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marlon lum. jon boats how stable are they

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Posted 11 November 2010 - 08:11 AM

Hi fellow fly fishers.
I am considering a 10 ft. Marlon alum. jon boat for fly fishing the lakes of BC. I've had a stroke so my balance isn't real good, but I want a boat that will fit in the back of my longbed pickup and still be able to pull my travel trailer at the same time. I also want one that is as light as possible, yet is very stable. Has anyone had any experience with this brand of jon boats or know of any used ones for sale? Thank you.
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Posted 11 November 2010 - 08:27 AM

From what I have seen, read and heard. They are light, and quite stable. Moreso than the other jon boats that are readily available (i.e. the Lund/Alumacraft/Lowe 1236's.)

The Marlon are rivetted, and they are not of a heavy guage aluminum like the Spratleys. So they may be what you are looking for. The 10' sprately is 150 pounds before adding accessories. The Marlon is 87lbs.

Given the 47" bottom width and 55" in beam, I think you are safe for stability.

Perhaps ask the retailer to drop one in a the closest body of water for you to do a 'tip test'. He should have not problem with it if you are a serious buyer.

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