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    Best Rough water bass boat
from Bob (  
5/14/2002 4:38:00 PM


 I would like to hear what 19' bass boat you guys think has the best rough water ride. I am talking 19',not over or less. This is a very important feature to me. If a boat beats me to death on the way to my honey hole , Im not in the mood to fish when I get there. I would like to here from guys or gals who have been in rough water in several brands not just thier own brand. Remember 19' only. Take care Bob

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   rough water from irvin schnell (  5/14/2002 4:50:00 PM
 I have fished in bass boats for over 20 years in two clubs with many different boats. for my money the basscat pantera is the best rough ride no problem at mead with the trim in a little cutting through the 2-3 foot chop at about 60 no other bass boat of that size has equaled that. the only close second would be a champion, have ridden in ranger, skeeter, norris, glastron, monark, stratos, trident, procraft however I am not sure if they all were exactly 19 feet. Irv

   Exactly 19ft ? from Sms (  5/14/2002 4:51:00 PM
 There aren't many exactly that measurement. So if you mean 19ft catagory, my choice has got to be a Champion 196. It is 19'6". You have to test ride them yourself, because opinions are like butt.... we all have one and none of them are yours. Only your opinion counts.

   3 FT....I don't think... from John in Tennessee  5/14/2002 5:07:00 PM
 anything is gonna be butter smooth in 3 ft'ers

   Correction from Bob (  5/14/2002 5:21:00 PM
 I appoligze , I was having a senior moment. Lets keep it within 6" over or under 19'. I realize than are no exact 19' boats. Sorry, Bob

   Nitro, Nitro, Nitro! from BackwoodsBasser (  5/14/2002 5:47:00 PM
 I think the boat you are looking for is a Nitro 896. No one makes a smoother ride than Tracker Marine. It's the best ridin boat on the market and don't let any of the yahoo's tell you otherwise.

   Bassackwards from Bob (  5/14/2002 6:04:00 PM
 Obviously Bob your senior moment is affecting entire populations.....

   If ride is that important... from Craig (  5/14/2002 6:17:00 PM
 If the ride is that important maybe you're looking at the wrong kind of boat. Maybe you should be looking at a walleye or multispecies boat. Almost any of them will ride better than a bassboat. They just ain't going to be nearly as fast and if you fish down south people look at you like you just arrived at the launch in a flying saucer.

Look at the vee in the boat if your dead set on a bassboat. Generally speaking, the sharper that vee the better the boat will ride. The flatter hulled boats will ride rougher.

Just remember what's smooth to one guy may not be smooth to you. A lot of how well a boat rides is the driver.

   Yup ---- Champion! from Lea  5/14/2002 6:19:00 PM

   Hasn't Been Made Yet from Pat (  5/14/2002 6:28:00 PM
 No bass boat rides well in rough don't believe any of these stories; especially from the Chamnpion crowd.

   Obvious from Sms (  5/14/2002 6:37:00 PM
 It's obvious that Pat has never been in a Champion, spelled C-H-A-M-P-I-O-N. Like I said before, drive em and let the boat do the talking.

   I run a Ranger R91,19'8" runs GREAT! from Chuck (  5/14/2002 6:57:00 PM
 I really like the ride of my R91. I have ridden in 19' Champs and they run pretty well also. I had a BassCat Pant 2 and di NOT like the ride or the boat but I know others say they ride pretty good too! I have a buddy with a Skeeter and it too rides pretty good. Its all in what you like and how good of a rough water driver you are. I just like the way my baot handles with the 200 Merc so I am partial. Good luck!

   A Nitro?????? from Senkoguy  5/14/2002 7:23:00 PM
 My Nitro that I no longer own got me wet every time I went out with it.

   19 ft bass boat from Brian (  5/14/2002 7:24:00 PM
 I just ordered a Trpd 19 last week. I currently own a Renegade 19 Javelin. The Triton is the best lay out ,and storage out there.I came close to getting the Skeeter ZX 200, but the Triton was a better all around package. By the way i've test drove the Skeeter, once i got back to the dealer the salesman was way over confident that i was going to buy the ZX 200.To tell you the truth my Javelin handles neck and neck with the Skeeter.The Skeeter has a 200 hp yammie, and my Javelin has a 175 Johnson.The Skeeter may run 2 to 3 mph faster.But cost $10,000 more.The Triton TR 19 is 19' 6" long.I can buy the Triton for $2000 less fully loaded That is $ 2000 less than the Skeeter..I've raced a few Champions with my javelin.I've won most of the battles as well. But my boat beat the heck out of me vrs the Champion.Take a good look at the Triton its alot lighter as well. better for towing too. Good luck.

   can anybody recall the Champion Challenge back in 95' from champ204 (  5/14/2002 8:50:00 PM
 What we use to do at Santee Cooper was ask the competition to join us at the lake. Not to race but take a ride and see why Champion is the best ride on the water when it gets rough. We would love to see those cold fronts blowing across the lake. Nothing like fourteen miles of open water and water is less than 30'...5 to 7 footers. That's when you need to go for a test drive. CHAMPION

   Okay from Lenny (  5/14/2002 8:57:00 PM
 That'd be fine if they'd stay together or stay open for business.

