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Posted by Bomber 175
4/17/2018 7:25 PM
How expensive are the skeeters loaded out, I would be willing to try one
Posted by Blue76
4/18/2018 8:12 AM

I have been considering the ZX225 or the FX20 along with a couple of the basscat models. I really like the layout and features on the FX20 but it appears to be close to 12 grand more than the ZX225 which is pretty much the same hull but with a different deck layout. The biggest drawback or I might already own a ZX225 is they come "packaged" you don't have a lot of options to choose from... You must use Lowrance electronics... Nothing against Lowrance but I am used to Humminbird. Color choices are ...well... so so... nothing really excited me. Hoping that changes with 2019 models. I cant remember now but there were some other rigging issues with the ZX I didn't like.... maybe it was trolling motor... I wanted an Ultrex.

 Skeeter has NAP posed on their web site... not sure how much you can get off of them.  Only the FX20LE is posted though... usually around $67,000 vs $55,000 for the ZX225.





Edited by Blue76 4/18/2018 8:14 AM
Posted by derek81
4/18/2018 9:18 AM
Bomber 175 - 4/17/2018 7:25 PM

How expensive are the skeeters loaded out, I would be willing to try one


Go drive one, you may love it
Posted by FlippinManiac
4/18/2018 9:18 PM
Not sure where you landed, lots of opinions, but would echo the Bass Cat comment made earlier. Fished out of many, own a Bass Cat and love it. Great ride, fast = fuel efficient, durable, and customer service is amazing. Not sure why you are excluding Bullet but those boats are incredibly fuel efficient, stable, smooth riding and the service is great too.
Posted by Bomber 175
4/18/2018 10:32 PM
I like the Phoenix 920 best the wide front deck and good ride and speed, I may look at a skeeter but I’ve heard of cracking and gel Cote coming off after just 1 year and was garage kept, and the bass cat the deck is too narrow, and the bullet is narrow also and the ones I have rode in didn’t ride good in rough water but that’s just my opinion.
Posted by silvertalon
4/19/2018 12:02 AM
I wouldn't buy anything new. Just like a car- drive it off the lot and loose 10K! There's plenty of practically new, used rigs out there barely broken in with better electronics etc for 20k less than new. Also, after owning a 21 Triton, I'd never run a smaller boat than a 21'. If I did buy new, I'd look at an Allison first. They make the best built hi quality hull in the world. Bullet and Phoenix are close 2nds as well as the Charger 210 Elite (formerly Champion), voted and tested as the best rough water hull out there. Allison being the exception. All the top names have their positives. I wouldn't rush into a purchase. The new 2019 models will be out there in August. Test everything at least twice because water conditions vary. Rough water ride would be my biggest concern. IMO
Posted by Blue76
4/19/2018 11:31 AM
Allison is kind of polarizing... I hear people say how they love the look... I think they are the ugliest boat made and the layout is not something I would care for... but others love them and wouldn't have anything else... It is definitely a boat to be considered IF that is your style.

I also would love a 21' boat but I don't have a garage large enough for most 20 footers.
Posted by silvertalon
4/19/2018 11:53 AM
A swing-a-way tongue will help fit into a smaller garage but you'd still need about 26' deep for a 21'. Sort of agree about the Allison look but check out their website as they have several models most folks don't know about. They are also one of the only companies that show manufacturing details. Most boat companies hide that stuff. Most use chopper guns in their construction and don't want you to see that. Bullet is different as they are All hand laid Kevlar- no chopper gun build up. Allison has a very deep V hull that cuts rough water and rides very high. Anyway, I'd be sure to tour a factory before I'd buy anything. I wish Bullet would come out with a wide model hull. I think it would take the market by a storm. They don't care to expand tho and stay with 2 boats per week. I don't know why they bother to sponsor anyone. Oh well. I guess they are proud tho, that Mercury uses their hulls for HP test platforms. Thats https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DzHw4SdBakkcredible! Here's a good look at the Charger/Champion 210 Elite.
Posted by ChooChooSnakeMan
4/19/2018 8:31 PM
Bomber 175 - 4/17/2018 8:25 AM

