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#11021287 - 08/05/15 07:45 AM Cougar ftd vs Cougar advantage
Andrew Y'Barbo Offline
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Registered: 06/25/12
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Loc: Lufkin Texas
Both boats rigged the same. Would you pay the difference to have the FTD? Why or why not? Looking for multiple opinions on these set ups. Also would you rather have a 52" fortrex over a 45"? Thank y'all!

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#11021299 - 08/05/15 07:48 AM Re: Cougar ftd vs Cougar advantage [Re: Andrew Y'Barbo]
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Loc: Lake Fork
FTD it has a wider front deck, and I would want the 52" for when you are in the wind.

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#11021348 - 08/05/15 08:10 AM Re: Cougar ftd vs Cougar advantage [Re: Andrew Y'Barbo]
Tommy Yetts Offline
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Andrew you can't miss with either one of these boats. I have always liked the Cougar FTD. Both boats fish the same. Do you want the extra bells and whistles then by the Premium FTD. If you can't justify the extra cost buy the Adv. Elite! A 45" shaft is adequate for either boat. If you are fishing open water in heavy wind then choose the 52".
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#11021823 - 08/05/15 11:14 AM Re: Cougar ftd vs Cougar advantage [Re: Andrew Y'Barbo]
Allen Bass Fisher Offline
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I saw this on the BassCat owners page. The difference between the Cougar FTD and Cougar Advantage. This was for 2014, so there might be a little difference in 2015 and/or 2016.

Cougar AE/ Cougar FTD


(1) 12 volt outlet/ (3) 12 volt outlets

26/10 (36) gallon fuel capacity/ 26/26 (52) gallon fuel capacity

regular dash and windscreen/ modular dash and windscreen

1 interior courtesy light/ 4 interior courtesy lights

stainless handrails/ illuminated handrails

perko latches/ southco latches

single bilge pump/ dual bilge pumps (auto and manual)

standard bow light/ built in bow light

hoses from engine enter at side of splash well/ hoses from engine enter at front of splash well

regular drain plug/ southco drain plug

bungee rod straps/ velcro rod straps

e ladder/ stainless boarding ladder

No extra "bling"/ mini bolt and extra cap stripe

Hope this helps your decision.

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#11022149 - 08/05/15 01:15 PM Re: Cougar ftd vs Cougar advantage [Re: Andrew Y'Barbo]
bladeslinger Offline
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Registered: 04/22/08
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Loc: Rockwall Tx.
Both are very nice rigs and fish great,I like the options on my FTD .You will be happy with either one.

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#11022538 - 08/05/15 03:13 PM Re: Cougar ftd vs Cougar advantage [Re: Andrew Y'Barbo]
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I like the look of the FTD better. I have a 2015 FTD and the extra lines on the FTD really make it stand out over the advantage IMO. Both are great and I have fished from both. I just like the options and the look of the FTD better. Also, it seems like the resale holds better on the FTD from what I have observed.
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#11023545 - 08/05/15 09:54 PM Re: Cougar ftd vs Cougar advantage [Re: Andrew Y'Barbo]
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You will definitely want the FTD, it's just a nicer set up by far.

Let me know if I can help you get in one.
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#11023643 - 08/05/15 11:10 PM Re: Cougar ftd vs Cougar advantage [Re: Tommy Yetts]
Andrew Y'Barbo Offline
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Originally Posted By: Tommy Yetts
Andrew you can't miss with either one of these boats. I have always liked the Cougar FTD. Both boats fish the same. Do you want the extra bells and whistles then by the Premium FTD. If you can't justify the extra cost buy the Adv. Elite! A 45" shaft is adequate for either boat. If you are fishing open water in heavy wind then choose the 52".


Tommy sorry if I missed you at the meeting last week. I tried introducing myself to the other surrounding dealers. (I'm with Ross Motorsports) I'm just getting a feel from everyone. Thanks for the offer Jay. Rockwall marine does an excellent job!

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#11026703 - 08/07/15 09:39 AM Re: Cougar ftd vs Cougar advantage [Re: Andrew Y'Barbo]
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I've got the Puma Advantage Elite 2015, got it from Rockwall Marine. I was able to spend less on the boat itself and add in some power poles, graphs, etc with the savings. I love my boat and I fish in it just about EVERY DAY. I couldn't be happier with my decision.
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#11026746 - 08/07/15 09:56 AM Re: Cougar ftd vs Cougar advantage [Re: Allen Bass Fisher]
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Originally Posted By: Allen Bass Fisher

bungee rod straps/ velcro rod straps


Interesting comparison of options. Why doesn't Basscat use RodBuckles or their own proprietary, retractable system? The Velcro snags hooks and gets in the way, IMO. Not knocking them...just an honest question.
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#11026799 - 08/07/15 10:18 AM Re: Cougar ftd vs Cougar advantage [Re: 96speed]
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Originally Posted By: 96speed
Originally Posted By: Allen Bass Fisher

bungee rod straps/ velcro rod straps


Interesting comparison of options. Why doesn't Basscat use RodBuckles or their own proprietary, retractable system? The Velcro snags hooks and gets in the way, IMO. Not knocking them...just an honest question.



They now have them as a option....
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#11027855 - 08/07/15 06:14 PM Re: Cougar ftd vs Cougar advantage [Re: Rockie Martin]
JPost Offline
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Originally Posted By: Rockie Martin
Originally Posted By: 96speed
Originally Posted By: Allen Bass Fisher

bungee rod straps/ velcro rod straps


Interesting comparison of options. Why doesn't Basscat use RodBuckles or their own proprietary, retractable system? The Velcro snags hooks and gets in the way, IMO. Not knocking them...just an honest question.



They now have them as a option....


Go old school and use the bungees. Real simple and works better.

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#11028190 - 08/07/15 09:19 PM Re: Cougar ftd vs Cougar advantage [Re: Andrew Y'Barbo]
ogles824 (aka Lakewaydr50) Offline
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52 inch Fortrex for sure. I've been on Fork and a few other lakes where the wind can really make the water crazy and couldn't keep the TM below the surface with any thing shorter........
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#11029693 - 08/08/15 07:48 PM Re: Cougar ftd vs Cougar advantage [Re: Andrew Y'Barbo]
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The purpose of Andrew's question I believe is coming from a dealer perspective. Andrew is on the sales team at Ross Motorsports, which is picking up Bass Cat to add to their darn well stocked showroom of motorcycles, ATVs, ETC. In Lufkin, they are they closest BCB/Yamaha dealer to most of us.

So from a buyers opinion, what do you want to see on the showroom floor when you walk in? A loaded out FTD or a more price friendly Advantage. How important is it to you that you get the exact colors you want on a boat that youre willing to wait 6 weeks and special order one. What options do you prefer on each model? M

Tommy, good to see you a couple weeks ago at the meeting. Jay, hope youre loving the new boat. I got mine put into production order today. That gives me a few weeks to make my mind up on colors wink.

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#11029737 - 08/08/15 08:12 PM Re: Cougar ftd vs Cougar advantage [Re: Andrew Y'Barbo]
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walking into a sales room is always hard.. i think .. from a buyers perspective.. I want to see what can be added to a Rig.. then I look at the things I can live without...

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