Thursday, March 22, 2012

14' Modified V Jon Boat............3/20/2012 Update

Well since the last post I have made a few minor changes to the boat. First and foremost, I added about 12-14 inches of heavy log chain to my anchors. This added weight of the chain allows the boat to hold its anchor better. The idea is that the chain being heavy will tend to hold to the lake bottom, and when the waves or wind start to move the boat the chains will lift up and add resistance before the anchor drags. This little bit of play, or stretch, in the anchor line allows for a better hold, which is crucial when anchoring in 20 mph wind in a 14 foot aluminum boat. For the rear anchor I use a 15 pound river anchor, and for the bow I use a 12 pound mushroom anchor. The 15 pound river anchor with the chain can be seen here on the furthest side of the bench.

Improvements.
Also from this picture you can see that I have added additional driftmaster rod holders and some new bases that I bought from Big Dave at Bottom Dwellers Tackle. Big Dave runs a great business, hes really friendly, and his prices are hard to beat. Check his site out at bottomdwellerstackle.com. I also removed some of the pvc rod holders from the back of the boat. After using the boat for the first couple weeks Amanda and Rylan had both mentioned that they wouldn't mind having a few more rod holders up front, so I bought a couple more. I now have four driftmaster duo troller rod holders on the trolling bar and two driftmaster duo rod holders on each side of the boat for a total of six driftmaster rod holders. Previously I had the rod holders attached on the side of the boat by using the oar lock sockets that were still attached to the boat. However I found that this method didn't hold the rod holders tight enough to use circle hooks for cats, they would spin toward the direction of the fish. To avoid this spinning I ordered a few driftmaster side mount bases for the rod holders. They come in right handed thread and left handed thread, the idea is that when you mount your rod holders on the right side of the boat you want to use right handed thread, and vice-versa on the left side. In effect, when moving forward or when drifting, when a fish takes your bait and pulls against the boat the rod holders will actually be tightening rather than loosening. 
Driftmaster side mount base.
From the picture above you can see that by using the oar lock sockets I twisted the coating off of the bottom of the rod holders. To mount the bases I simply drilled two holes in the rail, and attached the base using stainless steel screws. I then twisted the rod holders until they became snug and positioned the rod holder in the direction that I wanted it to face.
The next step for the boat is to mount two more bases toward the front of the boat. I won't buy rod holders for these, instead I plan to use the two inside rod holders on the trolling bar and move them according to my fishing situation, or fishing partners preference. I can then easily remove them and attach them to the back when needed. Its turning out to be much better than I had ever imagined, now I just have to find the fish.

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