Best Jon Boats of 2022

Jon boats are among the simplest, easiest to own, and easiest to maintain types of small boats on the planet. They generally consist of little more than a hull, seats, and a motor. And while they might not be the most luxurious boats on the water, there’s a lot to be said for their simplicity and affordability. All Jon boats, however, are not equal. Some are built better than others, some have specific perks or features that set them apart from the crowd, and some are designed to fill specific niches in the Jon boat world. Whatever type of Jon boat might be best for your needs, there’s a good chance you’ll find just what you’re looking for among our list of the best Jon boats of 2022.

2022 Alumacraft 1032 Jon Tiller

If you’re looking for the most affordable boat around, the Alumacraft 1032 Jon Tiller will be a serious candidate. At a mere 10 feet long, 3.9 feet wide, and weighing 99 pounds, this mini-might costs less than a lot of kayaks (figure on spending around $1,000) and can be shoved right into the back of a pick-up. It will be great for prowling around on small ponds and protected coves, though it can only hold two people and you wouldn’t want to take it into rough waters. For maximum affordability and minimum hassle, however, we’re not sure it can be beat. Plus, this is an all-welded, wood-free boat.

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The Alumacraft 1032 Jon Tiller may be small, but it provides some mighty fun opportunities. Photo by Alumacraft.

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2022 Crestliner 1448 CR Jon

The Crestliner 1448 CR Jon is the quintessential Jon boat. It’s small and light enough (at 260 pounds) to be easily handled; it consists of just a hull and three bench seats; it has a flat bottom and a squared-off bow; and it’s easily affordable. That’s not to say the 1448 CR Jon doesn’t come with a few perks, because it does have oar locks, carry handles, and a (gravity fed) livewell compartment. But the beauty in this boat is found in its simplicity — clamp a 9.9 to 25 horsepower outboard on the transom, and go have endless hassle-free fun.

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Maximum utility is the name of the game on the Crestliner 1448 CR Jon. Photo by Crestliner.

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2022 Excel 1860 Viper

Excel makes boats that can stand up to hard duty, and a unique feature available on their 1860 Viper is the “Kik-Up” transom. Hit a log or a stump with your lower unit, and the transom’s dual heavy-duty gas shocks will help absorb the impact. Along with that perk the boat is clearly designed to take on difficult territory, with features like 2” by 4” 6063 alloy ribs and extruded gunwales. Another unique item is the “step deck” transom, which is essentially a step at water level allowing you or your retriever to more easily re-enter the boat from the water.

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Excel builds their Jon boats with a rugged attitude, and the 1860 Viper is certainly no exception. Photo by Bluff Harbor Marine.

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2022 G3 16 DK

The G3 16 DK is an all-welded model that’s built for sportsmen who enjoy both fishing and duck hunting. It comes pained in Desert Brown, Mossy Oak, Shadow Grass, or Break-Up camo, and has a Dyna-Grip interior that won’t get slippery whether it’s covered in fish slime or a light snow. Critical for hunters, the 16 DK as a lockable storage compartment so you can secure firearms at all times. And unlike some small model Jon boats, this one has .100” thick aluminum in its hull. The 15 DK can haul up to three people, weighs in at 525 pounds, and can take up to 50 horses on the transom.

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Duck hunters will love a rig like the G3 16 DK Jon boat. Photo by G3.

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2022 Lowe 20 Catfish

There are boats dedicated to bass fishing, boats dedicated to bonefish and tarpon on the flats, and boats dedicated to walleye, but if it’s catfish that get you all charged up the Jon boat for you is the Lowe 20 Catfish. This model has a raised aft platform with four standard rodholders so you can cast out a spread of lines, a 60-gallon livewell for holding live baits or monster cats, and stowage for rods up to 8’6”. It also has an uber-rugged .125” thick aluminum hull, so you can prowl rocky rivers where the big cats live in confidence. If catfish hunting is your passion, this boat’s the ticket.

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Catfish anglers, rejoice – the 2022 Lowe 20 Catfish is designed just for you. Photo by Lowe.

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2022 Lund 1448

The Lund 1448 is a standard-issue Jon boat with a few nifty perks that set it apart from the fleet. A gravity-fed livewell in the center seat adds the ability to keep baits or the catch alive and kicking, while formed-in keels and spray rails make for comfortable cruising. The Lund 1448 can take up to 25 horses on the transom and is available with tiller-steering, only.

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The Lund 1448 is exactly what you expect in a Jon boat – plus a few perks. Photo by Lund.

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2022 SeaArk Mud Runner 180

One of the reasons people get a Jon boat is their minimal draft, but if you want to be able to run through wet mud, a model like the SeaArk Mud Runner 180 is what you need. This Jon boat is built with a transom bracket extension designed to take a zero-draft mud motor, and has a .125” thick hull, a 3/16” center keel reinforcement, and extruded transverse and longitudinal ribs to take on rough terrain ranging from open water to stump-filed swamps. If your idea of heading into the back country includes cruising through bogs and bayous where most boats wouldn’t dare venture, this model is just the ticket.

seaark mud runner jon boat in swamp
When you want a Jon boat that can handle thick mud, stumps, and logs, the SeaArk Mud Runner 180 is the ticket. Photo by SeaArk.

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2022 Tracker Grizzly 2072 CC

Tracker builds a wide variety of Jon boats, but the Grizzly 2072 CC is the queen of the fleet. At 21’5” long and 8’3” wide this is a very large Jon boat, and it can haul a much bigger load than most. Up to nine people can come aboard and the boat has a 1,900-pound weight capacity. As well as being a monster-sized offering for the genre, the Grizzly 2072 CC has a few perks that aren’t commonly found in the Jon boat world. It has a built-in fuel tank rather than a portable fuel cell, there are dual livewells (a 32-gallon well in the bow and a nine-gallon well under the forward console seat), and Versatrack accessory mounting system channels are integrated into the gunwales. On top of that, it’s rated to take a whopping 150 horsepower on the transom.

tracker grizzly 2072 cc fishing
Tracker’s Grizzly 2072 CC is a hefty Jon boat with more space and capability than most Jons can provide. Photo by Tracker Boats.

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2022 War Eagle 2170 Black Hawk

At 21’6” long and 8’2” wide, the War Eagle 2170 pushes the definition of a Jon boat. It also has a V-shape in the hull which some would argue is a disqualifying factor, but at the same time this is still a fishing and hunting machine available with a camo finish and a spray-in liner. It also boasts a 0.125” thick hull gauge, significantly beefier than the norm. If the idea of a giant among Jon boats with a V-hull to chop the waves seems attractive, this one could be a top choice.

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The War Eagle 2170 Black Hawk pushes the definition of a Jon boat, but any way you cut it this is an awesome fishing and hunting machine. Photo by War Eagle.

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Will one of these Jon boats be the right pick for you, to make 2022 a very special year on the water? That’s your call. But no matter what you may think of Jon boats, remember that they’re one of the most popular types of watercraft in the nation for a wealth of reasons. Maybe they don’t have luxury amenities, they won’t impress the neighbors, and they never will perform like some fancier, more expensive boats. But when it comes to having hassle-free fun on the water, a Jon boat is mighty tough to beat.

Written by: Lenny Rudow

With over two decades of experience in marine journalism, Lenny Rudow has contributed to publications including YachtWorld, boats.com, Boating Magazine, Marlin Magazine, Boating World, Saltwater Sportsman, Texas Fish & Game, and many others. Lenny is a graduate of the Westlawn School of Yacht Design, and he has won numerous BWI and OWAA writing awards.

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