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What are bass boats?

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Bass boats are boats designed specifically for bass fishing. The size of the boats vary but can be anywhere between 16 and 25 feet. They have shallow drafts, which allows fishermen to access locations that bass fish prefer. Bass boats also often contain swivel chairs, built-in tackle boxes and live wells, in addition to a GPS and fish finders.

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Bass boats often have a trolling motor with the regular outboard to assist in catching fish quietly and in spots that are difficult to reach. Some bass boats have a V-hull, which makes it easier to get through waves instead of bouncing on them, but some boats have a flat bottom. Those who plan on fishing in rough waters are better off with a larger boat with a V-hull for an easier ride.

One thing to consider when buying a bass boat is whether to get a fiberglass or aluminum hull. Fiberglass hulls are heavier and therefore sturdier, but often cost more, ranging from $12,000 to $55,000 as of 2016. Aluminum hulls are lighter and less expensive, ranging from $10,000 to $35,000, but do not handle as well in the wind. Thoroughly check for any structural issues when buying a used bass boat.

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