Few things are more exciting than the prospect of getting a new bass boat. However, it’s important to know the weight you will be towing so that everything can be planned accordingly and stay safe.
How much does a bass boat and trailer weigh? The average dry weight of a bass boat and trailer is approximately 2,400 pounds; however, the weight can range anywhere from 2,200 to 2,800 pounds depending on the size, build style, and equipment on the boat.
Knowing the weight of what you are towing is super important so that everything can be transported correctly and safely. Without knowing the weight, you could cause a lot of danger and damage, such as if you choose the wrong towing vehicle. Always make sure you know your towing weight before towing so that you can plan accordingly.
The Average Bass Boat
First off, for those of you wondering, a bass boat is a small type of fishing boat. It is designed specifically for fishing bass and other freshwater fish in river, lakes, and other fresh water sources.
These boats generally have a few select features. These features include raised swivel chairs to provide for an ideal, yet still relaxing cast position, lots of storage space for fishing tackle and other assorted gear, and a live well with recirculating water to store live fish that one has caught.
These boats are a lighter and smaller boat type that don’t require large towing vehicles, due to the lighter weight range than most other boats. These boats are very popular among avid fishermen and can prove to be quite beneficial.
Average Bass Boat Weight and Towing Chart:
|Dry Weight||1,700 lbs|
|Trailer Weight||500-1,100 lbs|
|Bass Boat and Trailer Weight||2,200-2,800 lbs|
|Towing Vehicle Type||Mid-Size SUV|
|Cost||$17,000 – $70,000|
Examples of Popular Bass Boats and Their Weights
|1||Bass Cat Jaguar||2,150 lbs||21′ 5″|
|2||Charger 210 Elite||1,900 lbs||20′ 10″|
|3||Ranger 1880 MS||2,290 lbs||18′ 10″|
|4||2018 Tracker Pro 170||878 lbs||16′ 8″|
|5||2017 Nitro Z18||1,700 lbs||18′ 8″|
|6||2017 Tracker Pro Team 175 TF||1,010 lbs||17′ 7″|
|7||Bass Cat Puma FTD||1,825 lbs||20′ 4″|
|8||Crestliner 1750 Bass Hawk||1,509 lbs||17′ 9″|
|9||Lund 1875 Crossover XS||1,558 lbs||18′ 10″|
|10||Tracker Pro Team 190 TX||1,041 lbs||18′ 7″|
|11||Triton 21 TRX||1,840 lbs||21′ 0″|
|12||Ranger Z518C||1,550 lbs||18′ 8″|
|13||Skeeter FX211 LE||2,175 lbs||20′ 10″|
|14||Xpress X19 Pro||1,390 lbs||19′ 0″|
|15||Lowe Skorpion 17||670 lbs||17′ 0″|
|16||Alumacraft Pro 185||1,100 lbs||18′ 0″|
|17||SeaArk Stealth 190||1,100 lbs||19′ 0″|
*Boats not ranked in any specific order
Bass Cat Jaguar
Bass Cat’s Jaguar model of bass boat is very popular and a good quality boat. This boat has a length of 21 feet and 5 inches and weighs 2,150 pounds. It is one of the larger bass boats. It has a fuel capacity for about 53 gallons.
The Jaguar has loads of hide-away scissor-rack storage space for tackle boxes and fishing rods and has a deck width of 6 feet. This boat is set up with speakers, lighted features, 2 ice chests, a racing-quality engine, and much more. It is definitely a high quality boat for those avid freshwater fisherman.
This boat prices out to be about $85,638.
Charger 210 Elite
Charger’s 210 Elite model of bass boat is another exceptional boat model. This boat, like the Jaguar, was built for speed and a comfortable, convenient fishing experience. This boat has a length of 20 feet and 10 inches and a weight of about 1,900 pounds. It has a fuel capacity of about 25 gallons.
The 210 Elite has storage room for up to 24 fishing rods, in individual racks to hold each securely. It also has plenty of tackle storage space along with an infrared night-vision camera to add to safety for late-night and early-morning fishing trips. It also has heated seats for passenger comfort.
This boat prices out to be about $62,450.
Ranger 1880 MS
Ranger’s 1880 MS model is highly rated as well. This boat has a length of 18 feet and 10 inches and weighs 2,290 pounds. It is a heavier boat for sure, but it was made specifically to be family friendly. The fuel capacity of this boat is about 34 gallons.
This boat has seating for up to 6 passengers that will accommodate for both comfortable fishing and travel. The 210 Elite also has a deep cockpit which provides for a safe and family-friendly fishing environment. It also has a super safe rod storage system to ensure that all the rods are safely kept and damage free through any travel.
