Lowe Roughneck Questions

KellyC

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After some input from several of you guys, I think I'm going to get a Lowe Roughneck jon boat. I'm pretty sure I want a center console boat. I need it to run shallow, but also be able to hold quite a bit of gear if I take it camping at Lees Ferry on the Colorado River. Lowe makes an 1860 tunnel jet that makes for good shallow water running on the Colorado plus I could take it up on the Snake & Payette Rivers along the ID/OR border, my old stomping grounds. But the 1860 doesn't have as much room as the Lowe 2070CC for hauling people and gear. The 2070CC gives me more room, but it doesn't come in a tunnel hull, and I don't know how important that is.

Does anyone know if I could still run a jet engine on the 2070CC, and if so, how much HP do I need? I understand that I lose about 30% of the HP with a jet, but I still don't know how much gross HP I need to where the 30% loss won't hurt me. I'm wondering if Lowe doesn't make the 2070 in a tunnel hull because maybe the boat is too heavy and/or a jet isn't practical, but since I'm clueless on boats in general I just don't know. I was hoping to just call Lowe but they want you to call a dealer and I prefer to talk to them last, not first. Can anyone enlighten me on the pros & cons of the 1860 vs the 2070 and clue me in on using a jet on the 2070? Also, do you guys put smaller trolling motors on your jon boats too, for trolling and also propulsion if your main motor stops working? I know that adds weight, so then I might need a bigger jet, and then I'd get into the issue of whether the transom can handle all that weight. Help!!!! And thanks in advance for helping to educate me.
 

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I would run at least 90HP. But better yet would be around a 115HP.

Tunnel hulls are not necessary but a flat bottom with proper draft are critical.
 

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Tim, The link below is the boat I'm considering, although I might drop down in length to the 1860 model (but not the tunnel hull). It's a flat bottom but with a modified V on the front end. Would that be okay? I know they make jon boats where it's flat all the way but I've heard they don't do as well when the water gets rough or if it's windy. Thanks for your input. This is my first boat and I'm a total rookie! Also, if you have any input on prop vs jet, that would also be appreciated.

 

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This is an amazing choice I like the Mod V.
That’s what I run.
Mod V-jet 60 horse on a 17.5’ boat.
 

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Hope you get out with that new boat
 

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I run a 1860 , with a tunnel, Call me at 406 390 3461 for very experienced advice.
 

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