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Aluminum CC for dedicated bass boat - Am I nuts?

As the title of my post indicates, I am looking for a sanity check. I currently have a little 16' bass tracker and am looking to upgrade. I only fish short sections of the Susquehanna River, small local lakes, and medium sized lakes in Canada. I'm usually targeting bass, pike or musky (casting, no trolling).

I was looking for a used 18-19' aluminum bass boat with a side console, and then I stumbled upon a used 20' Alumacraft 2072 center console boat for sale. I have not looked at it in person yet (2.5 hour drive) but for some reason it's peaking my interest. Has anybody here used a CC boat as a dedicated bass boat?

I like the thought of the higher sides to keep my dog and nieces in the boat. I also like the idea of a tunnel hull for running skinny water in the river. However, I'd say 85% of my fishing is done in lakes so I don't want to let that dictate my purchase. My concerns are mainly the CC getting in the way of casting if I have a 3rd adult on the boat. I'm also sure that the higher sides will catch the wind more, but that isn't as much of a concern to me. The bimini top would go, so that wouldn't be a concern to me either. I know they don't have as much storage, but neither does my current boat so I'm not worried on that count either. My last worry is that it'll just be too much flipping boat for small lakes.

Do y'all think I'm nuts for considering this style boat?
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I have fished off shore in center console boats, they were 23 and 24 feet, I wouldn't have wanted to be in a side console , you can fish the bow, the stern and next to the console. The higher free board gives you more safety, what is not to like?

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console location is not more important then the layout of the boat.
bass boats are noted for the raised frt and rr decks as well as under deck storage and very low draft.
so if it meets your needs ,console location dosnt really matter.

you mentioned a tunnel ,most tunnel drives I've seen run an inboard motor to propel.
if this is the case they are different to maintain and service.
make sure you want to deal with it and be prepared to spend more on gas

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you mentioned a tunnel ,most tunnel drives I've seen run an inboard motor to propel.
if this is the case they are different to maintain and service.
make sure you want to deal with it and be prepared to spend more on gas
This boat has an outboard Yamaha 115 prop motor.
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well that simple enough then ,
normal outboard maintenance
but the tunnel profile still will use more fuel, but shouldn't reduce maneuverability much if at all

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You might get wet on smaller lakes while launching... I had an 18' Tracker alum. BB and it was a little tuff getting on + off the trailer at some of the Elect. Only lakes in my area. Waders in the early spring/late fall were needed, summer time I just wore gym shorts and got wet(still a little chilly at 4am). That boat had a drive on trailer so it sat pretty low ... After I realized I did more fishing on the Elect. Only lakes I downsized to a 15' Grizzly. That one did not have a drive on trailer and the boat sat higher so I still needed the waders or shorts to launch

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I went with a center console when I bought my boat for a few reasons. I think a side console on a light weight aluminum hull tend to lean toward the console side due to uneven weight distribution side to side. The CC keeps the weight centered in the hull. I also like to stand while driving for better visibility, and the CC works better for that then a SC.

What manufacturer and model are you looking at?

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Thanks for the input guys.

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What manufacturer and model are you looking at?

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Tony, its a 2010 Alumacraft 2072
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from what I can tell the 2072's still come with many different deck configurations

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