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I'm getting clumsy in my old age and need a wider Jon boat. My present 10 footer is 32" across the bottom. I wonder how much more stable a Jon with a 36" bottom would be. 36" is the widest 10 or 12 footer I can find. I hate to spend the bucks for a 36" wide bottom and then find out it isn't signigicantly more stable than what I have.

I'm also considering a new 4-stroke 2.5 to 4hp. I don't need speed. There is a dealer somewhere up in So. Georgia that sells motors right.
 

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Try Higgins Marine in Albany, Ga. They have been in business for many years. I have always been pleased with their prices.
 

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If you don't limit yourself to the standard square bow aluminum hull
both Alumacraft and Lowes have 12' semi-vee hulls that are lightweight
and smoother riding than the typical flat bottom jon.

Alumacraft T12V and Lowes 1257 Utility V.
 

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I don't want a v boat. I've had several v aluminum skiffs and theydon't fish like I like to fish.

I've even considered a small airboat hull.
 

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G3 Boats makes a great 10 footer. Its got the 36" beam so its quite stable. Along with that it has a really solid back bench in a C shape instead of the classic cross only. G3 is a little more expensive but you get what you pay for, a thicker metal than most of that size (like trackers 1036).
 

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You do.

http://www.duckworksbbs.com/plans/jim/jon_jr/index.htm

All the fun of building, and then all the fun of fishing out of what you built.

AP
 

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I don't know your situation, but I'd definitely get a motor that can plane the hull.
 

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pretty much any of the arkansas boat makers (weldcraft, alweld, southfork, weldbilt, legend) will build any length in their standard 36 or 42 or 44 inch bottoms.... a 12 footer with a 42 inch bottom would be a very stable platform... it wont be cheap though!!!! the hull, plus shipping, being a special order, unless you find one of their dealers at the right time fixing to get a shipment from the factory and it can get thrown on the truck...

i actually was thinking about a 12 42 for a project...but just not very cost effective for my needs..
 

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looking around on boattrader... found

10 footer, 36 inch bottom g3 in oklahoma brand new for 775...

12 footer, 36 inch bottom lowe in georgia for 895...
 

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Brand new Riviera Skiff 12'6 models for $1100. Pretty sweet deal, very stable, solid unsinkable hull design with no wood. Just an option. I personally like it better than my old 10 and 12 jons.
 
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