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Scout 251 XSS2022Request Price
The 251 XSS, with forward seating, was designed to be a “hybrid” model capable of handling and performing in both inshore and offshore waters. This model has a draft of approximately 13” for backwater fishing; while the proud bow, hull design, depth and freeboard allow it to slice through offshore waves while keeping you dry. Standard features include a large anchor locker, port and starboard lockable rod storage boxes, high performance leaning post with rod holders, transom ladder and trim tabs. Optional features include rear deck jump seat cushions, port aerated bait well and a porta potti just to name a few. Beyond the stunning lines, ample fishing features and creature comforts Scout is known for, the 251 XSS also showcases Scout’s revolutionary T-top/glass enclosure, which was awarded a U.S. Design Patent.More…13
Bayliner T21Bay2022Request Price
The T21Bay makes the most of its size—and your boating dollar. Its M-Hull design improves stability whether on plane or fighting a monster. Its spacious layout includes large fore and aft decks that create ample fishing platforms with loads of storage beneath. Aft flip-up seating quickly folds out of your way when it’s time for business. You’ll be hard-pressed to find more boat for the money anywhere.More…19
Pathfinder 2300 HPS2022Request Price
The first bay boat built specifically around Yamaha’s Super High Output (SHO) four-stroke technology, the 2300 HPS (High Performance Step) redefines top-end running performance in a true bay boat platform. A stepped hull and bustle transom with standard 6″ jackplate optimize speed and running efficiency. Add to that more cockpit and deck space, walk around gunwales and increased storage for everything from castnets to 9.5′ fly rods. The result is a jaw-dropping rocket with a light-tackle payload capacity that will clear out your tackle room.More…17
Pathfinder 2500 Hybrid2022Request Price
Step into the 2500 Hybrid and you’ll instantly feel the difference of the most spacious bay boat under 25 feet there is. No more feeling crowded or having to move people out of the way to get around. The unique layout also allows for more storage space than you’ll ever need and a 45 gallon insulated fishbox. Plus, with more freeboard height, a notched aft bulkhead, and added cockpit space aft, you can still comfortably fish from the security of the cockpit in big water conditions. And because the 2500 Hybrid is vacuum infused, there’s no 25 foot bay boat with a better strength to weight ratio. That’s why with all its features and capabilities it still only drafts a true 13.5 inches, runs upwards of 60 mph, and jumps on plane in water too shallow for some flats boats.More…17
Bayliner T18Bay2022Request Price
The T18Bay takes full advantage of our exceptionally stable M-Hull by combining it with a deck plan focused on fishability. This versatile center console blends affordability and fishability in a way you simply can’t ignore. Seasoned anglers and families alike will appreciate the features and layout we’ve put aboard this family-friendly fishing platform. Everyone will appreciate the performance and value.More…24
Everglades 253 Center Console2022Request Price
Pack your bags -- the 253cc is equipped with two storage holders under the helm seat to easily load and unload your gear, in addition to the massive built-in 87qt cooler/dry storage beneath the forward console seat. There's gear storage for any water activity you can dream up. The low-profile, powder-coated bow rails and pop-up cleats combine with the 91-square-foot cockpit to give you all the space and freedom to move around that you need. The under gunwale port and starboard rod storage and dry storage, lockable rod storage with cushioned protection under the forward bow seating, 26-gallon livewell, and 69-gallon in-floor insulated fishbox makes the 253cc ready to fish in any conditions. Two incredible foldaway stern seats are located on either side of insulated storage. When not in use, fold the seatbacks down to use the huge aft casting deck. Forward-facing bowseats have detachable backrests for the most comfortable ride underway. A perfect marriage of comfort and functionality, the elegant 253cc is sure to impress.More…17
Scout 231 XSB2022Request Price
The 231 XSB is our third XS model in the bay boat/inshore line-up and compliments the already popular 231 XS and 251 XSS. This model showcases up to five removable backrests (two receivers forward; three receivers aft) for added comfort for the crew, as well as a patent-pending new thru-hull bow anchor pole feature called the Scout Post. Two optional aft baitwells, ample rod holders and storage, and three leaning post options are all available on this fishing machine. Like our other XS models, the 231 XSB has all the characteristics of a serious bay boat, as well as sexy, aggressive lines and proven high performance.More…11
Pathfinder 2700 Open2022Request Price
