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I was at Ed Shirley's a few weeks ago and saw a few basic jon boats there rather cheap (no motor, etc). Is there any type of brand that you'd recommend for a cheap boat that my brother and I can get into Deep Quarry, etc and work the lake a bit? What type of things should we be considering?
 

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The Shirley's in Morton Grove doesn't have Jon Boats, but rather those smaller pontoon type boats where you sit on a sit up over the water. Is that what you are referring to? Doesn't look like something I would want to use on the water. Personally, I would feel safer in a canoe. They don't look too stable.

A Jon Boat has a flat bottom and a square front. They are rectangular. That is what I would recommend. They are much more stable. You can get them at Bass Pro in all sizes from like 10" all the way up to I believe 20".
 
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