The Smart Angler’s Guide to Buying a Used Bass Boat

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Purchasing a used bass boat can be a great way to save money while still getting a boat that meets your fishing needs. However, navigating the market for used boats can be tricky. Here are vital factors to consider that will help you make an informed decision and choose a reliable, waterworthy vessel.

We Offer Non-Locking, Easy Access Latches

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Regarding latches, there are many different options on the market. But if you’re looking for a non-locking latch that’s easy to access, we have just what you need.

Their LR800, SN1000, and CL316 latches are all designed to provide secure access without the hassle of a key. They’re also effortless to install, making them the perfect solution for various applications.

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The LR800 is ideal for live wells and bait wells. Twist the ring to open and close. Solid detent provides firm actuation. The arrow shows the direction cam is pointed.

SN 1000 non locking latch

The top strength and water-tight SN1000 is a non-locking latch ideal for storage compartment hatches and doors. It features a comfortable open-handle grip that is easy to use, even when wearing gloves. When not in use, the handle lies flush with the body. The SN1000 is made of engineered plastic composites and stainless steel materials.

CL316 SS D handle Compression latch with engineering drawing non locking latch

The CL316 boat stainless steel water-tight compression latch is polished to a mirror finish and designed for vertical surfaces (not water-tight on horizontal surfaces). Designed to withstand heavy use on hatches such as live wells. 

Features

  • Non-locking: These latches don’t require a key, making them easy to access for anyone who needs to get into the compartment
  • Easy to install: The latches are designed to be installed quickly and easily.
  • Durable construction: The latches are made from high-quality materials built to last.
  • Variety of sizes and styles: We offer a variety of sizes and types of latches to fit your specific needs.

Benefits

  • Convenience: The non-locking design makes it easy to get in and out without fumbling with a key.
  • Versatility: The latches can be used in various applications, from compartments, bikes, motorcycles, and cabinets to gates.
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To learn more about Sarasota Quality Product’s non-locking, easy-access latches, visit our website, fill out our contact form, or call us today!

We are a leading manufacturer of high-quality latches and locks. Based in Westlake, Ohio, we are fully committed to providing our customers with the highest quality products and service.

7 of the Very Best Boat Trailering Tips

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Properly securing your boat to a trailer and ensuring a safe transport experience is crucial to maintaining the integrity of your watercraft. This blog post will discuss the best boat trailering tips, emphasizing The Key Captain Trim Engine Up/Down system. Learn how this tool can make your boat trailering experience safer and more efficient!

Choose the Right Trailer for Your Boat

The trailer should be designed for your boat’s size, weight, and type. A compatible trailer will protect your boat and make your trailering experience smoother and more secure.

Inspect and Maintain Your Trailer

Check for any signs of wear and tear, such as rust, damaged tires, or malfunctioning lights. Addressing these issues promptly will help prevent potential accidents and prolong the life of your trailer.

Load and Balance Your Boat Properly

Ensure the boat is centered on the trailer, with the weight evenly distributed. Improperly balanced boats can sway during transport, causing potential damage and increasing the risk of accidents.

Secure Your Boat with Quality Straps

Once your boat is correctly loaded onto the trailer, secure it with high-quality straps. Ensure the straps are tight and in good condition, as loose or damaged straps can lead to accidents or damage to your boat.

Utilize The Key Captain

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The Key Captain system is an innovative remote control device that simplifies boat trailering. The Trim Engine Up/Down feature allows you to remotely raise or lower your boat’s outboard or stern drive engine. This function is beneficial when loading and unloading your boat, enabling you to control the engine position without being physically at the helm.

With The Key Captain system, you can ensure your boat’s engine is in the optimal position for trailering.

Check Your Tow Vehicle’s Capacity

Before hitting the road, ensure your tow vehicle can safely handle the weight of your boat and trailer. Check the vehicle’s owner’s manual for its towing capacity and ensure it’s sufficient for your needs. Overloading your tow vehicle can lead to accidents and damage to your car and your boat.

Perform a Final Walkaround and Safety Check

Before leaving, perform a final walkaround of your boat and trailer to ensure everything is secure and in proper working order. Check the hitch connection, safety chains, lights, and tire pressure.

