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#12826000 - 07/12/18 03:03 PM Re: Boat advice needed [Re: 68A]
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and, if you are looking at aluminum, you can solve the "blown about" problem by getting an ultrex on it.

that's what i did with my ranger rt188; fishes great now.
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#12826066 - 07/12/18 03:46 PM Re: Boat advice needed [Re: Brutaldudeski]
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Registered: 05/14/14
Posts: 3727
Loc: texas
Originally Posted By: Brutaldudeski
A 25k budget is plenty to get into a nicely used fiberglass rig or darn near a brand new aluminum. Ranger, Triton, Lowe, tracker, xpress and g3 all make nice aluminum boats. Tracker and Lowe being the more budget friendly. Nitro, Triton, skeeter, ranger, champion, just so many good fiberglass options. Stay away from used 2 strokes in my opinion, 4 stroke is the way to go.


I like ( love ) this suggestion, recommendation especially about the 4 stroke. And I would forget buying a tin boat when you can get a really good glass boat that will handle these windy days we have here in Texas for the price range you have. Just be patient and do your due diligence.
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#12826207 - 07/12/18 05:19 PM Re: Boat advice needed [Re: tin man 55]
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Originally Posted By: tin man 55
and, if you are looking at aluminum, you can solve the "blown about" problem by getting an ultrex on it.

that's what i did with my ranger rt188; fishes great now.



What he said. clap

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#12826250 - 07/12/18 05:51 PM Re: Boat advice needed [Re: 68A]
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What kind of fishing do you see yourself doing? Are you running big water and fishing offshore when the deep bite is there or are you happy staying in the creek arms finding shallow resident fish for the majority of your time out?

If youíre going to run big water I wouldnít consider aluminum.

If your preference is to stay shallow then I would get more bang for your buck and go with aluminum.

Either way Iím putting an ultrex on it.

IMO Ranger makes the best aluminum boat. Excellent quality and execution.
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#12826260 - 07/12/18 06:00 PM Re: Boat advice needed [Re: Huckleberry]
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Originally Posted By: Huckleberry
I would get this one ... listed at $28,500. Maybe he will take 25K.



http://www.bassboatcentral.com/boats4salebullet.htm


Mine will be on the market soon for $25k. I'm getting it cleaned up first.

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#12827639 - 07/13/18 08:07 PM Re: Boat advice needed [Re: 68A]
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Registered: 03/02/18
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I just bought a 2017 Nitro Z18 for 23.8k with 30 hours, with 25k you can get a nice used boat, good luck!

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#12828086 - 07/14/18 10:26 AM Re: Boat advice needed [Re: 68A]
Ken A. Offline
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Registered: 10/02/06
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Originally Posted By: 68A
Looking for some advice on buying a bass boat. My son is getting older and Iíd like to get back into a boat so that we can spend some time together on the water. In the past Iíve had a 20í nitro, but Iíve been out of the game for a few years. At this point, Iím looking at aluminum boats for durability, unless someone can convince me otherwise. Iíd like something with 150 hp. My budget is around 25k. Question is, who makes the best aluminum bass boats? Any advice or opinions appreciated. Thanks.


Some of the larger tin boats like Xpress ride as good as a glass boat of the same length. Thats not the issue. Boat control in the wind is the biggest issue. An Ultrex will solve a lot of the problems but still trying to work down a bank in a cross wind is an issue.

I agree, for $25K you can get a really nice glass rig if you keep an eye out and be ready to jump on it when it come around. I would make sure to have a competent mechanic do a compression test on the motor, check the LU grease for water intrusion, etc. Even if a motor has 500-1,000 hours on it, I would not be scared as long as the seller has documentation showing he did the maintenance at regular intervals and has good & even compression across all cylinders.

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#12828108 - 07/14/18 10:55 AM Re: Boat advice needed [Re: Ken A.]
Doug R. Offline
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Originally Posted By: Ken A.
Originally Posted By: 68A
Looking for some advice on buying a bass boat. My son is getting older and Iíd like to get back into a boat so that we can spend some time together on the water. In the past Iíve had a 20í nitro, but Iíve been out of the game for a few years. At this point, Iím looking at aluminum boats for durability, unless someone can convince me otherwise. Iíd like something with 150 hp. My budget is around 25k. Question is, who makes the best aluminum bass boats? Any advice or opinions appreciated. Thanks.


Some of the larger tin boats like Xpress ride as good as a glass boat of the same length. Thats not the issue. Boat control in the wind is the biggest issue. An Ultrex will solve a lot of the problems but still trying to work down a bank in a cross wind is an issue.

I agree, for $25K you can get a really nice glass rig if you keep an eye out and be ready to jump on it when it come around. I would make sure to have a competent mechanic do a compression test on the motor, check the LU grease for water intrusion, etc. Even if a motor has 500-1,000 hours on it, I would not be scared as long as the seller has documentation showing he did the maintenance at regular intervals and has good & even compression across all cylinders.



+1 on motor hours


If a motor is maintained, taken care of in general and ran regularly it will be a better motor than ones that are 5-10 years old and have 40-100 hours on them. Low motor hours is the most overrated thing people look for in a used boat.
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