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    Trolling motor powered PWC

    Howdy from a newbie to the board, and mods..if there is a better place for this post, feel free to move it, I couldn't find a good spot for it.
    And YES, I searched, and couldn't find any posts that covered this, so I'll start another one.
    I've cooked up an idea in my head, it's silly, but I'm cheap, enjoy DIY projects, and for a number of different reasons, want to try this idea.
    I want a small, 1 person(or one and my 3yr old) "boat" capable of shallow water, rigid hull, and one person portable. The other plus is, I can fit one in the back of my SUV with no issues, vs my jon boat.
    The main uses would be some fishing, but mainly exploring with the lil man around the local lakes. Most of these are electric only, hence the reason for the trolling motor. I also have a 2.7hp outboard that only weights 17lbs, which could be used at the gas areas.
    The plan is to source a dead PWC(I have to research this to find my "ideal" design.They seem fairly easy to find locally, almost to the "just come and get it" price range(which is what I'm looking for) all I need is the shell and the title.
    I'd then gut it(the first thought would be to find a way to keep the stock steering, but that would be cool factor only, and more trouble than it's worth). So I'd pull all of that, and fiberglass in some trays for battery, gear, etc,seal the existing openings, make a motor mount, and head out on the water.
    If anyone has seen something similar, please let me know, send me a link, whatever, I'd hate to reinvent the wheel, not that it's a big wheel or anything.
    Carry on with the giggles, it looks like "project budget boat" is soon to be underway.
    Jeff


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    It can be done, sometimes duck hunters will do this.
    Here's one example:
    http://s1181.beta.photobucket.com/us...18110/library/

    This is the guy who converted it:
    http://www.duckhuntingchat.com/forum...?f=72&t=151384

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    Quote Originally Posted by YoYamma View Post
    It can be done, sometimes duck hunters will do this.
    Here's one example:
    http://s1181.beta.photobucket.com/us...18110/library/

    This is the guy who converted it:
    http://www.duckhuntingchat.com/forum...?f=72&t=151384
    awesome, thanks for the links. Looks like it got turned into a mini-jon, I think in my case I'll be leaving more of the craft in place, if for no other reason, I can keep a lot more foam in it for flotation reasons. This will more than likely spend a lot of time bobbing(no pun intended) and weaving up and down small creeks, so you never know when that stump will want to jump out and tip you over.

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    If you want portability, you may also want to consider the PORTA-BOTE; they've been around for 30 years. I saw some people on the lake with one of these last week; they had an outboard on it and it looked pretty stable; also folds flat in 4 minutes, see videos here...

    http://www.porta-bote.com/index.php

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    Quote Originally Posted by YoYamma View Post
    If you want portability, you may also want to consider the PORTA-BOTE; they've been around for 30 years. I saw some people on the lake with one of these last week; they had an outboard on it and it looked pretty stable; also folds flat in 4 minutes, see videos here...

    http://www.porta-bote.com/index.php
    the portable thing is a byproduct I think.
    #1..I am cheap, I refuse to spend money on something if I can make it, I have a lot more time than $, so this works out well. I figure all I'll be out is the cost of the retitling of the PWC, so how bad can it be? We shall see..haha
    #Overall size-I have a 12' Alum jon boat and a couple trailers for when I want to get out to bigger water/carry more, etc, I'm more up for the challenge of being able to get into the spots that everyone else has to see at a distance. Something the size of one of these guys should have no problems getting WAY upstream into some of the better fishing spots, secluded areas to explore.

    My buddy had one of those back in the early 80's I think..it was a Fol-boat. he didn't have the thing locked 100%, we never did find that 5hp Merc.

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    I don't know where you are but if you are close to Nashville Tn. I have a few hulls that you can have .

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