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Bass Boats #12514521
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What is everyone's opinion on having an 18 footer vs 19 or even bigger? Pros vs Cons? I would like to eventually buy an 18 footer because they coast less money and would be easier to maneuver on a trailer when not in the water compared to a 19 plus footer. I currently have a 16' 11" aluminum deep v with 115 hp but would like to have something bigger and heavier and faster. I'm just not sure if I'll regret buying a 19 foot plus boat.

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Re: Bass Boats [Re: Sandblaster] #12514531
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If you can afford it and store it, buy the biggest.

Re: Bass Boats [Re: Gamblinman] #12514600
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Originally Posted By: Gamblinman
If you can afford it and store it, buy the biggest.


This....

Re: Bass Boats [Re: Sandblaster] #12514674
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Bigger is always better. You won't regret the 19fter



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Re: Bass Boats [Re: Sandblaster] #12514712
11/24/17 02:58 PM
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I fish a 19 ft BassCat. Best fishing platform I've been in for that length boat. And I'd like to have a 20 ft. You can get most 19 ft bass boats on a single axle trailer. 20 ft and up will have tandem axles which is harder to maneuver by hand. Most people will say an aluminum boat is lighter and better on gas. That's true if you're talking flat bottom boats. But deep V aluminum boats sometimes weigh more than a comparable fiberglass boat.
If you make the switch, you'll wish you hadn't waited so long to get this type of boat. As stated above, if you can afford it and store, buy the 19 fter.
For the money, the Nitro Z18 or Z19 are hard to beat.

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Re: Bass Boats [Re: Sandblaster] #12515146
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When you are talking about maneuverablility when not in the water, do you mean moving the trailer around on the driveway or in the garage. If so a lot of people do not know how difficult if not totally impossible to move a tandem axle in anything but a straight line. What I mean is that you can't wiggle it around to get it closer to the wall of the garage like you can with a single axle. The line you drop it on is the line it is going to stay on until you hook up again.

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Originally Posted By: DOFC
When you are talking about maneuverablility when not in the water, do you mean moving the trailer around on the driveway or in the garage. If so a lot of people do not know how difficult if not totally impossible to move a tandem axle in anything but a straight line. What I mean is that you can't wiggle it around to get it closer to the wall of the garage like you can with a single axle. The line you drop it on is the line it is going to stay on until you hook up again.

Exactly.


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Re: Bass Boats [Re: Sandblaster] #12516344
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Liking my 206 Champion and haven't had any problems fishing for crappie

Re: Bass Boats [Re: Sandblaster] #12516396
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Originally Posted By: Sandblaster
What is everyone's opinion on having an 18 footer vs 19 or even bigger? Pros vs Cons? I would like to eventually buy an 18 footer because they coast less money and would be easier to maneuver on a trailer when not in the water compared to a 19 plus footer. I currently have a 16' 11" aluminum deep v with 115 hp but would like to have something bigger and heavier and faster. I'm just not sure if I'll regret buying a 19 foot plus boat.
Best to get advice from someone that has one. Some who comment don`t .

Re: Bass Boats [Re: Sandblaster] #12516656
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I have an 18'8" VIP Bay Stealth and a 20'2" Skeeter SL210. The Skeeter is the much better platform to fish out of. If you can afford the larger, and have a place to park it, there is only one choice. BIGGER! But the comments about moving them are correct.


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Re: Bass Boats [Re: Ken Gaby] #12516741
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Originally Posted By: Ken Gaby
Originally Posted By: DOFC
When you are talking about maneuverablility when not in the water, do you mean moving the trailer around on the driveway or in the garage. If so a lot of people do not know how difficult if not totally impossible to move a tandem axle in anything but a straight line. What I mean is that you can't wiggle it around to get it closer to the wall of the garage like you can with a single axle. The line you drop it on is the line it is going to stay on until you hook up again.

Exactly.


No doubt...21’ owner...maneuverability and storage 2 biggest concerns...had my garage built 4’ deeper to accommodate a bigger boat even though I didn’t own one yet...

Good luck and good fishin’...

Re: Bass Boats [Re: Sandblaster] #12516901
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I have a 618 Phoenix with a 150 Yamaha SHO. For 1 person it fishes great, 2 people is good, 3 people is crowded and I don't care about having 4 people in it again. It had a tandem axle trailer upgrade and I can agree with everyone else....it's hard to move but I feel a lot more secure pulling a tandem.

Re: Bass Boats [Re: Sandblaster] #12517043
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I fish out of a 21ft Skeeter. I would recommend getting the biggest boat you can afford. You will never regret it!

Re: Bass Boats [Re: DOFC] #12517050
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Originally Posted By: DOFC
When you are talking about maneuverablility when not in the water, do you mean moving the trailer around on the driveway or in the garage. If so a lot of people do not know how difficult if not totally impossible to move a tandem axle in anything but a straight line. What I mean is that you can't wiggle it around to get it closer to the wall of the garage like you can with a single axle. The line you drop it on is the line it is going to stay on until you hook up again.
I beg to differ. These make it very easy. http://texasfishingforum.com/forums/ubbthreads.php/topics/12517045/1







Re: Bass Boats [Re: Sandblaster] #12517509
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Do you fish alone and if not how many do you want to take out? I have a 18' Champion and I fish 90% of the time alone. It works great for me. Handles rough water well and easy to trailer. I would like a 20+ boat but can't justify the expense. Mine fishes 2 adults fine but I'd never put 3 on it because it is a narrow boat. Me and two Grand Kids crappie fishing gets a little crowded because of the dual console. If I was to fish with a partner more often then I'd really want to be in a 20-21 footer for sure, if nothing else, for the storage space.

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