Bass Boat Shopping
Buying a Bass Boat is a major purchase. The purpose of this site is to inform buyers (first time buyers especially) the pitfalls of dealing with an industry that is very misleading, arrogant, and if you get on the wrong side of these people, impossible to deal with. There is no perfect Bass Boat, there is no decent warranty. There are lots of claims to "The Best Warranty in the Business", but the fact is Boat Warranties are written by Experienced, Corporate, Marine Lawyers to protect the Boat Manufacturers, not the consumer. Your warranty is only as good as your dealer's ability to get you help. If you don't believe me, take copies of your potential warranties to your lawyer and have him interpret them before you buy. He, or she will tell you that the manufacturer will help you.... if he feels like it. In other words, if you have trouble... don't get mad... even if it's the same trouble for years and years.
Your $30,000 to $60,000 (Mine was $40,000) investment means absolutely nothing to these folks. Your dealer acts as a liaison, and is your only path to any satisfaction when you have problems (and you will likely have problems). Skeeter tells you this about warrantys on their website: Skeeter Warranty FAQ
I will give you all the details, photos, and emails on my personal nightmare with Skeeter Boats, but I will also post problems with other brands like Ranger, BassCat, Nitro... etc..
My impression of Skeeter Boats has been honed by years of experiences... mostly bad to horrific experiences.... and is represented in the logo above. A body language of crossed armed, arrogance-based, tradition is belied by the bent beak which contradicts the whole persona. I have run the gamut with this company, from dealer relationships to Lawyers. Before you spend all that money on any Bass Boat please read this web or contact me., and for heaven's sake do a lot of DD... and that's not Dungeons and Dragons.
This site is heavily under construction... there is a lot to tell and a lot to show and getting it all together is a big project. I intend to tell this whole story with photographs, emails from dealers, lawyers, and personal accounts from people who have had the exact same problems as I have. In fact, if you are close enough and would like to see this boat and all the problems I have endured, it's in my garage for your perusal, or I'll meet you at the ramp. It's an unwritten law that most boaters who have problems keep their mouths shut and try to unload it on someone else... I cannot, in good conscience, follow that lead.
If you are a Bass Boat shopper, or enthusiast, check back often. You will find this to be very interesting, if nothing else. If you would like more information immediately, or would like to contribute you can email me at:
I'll bet you thought all boats were certified by the National Marine Manufacturers Association and the Coast Guard... that's what I thought... until I got this letter from the NMMA's VP of Engineering Standards:
My original inquiry to NMMA:
I am the owner of the original Skeeter FX210 hull that was used to
----- NMMA Response -----
From: "Tom Marhevko" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Sent: Wednesday, June 13, 2007 9:59 AM
Subject: RE: You have a new question from the NMMA web site!
Good morning Mr. Indish,
I Call her the "Liberty Belle". She's cracked, poorly built, but while she floats, she represents Freedom. 2004 Skeeter FX210 -Discontinued-
Guess what, my boat is 20'8" and was Certified by Skeeter... huh? My boat is a 2004 FX210, with a Yamaha 300 HPDI. Skeeter claimed it to be the ultimate "Deep Water" (which makes no sense. I took that to mean the ultimate Big Water) Bass Boat. I fish Big Water so this interested me greatly. They made this hull for only 3 years... did a complete hull remake from 04 to 05 (I know because I have an 04 whose hull was replaced by an 05 after the first 3 months), and dropped it completely after that with no official announcement at all... not even a letter to customers letting them know whether or not they would continue support... nothing. This is what this company is capable of so beware you I-Class owners. Skeeter does what it wants and answers to no one.
Skeeter Boat's "Best Warranty in the Business" has an exclusion in regards to "Racing and Competition". A very broad exclusion that can be interpreted to include Fishing Competition. No other Bass Boat manufaturer that I have found excludes "Competition". Skeeter's warranty is so good they don't even post it on their website... they just claim it's the best.