This boat prices out to be about $43,295.
2018 Tracker Pro 170
Tracker’s Pro 170 model of bass boat has a length of 16 feet and 8 inches and weighs 878 pounds. This boat is a simple lightweight boat that is sure to satisfy the simplistic people out there that aren’t looking for anything extravagant but something that will serve its purpose well. This boat also has a fuel capacity of about 11.4 gallons.
This boat has a lockable port rod box to store your fishing rods in safely. It also has comfortable seating for roughly 6 passengers in the 2 pedestal seat base locations, the 2 folding fishing seats, and the passenger and driver’s seat. This boat also has accessory-mounting channel gunnels to stash your things. It has all of the essential elements that you would need in your fishing boat without having to worry about all of the crazy extras.
This boat prices out to be about $13,795
2017 Nitro Z18
Nitro’s Z18 model of bass boat has a length of 18 feet and 8 inches and weighs 1,700 pounds. This boat was deemed America’s best-selling fiberglass bass boat and the official boat of Major League Fishing. It is a great price, great set-up, and sure to satisfy. This boat also has a fuel capacity of about 40 gallons.
This boat has all the basic features you would need with some excellent editions. One of these great features is it has two lift-out molded aft storage boxes that are each big enough to fit seven 3700 tackle trays. You won’t have to worry about having multiple tackle boxes laying all over the place with that kind of organized storage! Another one of these awesome features is it has a bike seat with a pedestal for the ultimate fishing experience.
This boat prices out to be about $29,495.
2017 Tracker Pro Team 175 TF
Tracker’s Pro Team 175 TF model of bass boat has a length of 17 feet and 7 inches and weighs 1,010 pounds. This bass boat is another great option. It has guaranteed long-lasting looks and is completely backed and warranted by the Tracker company promise! This boat also has a fuel capacity of about 21.5 gallons.
This boat has some great features to offer too. One of my favorite features of this boat is the 6 pedestal seat base locations. You can set up camp on nearly any location on your boat and have the ultimate fishing set-up. Another feature that I love is the lockable port bow rod box for rods to 7 feet. You have a safe location to stash all of your fishing rods where they won’t get destroyed or smashed by each other and they won’t get stolen either!
This boat prices out to be about $16,995.
Bass Cat Puma FTD
Bass Cat’s Puma FTD model of bass boat has a length of 20 feet and 4 inches and weighs 1,825 pounds. This boat has a legacy of being one of the most popular models is Bass Cat’s premium category of boats. It is definitely a high quality boat and will live up to its reputation. It also has a fuel capacity of about 52 gallons from dual 26-gallon fuel tanks.
One of the features I like about this boat is the dual fuel tanks. With this much fuel capacity, you can travel for a super long time, possibly even over multiple fishing trips, before having to refuel. Something else that was cool was this boat has 2 rod boxes and a rod organizer to stash your fishing poles. There are also 2 insulated ice chests in the storage of the boat so you won’t have to worry about tripping over your ice chests during your fishing trip.
This boat prices out to be about $48,595.
Crestliner 1750 Bass Hawk
Crestliner’s 1750 Bass Hawk model of bass boat has a length of 17 feet and 9 inches and weighs 1,509 pounds. It is sure to satisfy those who like having company on their fishing trips with it’s extra seating. The fuel capacity of this bot is also about 29 gallons.
This boat has some cool key features to offer as well. One of these features is a 15 tube illuminated center rod locker in the deck of the boat. This rod locker can hold five 8 foot rods, five 7.5 foot rods, and five 7 foot rods. A unique feature of this boat is it has a middle seat in between the driver and passenger seats making room for more passengers to travel.
This boat prices out to be about $31,338.
Lund 1875 Crossover XS
Lund’s 1875 Crossover XS model bass boat has a length of 18 feet and 10 inches and weighs 1,558 pounds. This boat is quite unique because it is a crossover between a fishing boat and a recreational boat. This boat can accommodate any fishing trips you want to go on along with your family adventures of tubing, wake-boarding, and water skiing. This boat also has a fuel capacity of about 35 gallons
Because of this boat’s unique dual-purpose set-up, it can accommodate for plenty of your needs. This boat has enough seating to comfortably fit 5 people in this boat with room to spare. You won’t have to worry about not having enough space to bring the whole gang on your next fishing or boating trip. This boat also has not only a rod locker, but also storage spaces for your skis and wake-boards.
This boat prices out to be about $36,651.
