Aluminum bass boats provide stable, roomy fishing machines for bass anglers of all skill levels. Unlike fiberglass bass boats, they’re lightweight and don’t need to be pampered, making them a top preference for serious bass anglers. They’re also often easier to tow—often with smaller vehicles that are good on gas. Many lighter aluminum boats also can use those sketchy ramps on unpressured lakes that most bass guys wouldn’t think of using to launch their glittery fiberglass bass boats, and can get through shallower water to spots other angler might not reach on rivers.
Here’s a look at six awesome new aluminum bass boats for 2013.
The 17 Storm bass boat features a 22-gallon livewell in the bow that bass anglers will like, plus a 12-gallon livewell aft that will make crappie anglers happy. The 17-foot aluminum boat has no wood in the construction. Its unique seat pedestal arrangement allows anglers on the bow platform to sit side by side, converting this bass boat instantly into a perfect panfish boat. This new boat is rated for up to 60 hp.
The 1657 SS from Crestliner is a bass and crappie boat offering an unobstructed view and balanced navigation with it’s unique stick-steering set-up that allows the driver to sit in a forward center seat while driving this lightweight aluminum boat. The absence of a console allows rod lockers on both sides of the boat and makes the SS roomier than other bass boats in its 16-foot size range. Its 15-gallon center livewell with baitbucket makes this the ultimate panfish boat, too, and tackle trays installed in the front deck let you take enough different lures and rigs for any species you want to target. The 1657 SS leaves the dealership ready-to-fish with a MotorGuide trolling motor and Lowrance fish finder as standard equipment.
More muscle headlines the flagship semi-v hulled VT 19 bass boat for 2013—it’s now rated for 150 hp. The 19-footer is a beamy 91 inches wide and features massive amounts of storage with two bow-area rod lockers and large deck compartments hold tackle and more to keep the aluminum boat’s floor clear. This new boat has a livewell in each deck front and rear, and the rear deck features two tackle storage compartments that handle three flat trays each. This complete fishing boat comfortably seats the driver and two passengers when running.
The Skorpion 16 bass boat is a tremendous value with standard equipment that includes a trolling motor, fish finder, 23-gallon bow livewell with baitwell, spacious storage and a choice of Mercury power up to 50 hp. It comes with a 6-gallon portable gas tank and a bunk trailer with swing tongue is also standard. The all-welded aluminum bass boat is 16-feet long with a 74-inch beam.
The Stryker 17 is laid out as a bass boat, but easily targets multiple species. Premium standard components in this all-welded aluminum boat includes an acrylic console w/tinted windshield and soft grip wheel, three-across seating, MotorGuide trolling motor, Lowrance fish finder, two 13-gallon livewells with baitwells, portside rod organizer with four rod holders, two deluxe pedestal seats, built-in 12-gallon fuel tank and Mercury power up to 60 hp. The new boat package includes a painted bunk trailer with swing tongue, too.
The Stinger ST 195 is a tournament-ready bass boat with two aerated livewells, each 23 gallons. But it’s also an excellent, all-welded aluminum multi-species boat. The front deck on this model has three pedestal bases allowing the option to let two people sit side-by-side - excellent for spider rigging for crappie. The ST195 bass boat also has two lockable rod storage units in the front deck and with the maximum HP of 115 this aluminum boat can achieve speeds of up to 46 MPH.
If you’re in the market for a new aluminum bass boat, you have plenty of great ones from which to choose. And if you’re in the market for a fiberglass bass boat, check out an aluminum model before you buy glass. Not only will it be tougher and thriftier, it just might be the best bass boat package you can find.