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Great product/awesome quality all over/rock solid boat and
finish/awesome ride/great improvement on the trailer. There is no doubt
why this brand name boats Bass Cat are so awarded for 5 years in a row.
I had a 2008 Skeeter and honestly the quality is by far inferior with
this upper mentioned brand Bass Cat.
Marconi306 - NV
2009 Bass Cat Cougar FTD w/250 Merc Pro
many different brands, sizes, with different hp motors. BassCat Puma
separates itself from all other brands. Awesome holeshot, great top end
and easy to drive.
I do not like the oversized console or the oversized seats, When making
a long run it takes its toll on your back. Cockpit style seating with
more leg room (I'm 6'4") would make this boat perfect.
Talquinguide - FL
2007 BassCat Puma w/225 Merc
in all brands, the BassCat handles the best in all condition. Its trim
responsive not like some and it hauls ass. No dislikes, awesome fun.
Basscat Australia 2008 BassCat Cougar FTD
w/250 Merc pro
|The P4 is
the best rig on the water. I like the rough water ride especially, as
this is where the P4 really shines. Has a sweet spot where it will
handle anything thrown at it and the ride is exceptional! Love all
the storage, the two rod boxes, the unique net holder for fully extended
net ready to go, and the width of the boat really fishes solid. NO
DISLIKES, other than the ice chest lid, which is a little small for
someone with a size 14 shoe! And if that's all I have to complain
about that means this boat is AWESOME! I will have another
BassCat, and it will probably be another P4, as it's the perfect size
rig for me. D.
Dbasketman - AR
2004 BassCat Pantera 4 w/200 Merc
I really like the hole shot and top speed and ride of this boat.
It is by far the fastest and smoothest riding 18 foot boat I have ever
rode in. Has lots of space, good balance, and looks
fantastic! I stayed with the EFI, due to having one before for 8
years that was never in the shop.
Dislikes: I have only one, chine walking. I have done
about everything I can think of and it still chine walks. This is
my first BassCat.....I won't own another boat but a BassCat!!
Gunny Woodpecker - VA
2004 BassCat Sabre w/150 Merc
|I love the
rough water ride! I love the holeshot! Nothing else compares! Very fast
out of the hole....midrang speeds put you back in your seat when you
punch it! Top end great for a 19 foot boat...no other 19's can run with
me, I'm even outrunning bigger boats in rough water.
I was a Merc man but I have realized Yami's are the truth! Great
service, great ride, boat was setup from the factory to really run. I
have not seen another boat that comes close to comparison. I have no
dislikes at all....well maybe....the 20 foot Cougar model has caught my
eye and I am a little jealous that the Cougar can run in the 80's.
My Classic is running 76.8 gps with myself and fishing gear, 1/2 tank of
gas...74.2 myself, partner and full fishing gear.
Michaeljen1 - FL
2005 BassCat Classic w/ 200
|I like the
rough water ride, for a 19 ft. boat it can't be beat. I like the
fit and finish and no stress cracks anywhere. The customer service
is the best I've seen. The hull is the fastest I have owned out of
the 13 boats I've had. The boat has good lift and a dry
ride. The Mercury Opti has really surprised me with the fuel
economy and blistering top end.
I have run EFI's in the past and was scared of the Optis but so far so
Dislikes: The trolling motor basin because I use a hand control
motor and built in flasher.
BassCat does not make a full fill in for this model boat, only a half
fill in which leaves a hole for everybody to step in when getting in
from the bow. The deck insert is only a flat piece with no
compartment. BassCat makes an insert with dry storage in it but
not in this model.
The trailer is light on the tongue because they did not compensate for
the added weight of the 3.0 Opti. I had to add weight to the nose
of the trailer.
But it is the best brand boat I have owned. It is my second Cat
and won't be my last I hope.
Stboy1 - TX
2000 BassCat Pantera Classic w/200 Merc
only 17' 2", it fishes like a much bigger boat due to its width.
