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The Most Expensive Bass Boats MONEY CAN BUY!

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Bass boats are the top of the line when it comes to fishing. They’re designed for speed and maneuverability, and they come packed with features that anglers need to be successful on the water.

But all that quality comes at a price, and some of the most expensive bass boats can cost upwards of $100,000.

In this blog post, we’ll take a look at some of the most expensive bass boats on the market today, including the priciest one, the Ranger Z521L.

What To Think About When Buying An Expensive Bass Boat

Power

The size of the motor and how powerful it is can be an important consideration when you’re buying a bass boat. Generally, the more powerful the engine, the more expensive the bass boat. Many high-end bass boats are capable of traveling at over 80 miles per hour, with some even capable of getting up to 100 mph.

A lot of the most expensive bass boats are packing a punch with around 300-horsepower motors. In the case of the Bass Cat Jaguar, you can even opt for a 450-horsepower engine.

Higher-powered motors can let you travel at faster speeds across the water, which can be useful on big lakes where you want to get to your next fishing hole quickly. If you only plan to fish on smaller bodies of water, you may not need the added power from a bigger motor.

Additionally, if you often fish in no-wake zones, you won’t be able to make the most of a high-powered motor.

You may find, on certain lakes, that there are speed restrictions, which may limit your ability to max out your speed at full throttle.

Size

The size of the boat will usually determine how much space you have for fishing. This will include your fishing deck space and the amount and type of storage that’s available.

Larger vessels may also be able to hold more people, so if you plan to take three guests fishing, larger bass boats can offer more comfort.

However, larger boats may not always mean you catch more fish.

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Remember to consider the size of the boat for towing and storage. This can be of particular importance if you plan to store your boat in your garage at home. Standard single-car garages tend to be only 20 feet long, which is not sufficient for most of these expensive bass boats. 

Gadgets

Expensive bass boats tend to have a lot of gadgets and lots of room for extra gadgets.

Many of these pricey boats come with top-of-the-range fish finders, with excellent GPS and sonar technology to help you navigate new waters and find fish easily.

You’ll also find various lighting options on most of these boats, so you can target fish at night or in low-light conditions.

Battery options, including battery charger banks, can be useful, as this can let you power additional accessories as well as keep your trolling motor powered. 

Customization Options

Customization is one of the most important features in a pricey bass boat, as this is where you can really add your personal touch, along with adding a few extra thousand dollars to the price of your boat.

Being able to customize the bass boat means you can tailor it to your specific requirements, so you can get all the features you need and none that you don’t. Some of these models also have custom color options, so you can choose to make your vessel unique and stand out in the crowd (or at the tournament).

11 Of The Most Expensive Bass Boats

1: Ranger Z521L Cup Equipped

  • Length: 21 foot 8 inches
  • Width: 98 inches
  • Weight: 1,950 pounds
  • Power: 300 HP

The Ranger Z521L is thought to be the most expensive bass boat in the world, often with a listing price over $100,000 depending on the optional extras you choose. This is a Cup Equipped vessel that’s tournament-ready with some of the best standard features of any bass boat on the market.

It features a standard 250-horsepower Mercury L Pro XS Torque Master 1.75 motor which can be upgraded to the 300-horsepower version of the same motor.

It also benefits from having a 47-inch Lowrance 36V trolling motor and comes with three lithium trolling motor batteries as standard. It has an integrated rod and tackle management system, Power Ventilation rod storage, and there’s also an integrated cooler with a gel coat liner and drain.

As well as many other features, it also has a Lowrance HDS-12 Live transducer and console, and a livewell with a pump-out system.

This Ranger bass boat also comes with a matching tandem axle trailer with 17-inch black chrome wheels.

