Buy a Boat for Under $1,000!

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photo courtesy of Lund Boats
photo courtesy of Lund Boats

The best jon boats for hamburger budgets.

by the Fish On Daily staff

What serious angler doesn’t dream of launching their own high-end fishing boat down a ramp, getting on plane, and shooting for that remote cove at daybreak? Unfortunately, not all of us have the scratch to make that level of investment. While most folks would prefer to pull up to the dock in a big rig, the fact is that a well-built jon boat not only gets the job done on most waters, it may be preferable depending on the environment you regularly fish in.

Rationalizing aside, a new jon boat is within the financial grasp of most angling enthusiasts, with models available for less than the cost of some new compound bows. Here’s a look at a few of the best 12- to 14-foot models out there that we found for under a grand…

 

Waco Mfg. 12' 1432 Series Jon Boat
Waco Mfg. 12′ 1432 Series Jon Boat

Waco Manufacturing

Model: 12’ 1432 Series Jon Boat

Length: 12 feet

Width: 46 inches

Bottom Width: 32 inches

Depth: 14 inches

Transom Height: 15.5 inches

Weight: 88 lbs.

Weight Capacity: 385 lbs.

Accommodation: 2 people

Maximum HP: 5

Construction Material: .051-gauge aluminum

Key Features: one-piece formed hull, heavy-duty extruded ribs, cap rails, heavy-duty transom corner braces, five-year warranty

MSRP: $969.00

 

Tracker Topper 1436 Jon Boat
Tracker Topper 1436 Jon Boat

Tracker Boats

Model: Topper 1436 Riveted Jon

Length: 13 feet, 10 inches

Width: 53 inches

Bottom Width: 36 inches

Transom Height: 15.5 inches

Weight: 162 lbs.

Max. Person Weight Capacity: 345 lbs.

Max. Weight Capacity: 580 lbs.

Accommodation: 3 people

Maximum HP: 15

Construction Material: .050 5052 marine alloy

Key features: port and starboard aft foam boxes for transom support and flotation, transom corner braces, extruded aluminum transverse ribs that extend up the interior sidewalls, baked-on powder-coat finish, bow and stern lifting handles, NMMA certified, 3-year riveted structural limited hull warranty

MSRP: $749.00

 

Lowe Boats 1436L Jon
Lowe Boats 1436L Jon

Lowe Boats

Model: Lowe 1436L Jon

Length: 13 feet, 8.5 inches

Width: 57 inches

Bottom Width: 36 inches

Depth: 17 inches

Transom Height: 15 inches

Weight: 145 lbs.

Max. Person Weight Capacity: 350 lbs.

Weight Capacity: 552 lbs.

Accommodation: 3 people

Maximum HP: 15

Construction Material: .050 marine-grade 5052-H34 aluminum alloy

Key features: two transom handles, bow handle, formed transom corner caps, formed-in keels, extruded and coined ribs, formed spray rails, hull seam limited warranty during original purchaser’s ownership

MSRP: $830.00

 

Pelican Intruder 12
Pelican Intruder 12

Pelican

Model: Intruder 12

Length: 12 feet

Width: 48 inches

Height: 16.75

Weight: 126 lbs.

Weight Capacity: 420 lbs.

Accommodation: 2 people

Maximum HP: 6

Construction Material: impact-resistant RAM-X, rivet-free deck

Key features: built-in motor mount, carry handles, vertical rod holders

MSRP: $949.00

 

Lund 1232
Lund 1232

Lund Boats

Model: 1232

Length: 11 feet, 10 inches

Width: 48 inches

Bottom Width: 32 inches

Transom Height: 15 inches

Weight: 90 lbs.

Accommodation: 2 people

Maximum HP: 3

Construction Material: riveted marine-grade aluminum

Key features: NMMA certified, formed keels, bow handle, two transom handles, formed spray rails and transom corner caps

MSRP: average just under $1,000 (depending on dealer)

 

Sundolphin American 12 Jon
Sundolphin American 12 Jon

Sundolphin

Model: American 12 Jon

Length: 12 feet

Width: 52 inches

Height: 21 inches

Weight: 110 lbs.

Weight Capacity: 510 lbs.

Accommodation: 2 people

Maximum HP: 6

Construction Material: Fortiflex high-density polyethylene deck and hull

Key features: built-in motor mounts, rod-holders, closed-cell polystyrene foam floatation

MSRP: $939.00

 

Alumacraft 1436LT
Alumacraft 1436LT

Alumacraft

Model: 1436LT

Length: 14 feet

Width: 55 inches

Bottom Width: 36 inches

Transom Height: 15 inches

Weight: 135 lbs.

Weight Capacity: 600 lbs.

Accommodation: 3 people

Maximum HP: 15

Construction Material: .053 riveted aluminum

Key features:

MSRP: average just under $1,000 (depending on dealer)

 

Jon Boats: Material Basics

There is a large separation in price between riveted aluminum jon boats and welded aluminum jon boats. The under-$1,000 crowd tend to be made of thinner aluminum and the hull seams are usually riveted. When properly cared for, riveted aluminum jon boats will last for many years, but they obviously do not stand up to more abusive conditions (such as repeated impacts against stumps and rocks, or continual dragging across sand and gravel) like heavier-gauge welded aluminum boats can withstand.

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