The price of a bass boat depends on many factors. So determining an exact price will vary depending on exactly what you want. However, I’ve used countless examples in this article to give you the most accurate estimate.
So, how much does a bass boat cost? Fiberglass bass boats are more expensive than aluminum bass boats. However, expect a new bass boat to be around $25,000-$100,000. Additional costs such as fuel, maintenance, insurance, and storage, will be around $400-$900 per month.
If you want a more specific answer, new fiberglass bass boats cost between $34,000-$110,000 depending on size, brand, engine, and features. New aluminum bass boats cost between $17,832-$52,589. 7-year-old used bass boats cost around $15,000-$60,000. All of my estimates include the cost of the boat, engine, trailer, and trolling motor.
This graph I made which includes boat length will help out:
If you want an even more precise answer depending on some of the factors mentioned, continue reading. I’ve split up fiberglass and aluminum bass boats into separate categories and then found the average price at each length.
I’ve also included additional costs you will need to consider when purchasing a bass boat later in the article.
Cost of fiberglass bass boats
Fiberglass is the more popular hull material when comparing bass boats; however, they are generally more expensive. Fiberglass hulls not only look better, but they are more stable, making boating through waves easier than with an aluminum boat.
New fiberglass bass boat average prices by length
To make this table, I took the average price at each length of new fiberglass bass boats from Ranger, Triton, Nitro, and Skeeter (4 popular fiberglass bass boat manufacturers).
|Bass boat Length (ft)||Average New Price||Price Range|
|17′||$33,995||$33,995 (only one)|
Most manufacturers had a base model and a pro model for each length. The base model costs 15-30% cheaper but usually has a slightly smaller engine and/or fewer features. So if you want your bass boat to be feature packed and have a bigger engine, expect to pay on the higher end of the price range I’ve provided.
Used fiberglass bass boat average prices by length and age
Finding the average prices of used fiberglass bass boats is a little bit more difficult than finding new prices. So, I added a few columns for the age of the boat. To find the prices, I averaged the price of 3-7 boats on a country-wide Facebook Marketplace search for each length and age category and used my boat depreciation curve chart.
|Bass Boat Length (ft)||Average Used Price (1-3 years old)||Average Used Price (4-9 years old)||Average Used Price (10-15 years old)||Average Used Price (16+ years old|
Cost of aluminum bass boats
Aluminum bass boats have been gaining a lot of popularity recently, mostly due to their affordable price tags. They are cheaper to manufacture and require less expensive lower powered engines due to how lightweight they are.
New aluminum bass boat average prices by length
To make this table, I took the average price at each length of new aluminum bass boats from Ranger, Crestliner, Lowe, and Tracker (4 popular aluminum bass boat manufacturers).
|Bass Boat Length (ft)||Average New Price||Price Range|
|21′||$52,589||$52,589 (only one)|
Used aluminum bass boat average prices by length and age
Finding the average prices of used aluminum bass boats is a little bit more difficult than finding new prices. So, I added a few columns for the age of the boat. To find the prices, I averaged the price of 3-7 boats on a country-wide Facebook Marketplace search for each length and age category and used my boat depreciation curve chart.
|Bass Boat Length (ft)||Average Used Price (1-3 years old)||Average Used Price (4-9 years old)||Average Used Price (10+ years old)|
Additional costs associated with purchasing and owning a bass boat
B.O.A.T. doesn’t just stand for “bust out another thousand” for nothing. The purchase price of a boat is just the beginning to how much money you will be putting into it. There are taxes, fees, insurance, storage, maintenance, fuel, nagging from your wife to get rid of it (okay maybe that one doesn’t cost any money but still).
So in no particular order, let’s take a look at each one of these additional costs:
Depending on where you are from, the cost of your state’s (or country’s) sales tax will differ. Where I’m from (Wisconsin), the sales tax is 5%. So if I were to purchase a new Ranger RT198P for $38,995 it would cost me an additional $1,950 in sales tax. See every state’s sales tax rate by clicking here.
Whether I pay with cash or take out a loan, I will still need to pay this sales tax. If you try purchasing a boat in a state that does not have a sales tax and bringing it back to your home state, you will most likely get charged with a use tax. This will most likely be the same rate as your state’s sales tax.
In addition to taxes, many other fees are associated with purchasing a bass boat. These include registration, freight, prep, and boat launching fees. This also depends on where you are from.
Registration fees only cost around $20-$30 for bass boats and must be renewed once every 1-3 years depending on your state. There also may be a slight fee for requesting a title or lien.
