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Smallie_Stalker

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Typical boater, get a new boat and start pouring money in it  lo.
You know what they say- B.O.A.T break out another thousand.

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And a thousand or so ($1600???) is what I've spent so far. I don't plan on much more, that's not what this project is about.

I did mess with it some today. The jack stand is installed (makes it so much easier to move around). And I jacked up the starboard side and gave the wheel a spin. Smooth, and more importantly, it was QUIET. Still, I pulled the tire & wheel, and removed the hub. Pulled out the bearings and gave them the once over. They look fine. The seal also looks fine, so I'm going to leave it be. This will probably be my downfall.

Anyway, I had bought two new tires and wheels. The old ones are new as far as tread wear goes, but there is some light weather checking, and I most definitely know how THAT goes. I'll use the best one (port side) as a spare. These tires are larger because I wanted radials and the choices are slim. I figured that I would maybe have to do some clearance work, but after a test installation the fit was fine. Perfect.

Except.

I own cotter pins. All sizes. Dad gum. So tomorrow or this weekend I'll find them, or probably more likely buy some more. It's what we call here in the Sticks of Morgan County, MO "inventory".

So I left the boat for another day. We're back open for the weekend at our restaurant and work comes first, always.

I may do some painting tomorrow. It's supposed to rain, and I've got one coat of primer on one side of one piece of deck so far. There's another deck piece and the floor that needs paint. A coat or two and some drying time before installation next week (yep, next week, no matter what) would be good. I have an IBass GOLD tournament to think about.

Anyway, it's just a Jon boat. But it's MY Jon boat and I'm gonna give it all I've got. And then I've got folks thinking I'm nuts. I'm used to that. I've owned and ran bass boats from my first 16' 8" Champion, up to a 21 footers. Whatever. The boat gets you there, yes. But I never had one catch a bass.

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I put the boat on the water today as a Jon boat, and not a "Tiny Bass Boat" as I ran out of time with inclement weather approaching and I wanted to get a day in (1/2 day) for IBass.

This is the first Jon boat I've ever bought that had ZERO leaks. In fact, after having it off the trailer to clean a bunch of crusties off of the bottom of it, I'd say it's the nicest Jon boat I've had by far. Zero dents and just a very few scratches, even on the bottom. I'm tickled.

No, it's not a 20' glass go-fast boat. But you don't need that to catch bass Period.



Peace.

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 ~c~ ~c~ ~c~, nice one!!! I notice a pair of original trolling motors, oars, they don't use much battery power.
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Nice catch there and tks for sharing the picture with us.   Oars what are they used for  :-\ lo
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The oars were a contingency deal. I haven't used that trolling motor in two years and wanted to be sure of it. I even had a spare in the truck. And THIRTY-FIVE mph wind. I don't like to get caught not prepared. I went to FISH, dammit.

The oars never got used, and will stay behind from now on. I actually bought them last fall for my OTHER Jon boat, to be used for trapping in a local creek. Never got to use them. Sigh.

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Although I have ( 2 ) trolling motors on my jon boat I still have a long paddle just in case  ;)
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I tell you one thing for sure- this li'l boat is a pure-D PLEASURE to pull down the road. Wow.

Backing the thing is a little different. I've used nothing but my mirrors forever. You can't find this dinghy in a mirror. Man, looking over my shoulder HURTS. Oh well.

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I tell you one thing for sure- this li'l boat is a pure-D PLEASURE to pull down the road. Wow.

Backing the thing is a little different. I've used nothing but my mirrors forever. You can't find this dinghy in a mirror. Man, looking over my shoulder HURTS. Oh well.

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I can see my rear corners just fine.  Well.....At least out of my only working eye.  It seems to help but I don't back very well anyway.


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I have PVC Guide Posts with lights on my G3 1548 Alwed Jon Boat Trailer.  They help me backing etc.  I use the mirrors when backing.

G3 1548 Alwed Jon Boat with Guide Posts




I bought these at Academy Sports.  They came in a kit.
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Man, that's a purty Ranger.

Man, that's a purty G3.

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I can see my rear corners just fine.  Well.....At least out of my only working eye.  It seems to help but I don't back very well anyway.



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