"Creek Rat" 14 ft jon boat build (COMPLETE! 8-23)


After some convincing by Cracker Larry, I got the plans for the GF14 from http://www.bateau.com. I want to build it for inshore fishing and beating around and whatnot so she'll get a work boat finish. My epoxy and fiberglass just got here and I've got my work space set up. I've even got van bench seats for the ladies to come hang out and watch me work. I recently got a fancy camera and am itching to use it so expect quite a few pictures.

I did a rebuild on a 13ft Malibu a couple years ago and that's what really got me inspired to build this new boat. You can check out the pictures at this link (https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.528207271695.2030656.46403067&type=3&l=86f489a40c). I plan to make a photo album on my Facebook and use it to host the pictures to post on this here forum.

Now I'm just waiting for that plywood to get here so I can get to building.










-Capt. Chris Rapchick

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Sweet paint job on the utility trailer!

2007 Scout 221 150 Yamaha 4 stroke
gonna need something in that cooler!

JustCUZ
Winner 2011 CF.com Fishing Parlay
http://www.bateau.com/studyplans/GF14_study.htm?prod=GF14

Those are the study plans for the boat I'm building. I just picked up some odds and ends at Home Depot today and am getting the wood for the cleats, runners, rub rails and spray rails tomorrow. After much delibaration on where to put the battery, run the chase tubes, mount the lights and speakers and do it all while making sure nothing gets too exposed to saltwater, I've decided I'm going to keep it simple and do without an electrical system. I'll have some clamp on lights for when I'm running and fishing at night and rechargeable, waterproof, work radio that I can remove when I'm done. I'll save weight, money and time by not worrying about all that because after all, it's just a jon boat so I may wait until I build a bigger boat for all that fancy dancy electrical business....

The transom will be cut for a short shaft motor (~17" depending on make) and I'll be looking for a 15-25 hp 2 stroke late model outboard when I come back to SC.




-Capt. Chris Rapchick

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There are a lot more 20" motors available than 15", especially electric start. Good luck on your build.
Originally posted by dernflatlander

There are a lot more 20" motors available than 15", especially electric start. Good luck on your build.


This is true and I'm going to hope I can find a short shaft motor but am not ruling out the option of a longer shafted motor. I've got the plans for a small, lightweight, aluminum jackplate in the event I have to go with a 20" (~21+" actual length) motor.





-Capt. Chris Rapchick

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no motor
Very cool. Im looking forward to following this.

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2000 SeaPro 180CC w/ Yammy 115 2 stroke
1966 13' Boston Whaler w/ Merc 25 4 stroke "Flatty"
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Had a dear old friend with a Malibu in the very early 80's...had a lot of fun and learned a lot about inshore fishing in it from him, brings back some wonderful memories.

Checked out the plans and BOM for the bateau...I'm excited about watching the progress of this build and thank you for sharing it with us.

I bet it turns out great, can't wait to watch.

Edit: Pix of the ladies on the van seats watching will be appreciated.
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Edit: Pix of the ladies on the van seats watching will be appreciated.

Im with IM4USC!
Chris, ideally you should settle on the motor first and build the transom to fit it. I've found that 15" shaft motors can actually be 16 or 17, and that 20" shafts can be 21 or 22, depending on brands. Or you might even get a deal on a 25", like I did.

Better at this point in your build to let the transom run high. You can cut it down later a lot easier than you can build it up. I had built this one at 20", but ended up with a 25" shaft motor and had to raise the transom. Trust me, it's easier to shorten it than it is to raise it wink



Capt. Larry Teuton
Cracker Built Custom Boats
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"Edit: Pix of the ladies on the van seats watching will be appreciated"


If I know Rap, we Won't be dissapointed!


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