To fully take advantage of all the angling opportunities that exist between the shallow flats and the ocean’s deepest reaches it requires an array of tackle and a boat designed to be versatile enough to effectively fish the whole water column. Meet the 2700 Open, combining the forward deck space of a bay boat with the open cockpit of a center console. With nearly 70 gallons of standard livewell space, 3 insulated fishboxes totaling over 120 gallons, and dedicated rod racks for 18 rods ranging from fly rods to bottom and trolling gear, this boat allows you to carry everything you need to successfully target surface swimmers to bottom dwellers and everything in between. Plus, there’s enough dry storage to bring multiple cast nets and loads of tackle bags, and the console can even be optioned with a head. Finally, with a max horsepower rating of 450, standard jackplate, and a double-stepped, VARIS constructed hull, the next spot is never too far away.More…10
Grady-White 251 Coastal Explorer2022Request Price
Built on Grady’s SeaV²® hull, the 251 offers more offshore capability and performance than any other inshore fishing boat. With built-in rod storage, bow and stern fishing platforms, and a deluxe lean bar with lockable storage and a 25-gal livewell, this 25-foot center console boat is packed with fishing features. Its numerous family-friendly amenities including a head area, plenty of water sport storage, and low gunnels for easy access to the water make it the best fishing and family center console boat.More…15
Crestliner 1800 Bay2022Request Price
The 1800 Bay combines the best of our bay boat features while maximizing space and storage. When you take it out on the water, you’ll realize that this center console boat has everything you need to own the day, wrapped up in an efficient, agile package.More…18
Everglades 243 Center Console2022Request Price
The Everglades 243cc is the industry leader in the bay boat market, and has been since its debut. Add an optional GPS-enabled trolling motor and you'll never need to anchor again. Optional jackplate and lifting platforms allow you to get into those shallow spots that most boats this size don't dare. By adding the optional, patent-pending upper station to your standard-equipment hardtop you'll spot fish you never even knew were there. The low-profile, powder-coated bow rails and pop-up cleats combine with the casting platform/bow seating to make cast-netting live bait a breeze! The most comfortable place to sit on any boat while underway is the stern and the 243cc provides two incredible foldaway seats on either side of the livewell. When not in use, fold the seatbacks down to use the huge aft casting deck. So, whether you want to fish the back country or run 30 miles offshore, the 243cc can satisfy your requirements.More…9
Contender 25 Bay2022Request Price
The 25 Bay is the perfect boat for those who love offshore fishing on calm days, and cruising around inshore on the bay. The 25Bay is built with custom options for tops, consoles, leaning posts, and electronics. Built to fish with live well plumbing, rod holders, electric reel outlets, trolling motors, forward casting platforms, and more. Every boat comes standard with forward seating in the bow, pop-up jump seats in the aft, and all around fishing mojo.More…8
Pathfinder 2600 TRS2022Request Price
Take your guests for an evening of island hopping or dinner and then win a tournament the next day. The Pathfinder 2600 TRS does it all with style, comfort and high performance. There’s cushioned seating for 10 including aft deck seating with flip up backrests and the forward deck can be transformed into a lounge area complete with an optional bow table. The console has a fully finished interior with optional pump out potty and the standard deluxe helm seating is perfect for a quiet cruise for two. Plus, there’s an option for a ski pole. Even with all this, Pathfinder’s angling legacy shines through with full trolling motor capability, lockable rod storage and a 36 gallon live well. Plus, because of its twin-stepped hull and vacuum infused construction, this boat is boat quick and light, making it exceptionally fuel efficient and a blast to drive.More…18
Lowe 20 Bay2022Request Price
Take your fishing game to new extremes with this superior-value bay boat. A high-performance aluminum pad hull and well-equipped center console layout deliver maximum fishability and easy handling. The 20 Bay is designed to keep you safe, dry and ready no matter the water conditions, with a seamless cockpit finish and injected foam construction for a smooth, stable ride. And with premium features including a huge 30-gallon livewell and 16-gallon baitwell, a standard MotorGuide® trolling motor and Lawrence Hook - 3x fishfinder, shock-absorbent SeaDek® traction surface, and an array of available paint and seating options, your prey don’t stand a chance. The rugged center console 20 Bay reflects Lowe Boats’ expert craftsmanship and proud heritage of delivering top quality to serious anglers.More…9
Ideal for freshwater and saltwater fishing these Bay boats vary in length from 15ft to 29ft and can carry 4 to 13 passengers. These powerboats use the following propulsion options: outboard engine. There are a wide range of Bay boats for sale from popular brands like Sea Pro, Sportsman and Pathfinder with 980 new and 555 used and an average price of $45,102 with boats ranging from as little as $8,335 and $236,317.
