View Full Version : Bumblebee bass boat

10-03-2017, 05:45 AM
I am looking at a 89 15 1/2 ft bumblebee bass boat. Anybody have any info on ride (dry or wet), stability at rest, build quality, etc.

10-03-2017, 06:24 AM
I had one years ago and have OFTEN wish I still had it. Best crappie boat I ever had!!!! It had a 40hp Mariner engine on it.

10-03-2017, 07:38 AM
Think that boat Skeetbum fishes out of is older model bumblebee. Never heard anything bad about them.

10-03-2017, 07:53 AM
Dennis Bowers at Dale Hollow TN had one and it was a great boat.

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10-03-2017, 02:05 PM
We used to have one and it laid out gret with crappie fishing as it had more floor space than your bass boats of today. It was not the smoothest of rides in rough water but it was fairly dry other than the big cabin cruiser waves.

Javelin 180
10-03-2017, 02:56 PM
Nothing wrong with a Bumble Bee great boats

10-03-2017, 04:12 PM
I am looking at a 89 15 1/2 ft bumblebee bass boat. Anybody have any info on ride (dry or wet), stability at rest, build quality, etc.

Was living/working in Nashville in 1989 and spent a lot of time shopping boats. I visited most of the Tennessee plants too. I always thought that the Bumble Bee fell between the Allison, Bullet, Norris Craft (Stroker was just being brought to market) and the Ranger, Stratos, Champion, etc type boats. By this I mean those more focused on performance vs. those more focused on fishability. Probably the closest boat all around to the Bumble Bee was the HydraSports of the day.

Had I not decided to lean heavily on performance with an Allison, I would have chosen Bumble Bee.

They were a fast good ride, fished really well, and were affordable.

If you choose the Bumble Bee, you will be getting a great boat.

Speck Detector
10-03-2017, 04:33 PM
Skeetbum is your man to PM, however, his is powered with a 150 HP Mariner & it's his second lady, so ya know he's serious about her:Rofl

10-03-2017, 05:27 PM
I have never heard anything bad about them. The 15.5 length would be an issue for me though.

10-03-2017, 06:52 PM
I have a 2003 278 powered by a Mercury 150 XR6, it's a fast hull that rides good, but tends to get a little wet. I haven't had any problems outta mine and I fish well over a 100 days a year.

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10-04-2017, 06:03 AM
I have a friend that has one has had it for over 30 years, has a 150 Johnson on it, never has had trouble with it.

10-04-2017, 07:37 PM
Good to talk with you today. I do tend to ramble, but I hope to have helped give you enough food for thought to help you along in your decision. Good luck with it all and have a great fall season......Skeet.

10-04-2017, 09:17 PM
Thanks, skeet