Bass Boat Attributes

Man, I forgot how bass boats fly. Spending some time on the water yesterday with Don Demott, who is a tournament bass angler down in Florida, reminded me in a hurry what a bass boat can do. They are designed to carry more than their weight and fly around on a keel pad the size of [...]

16th April 2010.
By Pete McDonald

Don Demott shows off his tournament driving form.

Man, I forgot how bass boats fly. Spending some time on the water yesterday with Don Demott, who is a tournament bass angler down in Florida, reminded me in a hurry what a bass boat can do.

They are designed to carry more than their weight and fly around on a keel pad the size of a postage stamp. At rest, their wide beams strive to give them the stability of a pontoon boat. Former colleague Eric Colby wrote an excellent article for Boating about bass boat design, and I’m trying to track down a digital version to share.

In the meantime, here’s a link to some bass boat history from BWB Magazine.

Here’s an older article from Dave Scroppo about bass boat racing.

And here’s a link to a tournament bass boat shootout I worked on with Boating a few years back.


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Pete McDonald is a contributing editor to Power & Motoryacht. Previously, he spent 11 years on the editorial staff of Boating. He has won multiple writing awards and holds a master’s degree from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.

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