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Small Water Aluminum Bass Boat - Recs and Dealer #13207220 07/07/19 08:21 PM
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Wondering if anyone has any thoughts or recommendations on a new bass boat. Has to fit certain criteria given the location of the water I will be fishing
- Total package length needs to be less than ~23 feet
- Beam needs to be less than ~8 feet
- Outboard will have to 25HP or less (lake regulation)
- want to have casting deck on now and stern (i.e. not a panfish model)

Looking at Tracker 175TXW, G3 Sportsman 16, Xpress X17, and Alweld.

Also would like to have power poles or talons

Any recommendations? Also if anyone has a recommendations on a good dealership in DFW / East Texas, would appreciate any thoughts there as well.

Thanks in advance.

Re: Small Water Aluminum Bass Boat - Recs and Dealer [Re: Pete_TCB] #13207243 07/07/19 08:37 PM
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I had a bass tracker and loved it. Just too small for windy days by myself. I’d recommend you find a nice used one as they really haven’t changed all that much over the years. Spot lock may be a better buy than power poles. Good luck


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Re: Small Water Aluminum Bass Boat - Recs and Dealer [Re: Pete_TCB] #13207292 07/07/19 09:30 PM
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I just built the boat you are describing, except it has a 50 on it.

Still testing and tuning it actually.

Re: Small Water Aluminum Bass Boat - Recs and Dealer [Re: Pete_TCB] #13207779 07/08/19 01:46 PM
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I would go Xpress


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Re: Small Water Aluminum Bass Boat - Recs and Dealer [Re: Pete_TCB] #13209747 07/10/19 01:34 AM
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There is one that should meet your needs for sale in the classified.

Re: Small Water Aluminum Bass Boat - Recs and Dealer [Re: Pete_TCB] #13214060 07/14/19 12:59 AM
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Check out a Havoc boat. I have a 17 foot stick steer with a 25hp motor. Does 23mph on GPS and floats in a puddle. Will post some pics....

Re: Small Water Aluminum Bass Boat - Recs and Dealer [Re: Pete_TCB] #13214068 07/14/19 01:06 AM
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Havoc Stick Steer 17', 6' beam. Got it from Greg Orr Marine in Texarkana. Daniel Godwin was the sales man. He was been great to deal with.

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Another pic...have 2 12' talons on it, 55lb Terrova and a Helix 10

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Re: Small Water Aluminum Bass Boat - Recs and Dealer [Re: Pete_TCB] #13214071 07/14/19 01:08 AM
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One more

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Re: Small Water Aluminum Bass Boat - Recs and Dealer [Re: Pete_TCB] #13214076 07/14/19 01:12 AM
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They have a new river rat model that has a bigger front and stern deck. Also you can customize them quite a bit. I stand and fish off the front of the boat 90% of the time. I'm 6'4", 300lbs and there is plenty of space although I sometimes wish I had a little bit more and put a leaning post in.

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Re: Small Water Aluminum Bass Boat - Recs and Dealer [Re: Pete_TCB] #13214079 07/14/19 01:14 AM
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I went with Talons because with the shorter boat I didn't want hydraulics in the transom. Have been very happy with the talons. I do have I-pilot link on the terrova/bird setup. I use the spot lock some but use the talons most of the time. Got 3 seats because I fish with my children frequently. With the handheld remote on the terrova I can operate that and the talons from the middle seat (where I can bait hooks and referee fights over who is in the "better" spot)

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