Fright and prep fees are charged by the dealer. These fees don’t apply to privately sold boats. If your boat is not already at your local distributor, freight fees will generally be around $400-$1,000. Most distributors don’t charge prep fees for bass boats, but if yours did it would rarely be over $100.
Boat launching fees aren’t extremely expensive, but they will start to add up over time if you launch your boat often. Depending on where you live, expect the boat launching fee to be around $5-$20 for a day pass. However, most areas offer yearly access for $40-$200 per year.
Bass boat insurance generally costs around $300-$900 annually for comprehensive care. And If you get just Liability or collision insurance, it will cost around $100 annually. However, for boats, you will generally want to purchase comprehensive care because there is a much higher chance that something other than a collision will cause your boat to be damaged.
Comprehensive care will cover everything including weather damage, while liability/collision coverage just covers if you were to damage another boat or someone were to damage your boat due to collision.
It’s, free to store your boat in your garage or your driveway, but if the wife won’t let you do that there are some paid options.
The price of boat storage depends on the location you are storing your boat and if you are storing your boat in a garage, outside, or in the water. By using the averages I found from my article “How Much Does Boat Storage Cost? (15 Examples)“, I estimated the prices for bass boat storage:
|Boat length||Indoor storage (per month)||Outdoor storage (per month)||In-water storage (per month)|
If you live in a high-cost-to-live area such as Miami, Los Angeles, or Seattle, expect to pay on the higher end of this scale. Also, depending on where you are from, in-water storage prices will most likely differ depending on the season.
How well you maintain your boat will determine how much you will have to spend on maintenance. You will need to change your oil, wax your boat, change the impeller, and much more. All these and more cost money but must be done to prevent any expensive damages. This article I wrote will explain all the basic maintenance tasks you should be performing on your boat.
Expect to pay around 5%-10% of the new purchase price of your boat per year on boat maintenance. So if you bought a used boat for $5,000, but its new price was $30,000, expect to pay 5-10 percent of that 30,000 per year on maintenance. If you can do everything yourself, you could get that down to only 3-7 percent.
Fuel is another very costly aspect of boating. You can save some money by filling up your boat at an automotive gas station instead of a marina, but still expect to be paying a lot for fuel especially if you plan on running your boat often.
Below is how much money your engine costs per hour of use due to fuel usage depending on its horsepower rating. Note that aluminum boats generally have less horsepower than similarly sized fiberglass boats, so consider them to be on the low end of the scale.
|Engine horsepower||Common boat sizes||Average fuel usage per hour||Estimated price per hour|
The fuel type will depend on your engine (check the owner’s manual or look it up online), but most engines either run on 87-octane E10 fuel or non-ethanol premium fuel (never put fuel with more than 10% ethanol in a marine engine).
How much do premium options cost on bass boats?
When purchasing a new bass boat, the price that manufacturers’ websites display only includes the base model of the boat usually including the engine, trolling motor, basic fish finder, and trailer, but not with any premium options. After selecting these premium options, most websites will tell you exactly how much each cost and add it to the total.
Premium options for bass boats include adding a
- Upgraded battery such as a lithium-ion battery ($350-$1,500)
- Upgraded fish finder such as Garman Livescope ($500-$4,000)
- Additional fish finder ($1,000-$3,700)
- Upgraded trolling motor ($2,000-$5,000)
- Upgraded console electronics ($300-$3,000)
- Powe-Pole anchor ($2,500-$5,750)
- Special decals ($100-$700)
- Boat cover ($500-$1,000)
- Gauge package ($450)
- Keel protectors ($450)
- Livewell pumps ($50-$150)
- Stereo ($800)
- Trim control ($250-$500)
- Upgraded trailer ($400-$1,500)
- Trailer accessories ($600-$1,500)
- And more
If you decide to select all premium options, expect to pay around $7,000-$30,000+ extra on top of the base price of the boat.
How much do bass boat trailers cost?
Bass boat trailers generally cost around $2,800-$5,300 depending on the size of the trailer, carrying weight rating, materials, and design.
Below I have estimated the cost of a new boat trailer price by comparing a few different manufacturers and finding an average for each bass boat length.
|Bass boat length||Average new boat trailer price|
You can find used trailers for 10 to 50 percent cheaper than this depending on their condition on places such as Facebook Marketplace and Craigslist.
How much should you spend on a bass boat?
I’ve written a popular article covering this topic called “How Much Boat Can You Afford? (Simple Calculator)“. You can check it out and use the calculator to get an exact recommended number on how much you should spend on a boat, or use my summarized version in this article.