Pros

  • Lowrance HDS 12 Live electronics
  • High power motor
  • Excellent tackle management
  • Aerated livewell
  • Custom colors (optional)

Cons

  • Very expensive

2: Skeeter FXR21 Apex

  • Length: 21 foot 4 inches
  • Width: 97 inches
  • Weight: 2,275 pounds
  • Power: 250 HP

The Skeeter FXR21 Apex is another bass boat that can regularly list at over $100,000 with added options. This is a tournament-level performance bass boat that has all the bells and whistles, including a 250-horsepower Yamaha VF250LB motor.

As standard, this pricey bass boat features a Humminbird Helix 12 gimbal-mounted at the bow and a Humminbird Helix 15 gimbal-mounted at the dash, so you can always keep an eye on the fish and your underwater surroundings.

The FXR21 Apex has two eight-foot Minn Kota Raptor anchors for shallow water. It also has a Minn Kota Ultrex MDI iPilot Link 112 trolling motor.

It benefits from having a 48-gallon single tank fuel system and tilt hydraulic steering. It also has a 37-quart built-in ice chest under the seat, plus a livewell system with pump-out and independent fill modes.

Additionally, this bass boat has an integrated rod storage system and a removable tackle storage system for convenience. The included trailer features lights and 18-inch wheels.

Pros

  • Humminbird Helix electronics
  • 4-bank battery charger
  • Integrated ice chest
  • Minn Kota Raptor anchors
  • Removable tackle storage

Cons

  • Trolling motor batteries not included

3: Bass Cat Jaguar

  • Length: 22 foot
  • Width: 94+ inches
  • Weight: 2,220 pounds
  • Power: 250-450 HP

The Bass Cat Jaguar is a 22-foot bass boat designed to offer maximum performance and top-class features. Starting with a standard 250-horsepower motor, there are options to include a motor up to 450-horsepower. This can be a high-powered bass boat for fishing in a range of conditions.

It has two 30-gallon fuel tanks offering a total fuel capacity of 60 gallons. It also features a Minn Kota 45-inch 36V Fortrex 112 trolling motor and an AGM cranking battery.

The Jaguar features two Helix 7 CHIRP GPS fish finders so that you can stay on top of your fishing game. It also benefits from having a Minn Kota 4-bank battery charger as well as a security system with lighted interior boxes and a phone holder.

You’ll find a tackle organizer with three rod boxes, livewells, dual ice chests, Plano tackle trays, Bass Cat rod straps, and deck lighting. The scissor storage system in the front center hatch makes it easier to grab tackle trays without being on your knees.

The trailer features dual Torqueflex axles with brakes and 15-inch aluminum wheels.

Pros

  • Excellent rod and tackle storage
  • High-power motor options
  • Humminbird Helix fish finders
  • 60-gallon fuel capacity

Cons

  • Relatively small fish finder screens

4: Nitro Z21 XL Pro

  • Length: 21 foot 2 inches
  • Width: 95 inches
  • Weight: 2,150 pounds
  • Power: 300 HP

The Nitro Z21 XL Pro is a high-performance bass boat with a 300-horsepower Mercury Pro XS motor. It also comes in a lower-priced 250-horsepower version.

It features Lowrance HDS Live 12 fish finders, as well as a Lowrance Ghost 36V trolling motor. There is also ethernet communication between the fish finders and the trolling motor.

The 45-square-foot bow deck features anti-fatigue padding for comfort and easy casting. There is a generous amount of storage, including rod storage and a center bow box with room for up to 18 tackle trays. There are also additional molded storage boxes for extra tackle trays.

It has an 86-quart insulated cooler with a snap-in sandwich tray and a useful removable trash compartment.

You’ll also find two 19-gallon insulated Guardian livewells with digital timers and oxygen generators.

Pros

  • Lowrance electronics
  • Spacious casting deck
  • Generous rod and tackle storage
  • Large cooler
  • Automatic bilge pumps

Cons

  • Battery chargers not included as standard

5: Bass Cat Lynx

  • Length: 20 foot 8 inches
  • Width: 96 inches
  • Weight: 1,930 pounds
  • Power: 250-300 HP

The Bass Cat Lynx is not as long as some of the other expensive bass boats on our list but it’s got plenty of space for you and your gear. At the front, you’ll find a center rod box that can hold up to twenty 9-foot fishing rods as well as up to 11 series 700 tackle boxes. There are also rod straps, plier holders, and cup holders.

