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the cost of a fully rigged bass boat can put a real strain on family
finances. Buying a new or
used boat is a major purchase and shouldn’t be taken lightly.
Even though it’s a serious matter, if approached in the right
way it can be an enjoyable process.
the past 15 years I’ve bought and sold a lot of new and used boats.
Sifting through the information can be frustrating, so I’ve
put together a few tips and suggestions for buying your next rig.
research, research, and never buy on impulse. I can’t stress these
points enough. With
internet access anglers can learn a tremendous amount of information
regarding the boating industry without ever leaving home.
All major manufactures have websites describing their products
in detail. Most sites also
have programs available so anglers can pick and choose their boat
options, layout, and colors then print an actual image of their
viewing the manufacture’s sites check out local marine dealers.
Nowadays a growing number of dealers have websites listings
their new and used boats. Nameoki
Village Marine is the largest volume bass boat dealer in the
rule out bass fishing websites such as www.fishingworld.com.
I would use caution,
but not shy away from these types of sites. Anglers can find really
good deals this way. I’ve
personally had very good experiences from selling a certificate for a
new boat as well as several used boats by placing an ad on a similar
buying a used boat from an ad set a few ground rules.
Make sure the seller is within driving distance so test driving
is an option. Have a list
of questions ready including, engine service record, warranty, and
boat use. Make sure and
pay attention to carpet and upholstery wear and tear.
This is the first indicator regarding how well the boat was
maintained. Make sure the
trolling motor and electronics will at least meet your requirements,
and don’t forget to check for worn trailer tires. All
of these items can be very costly to replaced, so know what you’re
a new boat is a little simpler. Most
anglers have a boat preference, but I suggest doing a little research
to make sure the company hasn’t had a lot of past problems.
A company’s history, good or bad, can determine future resale
value. Whether purchasing
new or used, the most important thing to consider is brand
recognition. Like with
automobiles, there are boats that will not hold-up as well as others.
Use caution and protect your investment by staying with a name
brand that has longevity in the business, such as Ranger Boats.
Even though a Ranger boat is costly, they are quality built and
have a high resale value.
the same philosophy for all required equipment. I
run a Yamaha engine, Minn Kota trolling motor, and Lowrance
electronics. I’m sponsored by these companies, but I also have full
confidence in their products and their reliability.
sure and load your boat with the correct electronics. Lowrance’s
GPS units and depth sounders, such as the X26c HD, is an excellent
choice. Always keep in
mind where and how you fish before selecting a trolling motor.
Trolling motors are fairly matched out of the factory, but if fishing
in a lot of current situations I suggest upgrading to a 36 volt 101 lb
thrust Minn Kota trolling motor to handle the job.
If towing long distances consider purchasing a tandem trailer.
It will make all the difference in the world during long hauls.
When selecting a motor check with the dealer.
The dealer will know the allotted horse power recommend by the
boat manufacture. The boat
will handle and resale much better by staying within the
if purchasing a new or used rig, be smart and protect your investment
and stay with good quality name brands.
Research the market and find a boat that will best suit your
needs. Make sure it has
the proper equipment and was well maintained. There are a lot of
different choices, so be smart when spending your hard earned cash.
special “Thanks” to all of my sponsors: Jasper Engines and
Transmissions, Yamaha Motors, Ranger Boats, Lowrance Electronics,
Svanda GM Motor Group, Maxima Line, Kistler Rods, Minn Kota,
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summaries are posted after each tournament and pro tips are updated
every two weeks. It’s a
great source of bass fishing information.