WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE STANDARD LINE OF BOATS AND THE NEW EX AND BASS BABY?
Bass Hunter originated our category of boats in 1977 and has been in continuous production ever since. Our standard line of boats are vacuum formed, meaning that two sheets of material are put in ovens and heated. A vacuum pulls the sheets into molds, forming the deck and hull. Flotation foam is added and the hull and deck are joined with a solvent weld. About five years ago, Bass Hunter started rotationally molding two models, the EX and Bass Baby. This means that very expensive molds are rotated in a large machine, forming the boats in one piece. Flotation foam is added during the process. Rotational molding yields boats with incredible strength.
WHY DID YOU DISCONTINUE THE STANDARD LINE OF BOATS?
Quite simply, it was customer demand. Our new EX and Bass Baby boats quickly accounted for 96% of our sales and we needed to shift production to keep up with that demand. Additionally, the material for our standard line of boats experienced great price volatility. We still have the molds and may reenter the standard line at a future date.
WHAT IS THE YEAR OF MY BOAT?
The last two digits of the serial number designate the model year.
I BOUGHT THE BOAT FROM AN INDIVIDUAL WHO HADN’T REGISTERED IT OR LOST REGISTRATION. CAN YOU HELP?
The registration process begins with a Manufacturer Statement of Origin, which we produce. This is signed off to the dealer, who signs it off to the customer. You can go back to the original dealer and request a duplicate of the MSO. The dealers will usually require an original bill of sale. Or, each state licensing bureau will have a procedure for lost title or never titled boats. As the MSO has to be signed and notarized by the dealer, we, as manufacturer, will unfortunately have no documentation that would help you.
WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE EX AND BASS BABY?
The EX is a low profile boat, meaning that you sit closer to the waterline. The EX has an aggressive hull design that helps it move through the water easily. The EX is 9’6” long and the Bass Baby is 8’ long. The cockpit area, front to back, is almost the same on both boats. While all Bass Hunter Boats are designed to fit in between the wheel wells in a full size pickup truck, the Bass Baby flares over the wheel wells, allowing for its 54” width. The Bass Baby is the deepest boat we make, with 18” sidewalls. The Bass Baby is equipped with wheels for easy movement. Bass Babies are rated for 2 horse power outboards, while the EX is rated for a 5 horse power.
HOW DO I REPAIR MY BOAT?
The standard line of Bass Hunter Boats are constructed of ABS material, making them very easy to repair with an ABS repair kit. The repair kits will repair an area roughly 3” x 16”, in one layer. The EX and Bass Baby are very hard to damage, but are not repairable with our ABS repair kits. However, permanent repairs are accomplished with a plastic welder, available on the internet at a cost of about $50. Many kayak rental operations and travel trailer dealers also offer plastic weld services.
DO YOU SELL DUCK BLINDS?
No. We designed duck blind years ago, but found that each customer seemed to have a different set of needs for their blind and preferred customizing the arrangement themselves.
DO YOU HAVE THE OPTION FOR A LIVE-WELL?
No. We played with live-wells many years ago, but customers found the placement restrictive and preferred to have the flexibility of total use of the boat space.
CAN I MOUNT A DEPTH FINDER OR ROD HOLDER?
The material on the EX and Bass Baby is very strong and often, self-tapping screws will work fine. In situations where a lot of torque is placed on the item, you can access the inside of the boat through the dry storage compartments and can place a washer and nut on the inside of the boat. We have heard favorable reports on the mounting brackets that fit the front or back motor mount areas and hold the depth finder and sounder. These are available through most fishing catalogs and allow easy install and removal.
CAN I GET MY BOAT PRE-WIRED?
As the Bass Baby and EX are molded in one piece, we do not offer a pre-wire option. Most customers just clip the trolling motor to the battery.
CAN I ORDER AN EXTRA SEAT UNIT SO THAT I CAN TAKE THREE PEOPLE?
While Bass Hunter Boats will sometimes physically allow another seat placement, it would be illegal to use that way. The boats are rated for only two people.
WILL MY BOAT HANDLE MORE HORSE POWER THAN RATED ON THE PLATE?
Horse power ratings are the results of computations that all boat manufacturers use. These are the safe limits and are the maximum legal limits.
IS THERE FLOTATION FOAM IN THE BASS BABY AND EX?
Bass Hunter uses a type of polyethylene foam that not only acts as flotation foam, but has structural foam characteristics, adding to the total boat strength. There is about an inch of foam on the inside walls of the boats. Boat manufacturers in the US are required to use enough flotation foam to maintain the total weight capacity above the waterline in a swamped configuration.
CAN I PURCHASE MY BASS HUNTER DIRECTLY FROM THE FACTORY?
Bass Hunter only sells through authorized dealers. If you prefer to pick up your Bass Hunter at our manufacturing plant, tell your dealer and it can be arranged.
CAN I ORDER A CUSTOM BOAT?
The molds for rotational molding are very expensive and not easily changed, so we are unable to custom produce.
I HAVE AN OLDER BOAT WITH A PLASTIC SEAT PEDESTAL. CAN IT BE REPLACED?
The plastic pedestals were used when Bass Hunter started in 1977, and only for a few years. Unfortunately, the molds are not available and the current aluminum seat bases will not work as replacements. We have heard from customers who have had seat bases fabricated at machine shops and other customers who are using a sheet of plywood in the floor area and traditional bass boat pedestals and seats.
CAN WATER GET INSIDE MY BOAT?
The EX and Bass Baby have no seams or hull interruptions that would allow the possibility of leakage. However, there are ventilation caps inside the boats in the passenger area. These allow air movement between the inner and outer hull. This is necessary to prevent expansion in hot areas. If the boats are allowed to be outside in the rain with the drain plug in, water can enter the hull through the ventilation caps. This is easily removed by either standing the boat on end, allowing water to exit through the caps, or by removing the dry storage compartments and draining the water through those openings. The water causes no problems and the foam cannot absorb water. You might notice a pinhole in the Bass Baby wheels, also for the same ventilation reason.
WHAT SIZE TROLLING MOTOR SHOULD I USE?
Trolling motor size is a matter of individual preference and is somewhat dependent on use factors, like body of water size, current, and wind. We find that most customers are using a motor in the 30 pound thrust range with a standard shaft length. We do hear from many satisfied customers who are using motors from 17# thrust into the 60 pound thrust range. Your dealer may be better able to advise you on this purchase.
HOW SHOULD I APPLY REGISTRATION NUMBERS TO THE EX OR BASS BABY?
When applying registration numbers, we suggest spraying the area with 3M high strength adhesive spray #76 or #90.