Make your old Jon Boat look like NEW! {Start to Finish}

Make your old Jon Boat look like NEW! {Start to Finish}

This is a 14ft 1985 Tracker Grizzly I bought off Facebook Marketplace

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It also came with the original 1985 trailer that looks to be in perfect condition. 

While waiting for my offshore boat to get out of the shop for its transom repairs I decided it was time to start a Jon boat boat restoration project. I can use this boat for catching bait, fishing the flats, duck hunting, back country, gigging and all sorts of fun stuff!

And I filmed the whole thing...

This is what the boat looked like after a month of work and 8 hours of raw uncut footage:

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I wouldn’t make you watch 8 hours of raw footage on how I made this boat go from old to freaking something so sleek you can take your girlfriend for a ride and she’ll never leave you. 

I edited this whole boat project into 1 hour and 38 minutes. I’ll add the video below with all the timestamps!

Your buddies will be comfortable when waiting for the sun to come up to get a crack at some ducks. The EVA foam floors also make moving on the aluminum silent so you can enjoy hunting and fishing with more peace. 


Jon Boat Restoration Video Timestamps:

05:07 - Before shots of the Jon Boat

06:27 - Breaking down the old Jon Boat

08:20 - Test to make sure Jon Boat doesn't leak water

10:41 - Cleaning off old Jon Boat (pressure washing)

11:54 - Removing live well from old Jon Boat

12:55 - Tell if your Jon Boat transom is rotten

14:11 - Striping paint off old Jon Boat (paint thinner)

17:00 - Sanding paint off old Jon Boat

17:40 - Removing rivets from Jon Boat

18:43 - Taking rotten transom off old Jon Boat

21:55 - Removing paint from bottom of Jon Boat

22:57 - Why I don't like using paint stripper on a Jon Boat

24:30 - New livewell plug on bottom of Jon Boat

27:13 - Painting bottom of Jon Boat with Fasco Epoxies SteelFlex Super Slick

39:12 - Sanding paint off Jon Boat with orbital sander

40:10 - Painting Jon Boat with Fasco Epoxies SteelFlex Neutral

47:16 - Flipping Jon Boat on a trailer

48:47 - Making wood floors for a Jon Boat

49:43 - How to make a template for your Jon Boat floors

52:00 - Sanding and painting wood floors in Jon Boat

54:55 - Cutting a new transom from Old Transom for Jon Boat

56:31 - Gluing two pieces of wood together for Boat Transom

58:28 - Making wood transom and wood floors waterproof (sealed with Low Viscosity Epoxy)

1:02:16 - Putting new transom into Jon Boat

1:03:24 - Putting new Rivets for transom on Jon Boat

1:06:30 - Mounting backing plate on Jon Boat transom

1:07:11 - Painting Jon Boat floor with truck bed liner

1:13:22 - Putting Live well into Jon Boat

1:14:50 - Lining boat Livewell with Flex Seal

1:16:28 - Finishing painting the Jon Boat

1:18:00 - Make your own SeaDeck with EVA Marine Foam

1:20:02 - How to glue EVA marine foam SeaDeck to your Jon Boat

1:23:59 - Adding EVA foam SeaDeck to my Jon Boat floors

1:28:07 - New Jon Boat Before & After video

1:29:22 - Printing and adding Vinyl stickers to Jon Boat

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