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#3627288 - 06/26/09 01:20 PM How to carry 4 people in a bass boat?
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Since Im shopping the boat market right now Ive had to decide what kind of boat I want...Ive had a heck of a time making this decision because I really want a bass boat...but at the same time would like to have a fish and ski to take friend out just to swim and have fun.....This is where the delima starts....most bass boats do not have ladders and the ones that can be added are pretty crappy....Also theres no seating for more than 3 people so 2 couples really makes it tough...also the transom tie hooks are so low that any kind of tubing or skiing will be very difficult. There is tons of storage for rods, tackle, and lots of deck space for moving around and fishing, close to the water for landing fish, and less affected by wind...

Now fish and skis on the other hand have little to no rod storage, very small fishing decks, being higher off the water more difficult to land fish, and in general less storage... but it does have a ladder and ski pylon typically and seating so 4 can go out.

Im having a heck of a time deciding and even a harder time finding a nice boat in my price range.....

Its got me in a heck of a predicament.. mad

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#3627434 - 06/26/09 01:49 PM Re: How to carry 4 people in a bass boat? [Re: p3ripperfw]
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Center console.
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#3627440 - 06/26/09 01:50 PM Re: How to carry 4 people in a bass boat? [Re: p3ripperfw]
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Find a used Ranger 375V. Best Bass boat to ski off there is.

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#3627541 - 06/26/09 02:09 PM Re: How to carry 4 people in a bass boat? [Re: OldFrog]
p3ripperfw Offline
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Originally Posted By: Oldfrog
Center console.


do you mean a bay or flats style boat or center console bass boat?

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#3627595 - 06/26/09 02:21 PM Re: How to carry 4 people in a bass boat? [Re: p3ripperfw]
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Something like a 19 foot Kenner vision.

Here's the mako version:

1901




Edited by Oldfrog (06/26/09 02:23 PM)
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#3627677 - 06/26/09 02:38 PM Re: How to carry 4 people in a bass boat? [Re: OldFrog]
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I had considered these but wasnt sure if they would be able to be fished shallow at all....worried about getting hung on stumps and such.....

look like it would work well though..

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#3627760 - 06/26/09 03:00 PM Re: How to carry 4 people in a bass boat? [Re: p3ripperfw]
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1.5 - 2 feet of water isnt shallow enough ? I can take that boat anywhere I can take my Skeeter bass boat. Bass boats arent designed to run as shallow as you may think. They are heavy...even Skeeters...although they are lighter than most. Look at the specs...."draft"...and go look at a Skeeter, for example. The wide beam also makes a difference.


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#3627780 - 06/26/09 03:08 PM Re: How to carry 4 people in a bass boat? [Re: OldFrog]
p3ripperfw Offline
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Originally Posted By: Oldfrog
1.5 - 2 feet of water isnt shallow enough ? I can take that boat anywhere I can take my Skeeter bass boat. Bass boats arent designed to run as shallow as you may think. They are heavy...even Skeeters...although they are lighter than most. Look at the specs...."draft"...and go look at a Skeeter, for example. The wide beam also makes a difference.


cool thanks for your help....Im new to some of these terms so i wasnt sure what draft and all that meant. thats plenty shallow for me and I like the seating and very open layout so you can walk around easily

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#3630157 - 06/27/09 10:41 AM Re: How to carry 4 people in a bass boat? [Re: p3ripperfw]
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Removable ski pole and e:ladder that mounts on the jack plate. If you are a serious Bass fisherman you will never be satisfied with any other type of boat. Take it from someone that's been there done that.

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#3632638 - 06/28/09 11:17 AM Re: How to carry 4 people in a bass boat? [Re: Chillin Da Most]
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#3632642 - 06/28/09 11:20 AM Re: How to carry 4 people in a bass boat? [Re: Chillin Da Most]
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Sounds like you really want two boats! A bass boat and a bowrider.

Prob'ly the center console is the best choice for you, but I don't know if there's any one boat that wouldn't leave you, at some point or another, saying "gee, I wish this boat would..."

Bass boats are designed to be great at what they do. Ski boats and bowriders are similarly designed. The fish-ski has the comfort features but not all the fishing features. Trade-off time...

That Mako 1901 looks really cool, though! But I didn't see comfortable seating for 4 except if they wanted to fish.

I agree with Chillin' though. How much taking friends out will you realistically want to do? If it's 80% fishing and 20% partying, I'd go for the bass boat. And cultivate a circle of friends that own pleasure boats... smile
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#3633132 - 06/28/09 03:13 PM Re: How to carry 4 people in a bass boat? [Re: Fishin' Steeler]
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That allison posted above looks to be just the ticket for you. You want a fishing boat that you can ski/tube behind right? Well there you go.
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#3634404 - 06/28/09 09:54 PM Re: How to carry 4 people in a bass boat? [Re: Fish Hauler's Guide Service]
p3ripperfw Offline
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Yeah that allison is just the ticket....except the price...by the time I buy a good 200-225 outboard for it id be spending almost 15-20k for a 17 year old boat.....that just doesnt add up no matter how good the boats are.



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#3634415 - 06/28/09 09:57 PM Re: How to carry 4 people in a bass boat? [Re: Fishin' Steeler]
p3ripperfw Offline
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Originally Posted By: Fishin' Steeler
Sounds like you really want two boats! A bass boat and a bowrider.

Prob'ly the center console is the best choice for you, but I don't know if there's any one boat that wouldn't leave you, at some point or another, saying "gee, I wish this boat would..."

Bass boats are designed to be great at what they do. Ski boats and bowriders are similarly designed. The fish-ski has the comfort features but not all the fishing features. Trade-off time...

That Mako 1901 looks really cool, though! But I didn't see comfortable seating for 4 except if they wanted to fish.

I agree with Chillin' though. How much taking friends out will you realistically want to do? If it's 80% fishing and 20% partying, I'd go for the bass boat. And cultivate a circle of friends that own pleasure boats... smile


there lies the problem....I do need two boats!!!! Id like to have a dedicated fishing boat and a ski boat for taking friends out on.....I have fished my whole life growing up on possum kingdom and had a little fishing boat id run around in our cove on and have bank fished since we sold the lake house years ago so Im really looking forward to getting back out and going fishing....problem is I also really enjoy going out in the evenings and floating and swimming with friends as well......makes for a very hard decision


Edited by p3ripperfw (06/28/09 10:00 PM)

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#3634420 - 06/28/09 09:58 PM Re: How to carry 4 people in a bass boat? [Re: Chillin Da Most]
p3ripperfw Offline
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Originally Posted By: Chillin Da Most
Removable ski pole and e:ladder that mounts on the jack plate. If you are a serious Bass fisherman you will never be satisfied with any other type of boat. Take it from someone that's been there done that.


so you can mount ski poles on these bass boats? I didnt know if you had to have a reinforced deck to do that. Do they use the same hole as the fishing seats?

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