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    Best bass boat on the market

    What is the best bass boats on the market? I know what you are thinking so don't go there because I'm not. I want to make a thread that when someone that is wanting to get into the bass boat world , whether a beginner buying a boat for the first time or someone that has a boat already and wants to move up in size, storage, fishablity, stability, speed or what have you. I would like to keep this a non-bias thread just giving info on what you know and not what you own.

    Bass boats are used for a wide variety of thing and not just to tourney fish.

    In your honest , non-bias opinion, what are the top picks for these categories and why?

    1. Best entry level boats
    2. Best value for your buck in 18' 19' 20' 21'+ boats
    3. Best all around family/fishing boats
    4. Boats with the best storage
    5. Best built boats
    6. Boats with the best warranty and customer service


    Let's do these six first and then I will add more at a later date if this goes the way I hope it will.
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    4. Boats with the best storage

    I don't know how to rate 'best storage' = but my LCB has two of the largest rod lockers you'll ever find, owners been known to crawl in them in storms. How many of you have 8" of space below your rods or the ability to stow a full size net and not interfere with rod removal? Then there's the livewells, huge and deep and well areated. I've got enough storage on board I literally forget where I put things, I've never had a non-boater complain he didn't have enough storage, in the spring I carry 2 complete sets of rainwear (light and super heavy), a drybag with a change of clothes or additional layers, and have even carried enough tackle for 3 fully fitted anglers on a Canadian junket, including 36 fully rigged rods.
    I'm sure other boats may rate well in better organized or little angler gimmicks, and that's great. But for sure quantity or cu/ft of storage, I don't think there's a boat that comes close - but then I admit it's not your average cookie cutter either nor is it priced like one.
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    That's a very interesting post trans!

    1. If someone were to be getting into bass boats I would suggest something that would be very stable, reliable, and feature packed geared more towards the fishing aspect. More time spent casting a rod then smoking down the lake...
    In that Category, and I would suggest for a good all around boat for someone getting into the bass boat world would be a Nitro Z-7 good size, easy on the wallet and cheap to maintain etc. with tons of storage for it's size, easy to find a nitro dealer, they are everywhere.

    2. Best bang for the buck under 19' would be a Stratos champion pro elite series. Very good platform, handles the waves well, packed full of fishing features, still not too bad on the wallet (comparatively)

    Over 20' I would suggest a Nitro Z-9 for the best bang for the buck....but if money could buy something a tad better a BassCat or a legend will be a fantastic performer running the big motor and the trolling motor. Generally you always get what you pay for.

    3. IMHO the best all around family fishing boat I would suggest something Like a Lund, princecraft or a ranger walleye or another type of a deep v hull, something that can haul 4+ people, have tall sides to keep the kiddies in the boat, stable, good on gas with a 4-stroke. can tow a skier if rigged correctly from the factory.

    Not too sure who in my opinion would have the best storage space...kinda depends how you want things stored. and what you are storing.

    5. For the money it's hard to beat a BassCats to bullets or any other hand built low quantity boat out on the market as far as fit and finish. it's in the small details that make these stand out from the crowd besides their price.

    6. not sure, these can change at the drop of a hat.

    This is only from my observations and experiences....
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    frug your boat would win in almost every category....you are disqualified for having two keels with one motor....LOL

    but I'd have to admit I could crawl in your rod locker with room...and come to think of it I was climbing inside your bilge not too long ago to do some repairs....hahaha
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    1- G3
    2- nitro Z7 ( nitro's are to bass boats same as bayliners are to cruisers, affordable but less quality, my opinion of course)
    3- got a go with a fish and ski type of bass boat, pretty much any brand has one to choose from, (I would go with a ranger or skeeter)
    4- there's never enough storage on a boat, but any boat above 20' gives you more than enough.
    5- all the custom built boats, I kind of like the looks of basscats.
    6- a good boat will not need this service.

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    thats a tough one Tranz. Based mostly on opinions and really not facts. Most folks have a limited view of bassboats. opinions are based on what they own or have owned. Not many get to actually see or fish or drive a variety of diff rigs. The best I can do for this is what I see come thru my shop and the boats I've worked on and driven. Again just my opinion based on quality handling and storage.

    1. and tranz is gonna have a field day with this one would be
    Best entry level would be the Z7. the hardware leaves a little to be desired and the final interior finish is a little rough but for the money tough to beat

    2. Best value for your buck in 18' 19' 20' 21'+ boats
    real tough one to choose but Id go with the skeeter line in all categories a close second would be the Z9 for 20+

    3. Best all around family/fishing boats
    none.......bassboats make terrible family boats period. if you throw in the fish and ski or ski and fish line which are a trade off in both fishing and skiing still NONE

    4. Boats with the best storage
    depends here on whats meant by "best" layout or space available.
    best layout would be a tossup between the big skeeter and the Z9

    most storage ......don't care Im going fishing not taking a cruise to Europe If it holds what I need then there's enough. do ya really need 20 rods 45 tackle boxes for a day on the water. Most boats have ample storage Ya don't need to carry everything you own every time you go out. Ill agree that some have minimal like the Allys

    5. Best built boats
    I get to crawl in under and over just about every boat made and see short comings on a lot of different rigs It's tough to beat a hand layup boat for fit and finish. I won't go into the worst I've seen but in this catagory the old "ya get what ya pay for" really has some importance here. The cookie cutter type boats are well built but the companies that build this type of boat are more interested in getting the profit margins up so have a tendency to stretch thier molds way past their best days and the hardware seems to degrade as the cost of building them is eyeballed by the bean counters and shortcuts are imposed.

    6. Boats with the best warranty and customer service
    i agree with Egreen on this one. A good rig won't need it BUT stuff happens.
    I've dealt with quite a few companies that were very helpfull when it comes to getting a problem resolved
    I know you gize are gonna roll your eyes but Bullet and Basscat are the best folks to work with. BY FAR
    worst would be Ranger and Gambler. the you bought it now you own it and all the problems that go with it seem to be the general consensus when dealing with these folks

    There ar 3 more categories we could add
    fun to drive (sports car feel) .......soft ride like a caddy.....or JUST A BOAT

    fun....aint nothing more fun than hittin a chop at 80 plus. agreed it isnt for everybody and everybody cant do it but DAYUM its fun and Bullet and Stroker do it the best
    soft ride.....skeeter and the big nitros do this very well till it gets really nasty then Id go with the old Champs
    just a boat.......all the rest


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    it's interesting that nobody suggested Phoenix yet....

    I thought they were the baddest rig on the block a couple years ago...

    Are they still up to par or is it just that not many people have had some seat time in one yet?
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    the price tag is kind of high for what ya get on the Phoenix . My prediction is a short lived line of boats unless they rethink their price or what bells and whistles they can add to justify it.


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    yea I agree they want a mint for those boats....
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    Quote Originally Posted by Heavy Duty View Post
    yea I agree they want a mint for those boats....
    They are just right above a Nitro in price. Well below Skeeter and Ranger. I have also heard great things about their service which in my eyes, if you need it , it's worth paying for. I have not had to have my Nitro serviced yet for anything (knock on wood) but have ordered factory accessories and add ons and so far everything has been good. Did have a little mis-communication with the second console add but was well compensated for the problems. 90 % is the dealers when it comes to the problems most face. I will not ever step foot into another Bullet dealer. Just my experience.
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