If youre looking for a 6 foot jon boat, theres a good chance you have one of a couple of different things in mind. The first is a plastic watercraft with two pedestal type seats and the second is a very lightweight aluminum watercraft. In this article, Ill go over both types, so you can be covered no matter what youre looking to find for information. Lets get started, so you can get on the lake, river, or water and go fishing, duck hunting, or just row around.
6 Foot Aluminum Row Boat
There are some great benefits to buying a small jon like this one. Listed below are some of the benefits and drawbacks youd encounter with something like this.
Lightweight: I personally owned a 10 aluminum jon boat for a number of years. It was one of the lightest, most easy to load and unload that Ive ever used.
No Trailer Needed: Why trailer such a small boat? It can easily go in the back of a truck or even on the roof of a car when properly secured.
Dual Purpose: Its good for duck hunting, or fishing, or even just rowing around on the lake. The low amount of water it draws with the flat bottom will make it very easy to row around as well.
Trolling Motor Only: This is too small to handle even a 2 horsepower motor effectively, so youll most likely be using either an electric trolling motor or rowing.
Lack of Stability: These arent the widest, as the short length doesnt allow for a super wide boat.
6 Foot Plastic Boat
Many people are looking to float on the pond or lake with a plastic boat for fishing. Listed below are some of the pros and cons of this type of watercraft.
Increased Stability: These are pretty stable units that can be floated on the water with confidence, but you should still wear a lifejacket.
Built-In Seats: Almost all models have two seats with high backs, making it a more comfortable way to drift and fish.
Gas or Electric Motor: While you generally wont find oar locks, you can attach a very small motor, generally under 4hp, or a trolling motor to drive around.
Heavier: its not super heavy, but the plastic weighs a lot more than the aluminum, so even a six footer is heavy. This makes it harder to unload and load into the water effectively.
Expensive: These are substantially more expensive in most situations and with most manufacturers.
No Oars Locks: As noted, you generally wont find oar locks, so youll have to paddle or buy a trolling motor to move it around.
As you can see, when it comes to a 6 foot jon boat, you have some options to think about.