When it comes to saltwater fishing, center console boats rule the roost. And while there are many different varieties of center consoles, most can be split into one of two groups: offshore boats, and inshore boats. Often, it’s size that defines the boat’s ability. But there’s one specific kind of center console that has a much more well-defined purpose and design—the bay boat.
Bay boats are for coastal saltwater fishing, pure and simple. You won't find any wakeboarding towers, sunpads, or wet bars, on these boats.
Bay boats are incredibly popular in many coastal saltwater areas, especially along the Gulf Coast. That’s because their traits fit the Gulf fisheries particularly well. Bay boats usually range between 18 and 24 feet in length, and have lower gunwales than boats designed for bigger waters. They also have less V in their hulls (commonly 14 to 18 degrees of deadrise) which helps keep the draft low, so they can get into back-country fishing spots. Most have fore and aft casting decks, so you can stand in an elevated position while fishing. And of course, they have fishing features all serious anglers insist on, like livewells, rodracks, fishboxes, and rod holders.
If you’re interested in getting a new bay boat, you’ll find plenty of models to choose from. The question is, how will you pick the best one that meets your budgetary constraints? Just what is it that makes one bay boat better than another? Here are some top traits to look for.
Anchoring Systems – The tried-and-true bow anchor locker is fine, but bay boats on the cutting edge employ a Power Pole system. These allow you to “stake out” in water up to 10’ or 12’, at the press of a button. If you have an anchor and line in a bow locker, the hatch should allow access regardless of the electric trolling motors’ position. Cleats and/or tie-offs should be inside the compartment (to keep the deck clear of snags) and the hatch should be notched to allow complete closure with the anchor deployed.
Casting Decks – They should be elevated fore and aft, with as much room as possible. On a large model, it’s not unrealistic to expect room for two to cast from one deck. All hatches and hinges should be flush, or stubbed toes will be an issue. There should also be a two to three inch raised toe-kick around the sides, and obstructions which can snag fly lines should be minimal or non-existent. (Cleats and chocks should be pop-ups, lights should be rounded and low-profile, etc).
Casting decks should have minimal snags, especially if fly fishing is in the plans.
Gunwale Design – Some anglers prefer gunwales that are wide enough to stand on, so you can essentially use them as elevated fishing space. Some others like narrow gunwales that maximize cockpit space. Pick your poison.
Hullforms – Standard semi-V hulls are the norm with bay boats, but some anglers prefer the softer ride of a power catamaran. Thanks to their reduced draft, tunnel boats also make their mark in the bay boat world, but some poorly-designed models ventilate the propeller so a thorough sea trial is in order before buying one. There are also a few flat-bottom bay boats around, which usually offer a wet, bumpy ride, but excellent stability and low cost.
Livewells – Every good bayboat should have at least two, one forward and one aft, so you don’t have to leave your fishing area to freshen up a bait. Better bay boats have a third as a back-up. Stay away from those that share a pump with the washdown system (another must-have) since these rarely provide enough pressure and wear out the pump faster. Wells should be rounded, hold at least 20 gallons each, and if they’re baby-blue inside—which keeps your baits calm—they get an extra thumbs-up.
Propulsion Systems – As usual, the bigger a powerplant you get, the better. Not only will you be able to cruise faster and hit more hotspots in one day, but you’ll also have better resale value. Jack-plates are a plus, and an electric trolling motor is a must-have so you can fish with stealth.
Rod Holders – Vertical racks should line each side of the console, and spare racks in the bow or at the stern are a good perk. There should also be at least four gunwale holders, for trolling and drift fishing.
More rod holders is more better. At the very least, the console should have a set of vertical racks on either side and the gunwales should have at least four flush holders.
Seating – Flip-up jump seats in the aft casting deck will make the ride a lot easier on your fishing buddies. Pedestal-mount seats are great for fishing once you get where you’re going, but don’t plan on having someone ride in one when you’re on plane.
Tops – To top, or not to top? That’s a tough question, since protection from the sun will allow you to stay fresh, and fish longer and harder. This ability comes at the cost of casting room, since a top can get in the way. And while protection from the sun is a good thing, Bimini tops are not; those supports will get in the way of casting 10 times as much as a T-top. T-tops should have rocket launchers—with a few angled out for trolling—and should be beefy enough that there’s little to no visible motion when underway. Spreader lights and an electronics box get bonus points.
Usual Boat Stuff – Obviously, items like hull and stringer construction, vinyl toughness, wiring, and the use of stainless-steel needs to be up to snuff. In this regard, look at a bay boat as you’d look at any other watercraft. Remember that the better it’s built, the longer it will last and the easier it will be on to take on rough seas.
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