Conclusion

Boat trailering doesn’t have to be a stressful experience. Remember that proper preparation and attention to detail are crucial for protecting your valuable watercraft and enjoying a worry-free trailering experience.

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The Key Captain Is A State Of The Art Electronic Locking System Ideal For Bass and Other Fishing Boats. If You Need Someone To Walk You Through The Options, call us at  1-440-899-9820, Monday-Friday, from 9 am to 5 pm EST. Or let us know if you’d like to have it installed on a new boat or retrofitted onto your boat through a dealer near you

The Different Types of Bass Boats

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There are several different types of bass boats, each designed with specific features and capabilities to meet the needs of anglers.

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Fiberglass Bass Boats

This is the most common type of bass boat designed to provide a smooth ride on the water. They are typically 16-21 feet long, have a shallow draft, and are powered by outboard engines.

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Aluminum

They are often less expensive than fiberglass boats and are lightweight, making them easier to tow and launch. They are typically 14-18 feet long and powered by outboard engines.

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Pontoon

These boats are designed with a large, flat deck and are ideal for fishing in calm waters. They are often used for recreational fishing and are equipped with livewells, fish finders, and other fishing gear.

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General Fishing Boats

These boats are designed for anglers who want to fish for multiple fish species, including bass, walleye, and musky. They are typically larger than traditional bass boats and have more storage space and features for storing and organizing fishing gear. Often you will see these boats on a charter expedition.

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Center Console

These boats are designed with a center console that allows the driver to access the controls and navigate the boat easily. They are typically larger than other bass boats and are often used for offshore fishing.

Get the Most Out of Your Fishing Experience

Now that you know how to pick the best bass boat, don’t rush. Take your time, compare the different models, and make sure your preferred boat features align with your specific angling needs. Happy fishing!

Most importantly, ensure your boat gear is safe and sound with The Key Captain!

5 Tips to consider when buying a boat

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Any new boat – a bass, walleye, or pontoon – is a significant purchase. Here are five trustworthy tips to make a sound purchase decision.

Timing can make or break you.

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So when is the best time to buy a boat? For most buyers, winter is the best time. According to Boating magazine, late fall also works because many dealers want to move their inventory.  

A general rule of thumb is that most owners and dealers are more willing to cut you a discount when business is slow, and they have several months to wait before any of their boats hit the water again.

Regional boat shows are rife with deals.

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Besides discounts on a massive selection of boats, you don’t want to miss out on the information you can gather at the shows. Discover Boating editors agree that boat shows are a quick and convenient way to familiarize yourself with manufacturers and compare their products. Many boat festivals invite you to bring the whole family and participate in a fun day of demonstrations, seminars, and activities. In northern Ohio, the next boat show will be the Sandusky Boat Show in August.

Shop local, but always shop around.

As with any significant purchase, don’t go with the first dealer you meet or buy the first boat you see. You will spend much time using your boat, so do your homework. Shopping around allows you to compare and contrast prices and models.

If you’re new to buying a boat, we recommend you shop within 50 miles of your home or marina. Deal with someone who’s been in the business a long time. A local dealer can talk with you about where and how you want to do your boating and make recommendations based on your wants and needs. Like a car dealer, the right boat dealer saves you time and worry.

Finance your boat through a marine lender.

If you’re going to finance your boat, you should always go through a marine lender, not a commercial bank. In finance, boats fall into a strange middle ground between a car and a home. Like cars, boats depreciate, but like vacation homes, the interest is usually tax-deductible,

Even though it’s a niche market, marine lenders are very competitive. So do shop around for the best financing terms you can find.

Enjoy the experience.

The most important thing is to have a good time. Don’t stress, and don’t rush. Savor the adventure, and let yourself fall in love with the right boat at the right time.

About Sarasota Quality Products

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We are based in Westlake, Ohio, and produce top-quality locks and latches for bass anglers, walleye fishers, and the occasional fishing person. We can ship The Key Captain, our signature product, to any US dealership or OEM for installation on your new or used boat. Give us a call, or send us an email if you need help with your product selection.

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