Tracker Pro Team 190 TX
Tracker’s Pro Team 190 TX model of bass boat has a length of 18 feet and 7 inches and weighs 1,041 pounds. This boat is a tournament style boat that is sure to satisfy the most avid fishermen. It has a fuel capacity of about 21.5 gallons as well.
This boat has a comfortable middle seat between the driver and passenger along with two folding swivel chairs located at the front and back of the boat. There is also port and starboard rod storage with larger lids and rod organizers with tubes. This storage can hold up to 16 fishing rods that are up to 8 feet in length.
This boat prices out to be about $22,495.
Triton 21 TRX
Triton’s 21 TRX model of bass boat has a length of 21 feet and weighs 1,840 pounds. This is another bass boat that is sure to satisfy. It has plenty of features that are hard to pass up. This boat also has a fuel capacity of about 47 gallons so you can travel for a long time or even take multiple fishing trips before needing to fill up again.
This boat has a bike seat and power pro-pole that are sure to satisfy your ultimate fishing needs. This great boat also has over-sized rod lockers that are sure to fit all of your fishing rods. Another great feature this boat has is locking over-sized storage boxes. These boxes are sure to fit any gear you desire to have on your fishing trips and you won’t have to worry about it getting stolen either!
This boat prices out to be about $63,995.
Ranger’s Z518C model of bass boat has a length of 18 feet and 8 inches and weighs 1,550 pounds. This boat is a great quality boat that is sure to appeal to your fishing needs. This boat has a fuel capacity of about 37 gallons as well.
This boat has plenty of seating between its SRS bucket seats, bike seat, and SRS all-weather fold down. Also, the bucket seats have center storage, the bike seat has a pro-pole, and the all-weather fold down has a power pedestal as well. There is plenty of seating with all of the necessary features to go with each type of seating as well. Another great feature of this boat is the lockable storage compartments. They are spacious and can fit all of your equipment, plus you don’t have to worry about losing any of your equipment either!
This boat prices out to be about $55,995.
Skeeter FX21 LE
Skeeter’s FX21 LE model of bass boat has a length of 20 feet and 10 inches and weighs 2,175 pounds. It is one of the larger type of bass boats, but this larger size is sure to accommodate for all of your needs and be totally worth the extra weight. It also has a fuel capacity of 48 gallons. This fuel capacity is sure to take you a long way.
This boat also has tons of seating for you and your fishing companions. Along with the driver and passenger seat, it has a custom center seat, 2 bike seats with power rise pedestals, and an extra fishing seat with a 13 inch fixed extension. The bottom of the center seat also doubles as an ice chest door.
This boat prices out to be about $70,485.
Xpress X19 Pro
Xpress’ X19 Pro model of bass boat has a length of 19 feet and weighs 1,390 pounds. This boat is definitely a high performance model that will accommodate for all of your fishing needs and wants. This boat also has a 45 gallon fuel capacity.
This boat seat has a butt seat with an adjustable pro pole that is sure to make fishing a luxurious experience. This boat also has coolers built into the deck with hide-away lids that are great for storing things that need to be kept cold without having to trip over your own cooler the entire time you are on the boat. This boat also comes with a fold down fishing seat with 13 inch extensions.
This boat prices out to be about $31,995.
Lowe SKORPION 17
Lowe’s Skorpion 17 model of bass boat has a length of 17 feet and weighs 670 pounds. This boat is definitely lighter and perfect for the simplistic fisherman that doesn’t need anything overly stocked.
Though this boat is super light, it has seating for quite a few people. The driver and passenger seats are fold-down seats with storage under them. There are also 2 pedestal seat bases with fold down seats to go on those as well. This boat also has plenty of storage in the stern and under seats. Another great feature of this boat is its locking port rod locker that holds five 8 foot fishing rods.
This boat prices out to be about $12,190.
Alumacraft Pro 185
Alumacraft’s Pro 185 model of bass boat has a length of 18 feet and weighs 1,100 pounds. This boat is a high performance boat of a smaller build than most. It is sure to satisfy any type of fisherman. This boat also has a fuel capacity of 34 gallons which is perfect for keeping your boat weight lighter, but still plenty of fuel storage to last you a long time.
One of my favorite features of this boat is that it has a combination USB and Aux adapter so that you can charge your devices and play music while you are out on the boat. It also has four Marine speakers and Infinity PRV-315 AM/FM Bluetooth Radio. Along with an amazing sound system set-up, this boat has plenty of storage for your tackle and rods that is in the deck.
This boat prices out to be about $27,995.
