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What are some good bass boat manufacturers? I have looked at Ranger boats and Gamblers. Anyone have anymore? I would be looking for one with about 90 to 125 hp. about 16-17 ft long. Thanks
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IMHO Ranger is the best bass boat out. They can't be beat. Stratos has a nice boat as well as Skeeter Boats. Go with at least a 125hp on a 16 or 17 footer or you will be looking for more motor quickly. A bass boat is not a bass boat that can't run 60 + mph.

Ranger and Stratos both equip their boats with very good trailers, I haven't seen a Skeeter in a while but 5 years ago they had a nice trailer also.
 

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i know i will be in the minority here.. and ranger and the other boats are all awesome.. but depending on what you do, you may like an aluminum boat instead of fiberglass...
When i used to camp & Fish more, id keep the boat pulled up to shore but sometimes you would be in rocky shorelines.. iwas glad to have aluminum.. if it had been fiberglass id have scratched or banged the fiberglass up...

sometimes id keep it tied to shore and the water would smash the front againsts the shore or shoreline... if i had fiberglass, id be less apt to pull it into rough shoreline for fear of damage to the fiberglass...
 

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i went to lundboats.com

heres a 2004 model..


mine is about 4 years old.. only holds a max of 50 HP motor..
The one in the pics is bigger than mine..

<img src=http://www.lundboats.com/display/40/53/site_images/home.jpg>
 

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I dont really necesarily want a bigger motor. I'm only 15 I dont need to be going 60+ lol, 50-70 hp sounds good to me on one of these smaller Lund boats. Just want one big enough for me and couple buddies to go fishing. Lund boats are really popular the older smaller ones are everywhere.
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Those links are like style but newer... mines a rebel deluxe
16 1/2 ft.. heres a little better pic of the inside..


it holds up to 50 hp.

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not too fancy but great for fishing... plenty of storage and a live well/cooler moveable chairs

aluminum so i can bang it up a little

the next boat up; 'the explorer' holds a 70 hp.

the small motor; trolling motor for shallow water or i put the trolling motor down and move around slowly in coves and cast...

its electric and quiet.. doesnt scare the fish...
 

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Ya the rebel is what im leaning towards once I get some money. Of course it would be awhile for that but ya oh well. Just would be something nice to have for fishing with my buddies. Again thanks for the help.
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my 1st boat was a sears gamefisher fiberglass, 10 ft or not much bigger.. 2 person , electric motor.. but fun

next i got a starcraft rowboat style with seats.. but put a steering wheel &console in it.. so it was a very cheap boat with steering..

i half assed it a little too much and put batteries up front to offset the back of the boat.. started a little boat fire (wires shorted out) glad it was aluminum..

2 years later, a cookout stove grill crossed over the battery and started a real big fire..the boat was tied to a dock.. i thought the boat was gonna blow up with 2 - 6 gallonn gas cans...

both times i was glad it was aluminum..




you can always start small and work up.. being 15 you have plenty of time.. if you go used much cheaper
 

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Triton builds the best bass boats bar none. I might add you will pay for that name plate too.

Triton Boats

For the dollar spent, Stratos makes a real nice boat in the 16 - 17 ft. range at a reasonable price.

Stratos Boats

Keep an eye out for a used boat during the end of Summer or early Fall if you can wait. That is the best time to buy a boat and get a good price.
 

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Yeah I will be waiting for awhile. I will be using our old hunting boat, well one of em for this year anyways. Was just sort of pondering my options.
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Don't forget the G3 line. I bought an aluminum boat from them two years ago to go with my Starcraft and I never use the Starcraft any more. Much smoother ride and it has more room to fish. just a real solid boat at a bargain price.
 

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I think Chief got too much sun; Ranger Boats are the best bar none! And yes, you will pay for the name as you would on a Triton. I bought my Ranger boat 7 years ago and it still looks and preforms like new.

As far as what boat might best suit you, I would consider aluminum in your neck of the woods. I visit Wisconsin from time to time and they have a lot of shallow waters and rocky bottom. I believe a lot of waters in your area are similar to Wisconsin.

What I don't like about aluminum is they are noisier and they aren't as comfortable.
 

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Well in my grandparents bay the water is pretty low most of the time. The main thing the bottom would hit is a lot of MUCK!!
Ryan
 
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