Single Console (passenger just has to deal with it), large livewells
with recirc. 12 years old and NO stress cracks. No soft
spots in floor either. Well made boat. Only dislike is the
way the bow is made, boat has a tendency to "spear" waves if
driver not paying attention to navigating rough water.
Buckselectric - AR
1990 BassCat Caracal w/135
Takes the rough water really well and has a good cushioned ride.
Like the recess for the foot control on the troll motor, but could have
a more compressed design. Good dash unit and easy access to mount
depthfinders behind windshield. Good, roomy, deep consoles.
Dislikes: No storage behind seats, could minimize fuel tanks to
allow for a compartment.
Narrow passage between consoles, and would love to see two large rod
boxes such as the Champion or Cobra has. Have to think about
pulling rods in or out of the rod boxes. Cleats to the rear
present a problem.
No more Zercom electronics, and think this will be the last
Mercury.....customer service is awful. Glad to see the
Yamaha. BassCat is responsive to their customers and don't push
problems off but try to satisfy the customer.
Tahoe - TX
01 BassCat Pantera III/DC w/200 Merc
solid ride and feel. Workmanship is very good. Junior has been
very helpful with questions I had. The flipping deck with storage
was a much needed item and works well for me.
I dislike the bp2000, my 1st one lasted about 8 months before replacing
it with the 2nd one.
This one, the fuel and temp never worked from the get go. I have
heard they no longer use them in the new models. Anyone else
having trouble? Darnell Marine, Murray, KY has been very helpful
and has ordered the 3rd one.
Maddog - KY
00 BassCat Cougar w/225 Merc
Solid construction, rough water ride, recessed TM foot pedal basin, fit
'n finish, customer service, access to bilge compartment, digital dash,
well built trailer, storage under seats, appearance and design of boat,
color-combo I chose, which was Blueberry bolts and cap inlay w/ Sand
Gold outline stripes on a White cap, hull and bottom. Solid deck
lids, speed, stability, clean wiring organization, Yamaha VMax, good
carpet, high freeboard, stainless grab rails, good looking aluminum
trailer tire rims, ample storage, no stress cracks in gelcoat anywhere.
Dislikes: Odd shape of bow nose, location and placement of rear
cleats, bench seats located too far back from console, trailer wheel
bunks obstruct ability to wax portions of side of boat.
Layout of deck surrounding recessed TM basin could be cleaner to allow
easier passenger step-in and boarding ability, deck insert blocks pole
seat insert hole in the middle of the boat.
Would prefer two long rod boxes, would prefer for better weight
centering - a single 40+ gallon fuel tank vs two 26 gal. tanks on each
side of the boat, fill the tank on the driver's side only and it really
causes the boat to lean to one side.
Whitecap - TX
01 BassCat Pantera III w/200 Yamaha
Easy to fish, hull is solid, no stress cracks, recessed foot for TM,
Invitational Tournament, quick response on all my emails, GREAT customer
Dislikes: Boat: Hard to load on trailer, top cap has slight
yellow tint (white boat)
Motor: Stator burnt, bad voltage regulators, water hose broke (filled
bottom cowling with water)...
My biggest complaint is with my trolling motor: LOUD, lousy customer
service, bent shaft, Screwy Gator Mount, runs only on high in rain or
lots of dew, and I can't get rid of the interference on my Eagle
Optima....oh yeah, it's a MotorGuide 36V 81# Tour Edition.
My next boat will be a BassCat Cougar with a MinnKota and maybe a
ChunkNWind - OK
99 BassCat Pantera Classic w/ 200 Mercury
|Likes: Love the ride in the
rough stuff, Winnipesaukee will beat the heck out of you on a weekend
and this boat cuts right thru it all, great speed for only having the
175. Storage is good. Love the flipping deck. Not a crack in the
boat after all this time. Easy to drive.