Most people can afford a boat that has a monthly payment of 10% or less than their monthly income. Keep in mind, monthly payment includes more than just loan payment, they also include storage costs and don’t rule out fuel and maintenance costs as well.
The 10% or less rule may not apply to everyone though. If you are already paying a high percentage of your income to other debts like a mortgage or car payments, you may not be able to afford anywhere near 10% or even a boat at all. Also, some people might just want to spend cash on a boat and not get a loan for it.
In my opinion, the best way to pay for a boat is to save enough cash to just buy it outright. This way you won’t have to go into debt to pay for a boat. However, if you do go take out a loan, make sure that you have a relatively good DTI (debt to income ratio).
According to Wells Fargo, a good DTI is 35% or less, 36%-49% could improve but is ok, and 50% and over is bad and action should be taken. So as long as you’re under 50% after you add in the debt you will receive from a boat loan, you should be fine depending on your comfort level.
In order to find your DTI, check out the part of my article that goes over it by clicking this link.
Should you buy a new or used bass boat?
Depending on exactly what you want and how much money you can spend, a used or a new boat may be better for you. I wrote a whole article on this topic called “New vs. Used Boat: What Should You Buy?” that you can check out. Here are some of the main points from that article:
If you purchase a new boat than
- You don’t have to be worried about how previous owners treated the boat.
- You can buy exactly what you want.
- They come with a warranty.
- It’s easier to finance a new boat.
- It’s quick and easy.
- Latest and greatest design and gadgets.
If you buy a used boat than
- You get a better bang for your buck.
- The engine is already broken in, and any initial faults have probably been dealt with.
- You know if the boat make/model is faulty or not.
- Boat technology hasn’t changed much in the past 5-10 years.
In my personal opinion, if you can find a good deal on a boat that is around 3-6 years old, that is the best bass boat to get. This way, you can still purchase a very new boat with many of the new features and a good engine, while also saving some money.
The 3-6 year range is also a great range based on boat depreciation. It’s passed the initial new boat depreciation, and it’s still far from the sharp depreciation dip due to an old or broken engine (usually around the 13-19 year range). You can see this clearly in the graph I made below from my article “How Much Do Boats Depreciate? (Helpful Chart)“.
Bass boats would be considered the red line on this graph. If you are purchasing a 16 or 17 foot bass boat, expect the depreciation to be slightly worst near the 13-19 year range when the engine starts to get old.
What are some top bass boat manufacturers?
If you’ve made it this far in the article, you’re probably ready or almost ready to take some action into purchasing a bass boat. If you don’t know where to start, check out these top brands:
- Ranger Boats (aluminum and fiberglass)
- Nitro (fiberglass)
- Bass Cat (fiberglass)
- Crestliner (aluminum)
- Lowe (aluminum)
- Triton (fiberglass)
- Lund (aluminum)
- Ranger (fiberglass)
- Tracker (aluminum)
- Xpress (aluminum)
Each of these brands are very well known in the bass boat world and are known for their reliability. Regarding which brand is the least expensive, they are all around the same. Each offer both affordable options and high-end expensive options. However, as I’ve said before, aluminum boats are much more affordable than fiberglass boats.
If you’re unsure if you want an aluminum or a fiberglass boat, check out my article “Aluminum vs. Fiberglass Boat: Ultimate Comparison“. Below is a very quick summary of the two materials:
|Topic||Which material is better|
|Ability to handle rough water||Fiberglass|
Where to buy a bass boat?
2 of the most popular places to buy a bass boat include from a dealer or on Facebook Marketplace. Your local dealer will have some big brand-name boats in stock that you can check out, but if you want a specific boat from a specific manufacturer, you will have to go to that manufacturer’s website.
Manufacturers will let you customize a boat to fit precisely what you want. If you buy a used boat (either from a dealer or Facebook Marketplace) you won’t be able to customize the boat. However, a new boat depreciates around 10% to 20% in just the first few years.
Frequently asked questions (FAQ’s)
New fiberglass bass boats cost around 35 to 50 percent more than similarly sized aluminum boats. However, fiberglass bass boats not only look better, but they are much more stable than aluminum boats. This is the main reason why fiberglass bass boats are still more popular, but aluminum has been slowly gaining more and more popularity as of late.
The majority of bass boat manufacturers include the base trailer, engine, and trolling motor in the price they display on their website. However, if you want to upgrade any of these, it will cost more. Most websites will tell you exactly how much more, depending on what the upgrade is.