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23 hours ago, Weedwhacker said:

Z175 is fiberglass. RT178 is their aluminum model.

Found some information on the z175. Nice boat. It will fit in the garage ( 2 " to spare ) . I have been leaning more to fiberglass because they seem to have more and better features.

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4 hours ago, Take the bait said:

Found some information on the z175. Nice boat. It will fit in the garage ( 2 " to spare ) . I have been leaning more to fiberglass because they seem to have more and better features.

I searched a long time before choosing my boat. If I fished huge reservoirs, I would have bought a bigger boat.

11,000 acres is the biggest lake I fish.

My Z175 fits all of my fishing needs..

fits in my garage. it has a single axle trailer, so moving it by hand is relatively easy.

sits nice in the water, so wind does not move it around much.

very stable to walk around. 

nice dry ride.

you can put nearly any motor up to 115 hp on it.

I chose a mercury 115 pro xs 4 stroke and can run nearly 50 mph, which is plenty for the lakes I fish.

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Ranger RT 188 get power poles and mk ultrex

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On 9/16/2017 at 6:58 AM, Catt said:

Bass Cat

Margay w/swing away tongue 20' 3"

Sabre Vision w/swing away tongue 19' 8" (weird bigger boat than the Margay)

 

Aqua Tech Marine Palm Bay, Florida 

 

Wanted to look at sabre ftd and sabre vision. Aqua tech is 3hrs from Tampa . Aqua tech is the only basscat dealer in Florida so might not be able to look at them much.

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2 minutes ago, Take the bait said:

Wanted to look at sabre ftd and sabre vision. Aqua tech is 3hrs from Tampa . Aqua tech is the only basscat dealer in Florida so might not be able to look at them much.

 

Once you look at BassCat you will not need to look at anything else!

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Big investment and well worth the drive. The closet bass boat dealer is only 75 miles from where I live, but it takes 3 hours to drive there during business hours. Any bass boat dealer that has cert mechanics for the engine can do maintenance, the boat rarely requires any dealer contact after purchase unless it's close by.

Contact the dealer, they know boat owners or guides that would be willing to show you what boat your are interested in looking at, then make the trip if you are interested in making a deal.

Tom

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18 hours ago, WRB said:

Big investment and well worth the drive. The closet bass boat dealer is only 75 miles from where I live, but it takes 3 hours to drive there during business hours. Any bass boat dealer that has cert mechanics for the engine can do maintenance, the boat rarely requires any dealer contact after purchase unless it's close by.

Contact the dealer, they know boat owners or guides that would be willing to show you what boat your are interested in looking at, then make the trip if you are interested in making a deal.

Tom

Going to call soon . Hope they give information on price can’t find it anywhere. Really liked the front deck space on sabre. Seen a couple in person but they where the bigger models . 

On 9/22/2017 at 6:29 PM, Weedwhacker said:

I searched a long time before choosing my boat. If I fished huge reservoirs, I would have bought a bigger boat.

11,000 acres is the biggest lake I fish.

My Z175 fits all of my fishing needs..

fits in my garage. it has a single axle trailer, so moving it by hand is relatively easy.

sits nice in the water, so wind does not move it around much.

very stable to walk around. 

nice dry ride.

you can put nearly any motor up to 115 hp on it.

I chose a mercury 115 pro xs 4 stroke and can run nearly 50 mph, which is plenty for the lakes I fish.

The biggest lake I’ll fish is lake okeechobee. Most of the lakes closer to me are about 700 acres to the size of lake Kissimmee. Not huge lakes but something a 17 foot bass boat will ( hopefully) get the job done. 

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1 hour ago, Take the bait said:

Going to call soon . Hope they give information on price can’t find it anywhere. Really liked the front deck space on sabre. Seen a couple in person but they where the bigger models . 

The biggest lake I’ll fish is lake okeechobee. Most of the lakes closer to me are about 700 acres to the size of lake Kissimmee. Not huge lakes but something a 17 foot bass boat will ( hopefully) get the job done. 

i have had my 17.5 ft. boat in 4 ft waves. While it was not the most enjoyable ride, I have never felt like I was in danger. Can't say that  with the 2 mod v aluminum boats I had.

Like @WRB said. make sure there is a reputable service shop,that has a certified mechanic in your area,for the motor you choose.

good luck.

 

If I lived by Okeechobee, it would be hard to ever get me off of the water.

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I think it's first driver and then a combination of all three in the proper proportion; length, width, & horse power.

 

At 18' 1" with 90" beam & a 150/175 HP the BassCat Sabre Vision or FTD will handle Okeechobee easily.

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Really looking into the sabre , z175 , and stratos 176 vlo . Like everything about them from what I’ve seen , now have to go to the dealers

 

Also like the crestliner vt 17 . Seems like a nice boat. Want to look at an xpress x17  and x17 pro but can’t find much information.

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I cross-shopped the Nitro Z17, Stratos 176 VLO and Triton 179 TrX, and went with the Triton. The Triton is a much nicer boat than the Nitro and the Stratos. It was worth the slight increase in cost to me, but I probably would have been happy with any of them.

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9 hours ago, Take the bait said:

Want to look at an xpress x17  and x17 pro but can’t find much information.

 

Outcast Watersports, Inc.10808 US Hwy. 82 East Tampa FL 33610

Phone: 813-630-5695

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17 hours ago, PECo said:

I cross-shopped the Nitro Z17, Stratos 176 VLO and Triton 179 TrX, and went with the Triton. The Triton is a much nicer boat than the Nitro and the Stratos. It was worth the slight increase in cost to me, but I probably would have been happy with any of them.

Looking hard at Triton but at 20’5 it won’t fit . Looking close at ranger z175 , stratos 176vlo, and a couple alumimums . I’ll be happy with any safe and reliable bass boat.

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On 9/16/2017 at 5:08 PM, Take the bait said:

Remeasured the garage and it came out to be about 20'7

I thought you had a few more inches of space.

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