BOATS ON SITE!!! – Information about hunting and fishing in Montana

JON BOATS has been around for years. These flat-bottomed boats are the preferred choice of many boaters.

Jon Boats were originally made from Jack Pine. This sappy wood was an excellent waterproof material for building boats. Later, the name of the boat Jack Pine was changed to Jon Boat. Some historians attribute the credit to a Scandinavian yachtsman named “Jon”, but there is little evidence to support this story.

Years ago when fishing started along the new Bighorn River, we used canoes, rowboats and Jon boats to fish. It was not until much later that the Bighorn Trout Shop introduced the first drift boat/dory style Mackenzie boats. There is also an increase in the number of watercraft and personal kayaks along our watersheds.

What made the Jon boat popular is its rugged, shallow design. Today, most Jon boats are made of durable aluminum. Most are made in lengths of 8 to 20 feet. These boats are inefficient for rowing but work well with electric assistance from electric or gasoline motors.

Jon boats are inexpensive, durable and easily transportable. They can be towed, stacked, dragged or transported. They are perfect for bow fishing, hunting, fishing and travel. Their open and spacious design makes them popular.

Jon boats have evolved in the Tunnel hull and modified semi-V versions which help in rougher waters. If you are interested in buying a Jon boat today, take a look at the Sea Ark RX180CC. Consider the 18 foot version which has an 82 inch beam. These bare boats weigh around 1200 pounds. and will take an engine up to 90 hp. The console, living well and spacious design can be upgraded with swivel chairs and other cool features.

As you wish!

Montana Grant

Earnest A. Martinez