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#11680496 - 06/21/16 02:40 PM Bass Boat for Pulling Tubes
TwoLakes Offline
Pro Angler

Registered: 08/04/09
Posts: 927
Loc: Texarkana, AR
I have a dilemma and would like to get some opinions. I bought a Skeeter ZX21 off of the forum a couple of years ago. It's got the 250 SHO and is a great fishing boat. However, this boat does not excel when I try to pull my 9 year old around the lake on a tube. The boat rides nose high and does not like to go slow. If I trim the motor all the way down, I can see over the top of the nose at about 19-20 mph. But, the boat is plowing the entire time.

My wife wants to buy a ski boat, but I REALLY don't want two boats. Are there any boat brands out there that ride flatter at 17-19 MPH? What I would really like to do is find a boat that is "good enough" to ski/tube behind 15-20 days a year but has the primary purpose to bass fish.

I'm not really into fish and ski combos. So, my first preference is to find the right bass boat that will suffice for water toys. If that's not possible, I would bite the bullet and get a used ski boat.

#11680508 - 06/21/16 02:45 PM Re: Bass Boat for Pulling Tubes [Re: TwoLakes]
Mike_Soriano™ Offline
TFF Celebrity

Registered: 06/08/08
Posts: 5434
Keep the rig and buy a used jet flea for towing tubes.

#11680514 - 06/21/16 02:49 PM Re: Bass Boat for Pulling Tubes [Re: TwoLakes]
fouzman Online   content

Registered: 01/20/09
Posts: 46905
Loc: Houston, TX
Just pull the 9 year old at 35mph so you can stay on plane.
"Things turn out best for those who make the best of the way things turn out" - Zachary Troy Schrah - a young man with vision far beyond his years.

#11680522 - 06/21/16 02:52 PM Re: Bass Boat for Pulling Tubes [Re: TwoLakes]
lipjerk Offline
Extreme Angler

Registered: 03/04/09
Posts: 2320
Loc: Lantana,Tx
I have a Nitro 929 225 Merc. I tow my kids in the tube, about the slowest I can go is 19 to 20 trimmed all the way down. I use this attachment and added pool noodles to the rope so it doesn't catch the prop.

#11680523 - 06/21/16 02:53 PM Re: Bass Boat for Pulling Tubes [Re: TwoLakes]
361V Online   content
TFF Team Angler

Registered: 11/21/08
Posts: 4927
Loc: somervell county
My wife tried forever to get a "fish & ski" boat. I always argued that we could ski out of my bass boat way better than I could fish out of a ski boat! That being said: my old Ranger 361v spent countless hours pulling my 3 boys on skis and tubes. That heavy Ranger probably would run on plane a little slower than your rig but I think you can invest in a different "backup" prop and fix the problem. I had a 4 blade that would plane off pretty good and run relatively slow pulling a tube. I also had a ski pylon that went into the back seat hole and braced off the transom. Simple rig that "quick connected" with a couple pins. Got the rope above the motor and further forward than simple tying a rope to the transom. Think about stepping down several sizes in pitch with more blades. Bet it works for you. Will it tend to hit the rev limiter when not pulling a load? If you let it. Talk to Steves Custom Propeller. He's a wealth of prop knowledge and does not simply "guess". Good luck.

Edited by 361V (06/21/16 02:57 PM)

#11680542 - 06/21/16 03:02 PM Re: Bass Boat for Pulling Tubes [Re: TwoLakes]
Bobby Milam Offline
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Registered: 07/13/14
Posts: 3359
Loc: Arlington
Smaller bass boat. I'd try another prop for pulling a tube

#11680546 - 06/21/16 03:04 PM Re: Bass Boat for Pulling Tubes [Re: TwoLakes]
GROD Offline
Extreme Angler

Registered: 09/12/10
Posts: 1603
Loc: Eagle Mountain
Won't be pretty and you will lose a little top end speed, but you can always put a fin on the back... Will jump straight on plain. Good one for that size motor will run you about 120. Can always take it off when bass fishing and put in on the few times a year your're pulling a tube...

#11680550 - 06/21/16 03:06 PM Re: Bass Boat for Pulling Tubes [Re: TwoLakes]
ChumBag Offline

Registered: 03/10/09
Posts: 296
Loc: Little Elm, Texas
A fin will let you get on plane at slower speeds. There are a bunch of different brands now that you don't even have to drill any holes.

1999 Javalin 150 evenrude

#11680587 - 06/21/16 03:25 PM Re: Bass Boat for Pulling Tubes [Re: TwoLakes]
JayC41 Online   content

Registered: 01/29/08
Posts: 33821
Loc: Dee Eff Dub
Get a different prop for pulling tubes

#11680590 - 06/21/16 03:26 PM Re: Bass Boat for Pulling Tubes [Re: TwoLakes]
UTDmiller Offline
Extreme Angler

Registered: 10/01/13
Posts: 2021
my brother used to pull me around going about 35-40... pretty sure he did it on purpose.
John Miller

#11680597 - 06/21/16 03:29 PM Re: Bass Boat for Pulling Tubes [Re: TwoLakes]
jhall239 Offline

Registered: 10/02/15
Posts: 108
Loc: Hemphill,TX/Jonesboro,LA
Jet ski for pulling tube and skiers
saves your boat and gets you more fishing time but.... the one we had several years back sure liked gas
Skeeter 20-I 250 HPDI

#11680692 - 06/21/16 04:21 PM Re: Bass Boat for Pulling Tubes [Re: TwoLakes]
bronco71 Online   content
Extreme Angler

Registered: 02/05/06
Posts: 1445
Loc: Farmers Branch/Sulphur Bluff
I just change my prop for skiing/tubing trips. The extra prop gives me a spare if something happens to my primary prop.

#11680718 - 06/21/16 04:42 PM Re: Bass Boat for Pulling Tubes [Re: TwoLakes]
RedEar12 Offline
Pro Angler

Registered: 11/30/15
Posts: 852
I bought a ski boat also. With my kids friends wanting to go also, it was just not right not having enough room and taking everything out all the time. My wife and kids love it. Storage is the only thing I don't like having to pay for.

#11680997 - 06/21/16 07:41 PM Re: Bass Boat for Pulling Tubes [Re: TwoLakes]
Ken A. Offline
TFF Celebrity

Registered: 10/02/06
Posts: 9562
Loc: Trophy Club, TX
`I run a Merc Fury 25 on my 250 SHO/Legend rig and it pulls tubers great. I do pull them at 25-35 mph but it works great. When I get up to 35 my boys start screaming like little girls tho... lol_2

#11681034 - 06/21/16 08:01 PM Re: Bass Boat for Pulling Tubes [Re: JayC41]
ezbassin Offline
TFF Guru

Registered: 01/15/04
Posts: 13125
Loc: Mansfield, Tx.
Originally Posted By: JayC41
Get a different prop for pulling tubes


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