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Adding small deck to Jon Boat #13239071 08/07/19 05:35 PM
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Hey guys, need some help here. I have a Jon Boat that I am trying to fix up to be my catfish boat. Problem is, I lack the confidence to start drilling in to aluminum. I know, I have to do it. Took me years before I would even do it to my yaks!

So my ideal plan is to add a deck over the top of the 2 middle benches. I would like to hinge this deck somehow so I can utilize the space underneath as storage, but still be able to stand or sit on the deck. I already have the 3/4" plywood and carpet, self tapping screws etc. I am just stumped on the hinges and how to install this properly. I have tried youtube videos, but nothing really stands out. How would you do this or what are your thoughts? Pics of boat for reference. [Linked Image]
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Re: Adding small deck to Jon Boat [Re: JJ4MEL] #13239390 08/07/19 08:31 PM
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Run two 2x4 across seat to front seat along the side of the boat. Drill the 2x4 down into the seats not the side of the boat. Then run two 2x4 cross members across to each 2x4 that is drilled into seat. The spacing will be determined by your hatch, You can make your own hatch out of the deck material (use a piano hinge for a clean look or any other hinge if looks don't bother you) and the cross members as support or you can buy a large hatch off of amazon which all you do is cut out it's shape and drop it in. Raising the deck will increase the size of the bow considerably, give you more storage space below and allow a bow mounted trolling motor. I would removed the seat with the depth finder on it, that would free up floor space and allow you to lay 1/2 plywood as your floor. Makes moving around the jon safer and more stable. You would need to place a rib or two in it's place to make up for the structural support it gives. You can see in my flat bottom jon video I did that.

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I have built quite a few. Here are some videos of my most recent build, if you want any more ideas: Flat bottom Jon and Mod V Jon

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Re: Adding small deck to Jon Boat [Re: JJ4MEL] #13239523 08/07/19 10:19 PM
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Very helpful info and video!! Thanks!

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Great videos and info from alumacraft.

I really like the simplicity of the framing, decking, and hatches in this video.

Don't forget to seal the wood really well (oil based enamel is a popular economical option)



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Re: Adding small deck to Jon Boat [Re: JJ4MEL] #13242176 08/09/19 06:58 PM
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So, everything above is a little fancy and well beyond my expertise of boat building, LOL. I was looking for a simple concept of laying 3/4 plywood down that would span across the 2 benches that would be stable enough to stand on, but possibly have hinges on one end that would allow me to lift it like the trunk of a car. That way I can still use the space below it for storage.

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Why don't you just build a frame from 2x4s then cut the plywood into three pieces (or two) secure the plywood to the end 2x4s on the cross stringers and then use a piano hinge on the part you want to swing? A brass hinge should last plenty of time and a long piano style hinge will keep it pretty steady....

Re: Adding small deck to Jon Boat [Re: JJ4MEL] #13242397 08/09/19 11:18 PM
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3/4 inch plywood will bend significantly if spanned across the seat with no frame to support it. You could use face-mount joint hangers for 2x4 between the seats, then lay your plywoodr across that and use a piano hinge to raise the whole floor up. That is about a simple as it will get.

Re: Adding small deck to Jon Boat [Re: JJ4MEL] #13242973 08/10/19 03:20 PM
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I’ve seen some made out of aluminum angle and 1/2” plywood. The thing is 3/4” plywood is HEAVY!! The aluminum angle can be cut with a simple jig saw. And to put it together it is held by rivets. On YouTube look up (TBnation)



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