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Help! Should I get a Bassboat or Deep V? #2238803 05/06/08 02:13 PM
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I'm seriously considering getting a new/newer boat. I love to fish for whites and hybrids, but also fish for catfish and crappie - and I fish all year round. I don't bass fish much, but do on occasion. I like to fish Ray Hubbard the best, but my home lake is Joe Pool, so I'll run out there when I only have a little time, or I'm taking my younger kids. I'd also like to use the boat to pull a tube with the kids from time to time this Summer.

I'm currently considering something like an Alumacraft 165 Classic (Deep V), or perhaps a Tracker Super Guide v16 (also Deep V), or the Tracker Pro Team 175 TXW, which is a moderate V bass boat. I thought I'd made my mind up to get the Deep V when I looked at the Pro Team 175 and found myself confused again. Each is aluminum, each fits in my garage, and each fits my budget.

I'd like to get inputs from my fellow TFF'ers on what they think would provide the best mix, given what I like to do. And perhaps if you have an idea on something I haven't considered yet.

Thanks all for your time.


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Re: Help! Should I get a Bassboat or Deep V? [Re: Rooster99] #2238865 05/06/08 02:25 PM
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I would go with the deep V. Better in heavy weather and you said you have young kids, bass boats don't have sides to help hold the kids in. Look at the Lowe boats Cabella's offers as well.

Re: Help! Should I get a Bassboat or Deep V? [Re: Vaughn Coomer] #2238883 05/06/08 02:28 PM
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I agree about the sides of boats and kids. Deep v's and center console type boats are great with kids. They also take waves better, etc. However, like everything everyone has differences in opinions but thats my 2 cents.

Re: Help! Should I get a Bassboat or Deep V? [Re: Vaughn Coomer] #2238888 05/06/08 02:29 PM
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Deep-V

Check out a Lund or Crestliner before you decide. And check out Advantage Marine also. It's a winning combination.

You can do all of what you described in a deep-v.

Re: Help! Should I get a Bassboat or Deep V? [Re: Rooster99] #2238897 05/06/08 02:32 PM
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My vote is for a Deep V. When I bought mine my biggest concern was the "what if factor". What if your out on the water and a storm blows up on ya. I got a Blue Wave but sometimes I wish I went with alumn. Like every time I see the scars I picked up on stumps, etc bang. Mine will draft in 12"s of water. It's a good multi-species boat. One thing I will say, if you go for the Deep-V get one with a wide beamwidth. Mine's only 88"s and anytime people move around you can really tell it. If all us fatboys get on one side it really leans. blush


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Re: Help! Should I get a Bassboat or Deep V? [Re: BAMAboy] #2238997 05/06/08 02:57 PM
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Great inputs everyone, thanks. Another question, is there any problem in fishing shallow with a Deep V? I don't see specs on the boats I mentioned that talk about how shallow they run. Is that an important factor?


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Re: Help! Should I get a Bassboat or Deep V? [Re: BAMAboy] #2239004 05/06/08 02:58 PM
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Definitely Deep-V. Not great for shooting docks but you could change and use plastic bubble bodies and "skip" those baits up under the docks if you had to. Figure there are more windy days in Texas vs. calm days on the water.


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Re: Help! Should I get a Bassboat or Deep V? [Re: Rooster99] #2239025 05/06/08 03:04 PM
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I guess it depends on if your running the big motor or trolling motor, just keep in mind when they say draft, I believe they're talking the boat and not the motor. You can always tilt the motor all the way up and use the trolling motor. I would "think" a bass boat would be better running the main motor but I'm on my first and only boat and don't really know. noidea I guess the improtance would depend on the user.


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Re: Help! Should I get a Bassboat or Deep V? [Re: BAMAboy] #2239065 05/06/08 03:13 PM
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I have a 18 ft ranger bass boat & my next boat will be a Lund from Advatage Marine.


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Re: Help! Should I get a Bassboat or Deep V? [Re: BAMAboy] #2239074 05/06/08 03:15 PM
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I haven't really checked for certain, but I can tell you that I've operated my boat with the trolling motor with 2' on my trolling motor graph and it was blinking (meaning it was losing contact with the bottom because it was getting shallow).

And that's a Lund 1900 Pro-V - 19'.

Re: Help! Should I get a Bassboat or Deep V? [Re: Jeff Schiller] #2239375 05/06/08 04:12 PM
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Another vote for the Deep V. The Alumacraft Classic 165 is really nice, especially with the Yamaha 50 package. I fish Ray Hubbard and can tell you, the Deep V (or modified V in my case) is great when either a) the wind kicks up and you get 3 foot swells, or b) it's the typical Saturday or Sunday zoo and all the boat wakes create a situation not unlike situation "a"...RH is like a big bathtub with big boys making waves!

Personally I think a low freeboard deep v like the tracker tournament v-18 is the best of both worlds. A little wetter ride, but better for being "one with the water." The low freeboard (like a true bass boat) is good for reduced wind area when chasing whites & hybrids out in the open lake, but then you have the nice V-hull ride for zipping around.



Re: Help! Should I get a Bassboat or Deep V? [Re: Rooster99] #2239424 05/06/08 04:27 PM
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Re: Help! Should I get a Bassboat or Deep V? [Re: Holzer] #2239508 05/06/08 04:42 PM
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The one negative with a deep-V (and a lot of CC's) is their high profile when the wind is blowing. Just be sure to get an electric troll motor that can steady you or make headway against the wind.


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Re: Help! Should I get a Bassboat or Deep V? [Re: redfinŽ] #2239781 05/06/08 05:35 PM
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Is a 55lb MinnKota sufficient? That is what is standard, but of course there is no monetary obstacle to more power... (except how much I have...)


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Re: Help! Should I get a Bassboat or Deep V? [Re: Rooster99] #2239911 05/06/08 05:57 PM
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Originally Posted By: Rooster99
Is a 55lb MinnKota sufficient? That is what is standard, but of course there is no monetary obstacle to more power... (except how much I have...)


Yes, for the boats you are talking about (Classic 165 and similar) 55 lbs. is enough. I have a 40 lb.-er and it's enough 99% of the time unless I'm out in a gale.



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