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    BASS CAT MARGAY

    I'm looking at buying a BASS CAT MARGAY. I would like to hear from somebody with a MARGAY/115 Merc setup. What kind of numbers (speed) would I be looking at? I'm concerned about getting up on plane with a tournament load. I believe this boat fits my needs and would like to stay with a lighter motor but need to hear from somebody with this rig. Any input would be appreciated.

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    Post this question here: BassCat Boats or you can go the basscat website and user the owners board for more info. www.basscat.com



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    Is there really a BassCat called margay?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bradley Lane View Post
    Is there really a BassCat called margay?

    Yes. It is one of the boats they use during Major League Fishing. Nice little boat.

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    Man I think I would still try to get one with a 150. Looks like a sporty little boat and seems to have enough front deck for a tourney setup. But a 115 would still catch as many fish!


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    Why not get a sabre?

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    I ran into a guy on the water with a Margay/F115 Yamaha setup and he said he could run 49-50 loaded. I'm guessing you could run 55-57 with a 115 ProXS.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TexasX19 View Post
    Why not get a sabre?
    Money? Weight? Garage space? That said, I agree.

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    If you go over to the Bass Cat website, under Boats for Sale, a gorgeous, well equipped, and well cared for 2012 Sabre FTD with a 175 Yammie just got listed. No pricing on it yet, but you could contact him if interested. The listing person's handle is "Flyswatter", and he is known to be quite meticulous with his boats. Lots of warranty left.
    If a Sabre would be a consideration, then this particular one deserves a serious look. The FTD is an upgraded model compared with the standard Sabre.

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    Flyswatter (Tom) takes REAL GOOD CARE of his stuff. He tends to trade pretty quick and has had several Cats. No telling what he is getting next. If I were in the market I wouldn't hesitate to buy one of his boats.

    That being said the Margay with a 115 should run about 48-50 with a real tournament load. The front deck is actually bigger than a Sabre. The hull is more of a skiff type hull than a Sabre. That may make a difference depending on what type of water you fish?

    There is a big difference between a Sabre FTD with a 175 and a Margay with a 115. That is not comparing apples to apples except in this case maybe in price since one of them is pre-owned. A new Sabre FTD/175 is pushing the price of a PII with a 200. I had one strictly because that boat only takes 20' of garage space for storage. Tom and I spent many a day tweaking our Sabres back then. You will see 70 MPH in his "new" 18' boat.

    I've not been in the Margay with the 115 Merc but I have spent several days in a a competitor hull with the 115 Merc. Two bubba's (pushing 300 pounds) full gas and live wells we had no problems fishing river systems. No problems getting on plane etc.. solid 45 MPH boat ANY day! Took that boat to KY Lake and got beat to death with the skiff type hull on anything very rough. That guy now owns a Sabre FTD.

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    I have a Margay with the 115ProXS.

    I carry a full locker of rods, plus a few on deck. Flotation devices for 3 (max # of passengers). 15lbs or more of plastics. Easily 10lbs of terminal tackle (likely 15lbs, honestly). and 7-8 plano 3700-series boxes flat stuffed with cranks. Plus random fishing stuff, and tools etc. Not a "full" load, but I don't guess it's quite considered a light load, either (my version of "light" is about half what I describe. ymmv on interpretation) I could move a few things back to underseat storage, or the large box on the rear deck (driver side). Since it's usually just me, I prefer to keep stuff closer...so, most of it is in the starboard locker or in the center rod box.

    Since I don't fish tourneys, I've rarely filled the livewells. It'll get on plane, no doubt, but at a noticeably slower pace than if they were empty or not carrying a passenger. Top speed will fall off quickly with all the added weight, too. I would figure on only seeing low- to mid-40's with the 115ProXS loaded down. With just me, tackle as described, and half tank of gas...54mph on GPS. Add an adult male, or fill the wells, and it has difficulty airing the hull out and getting all the way up onto just the pad. I didn't buy mine for speed, though...

    Honestly, if I were planning on fishing a lot of tournaments, with or without a partner, I'd be thinking long and hard about the $2k step up to the 150ProXS.
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    Thanks 1781cct, that's what I needed to hear. I am now a small lake fisherman but do fish a couple of tournaments a year on medium size lakes that do get rough. I'm sure this rig would be good for me 90% of the time, but I am hesitant about those couple bigger tournaments a year. Maybe I do need to stick to the 18.5 foot/ 150 boat.
    Thanks again,
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    Quote Originally Posted by TexasX19 View Post
    Why not get a sabre?
    The Margay has more deck space than the Sabre.
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    Quote Originally Posted by fishstori View Post
    Thanks 1781cct, that's what I needed to hear. I am now a small lake fisherman but do fish a couple of tournaments a year on medium size lakes that do get rough. I'm sure this rig would be good for me 90% of the time, but I am hesitant about those couple bigger tournaments a year. Maybe I do need to stick to the 18.5 foot/ 150 boat.
    Thanks again,
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    I will agree with those who've commented on the deck space...it's big and wide.

    It really does fish bigger than the 17'9" length. For 10% of your needs, that's a lot more coin when the Margay with a 150 would meet the other 90%.
    I haven't had mine on anything as large as Smith Mountain Lake (20,600 acres). But a 2.5 -3 mile stretch of my home lake runs straight down the predominant wind. I didn't feel unsafe in 15-20mph winds with gusts to 30. In fact, I used my little boat to rescue an overmatched 2-person sailboat and occupants. 3' waves and whitecaps...no problem.


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    if you look on the Phoenix boats for sale my 2013 with less than 4 hours on 175 hpdi with side and down imaging and hds 5 in front and 7 touch on dash. loaded to the gills including 80 minnkota and 4 bank charger. Cover you name it. It was new in March and I want a bigger boat. Used mainly to just go float at lake so no time on engine or much use at all on this one. Brand new condition with warranty till March 2017. You cannot beat the price for this much boat. I have right at 38k in it.

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    A margay with a 150 would flat out FLY. Probly be a sweet little boat. I have a 115 opti on my tracker 175 and it runs great but I honestly wouldnt want it pushing a glass boat around. I can hit 55 consistantly with my setup but Im running much lighter. IMO its always best to max out the HP rating if you can. If you are not a speed demon like me the 1.5L optis are FANTASTIC on fuel. I hardly burn and fuel or oil at all for that matter. 20 gallons will take me on several trips.
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    thanks 1781cct I'd like to hear what kind of set-up you have i.e. jackplate? prop, hydraulic steering I have priced one out locally ( ordering one from the factory ) Would you give me a ball park price on yours? Just to see if we're in the same range..............Thanks Fishstori
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    I have the 8" manual jackplate, a 22P prop (for whatever reason, I cannot recall exactly which one, but I think it's a Laser II). I haven't moved the jackplate from the factory position. Apparently, I'm getting pretty good numbers with my boat at that setting, so I haven't bothered with changing anything.

    It does have the hydraulic steering that was part of the Vision Tour package - they offered a free upgrade to that package for a while when the Margay was first introduced.

    And you have a message


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