Tracker 14 Jon Boat worth it?

Discussion in 'Boats and Motors' started by mosquitoangler21, Dec 29, 2007.

  1. Hey guys, i'm thinkin about buying a Tracker 14 jon boat for this coming spring because I am on a tight budget being that I am a college student and I figure that it would be good enough for fishing Mosquito. I usually have to rent a boat everytime I go out and I figure this would save me money in the long run plus it should fit in the back of my friends GMC truck so i shouldn't need a trailer for it. Does anyone here have any experience with jon boats? I also have a Minn Kota trolling motor so i wouldn't need a motor.
     
  2. ParmaBass

    ParmaBass Kiss The Converse

    Sometimes you can get more for your money by buying a used boat with everthing included. If you buy a brand new 14' Tracker Jon those are around $700-$800 right? There have been some deals on here that get you boat/motor/trailer and a few other items for around that same price.
     

  3. freyedknot

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    a 14 ft jon may be too small for squito on most days, that lake is shallow and kicks up pretty good. i would get a 14 ft deep v at least as parma stated.
     
  4. a '14 Tracker? those jon's are made by Fisher Marine, same boat as a fisher model but just cause they slap a "tracker" name on it they go for about $150 more. i looked into that boat a couple years ago and found that out. if you have one near you, check out a Fisher dealer.
     
  5. I'll second that. Maximize your boating opportunities-go w/ a v-hull.
     
  6. flathunter

    flathunter Mellons mentor

    I just sold one of those same boats, make sure you are not going to carry it far if you are hauling it in a truck, they get heavy...Personnly I would look for a used one first.
     
  7. Thanks for the posts so far guys, i'm new to this whole boating thing. What would be an example of a V-hull, probably a dumb question lol but i'm not sure what one looks like, i'm assuming something like a row boat? I am looking into maybe getting a used one too, i won't be getting the boat until around May because I wont have much use for it until then because i'll still be in class. Thanks again guys
     
  8. ezbite

    ezbite the Susan Lucci of OGF

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    causeway baitshop rents deep vee hull boats. you know, the yellow ones:D a jon/flat bottom on skeeter is a risk IMO. on a calm, sunny day you'll be ok in one, but a windy day...you will get wet and beat.lol. get the deep vee.
     
  9. A V-hull is exactly what it sounds like. I jon boat has a flat bottom and a V-hull has a "V" shaped bottom. Like the other posts said you would be better off getting used(more boat for the buck). I would suggest starting to look as soon as you can afford it, not when school ends. I bought mine in the middle of winter, good deals happen year round, just keep looking. Good Luck.
     
  10. Mosquitoangler,

    Not a dumb question. You will find lots of good info here and asking questions on the board is a great way to get feedback. Like Muskyman said there are a lot of boats out there similar to what you're after. Keep an eye on here as well as local classifieds, Craigslist, etc and then look a alot of them and you will know when you find the right "deal". Many come with a trailer and small motor for what you might spend on just a new hull. If you choose one with a motor (or a trailer) you may need to do a little more research (ask more uestions) to make sure you know what you are getting. You will always remember your 1st boat. Good luck in your search.

    Tim
     
  11. Gju42486

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    freyed- just a heads up, not sure if its just my computer or everyone's. You need to be a member to access that link.
     
  12. freyedknot

    freyedknot useless poster

    sorry bout that. i will try some thing different!

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