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#12250677 - 05/17/17 08:35 PM First Bass Boat
Vidahr Offline
Outdoorsman

Registered: 03/20/17
Posts: 52
Loc: Huntsville, TX
Hey guys! Going out to buy my first bass boat on the 27th. It's a new(er) Tracker with a Mercury and I got a sweet deal with all the usual goodies included.

Was wondering if there's any good articles/links or anything I need to know about boat ownership.

Or any tips for newbies that would help.

Thanks!
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#12250785 - 05/17/17 09:12 PM Re: First Bass Boat [Re: Vidahr]
SteezMacQueen Offline
TFF Team Angler

Registered: 11/02/14
Posts: 4798
Loc: Red Oak, Galveston, and Pagosa...
Take it to the ramp during a weekday and practice loading and unloading. Make a check list of all the things needed to load and unload properly and safely and check it each time until it becomes habit. Put aside a small amount of money each month to fix it when it breaks and provide proper routine maintenance. It will happen...something will break and you will want to fix it.

Look into, at minimum, an online boating safety course.

Don't forget to install the drain plug.
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#12250831 - 05/17/17 09:26 PM Re: First Bass Boat [Re: SteezMacQueen]
Vidahr Offline
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Registered: 03/20/17
Posts: 52
Loc: Huntsville, TX
Take it to the ramp during a weekday and practice loading and unloading.
The gentleman I'm buying it from has a private lake and I'm actually going with a buddy right after to try to unload/load it. I've done this before, but my buddy said it's different when it's your money on the line, haha.

Make a check list of all the things needed to load and unload properly and safely and check it each time until it becomes habit.
Is there a basic checklist somewhere? I know I usually wipe down and drain the live-wells on my buds boat, but I'm not sure what else he does.

Put aside a small amount of money each month to fix it when it breaks and provide proper routine maintenance. It will happen...something will break and you will want to fix it.
Good idea! My partner and I have a small cash savings we rack up for basic needs (truck tires, house [censored], etc...)

Look into, at minimum, an online boating safety course.
I was looking into that, I think it'll be very helpful! Thanks!

Don't forget to install the drain plug.
I've seen pictures. No thanks! I'll remember (hopefully!).


Edited by Vidahr (05/17/17 09:26 PM)
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#12251007 - 05/17/17 10:32 PM Re: First Bass Boat [Re: Vidahr]
Choogie Chunker Offline
Pro Angler

Registered: 06/30/09
Posts: 937
Loc: Lufkin Tx
This site is great to learn. Another one more geared to boats than fishing is BassBoat Central.com
It has separate forums for each brand boats and motors and more. You can learn a lot there too
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#12251088 - 05/18/17 12:13 AM Re: First Bass Boat [Re: Vidahr]
Fisherdad58 Offline
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Registered: 10/28/16
Posts: 332
Loc: Ellis County, Texas
Take small bites at first. Learn what your boat and skills are capable of on rough water a little at a time. Pick your first few outings carefully for wind and weather and try to launch in protected areas until your comfortable.
Be safe and enjoy.
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#12251473 - 05/18/17 09:58 AM Re: First Bass Boat [Re: Vidahr]
Muzzlebrake Offline
Extreme Angler

Registered: 12/26/14
Posts: 1649
Loc: Euless
Put on your PFD before you ever back the boat into the water. People fall off the dock all the time and sometimes the water is deep and cold. It only takes an instant to go under if the water is cold and you are wearing a lot of clothes.
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#12251910 - 05/18/17 02:16 PM Re: First Bass Boat [Re: Vidahr]
Vidahr Offline
Outdoorsman

Registered: 03/20/17
Posts: 52
Loc: Huntsville, TX
Thanks for the great tips guys!

I'm pretty excited to be an owner of a kayak and a bass boat.

It's been a goal for awhile!!
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#12274453 - 06/01/17 09:52 PM Re: First Bass Boat [Re: Vidahr]
texasbassdude Offline
Outdoorsman

Registered: 05/31/08
Posts: 157
Loc: San Antonio, TX
How's it going? Got any questions?

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#12274748 - 06/02/17 07:44 AM Re: First Bass Boat [Re: Vidahr]
rdmac Offline
Outdoorsman

Registered: 05/06/15
Posts: 217
Loc: Palmer TX
I would also suggest wearing your kill switch lanyard. Congrats on the new bass rig.
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