Installing livewell in a jon boat`

  • avatar DeeZee 
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    I am looking into all the parts and accessories I will need to install a livewell in a new jon boat that I recently bought. I am looking for suggestions or advice as this is the first time I have done this. I found some decent liners and hatches from http://www.tempress.com. I also need a aerator pump, fittings, overflow line, hose, etc….

    Anyone have any advice on where the best place to get all these items? Or do’s and don’ts for installing this equipment?

    Avatar of gary_wellman gary_wellman 
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    #313602

    Bass Pro Shops have installation kits for something like $50.

    Let me know how you turn out. I’ve been wanting to do this for awhile. My only “engineering” concern is draining the water out or when pumping in new water…….getting the “old” water out. On the boat I want to install it on, the livewell base would sit below the waterline……Therefore the water wouldn’t be able to drain via gravity. It could be done, but I don’t want three hoses (1 intake, 1 drain on the bottom (when the boat is out of the water), a 1 “top hose” to draw out water when I want new water pumped in)

    Avatar of Whiskerkev Whiskerkev 
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    #313604

    Steve,

    What size Jon? I had a 14 footer at one time and I found a big cooler with a bilge pump worked great for me. It was easy to deal with and removable if I so desired. Kept many a bluegill alive through the night.

    avatar DeeZee 
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    Whiskerkev,

    The boat is a Alumacraft Waterfowler 16 foot. This layout is wide open in the middle of the boat. It has a large deck for casting and trolling motor and the rear bench is enough room for a seat base and about a 23″ livewell liner. I would normally go with a portable if I ever needed it, but this boat will be passed throughout the family and some of the family members like to keep some fish and thought it might be nice not to transport a huge cooler and pump, etc. each time someone else wants to use the boat…. Good idea though, thanks!

    Avatar of Mike W Mike W 
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    I spent some time looking around for a like set up for my boat. Never did do any thing with it yet. There are some pre made add on live wells out there. They come complete with pumps and all the extras. I just cant seem to remember where I saw them at right now.

    There is one listed in the Polar craft jon book catalog that can be purchased as a add on. Tempress seems to ring a bell also. I know there is more.

    Avatar of Whiskerkev Whiskerkev 
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    #313658

    Steve,

    Yeah I think I would put one in if I had that layout too. I just bought an xpress 16 footer and I converted an aluminum gun box into a livewell. 52 inches long and easily holds a limit of eaters or a nights worth of bullheads. The nice thing about the jon is it gives you flexibility to trick it out however you want.

    avatar casygram 
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    #313720

    Steve,
    Please check your web site for some info on livewells.

    Charlie

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