It's no surprise to us that the bass-boat market remains strong, and for that reason, we pushed the edge with our choice for a tournament-ready bass boat that barely makes the $40,000 ceiling in our top 10. At a base price of $39,999, we think it's on the value side with a big nod to the stuff bass anglers want.
Stuff like an Al Stinson-designed hull. Few boatbuilders hold more patents in hull-and-deck design and few bass boats have the reputation of achieving higher speeds per horsepower than Stinson's designs. We knew we'd carry more weight in the hull, but we wanted to retain the speed. We actually improved that. Our first one out of the box with 15 seconds on the motor hit 79 mph.
But, when the livewells are wet and tackle is on board, speed steps aside for fishability. Yet, the Evolution steps aside for no one in fishability, thanks to the organized tackle storage we found.
"Getting our rod storage on the centerline was important," said Stinson. "Doing it without losing tackle-box storage was the challenge." When it was finished, the Evolution's center rod locker held more and longer rods than the port and starboard locker, and the utility tackle-box storage was increased too. All of it was accomplished while keeping the hull balanced and nimble for blistering runs reaching 79 mph.
MSRP $39,999 (w/ Yamaha 150)