   What a crock from David (  5/14/2002 9:37:00 PM
 Bend down and take a look at the 8 ft wide flat bottom of any bassboat. How do you think it will handle rough water? Yeah, the deadrise and weight make a difference, but in any bassboat in three footers you are begging for mercy and in 5-7 footers as mentioned, you are fighting for your life. If ride in really rough water is the prime criterion, you need a sharp entry and freeboard--try a saltwater center console.

   if ya can't take a little "beating" every once in a while, get one of those "Walleye boats" and start Walleye fishing!!! no msg. from Jeff Bosela (  5/14/2002 9:58:00 PM

   wrongWRONG from stroker (  5/14/2002 10:56:00 PM
  wrong....try charger..........the very best deep cut v at 27 5 angle........

   Suckers!! nc from handyandy110 (  5/14/2002 11:09:00 PM
 I thought most of you guys could see a troll from a mile away.

   Allison - Also the fastest from Rivernut (  5/14/2002 11:27:00 PM
 It doesn't slam like other boats do and the company explains why it is the best in their brochure. If your not in one your behind one.

   Allison... from davec (  5/15/2002 12:04:00 AM
 They may be fast, but it's like fishing in a canoe... Very tippy... both anglers fish one side of the boat and you're swimmin'

   Hilarious from Danco  5/15/2002 7:53:00 AM
 I just LOVE these posts! LMAO Hey guys, let get real. There's rough and then there ROUGH!!!! Three footers are BIG DAMN WAVES and I don't care if you have a walley boat or a boston whaler, at 19 feet your gonna get hammered and it's gonna take along time to get there. In real world bass fishing situations, like on bigger inland lakes or impoundments most of these good bass hulls will get you back to the ramp when it gets rough. For the most part it's not the boat - ITS THE DRIVER!!!!! So Bob from Texas buy whatever the heck brand raises your flagpole. Then find an experienced driver to teach you how to drive in the rough stuff.

   Ski n' Fish, or multispecies/walleye boat. from SteveP  5/15/2002 9:23:00 AM
 Don't limit yourself to just "bass boats." Think about how and where you'll use the boat, and decide if another type of fishing boat might not be better for you.

Take a look at the Triton 189 walleye boat. 18'9", with a much deeper V'hull than most bass boats. You might also look at something like the SF19 or new 190FS. Any of these boats will ride much better than ANY comparably sized bass boat. Granted, you'll not have the big front fishing deck that you'd get on a bass boat on the SF models, but the walleye boat is pretty good. The dual console walleye models also either come with, or can be ordered with full windshields, which are great on cold or rainy days.

Ranger and other companies make similar fishing boats that might suit your needs and wants. Good luck with whatever you decide on.

   I agree with Danco from panterraII (  5/15/2002 10:39:00 AM
 I would love to see half of these yahoos on this board drive a boat in 3' waves. What most folks call 3' rollers are about 1.5'. I have seen 3' on Rayburn and I wanted the titanic not the TR21 I was in (which by the way rides wonderful on normal water). I know I took the bait but I had chime in.

   Echo Danco from Triton5limit  5/15/2002 11:05:00 AM
 Danco is right you are not gonna have a comfortable ride in any bass boat when your in 3 footers (especially in a 19' boat). Granted some boats are gonna be better than others but ALOT of it is the driver. I know several guys who have fished bass clubs or fished as a none boater that hated the ride of a particular make of boat and then rode with somebody that knew how to drive that boat and had there minds changed in a hurry. I am not a expert boat driver but I feel I can hold my own. Some boats are plain and simple better which becomes obvious (sometimes painfully obvious) when you get into the bigger boats but at 19' there all gonna be close in ride. If your looking for ride quality as a huge factor with a boat purchase then get a bigger boat than a 19 footer because they no 19' boat is gonna ride good in the big stuff. Asking what boat rides the best is going to give you more opinionated answers than any question you could ask. Alot is due to people having a bad experience with someone who didn't know how to drive. I had a bad one myelf in a 495 Charger. That is supposed to be a great rough water boat but it beat me to death in 2 footers. I would have given any thing to be in any other boat that day. Driver? Probably, but I have yet to ride with anybody else in a Charger so I assume alot was the driver. Ride with somebody like Danco who is use to driving in some stuff that would keep alot of us off the water and you'll see that he can probably make about any boat ride good (well he'll get you back less banged up) in the nasty. Good luck with whatever you decide, but anything short of an ocean going vessel is gonna ride rough in 3 footers. Plain and simple, anybody who says there boat rides good in 3 footers is not shootin you straight. Triton5

   Rough water ride from Bob (  5/15/2002 3:26:00 PM
 OK Ive got it. Basscat Pantera, Nitro, Walleye boats, Champion maybe, maybe not, Ranger R91, Skeeter, Allison, no bass boats, driver, senior moments. Thanks guys , its clear as mud. I am aware that all boats have there limitations and alot has to do with the driver. At this point I would like to drop this subject. Thanks anyway, Bob

   boat rides from steve (  5/16/2002 5:44:00 AM
 I have been on t bend with 3 and 5 and on amastead with sure enough 5 and 6 nothing rides good in that unless you are following someone I was in a skeeter 202 and it rides good but when you have to put on rain gear and stow everything just to cross the lake nothing rides good its all give and take try a few boats and pick the one you like and then get on here and tell everyone thay need one like you so you can watch people puff up



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