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I'm looking for my first bass boat.  I found a new 2007 Nitro 898 sitting at the dealer.  It is marked down 6k.  The boat has the coastal package on it, which means no carpet.  Coming from a sail boat background, I never had carpet in any boat.  The dealer said nobody wants it because it has no carpet.

Never having owned a bass boat, what would be the draw backs of having no carpet.

thanks !!

-Myke

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I have a champ with no carpet.

CONS: very loud when fishing and while driving, every wave you hit is very loud (compartment lids), in morning with dew on the boat every step leaves foot prints and makes boat look dirty, rods slide back at you after a couple MPH, strap them down, no carpet to hide stress cracks which every boat will get, no carpet=no cushion, after a few long days of fishing in row your back will be sore

PROS: easy to clean, never gets hot so you can fish barefoot, dries fast after it rains, looks cool

love mine, but my next bass boat will have carpet, if I was using it as an intercostal for other species I would buy another one with no carpet

hope this helps

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If I'm not mistaken, those 898's had a snap in carpet option. You might want to check with a Nitro dealer on that.

Thanks to all !!

It does have a snap in carpet option.  I'll check into the price of it.  I was not looking for a new boat, but this one seem like a good deal.

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YES!  DRAWBACK!!

You want to be a quiet as possible and the carpet muffles the sound of your movement in the boat.

Get carpet installed.  ;)

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Carpet is an inexpensive and relatively easy installment. If you are really high on that boat for that price, you and/or a friend can handle the carpet deal as long as you have a few cold Bud Lites around....

Big O  

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Trying to talk the wife into today. We'll see........

HAHAHA Okay well I'll be waiting on you to tell me where it is HAHAHA Good Luck with that. Hope you don't have any other toys if yours is like mine then I hope you know how to put your foot down ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D

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I don't think the no carpet would be a huge deal for us down here in TX, but you are in MO.  I here that the no carpet boats really blow in the frost and frezzing weather.

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I would also think you could put carpet in way under 6k.  Good luck.

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I have an Ranger Intracoastal which is basically an Bass Boat with no carpet, I wear crocs when fishing to keep quiet and last time I checked REALLY spooky saltwater species (Reds,Bonefish, Permit, Snook, Etc) are usually approached by fisherman in boats with NO carpet.  I am sure carpeting helps, but how much, I don't know.

If I lived where it was cold and miserable and ice on the deck would be a factor then carpet all the way!

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Most successful boat on Stick Marsh/Farm 13 -

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Do you see any carpeting? If you are really going to worry about any noise you might make walking on a deck, imagine what happens when you run your motor.

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