Where to find bass boats for sale and what to look for

When you’re in the market for a bass boat you’ll be happy to know that there are many options available to choose from. A bass boat can greatly enhance your fishing trip. It makes it possible to get out to places you’ve only read about before. You can get in coves, fish around islands and other areas where the bass are plentiful helping to increase the number of bass you can catch on any given fishing trip.

One of the first things you’ll need to do before starting your search for a bass boat is to decide what type of boat you want. Start by determining what size boat would fit your needs based on how many people will be in the boat and on what size you’ll be able to maneuver around without difficulty. Some anglers opt for large bass boats with all the accessories while others prefer small aluminum boats.

Whichever type of bass boat you decide to buy there are many places where you can go to find exactly what you want. There are several things that you need to look for before you decide to make a purchase as well. When you know what to look for, it makes it easy to buy a bass boat that you’ll be completely satisfied with for a very long time.

Where to Find Bass Boats

There are many places where you can find bass boats for sale once you decide what type of boat would suit your needs the best. Of course, if you’re buying a new boat, there are many retail businesses that sell new bass boats at a variety of prices. Simply, go through the phone book or watch for ads to learn about the options in your area and to put together a list of boat dealers.

However, buying a new bass boat is not for everyone and many anglers are in search of a used bass boat.
Fortunately, there are many places where you can buy these as well.

Here are five great places to find used bass boats for sale:
1. Internet
2. Boat Traders Magazine
3. Classified Ads
4. Bank Repossessions
5. Government Auctions

These five places are some of the best options available when searching for used bass boats and there are normally plenty of options to choose from. This makes it easy to find something that suits your needs perfectly.
However, it’s vital that you shop with caution to avoid being caught up in some type of scam. This is especially important when shopping online. Always make sure you’re using a legitimate site by doing your research and background checks on the site before conducting business.

What to Look for When Buying a Bass Boat

When you decide to buy a bass boat, there are many things you need to look for before making your decision to buy. When buying a new boat you need to look for something that actually suits your needs and avoid getting caught up in all the hype. Go window shopping and search for the style that suits your needs the best.

You’ll also want to see what type of storage and accessories the boat has such as live wells, bait wells and rod holders. Does it come with a trolling motor or will you need to make a separate purchase for this. You’ll also need to determine if your vehicle will tow the bass boat before buying or you may find yourself in need of a new vehicle.

When buying a used boat find out what kind of history it has. In other words, how many owners has it been through? Has it been properly maintained? Was it placed in storage or left out in the weather unprotected? Do a thorough inspection and search for signs of mold and mildew, rotting wood, cracked fiberglass and other signs of damage.

Check out the motor to see if it’s in good working condition. If possible, try to go out for a test run but if not, at least hook up a water hose and fire up the motor to see how easily it starts. Look for wear and tear on the prop and the actual motor.

Don’t forget to take a good long look at the trailer. This is something that many people don’t think about in all the excitement of buying a boat but if the trailer is not in good shape, you won’t be on the water anytime soon.
Check out the wheels, tires, safety chains and the overall condition of the trailer. It must be in good enough shape to tow the bass boat safely.

Be sure and set your price in advance and don’t allow anyone to pressure you into a sale or going over your budget. If you start looking at bass boats that you can’t really afford, you may end up getting stressed out and it can ruin what would otherwise be a great experience.

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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