So many things to consider, but I wouldn’t even be able to own my BC boat if it didn’t have the pop-axle and swing-away-tonque. The pop-axle allows me to back my rig into the garage at a difficult approach angle from my alley. Once there, one of the two axles off the ground allows me to maneuver the boat into its final resting position. Swing the tonque, close the garage door. Without these two options, I’d be looking at a remote storage unit and there goes another $80-$125/mo. Over 12 mos, that’s a lot of gas or other fishing stuff I could’ve purchased instead.
Pretty latches, lighted livewells, radio, power pole(s), hydro-wave, hydraulic jack plate, hot foot, blinker trim, expensive guages, logo’d carpet, I can/have lived without.
Options I’ve found ‘value’ in owning include:
aluminum battery trays (keeps batteries very secure)
pump out (easy to fill a weigh bag with water and helps you grab your catch at the end of the day)
full stainless boarding ladder (I take the kids tubing and skiing a couple of times every summer)
security system (bass boats are increasing in ‘target value’ for area thieves)
hamby’s (not a lot of soft sand around the ramps in most n. texas lakes)
led lights (feel safer driving with them and future bulb replacement is nil)
cover (don’t use for towing, but without it, my boat deck can become another storage shelf in the garage. also keeps leaves, pine needles, bugs, and moisture out the night before a T)
trolling motor (get the best, it’s the second engine you can’t live without)
spare hub (you’ll be glad you have one, if you ever need one)