Can you buy a Bass Boat without a Engine? Can you buy a Bass Boat without a Engine?
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    Can you buy a Bass Boat without a Engine?
from MrPokey (  
6/18/2007 1:52:00 PM


 I fish a lot of electric motor only lakes or lakes with a 9.9 HP limit. I'm looking to purchase a new bass boat but would like to buy it without the outboard since I wouldn't be able to use it, and it should reduce the price drastically. Is this even possible? So far I've just looked at a Nitro and a Bass Tracker? And any guess's as to how big a trolling motor I would need to move this boat around, using it as the main motor. Thanks!

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   Electric Only from Farallon (  6/18/2007 3:58:00 PM
 I fish a few electric only lakes. I have a 14' Gregor. It is not a bass boat, I do most of my fishing sitting down. My electric motor produces 36lbs of thrust, I think max speed is `5-6 mph on a fully charged battery, I can run most of the day on one group 27 battery. My motor probably costs ~$150 today, battery ~$75.

I have not seen a "new bass boat" sold without power. I think you should be able to buy a used bass boat without power.

Minn kota is one of the electric motor vendors, they have a website. On their web site they have a page titled, pick your motor. Last time I viewed the page, they gave parameters: wind speed, water/wave conditions and suggested trolling motor pounds thrust per pound of boat.

   I know one company from BASSMAN IA.  6/18/2007 5:52:00 PM
 that will sell a dealer a boat without a motor. Will the dealer order you the boat? Don't know. I called my boat manufacture and they said they don't have a problem with it. They are Charger Boats-- they gave me the name of a dealer in Fl. It is Sunshine Boats 850-5744245. Give them a call and see what they will do for ya.

   Boat w/o a motor from BrownTrout (  6/18/2007 9:58:00 PM
 Talk to your local Ranger dealer!

   well... from MrPokey (  6/19/2007 1:21:00 AM
 I called Bass Pro Shops today and left a message, but I also called a few local dealers and they pretty much laughed at me and blew me off. They thought this was the dumbest thing in the world. I'll give a Ranger dealer a call if I can find one around Atlanta, where I'm from, and see what they can do for me. Thanks everyone, and I'll keep looking.

   Legend from JoePA (  6/19/2007 7:03:00 AM
 I belive Legend boats would do the same but your probably better of finding a used one with a popped engine and getting a great rig at a great price!


   New 2007 Bass Cat Pantera II - no engine from Gary Hollander  6/19/2007 8:18:00 AM

Follows link, and yes, you can order Bass Cats without outboard engines...

Gary Hollander

   Trolling motor from Fisherboy  6/19/2007 8:57:00 AM
  I would get this set up with the foot pedal:

Since don't need a fuel tank, use that space for batteries and then add one of these with a steering wheel:

Slapall in a 16-17 footer single console.

   Get a 9.9 from paul (  6/19/2007 9:27:00 AM
 Get a the boat with a 9.9, it's nice to have if a storm kicks up or you need to get somewhere in a hurry. I would get a tin boat like a G3 MV180, MV175, or a Lowe 170, with a 9.9 4 stroke and a 36 volt trolling motor.

   No motor from Fassbass (  6/19/2007 12:59:00 PM
 A bass boat with no motor is gonna float real funny with no weight on the transom. Especially when you add a adult on the front deck. You may need to add alot of aft ballast to make it float right.

   Agree With Paul from VinceR (  6/20/2007 12:57:00 PM
 At a recent boat show, I had some customers in the same boat (pun intended) as you. They wanted a boat for fishing the horsepower limited lake (9.9, max) where they had their cottage. They had a 17 foot Nitro/90HP that they couldn't use, there. They were looking for a "johnboat" style boat with no gas motor, just a bow mounted trolling motor. We ended up putting them in a new, Lowe 170 Stinger (the wife loved the bassboat layout of the Stinger) with a 9.9 Mercury Pro Kicker, remote steering an power trim and tilt. They loved the setup. I'm sure there are other manufacturers (or marinas) that will accomodate you.

I'm not sure about where you are at, but up here in Michigan, you can use a gasoline powered boat on the "electric only" lakes. You just have to remove the key from the ignition so that it's not possible to run the gas motor. This setup has you covered on all lakes with a public access.



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