I bought my first new bass boat back in 2000. It was fiberglass 19-footer with a 175HP engine. If I recall, it cost me about $23K, which was the most I could afford as a recent college grad. Today, the same boat in the 2015 model sells for about double that price. If you spend enough time on bass forums, and poking around the Net like I do, you might have noticed that the steep prices these boats are fetching these days is a very hot topic lately. And let’s not forget that $40K doesn’t get you the true top-shelf rig. I’ve personally seen $100K price tags on some bass boats, and it leaves me with a sinking feel. Where is this all going, and where does it leave the recreational angler that wants to step up his or her game, but can’t afford the ride?