumb
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#10898167 - 06/05/15 04:09 PM Re: 1984 Alumacraft fix'er up. [Re: Shaun Russell]
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For me, one of the best boats and certainly the most fun to fish from, was an old old Quachita crappie rig. I know, its not a tin boat, but the idea was the same...small, inexpensive, maneuverable, cheap to operate. Flat out wore it OUT!!
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#10909754 - 06/10/15 08:17 PM Re: 1984 Alumacraft fix'er up. [Re: Shaun Russell]
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Installing gear track to allow future mounting options.
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#10912080 - 06/11/15 09:31 PM Re: 1984 Alumacraft fix'er up. [Re: Shaun Russell]
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cheers
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#10913691 - 06/12/15 05:01 PM Re: 1984 Alumacraft fix'er up. [Re: Shaun Russell]
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Shaun, what are you thinking about adding to it?

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#10914431 - 06/13/15 06:21 AM Re: 1984 Alumacraft fix'er up. [Re: Shaun Russell]
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It allows a lot of options but right now on the left side I have something to keep my fish rods separated. On the other side I have a retractable tether that holds my Boga Grips. I will at some point mount a Go Pro on the trac.
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#10914434 - 06/13/15 06:26 AM Re: 1984 Alumacraft fix'er up. [Re: Shaun Russell]
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#10924009 - 06/17/15 06:14 PM Re: 1984 Alumacraft fix'er up. [Re: Shaun Russell]
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Congrats on the boat. That looks like a good one. The old Ouachita jon boat I had was almost as much fun to fix up as it was to fish out of.
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#10927076 - 06/18/15 09:20 PM Re: 1984 Alumacraft fix'er up. [Re: Shaun Russell]
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I wanted to have a way to mount the fish finder and a have a place to keep my phone or hydrowave. The GT175 gave it enough strength to anchor and hold both. The only thing I'm not sure about is the 1-1/2" ram ball holding my FF. I might have to go with a 2" ball.
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#10927122 - 06/18/15 09:39 PM Re: 1984 Alumacraft fix'er up. [Re: Shaun Russell]
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#10927970 - 06/19/15 10:15 AM Re: 1984 Alumacraft fix'er up. [Re: Shaun Russell]
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Nice work man!!! I didn't even think about using gear tracks... big face palm!! Lol

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