SeaArk Stealth 190
SeaArk’s Stealth 190 model of bass boat has a length of 19 feet and weighs 1,100 pounds. This boat offers all of the great amenities you would find in a fiberglass boat, without the painful price tag of one! This boat also has a fuel capacity of 28 gallons. It isn’t crazy large like some boats, but it is big enough to have a good few fishing trips.
This boat has 2 large rear-deck, lockable storage boxes to stash any and all of your gear in. It also has 2 fold-down fishing seats and a 7 foot lighted and lockable rod storage box. There is plenty more storage under the driver and passenger seats and under the boat’s deck. Another feature I liked is the 14-gallon bow live-well. Most bass boats have live-wells, but this is an exceptionally large one that is sure to impress.
This boat price out to be about $26,995.
What Do I Need to Know About Weight?
Weight Terms to Know:
Displacement is a way of calculating the boats weight. The idea behind this is weighing the amount of water that is displaced when the boat is in water. The weight of the amount of water displaced by the boat is essentially how much the boat weighs. You will see this term used as a terminology for the boats weight.
Dry Weight is how much the boat weighs without any fluids, gear, accessories, etc. on or inside the boat. This weight does not include the boat’s towing trailer either. This is the most common terminology for referring to a boats weight.
Trailer Weight is simply the weight of the boat’s towing trailer weight. This does not include the boat or any of it’s gear, accessories, etc.
Towing Capacity is the amount of weight that a car can pull behind it in the form of a trailer. It is important for the towing capacity of the vehicle to be greater than the total weight of what is being towed.
What size car is needed for towing a Bass Boat?
One luxury of bass fishing boats is that they are a smaller type of boat which makes them easier to tow and capable of being towed with smaller vehicles. This type of boat can be towed by a middle-weight tow vehicle such as a mid-sized SUV.
The vehicles that work best in this category are vehicles like the Toyota 4-Runner, Nissan Pathfinder SUV, Ford Explorer, Chevrolet Traverse, and Dodge Durango. You will simply need to make sure your vehicle has a minimum tow capacity of 4,000 lbs. It is preferred to have a tow capacity of about 5,000 lbs., however. This is simply because it gives a safe range that you won’t ever have to worry about exceeding, no matter how much stuff you stash in the boat.
Towing Car Tip: You should always ensure that your towing vehicle has a larger tow capacity than what you are actually towing. This is simply to provide a safety net to ensure that your vehicle is more than able to tow your trailer.
How do I figure out the specific weight of my boat and trailer?
The best way to figure out the weight of your own boat and trailer is to take it to a truck scale. You will want to make sure that your boat and trailer are fully equipped with ALL of the gear and fluids you will be hauling on a regular trip.
When you get to the scale, with your trailer fully equipped, pull the trailer with the boat on it onto the scale. Next, disconnect your towing vehicle from the trailer, with the trailer still on the scale. You will need to disconnect to get an accurate representation of the weight. After you pull your car separately off of the truck scale, you will then be able to see the weight of your boat and trailer.
You will need to make sure that you include all of the following gear/accessories/etc. in your boat when weighing it:
- life jackets
- fishing poles
- tackle boxes (stocked)
- other desired fishing equipment
- fuel (full tank)
- other safety equipment
- ice chest
- any accessories you add to your boat
Best Towing Vehicles
The best towing vehicles for this type of boat are middle-weight towing vehicles such as SUVs and mid-size pickups. These vehicles will need to have a towing capacity of about 4,000 to 5,000 pounds. You don’t need a massive car to tow your bass boat, especially since it is a smaller type of boat. That is one of the luxuries of this type of boat!
Some of the cars that will serve this purpose well are the Toyota Tacoma, Nissan Frontier, Toyota 4Runner, Nissan Pathfinder, Ford Explorer, Chevrolet Traverse, and Dodge Durango. These vehicles all can more than handle towing the weight of any bass boat and trailer. As long as your vehicle has the towing capacity of about 4,000 to 5,000 pounds, then you are good to go.
Suggested Towing Vehicles:
|Vehicle Name||Vehicle Type||Towing Capacity|
|Toyota Tocoma||mid-size pickup||6,400 lbs|
|Nissan Frontier||mid-size pickup||6,630 lbs|
|Toyota 4Runner||SUV||5,000 lbs|
|Nissan Pathfinder||SUV||6,000 lbs|
|Ford Explorer||SUV||5,000 lbs|
|Chevrolet Traverse||SUV||5,200 lbs|
|Dodge Durango||SUV||7,4000 lbs|