The Lynx has two insulated ice chests, pump in and pump out livewells, and convenient livewell lights.

You’ll find two Humminbird Helix 7 CHIRP GPS fish finders and a Minn Kota 3-bank charger so you can keep your batteries fully charged.

There is a Minn Kota Fortrex 80 24-volt trolling motor and your choice of a 250-horsepower or 300-horsepower engine so you can get to your fishing hole fast. It has a 60-gallon fuel capacity split between two 30-gallon tanks.

Pros

  • Spacious deck
  • Ample storage for rods and tackle
  • Humminbird electronics
  • 60-gallon fuel tank

Cons

  • Less powerful trolling motor compared to others

6: Ranger Z520R Cup Equipped

  • Length: 20 foot 11 inches
  • Width: 96 inches
  • Weight: 1,850 pounds
  • Power: 250 HP

The Ranger Z520R features a 250-horsepower Mercury L Pro XS Torquemaster 1.75 motor for tournament performance and speed when you need it. It also features a 36-volt Lowrance Ghost trolling motor along with three lithium trolling motor batteries, so you can stay on the water for longer.

This boat has excellent storage options, with rod lockers and an integrated fishing rod and tackle management system. The padded front deck can also offer comfort and traction underfoot.

You’ll find a 10-gallon insulated cooler along with a 31-gallon livewell. When it comes to electronics, the Z520R comes fully equipped with Lowrance HDS-12 Live fish finders as well as a Dual Pro on-board charger that is lithium capable with auto-detect.

Another great feature is the handy line spooling station. This bass boat also has automatic and manual bilge pumps, it’s equipped with LED navigation lights, and it has a convenient Push to Start ignition system when the keyfob is nearby.

Pros

  • Lithium trolling motor batteries included
  • LED navigation lights
  • Rod and tackle management system
  • Push to Start ignition

Cons

  • Remote anchors not included as standard

7: Bass Cat Cougar FTD

  • Length: 20 foot 4 inches
  • Width: 94 inches
  • Weight: 1,805 pounds
  • Power: 200-300 HP

The Bass Cat Cougar features a choice of 200 or 300-horsepower motors depending on your performance requirements. It has a 52-gallon fuel capacity for all-day fishing, which is split between the two 26-gallon tanks.

For trolling, there is a 45-inch Minn Kota Fortrex 80 24V trolling motor along with a Minn Kota 3-bank battery charger. There are also three R&R aluminum battery trays to keep your batteries in place.

If you want to measure your catch, there’s an 18-inch measuring ruler. You’ll also find ample storage space for all the rods and tackle you’ll need for a long day on the water. There’s a holder for pliers on the front deck, rod straps, a rod bungee, and Plano tackle trays. You’ll also find two rod boxes that can store rods up to 8 feet long.

There is a livewell with lights, two insulated coolers for ice or lunch, and anchor pole access lids. The two Wave Crusher bucket seats are designed for all-day comfort and they even have storage underneath.

Pros

  • Comfortable seats
  • Great tackle storage
  • Battery storage
  • Anchor pole access lids

Cons

  • Trolling motor not as powerful as others

8: Skeeter ZXR21

  • Length: 21 foot 4 inches
  • Width: 97 inches
  • Weight: 2,275 pounds
  • Power: 250 HP

The Skeeter ZXR21 is the top of the range in the ZXR line of Skeeter bass boats, costing around $80,000 for the standard base model (2022 prices).

This is a spacious boat with a roomy casting deck. There is sufficient space for multiple fishing rods and a whole range of tackle. You’ll find a modular console and a passenger glove box. There is also integrated rod storage as well as a tackle storage system and custom tool holders.

It has washable carpet padding on the front deck for comfortably casting and a non-slip grip, as well as noise reduction. You’ll also find two Minn Kota Raptors for shallow water anchoring.

