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Re: Why I should not buy a new 18.5โ€™ fiberglass bass boat [Re: stratos1760dv] #13859355 01/24/21 08:37 PM
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I have I ranger 520 my next boat will be a 18.5 to 19.5 boat.

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Re: Why I should not buy a new 18.5โ€™ fiberglass bass boat [Re: stratos1760dv] #13859826 01/25/21 01:46 AM
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My 819 Phoenix fit in my garage, can't remember if garage was 20.or 21' but boat is 19-8. I came from a 18' Stratos and the 819 is a better ride and more room plus it will run 70 mph. I now have a 48' deep shop so I don't worry about the door closing.

Re: Why I should not buy a new 18.5โ€™ fiberglass bass boat [Re: stratos1760dv] #13859899 01/25/21 02:40 AM
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How long is your garage? I would try and find a High Quality 19 1/2 with a 200HP and tandem trailer that fits straight in your garage. Basscats storage length is less than most other Boats manf. I went through the same dilemma several years ago and bought a 2014 P2, it was 22ft overall. I now have a 2020 Pantera Classic, it is 22โ€™ 7โ€ overall. Both boats fish and ride like other 20 footers I have been in and are a blast to drive.

Good luck with your search!

Re: Why I should not buy a new 18.5โ€™ fiberglass bass boat [Re: SAKS] #13860160 01/25/21 01:08 PM
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Originally Posted by SAKS
Originally Posted by tangledup3
18-1/2 foot boats are fine but they usually come on a single axle trailer which means a bumpier ride while trailering and backing down a boat ramp could be more challenging.

Usually but you can get a dual. I have a dual for mine.

That's my issue too. I have a 10 year old Triton 18XS Pro. Boat's fine for what I fish and have upgraded trolling motors and electronics. Fitting in the garage was what I wanted as well. Like the boat but hate the crappy single axle trailer.

Re: Why I should not buy a new 18.5โ€™ fiberglass bass boat [Re: stratos1760dv] #13860190 01/25/21 01:40 PM
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Best move I make on my Legend was getting a tandem axle trailer. At my age and after having to change two flats on the single axle I bit the bullet and got the new trailer with a fold away tongue. Money well spent.

Re: Why I should not buy a new 18.5โ€™ fiberglass bass boat [Re: stratos1760dv] #13861025 01/25/21 10:50 PM
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Originally Posted by stratos1760dv
Just wanting to hear thoughts and words of wisdom. Sticker price with latest and greatest electronics, ultrex type trolling motor and shallow anchors puts most 18.5 ft boats at $50k sticker before taxes. But it fits in my garage so no storage costs. I fish Lewisville to lake o the pines. Occasionally texoma. Rarely fish rayburn or Toledo. If it is blowing like crazy I am not fishing. I like warranties so used just seems like a problem waiting to happen if it is like current boat. Club tournament fish. What do you all think? Been watching all Ken Smithโ€™s boat reviews.


Going with a 18ft is fine. I recently sold mine but I had a dual console. On,y suggestion From me would be Donโ€™t get a Guam console you need the room. I would do the 18ft single plus you will have more money so youncsn get the upgraded electronics.


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Re: Why I should not buy a new 18.5โ€™ fiberglass bass boat [Re: WAWI] #13861131 01/26/21 12:23 AM
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Storage of 7' or longer rods is limited on 18.5' boat
Single axle trailer is a concern if you travel more than short distances

Re: Why I should not buy a new 18.5โ€™ fiberglass bass boat [Re: JBM 3] #13861142 01/26/21 12:29 AM
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Originally Posted by JBM 3
Storage of 7' or longer rods is limited on 18.5' boat
Single axle trailer is a concern if you travel more than short distances

I have room for 8ft rods, in the rod box, on my 18โ€™8โ€ skeeter. Rod storage ainโ€™t an issue. The only downside is ride quality in rough water and speeds around 55-65, due to most limited to 200HP or less.

Single axle trailers pull great. Back great. And if designed to hold the weight, are actually pretty good. MY TRAILER, however, is a single that is a POS. EZLoader. Donโ€™t have to say much after that name.


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Re: Why I should not buy a new 18.5โ€™ fiberglass bass boat [Re: stratos1760dv] #13861148 01/26/21 12:33 AM
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I have a 2012 Ranger Z518 with a 200 Pro XS that I bought in 2014. It's only 18'8" but when it's calm out it can run with most bigger boats. It will run 68-69 with 2 people and 70+ solo. It has plenty of storage and I love everything about it except it's ride in rough water. It sucks. That said, I'd buy it all over again, TWICE. It fishes much bigger than an 18'8" boat.....

Re: Why I should not buy a new 18.5โ€™ fiberglass bass boat [Re: stratos1760dv] #13861308 01/26/21 02:07 AM
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Seeing all of the Bass boats in the garage snuggled in nice and cozy. I don't see the boat, i see someone who has an amazing wife like me. My wife doesn't mind her car being outside so that I can keep the boat in the garage.. Very nice setup Jbranham..

Re: Why I should not buy a new 18.5โ€™ fiberglass bass boat [Re: SteezMacQueen] #13862076 01/26/21 06:07 PM
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Clarification should have said "on deck" storage of rods 7' and more may be limited

Re: Why I should not buy a new 18.5โ€™ fiberglass bass boat [Re: prosise] #13862138 01/26/21 06:58 PM
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Originally Posted by prosise
Seeing all of the Bass boats in the garage snuggled in nice and cozy. I don't see the boat, i see someone who has an amazing wife like me. My wife doesn't mind her car being outside so that I can keep the boat in the garage.. Very nice setup Jbranham..



Thank you sir.

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