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#12359827 - 07/26/17 04:57 PM Used boat or new boat
bgriff85 Offline
Green Horn

Registered: 07/25/17
Posts: 10
Loc: Odessa Texas
Should i buy a used jon boat with everything installed already or should i buy one of those from academy and buy everything seperately and build my own rig

#12359863 - 07/26/17 05:28 PM Re: Used boat or new boat [Re: bgriff85]
tmd11111 Offline

Registered: 04/30/17
Posts: 231
Loc: San Angelo
That's a question you'd be better off asking yourself. I guess it boils down to what you want and how much you're willing to spend.

#12360119 - 07/26/17 07:50 PM Re: Used boat or new boat [Re: bgriff85]
IslandJim Offline

Registered: 07/08/14
Posts: 263
Loc: Rockport, TX
If you go used, don't buy anything without a title in the seller's name. Demand to see it, and ask the seller to go to TPWD with you to transfer it. Anything less can cause you untold grief down the road.

If you're looking for a skiff or jon boat, there are scads of them for sale. A few have titles. Shop wisely, and you can get a lot of boat for not much money.

Good luck. IslandJim
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#12360153 - 07/26/17 08:12 PM Re: Used boat or new boat [Re: IslandJim]
bgriff85 Offline
Green Horn

Registered: 07/25/17
Posts: 10
Loc: Odessa Texas
Ive just started looking at used ones. Ive found a couple jon boats from the 80's that look to be in very good shape. Ranging $1000-$1700...10 to 20 hp engines. Electronics, batteries, trolling motors. I'd prolly be looking at $5000 if i go the other route. Most of them say the trailer doesnt have title due to being homemade. Will this be a problem, other than maybe a ticket down the road if i get pulled over? Do these jon boats get around good with those small engines on open water when there is a good wind blowing?

#12388497 - 08/16/17 02:44 PM Re: Used boat or new boat [Re: bgriff85]
psycho0819 Offline
Extreme Angler

Registered: 03/27/05
Posts: 1494
Loc: Kaufman
No flatbottom or mod-v is going to like open water when the wind is blowing much. My 18' mod-v does OK up to about a whitecap, after that it is just a brutal ride.

My fishing buddy has a 1548 G3 w/20hp Yammy on it, and it is a fishing machine. So yes, they can work just fine with the smaller motors, if a 20 is considered smaller.

As for the trailer, you can usually get a trailer tagged as homemade even if it's not. In doing that, you don't have to worry about tickets. People do that because it's often easier than transferring paperwork on a trailer or the paperwork got lost along the way and they don't want to mess with all the red tape. If your county is a stickler on the rules, then it might make getting a trailer tag more difficult.
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