The motor is a 250-horsepower Yamaha VF250LB engine and there’s a Minn Kota Ultrex MDI iPilot Link 112 trolling motor.

It has performance-designed seats and two bike seats with Power Rise pedestals. It also benefits from having a 37-quart ice chest conveniently located under the bench seat to make the most of the space.

Pros

  • Plenty of storage space
  • Carpet deck padding
  • Shallow water anchors
  • Performance seating

Cons

  • Not as powerful as some of the more expensive bass boats

9: Bass Cat Puma STS

  • Length: 20 foot 7 inches
  • Width: 97 inches
  • Weight: 2,100 pounds
  • Power: 200-300 HP

This Bass Cat Puma STS is a streamlined bass boat with plenty of deck space to cast easily and comfortably. There are lots of mounting options with elevated flats to install your multiple gadgets.

It features either a 250-horsepower or 300-horsepower motor plus a 24-volt Minn Kota Fortrex 80 trolling motor with a 45-inch shaft.

It also benefits from having a battery tender trolling motor plug for ease of use, and a recessed trolling motor foot pedal. There is battery storage and a three-bank Minn Kota battery charger.

There are plenty of storage hatches to keep your rods safe and your tackle organized. There are also cup holders, dual plier holders, Plano tackle trays, and two integrated ice chests.

As for electronics, this Puma STS features two Helix 7 CHIRP GPS fish finders, a digital interactive switch panel, and integrated lighting.

Pros

  • Spacious carpeted deck
  • Built-in lighting
  • Ample storage options
  • Comfortable seats

Cons

  • Trolling motor batteries not included as standard

10: Bullet 21XRS

  • Length: 21 foot 10 inches
  • Width: 91 inches
  • Weight: 1,380 pounds
  • Power: 250 HP

The Bullet 21XRS is a tournament-level bass boat that’s designed to offer anglers plenty of space to cast and retrieve those trophy fish. It features a lightweight, hand-laid hull for increased performance.

This is designed to be a custom bass boat so it has plenty of options to let you customize the boat to your specific requirements. This includes the placement of particular controls, accessories, or seats.

The large casting deck at the front is carpeted for grip and noise reduction. It has a huge amount of storage, with enough space for several dozen fishing rods. There’s also an optional rod storage rack you can add to the large front compartment for improved organization.

This is a pretty fast bass boat, with a streamlined hull and a Mercury 250 Pro XS motor delivering the power.

The console area is spacious and features quad-spring suspension seats for added comfort.

Pros

  • Speedy bass boat
  • Carpeted deck
  • Streamlined hull
  • Large storage areas
  • Comfortable seats

Cons

  • Hull is not as wide as others

11: Crestliner 1850 Bass Hawk

  • Length: 18 foot 9 inches
  • Width: 95 inches
  • Weight: 1,625 pounds
  • Power: 115-200 HP

This Crestliner 1850 Bass Hawk is a shorter bass boat than some of the others on our list. But it still has plenty of room for easy, comfortable casting and lots of space to store your fishing equipment.

The Crestliner Bass Hawk is a hybrid boat with the best features of a bass boat and a deep-V boat, so it can be ideal for both rough and calm waters, and both deep and shallow water.

It has a large, lockable rod storage compartment at the front and a livewell at the back. There are also plenty of storage compartments to hold other gear.

It features 16-ounce marine-grade carpeting on the deck for added traction.

This boat comes with a 115 HP Mercury EXLPT motor as standard but can be upgraded to a 200 HP Mercury 200XL Pro XS FourStroke DTS if you’re looking for extra power.

You can also choose from a range of GPS and sonar devices to suit your needs, including Humminbird, Lowrance, and Motorguide brand devices. Fish finders are not included as standard. There is also no trolling motor installed as standard.

Pros

  • Fully customizable
  • Choice of electronics brands
  • Lockable rod storage
  • More compact

Cons

  • No trolling motor included as standard
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