How expensive are the skeeters loaded out, I would be willing to try one


I haven't heard of any gelcoat issues on Skeeters but I'm sure every brand has those occasional problem boats. Derek is right in that just buying a couple of years old will save a ton of money and you can also eliminate getting a lemon as a lightly used boat without gel coat issues is likely going to be ok. I was tempted and may do this if I'm ever in a position to get into another boat to try to pick up a "new" but previous year Skeeter. Keep an eye out online and when the 2019 boats come out the dealers with 2018s on their lot will drop the prices. Seems like I had some ZX 250's that were left over 2016 models priced $12K to $15K off the "new" price and they were new just not the current model year. Really it comes down to all the major brands of bass boats are good boats and they are all too expensive. That's the way luxury items are. I mean by luxury that none of us have to have our bass boats. I know, I know it seems like it and I for one wouldn't want to do without mine but in the big picture they are expensive toys for big boys and as such they carry a premium price. I think slightly used with a bunch of engine warranty is the way to go. My boat was in excellent shape with two years of motor warranty left. It had low hours and everything worked as it should. I was able to speak to the original owner who verified everything the dealer told me including what $$ they allowed him for trade in. My boat isn't perfect, it has some slight indications of wear but I even like that. If it was brand new and perfect and costs $70K I would have been so nervous to not put a scratch on it that it would have been a pain. As it is I can take care of it but enjoy it:-) If you are looking for top of the line with all the bells and whistles then you really should test drive a dual console FX with the 250 sho. They are awesome! Combination of superb ride in all conditions, handling like a sports car, and a super stable fishing platform with plenty of storage. The FX is Skeeter's top of the line with all the bells and whistles and fit and finish. The ZX series is cheaper but still a fantastic boat. Good luck with whatever you decide. Stick with Skeeter, Ranger, Phoenix, Bass Cat, Charger, Allison and you'll have something to be proud of.
Posted by ChooChooSnakeMan
4/19/2018 8:38 PM
Oh one more thing I forgot. It was mentioned that your color choices are limited with Skeeter. That's not true if you have the cash! The package boats are just that, pre-configured in certain color choices to try to hold the $ down but you can custom order from Skeeter whatever color combinations you want. It just will cost more. Visit a Skeeter dealer and take a test ride and then see what your options are. Be forewarned, if you do I think you'll end up in a BUG
Posted by Bomber 175
4/19/2018 9:21 PM
Thanks for the info snake man, I’m taking a FX20 with a 250 SHO for a test drive Saturday, I will let you know how it compares to the Phoenix 920 in my opinion.
Posted by jb366
4/19/2018 10:00 PM
Bomber 175 - 4/19/2018 9:21 PM

Thanks for the info snake man, I’m taking a FX20 with a 250 SHO for a test drive Saturday, I will let you know how it compares to the Phoenix 920 in my opinion.


I've never ridden in a Skeeter but you'll like the sho. I was planning on another pro xs until I test drove a boat with a sho on it. Changed my mind quick.
Posted by ChooChooSnakeMan
4/23/2018 4:00 PM
Bomber 175 - 4/19/2018 10:21 AM

Thanks for the info snake man, I’m taking a FX20 with a 250 SHO for a test drive Saturday, I will let you know how it compares to the Phoenix 920 in my opinion.


So did you try out a FX? Let us know what you think
Posted by Bomber 175
4/23/2018 9:44 PM
No, The guy that was going to take me out had a family emergency, may try it again this weekend.
Posted by Blue76
4/24/2018 10:18 AM
Moses has a 2017 FX20 demo boat at a very good price... Someone needs to buy it so it stops calling my name as I sleep....
Posted by Bomber 175
4/24/2018 7:12 PM
That’s the one I was going to try out
Posted by lafae7
4/24/2018 7:22 PM
I would love an Allison. Resale value is the best amongst any boat brand as well. Just my 2¢
Posted by ga284
5/1/2018 9:28 PM
Well, what's the verdict ? Skeeter or Phoenix ?
Posted by Blue76
5/31/2018 8:02 PM
Did the OP ever make a choice? Just curious.
Posted by Bomber 175
6/2/2018 10:39 AM
Going with Phoenix 920 Pro, just haven’t pulled the trigger yet still deciding on color and where to get it.
Posted by beetlespin
6/2/2018 3:20 PM
Bomber 175 - 6/2/2018 11:39 AM

Going with Phoenix 920 Pro, just haven’t pulled the trigger yet still deciding on color and where to get it.


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