Powered by Mercury Racing’s new 500R outboard, the Bass Cat Jaguar STS is a true 100 mph boat in the right hands on the right day. On a blustery 40-degree morning with 2-foot chop, the Jaguar STS took us to 98.5 mph with two aboard and 35 gallons of fuel. GPS telltales showed us the boat hit 103 mph on several occasions in better conditions. No matter, this Jaguar STS and Mercury Racing 500R package offers all the performance you’re likely seeking.
The Jaguar STS’s entirely new console features a flush-mounted 12-inch graph that incorporates engine data as well as GPS and maps. Tilt hydraulic steering with an optional Bob’s Machine Shop hydraulic setback jack plate keeps the Mercury 500R in line. A console between the seats houses a glove box in the upper portion and a cooler.
The large bow panel permits ultimate customizing, with flush-mounting of two stacked graphs without external brackets. A third can be added conveniently with a BalZout bracket that Bass Cat favors. A main power switch, quick trolling-motor disconnect and digital voltmeter are housed in a separate panel in the nose. All lids open with a patent-pending flush-mounted, single-lever latch or on rod lockers with dual latches managed by one lever. The latches lock with a firm step on the deck, and their design prevents water entry. Trolling-motor pedal placement is adjustable thanks to its design in a movable block, an ideal setup for anglers who like to fish in front or back a bit from the nose. Built-in rod racks at the gunwales allow hatch access without moving rods. Rod-box storage flanks dual tackle lockers at the center deck. A center step up to the foredeck houses a cooler underneath.
Triangular livewells are engineered to be deep and keep water from sloshing for healthier fish at the weigh-in. Easy access to pumps, screens and rigging is under twin removable hatches at the transom.
Bass Cat has held its premier spot as a premium, high-performance bass boat for more than 30 years. And it does it with enviable, head-turning style.
- New, sleeker console redesign for 2024 is on-point, directing the pilot’s full attention forward where it should be, given the capabilities of this waterborne rocket.
- Triangular livewells prevent sloshing and are just one of many fishing innovations we noted.
- Siren Marine monitoring and tracking system helps owners keep an eye on this valuable fiberglass.
- Billet grab bars are located port and starboard within easy reach for the pilot and navigator.
How We Tested
- Engine: Mercury 500R FourStroke 500 hp
- Drive/Prop: Outboard/Mercury Bravo I FS 15.25″ x 32″ 4-blade stainless steel
- Gear Ratio: 1.60:1 Fuel Load: 35 gal. Crew Weight: 450 lb.
Pricing and Specs
|$204,525 (as tested)
|4,750 lb. (rigged, with engine)
Bass Cat Boats – Midway, Arkansas; basscat.com