The needs of a bowfisherman aren’t that much different from anglers. You need a stable platform, reliable power, the silence of an electric trolling motor, and a platform high enough to offer a better view into the water.
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Building a Boat For Bowfishing
•The Grizzly jon boat is flat-bottomed for superior stability during the chaos of a successful shoot. There’s space enough in it for several shooters to safely draw, release and retrieve the arrow.
•The shooting deck gives a vantage point to see farther and deep into the water. It’s removable for fishing or waterfowl hunting.
•Lights surround the deck to illuminate the whole waterway and fish below. LEDs operate on 12 volts and are safer for boaters to maintain than AC current.
•A gas-powered generator to run a 12-volt charger is essential to keep lights lit.
•Easy-to-clean, nonskid decking, like this dense foam surface, quiets footsteps whether fishing, bowfishing or duck hunting.
•The foot-operated trolling motor is silent to sneak up on fish. A 24- to 36-volt system is required, and electronic pedal steering is essential to keep the bow hands-free.
•Rod holders, arrow quivers and cold-drink holders keep essentials in easy reach.