Read these four tips before you buy a bass boat

When you are shopping for a bass boat, there are several things you need to take into consideration. These 4 tips will help you to get on the right track. The boat you get should be one that you will be very content with for your fishing adventures, so don’t rush into making that purchase.

New or Used?

When it comes to bass boats, you will find that your options are new or used. There are pros and cons to both of them. With a new one you can get something that no one else has used before. Chances are, it will also have a generous warranty associated with it. With a used bass boat though you can save money. Many people are selling what they don’t need in today’s difficult economy.

With a new bass boat, you can get great features that weren’t made a few years ago. The upgrades on them continue to be something that you will be impressed by. If you don’t plan to use the bass boat often, getting one that is used though can really be a good investment. Some of them have been upgraded and well cared for by the previous owner.

Professional or Recreational Use?

How do you plan to use your bass boat? This is really important when it comes to the features you will need. If you plan to be out there with professional tournaments then you want something with lots of power. You also want something that is lightweight and that is durable. Without a great bass fishing boat, it could give others in the competition an unfair advantage.

If you plan to use the bass boat for recreational use, then you can go with something made out of quality aluminum. You won’t have to worry so much about the amount of power it is going to be able to offer. You can also bypass various types of features and accessories that will increase the purchase price.

Size of the Boat

Only you will be able to tell what size of bass fishing boat is right for you. Some people intentionally get one that is only going to hold one or two people. They want to be able to enjoy fishing alone or with a friend. Other people though like to have room for many people to come along. That is your decision to make, but something that you need to consider when you are looking at bass boats.

The size of the boat also has to do with the vehicle you have to tow it with. Your current vehicle needs to be able to safely handle the weight of that particular bass boat. Otherwise, you may find you have to invest to upgrade your current vehicle and that can be a huge expense. The towing is definitely something you need to look at when you are shopping for a bass boat.


There are so many options that can be found in any bass boat. What you will get depends on the brand, the model, and the year of it. Some people are interested in a basic bass boat. Others though want everything they can get including a fish finder in the boat. Keep in mind that you can buy options later on and add them as you go. This is a great idea if you have a low budget to work with right now.

Most of the major brands of boats are contracted with Mercury, Yamaha, Evinrude – so if you want a particular one but not the engine that comes with it, get the boat naked. Then you can purchase our favorite motor separately and have it installed.

Dan Eggertsen is a fellow bass fishing enthusiast to the point of obsession. :) He's been providing solid advice on bass fishing since 2004.

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