This was my first high horsepower boat and it's been real easy learning
to drive at speeds approaching 70. Not a bit of chinewalk to contend
Dislikes: If you have a spare tire laying under the tongue make
sure you pull it off the spare hub and put rubber washers in between the
wheel and the hub. Tried to get my spare off to replace a low tire
and NO WAY. The hub needed to be put on a press to get my spare
with a porta power to separate the hub and the wheel. Sounded like
ann M-80 going off when they separated. If you get a non-boater,
watch the hooks on their rods to make sure they don't get caught in the
All my other complaints about this model have been addressed when the
Pantera III came out.
Basser1741 - MA
97 BassCat Pantera II w/97 175 Johnson
|Great boat, plenty of storage,
In my opinion the boat has the best rough water ride on the
market. The boat may not have the top end speed other boats have,
but I will take a better ride over speed any day.
The digital dash cannot be beat. I would not own another boat
other than a Cat.
I have a Merc Optimax and cannot say enough good things about it.
Great gas mileage and reliable.
Basscat0616 - LA
00 BassCat Jaguar w/225 Merc
|Likes: This is a fine boat.
Very smooth ride in all water. The flippin' deck option gives a
tremendous amount of room up front. After 7 years this boat looks new
still. One thing I love is that the boat has zero stress cracks and this
boat has been in the roughest water and over rough Arizona dirt
roads. The trailer has no cracks or rust and fits the boat
perfectly. Call Basscat and they will answer your questions over
the phone and send you parts or whatever.
Dislikes: Their website wasn't finished last check so I can't
order a BassCat jacket. The front flasher is erratic and I can't find
the y-connector to the transducer to clean the connection.
I love the superdash display but the backlighting quit.
GJTaylor - AZ
93 BassCat Pantera II w/ 200 EFI
|I love my boat, I'm the second
owner of it but I bought it from a friend. The boat runs great and
looks great too. For being a '93 model it still looks like
new. It turns heads often wherever I am. The motor is nice
and quiet and pushes the boat well. It's a very solid boat even in
rough water. I rode in a new 206 Champion and wouldn't trade my
Cat for the Champion. I've owned the boat for 3 years now and I
can't find anything that I dislike about it at this time. I would
definitely buy another one.
BassCat 315 - TX
93 BassCat Pantera II w/ 150 Johnson
|Likes: Just got this boat
two weeks ago, great so far. Have been able to run it up to about
57 with full load and two guys. Got 60+ with just me and smaller
relative (also full load). This boat really flies, handles good at all
speeds. (This is my first fiberglass boat, was running a Tracker ProV 16
@ 25 mph before so what do I know about handling?). Love the
design/look/color of this boat, looked over a lot of other brands/sizes
before buying, but this one was the best overall quality/look for the
money and fits straight into my garage with swing-away tongue trailer.
Dislikes: So far none, but I did get a lot of extras with
this boat that the standard model doesn't come with, i.e. lighted
lockers, cleats, flippin' deck, high back seats, taller windshields,
Pinpoint on bow, hydraulic seat stands, etc.
Tom - CA
01 Basscat Sabre w/ 135 Merc
|I like just about every detail of
my Jaguar. It's one incredible fishing platform. However,
there always seems to be room for improvement. For instance, the
bench seating. It needs the bucket style seating. Not like
everyone else's. They need that one of a kind Bass Cat touch to
set them apart from the rest. The only other improvement that I
could see is another storage unit behind the passenger seat just like
the one behind the driver's seat. I know the room is there.
Other than that, I just can't see any room for improvements at this
time. Bass Cat, a leap ahead of the pack !!!
Andy - NV
99 Basscat Jaguar w/225
|Nothing to dislike about the boat, trailer or
people associated with the company. Part of this is because
Mountain Home did an excellent job in selecting the Dealer where I
bought the boat. Storage is not a problem for us but we probably
don't take enough gear when we go out. Dry storage under the seats
is much better than fuel. I should have bought the lighted option
for the rod lockers and livewells but with catch and release we don't
look in the livewell often.
We are family fishers and don't get involved with the T hassle so some
of our likes may not fit those people.
Lambo - GA
1998 Basscat Pantera Classic w/150 Merc