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Old 02-01-2012, 11:30 PM   #1 (permalink)
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...All six of you...

Seriously, I am sure that there are a few people on here that know their stuff as far as bass boats go.

I have never been a fan of giant bass boats, because so much of the fishing that bass anglers do is in shallow water. Yeah, I get it... big boats and gnarly motors are cool. Whatever. I am not out at the lake to pick up chicks.

I am interested in a boat in the 15-17 (18 max) foot range. I have looked at a lot of manufacturers websites, and there are just no boats under 18 feet being made these days. I saw the Bass Cat Phelix, which is a nice looking hull, but that is about it. And it is rated 25hp max, which is a wee bit underpowered for some lakes. There is also the Stratos 176XT.

Can any of you guys that have some knowledge in this area offer any suggestions on a small, light BASS BOAT that has console steering and is rated to say 75-115hp? An older boat would be OK, I just need to get some ideas.

I might just have to break down and build the thing after all... 

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Old 02-01-2012, 11:39 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I'm definately no expert although I have fished out of lots of different rigs. Start browsing bassboatcentral sale board. Lots of small boats on there, get an idea of what is out there and what folks want for them. You are definatey looking at an older hull if going 17' unless you are open to non-fiberglass hulls...
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Old 02-01-2012, 11:50 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Good advice. I have been on the BBC boards quite a bit...

I am open to aluminum. Xpress seem to make nice boats, and the Triton aluminum stuff looks good too.

I wanna be as stingy on gas towing and running as I can, but still be able to move a little bit. I guess aluminum is something I should think about real hard with those criteria... I just hate how smaller aluminum boats ride. I hate aluminum bike frames for he same reason. Rattle your teeth out.
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Old 02-02-2012, 07:32 AM   #4 (permalink)
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I have a buddy with a little boat called CAJUN. Cutest little almost bass boat It is 15' I think, he has a 40 or 50 on it and a 50lb troller. Very light boat, also SMALL. Of course we try to pike fish and throw big azz baits which means big gear, but we have fished 3 out of it and it holds 4 peeps just fine. I think it is just right up your alley, fishes 2 just fine.

and I know I am no bass boat guy, just my .02
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Old 02-02-2012, 07:36 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Old 02-03-2012, 10:47 AM   #7 (permalink)
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I looked at an late '90's 16' Nitro last year that had a 115 HP Merc.

I also looked at a late '80's 14' Bayliner bassboat that had a 70 HP on it.

I'm sure you know this, but in Colorado there isn't much of a market until the lakes open back up. There will be a bunch of boats that will go on the market in the next 45 days.
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Old 02-03-2012, 10:56 AM   #8 (permalink)
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I did a quick search and didn't find much new, but there are quite a few of options in boats made in the '80's or 90's. No idea what your budget is, but for the price of some of these you could do quite a few upgrades with a decent budget.

http://dallas.craigslist.org/ftw/boa/2832012235.html
http://dallas.craigslist.org/ftw/boa/2830221514.html
http://dallas.craigslist.org/dal/boa/2788424089.html
http://dallas.craigslist.org/sdf/boa/2831319244.html
http://dallas.craigslist.org/ftw/boa/2830574533.html 2010 model
http://dallas.craigslist.org/ftw/boa/2813872073.html 1999 Ranger
http://dallas.craigslist.org/dal/boa/2781228519.html 2000 with a 150
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These are available at Valentines Marine. Aluminum boats, used. Monark brand that Valentines used to sell. Monark is out of business now.
http://denver.craigslist.org/boa/2807668162.html
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Old 02-05-2012, 11:15 AM   #10 (permalink)
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Thanks for the replies fellas, but I am not in a position to buy anything right now.

I was really just looking for ideas as far as "Brand X is light, but they use fiberglass chop instead of cloth, so there might be rot in the stringers in older hulls..." or "Brand Y has really strong transoms..." etc.

I keep coming back to the idea of tracking down a Hydrostream Varmint and restoring it... it would be a ton of work, and probably stupid besides, but there is a certain romance to the idea of owning the first pad-hull V bass boat. It is also a fast hull, and it meets my criteria for economy, being 17' and rated to a max of 150hp.

Plus it is just a sick looking boat, IMO. I know it does not have huge decks, but I fish by myself most of the time anyway.

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