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Sun Tracker Bass Buggy 18 (2008-)
(w/ 1 x 50-hp Mercury Outboard)


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Brief Summary

Sun Tracker completely redesigned the Bass Buggy 18 to feature much more fishability. Now the console is a fiberglass console centered for better fishing and now you can work a fish from the port side gate all the way around the bow to the stern gate and have room for your buddy to follow with the catch net. The side panels are corrugated with radiused top rails for better looks and durability. The motor pod is extended off the stern so you have lots of aft casting space.

Key Features

  • All new center console design with storage and trash receptacle
  • Corrugated fence material for an all new look and added strength
  • Open floor plan with plenty of casting room fore and aft
  • Flip-flop helm seat with cooler and padded seat
  • 3 deluxe fishing seats with pinchless hinges, integrated vertical rod holders, aerated livewell with padded cushion
  • Pre-wired for trolling motor
  • Bow and aft rail mounted drink, rod and accessory holder
  • New radiused top rail for added strength
  • Aft boarding platform with folding boarding ladder
  • Dual latched gates that open inward
  • Sirius-capable AM/FM/CD with integrated MP3 jack
  • 9' Bimini top with protective boot & easy-snap support arms
  • High-buoyancy all-welded oversized 24" multichambered pontoons
  • Mercury® OB power to 75HP
  • Specifications

    Length Overall 19' 8''
    Beam 8' 1''
    Dry Weight 1,390 lbs.
    Tested Weight N/A
    Draft N/A
    - Draft Up N/A
    - Draft Down N/A
    - Air Draft N/A
    Deadrise/Transom N/A
    Max Headroom open
    Bridge Clearance N/A
    Weight Capacity N/A
    Person Capacity N/A
    Fuel Capacity 30 gal.
    Water Capacity N/A
    Length on Trailer N/A
    Height on Trailer N/A
    Trailer Weight N/A
    Total Weight
    (Trailer, Boat, & Engine)

    Prices, features, designs, and equipment are subject to change. Please see your local dealer or visit the builder's website for the latest information available on this boat model.

    Engine Options

    Std. Power 1 x 25-hp Mercury EL Four Stroke EFI
    Tested Power 1 x 50-hp Mercury Outboard
    Opt. Power Various Mercury from 9.9 to 75

    Test Results - Change Measurement Unit

    RPM MPH Knots GPH MPG NMPG Stat. Mile NM dBa
    800 2.1 1.8 0.5 4.1 3.6 112 97 60
    1000 2.7 2.3 0.8 3.4 3.0 92 80 64
    1500 4.4 3.9 0.8 5.3 4.6 143 124 68
    2000 5.5 4.8 1.0 5.7 4.9 153 133 69
    2500 7.1 6.2 1.4 5.1 4.4 138 120 68
    3000 9.1 7.9 1.8 5.0 4.3 134 116 73
    3500 12.3 10.7 2.2 5.6 4.9 152 132 74
    4000 14.8 12.9 2.7 5.5 4.8 148 128 77
    4500 16.8 14.6 3.3 5.2 4.5 139 121 79
    5000 19.1 16.6 4.1 4.6 4.0 125 109 78
    5400 20.7 18.0 5.0 4.1 3.6 111 96 83
    800 97 180 3.40 1.89 1.76 60
    1000 80 148 4.30 3.03 1.44 64
    1500 124 230 7.10 3.03 2.25 68
    2000 133 246 8.90 3.79 2.40 69
    2500 120 222 11.40 5.30 2.17 68
    3000 116 216 14.60 6.81 2.10 73
    3500 132 245 19.80 8.33 2.40 74
    4000 128 238 23.80 10.22 2.33 77
    4500 121 224 27.00 12.49 2.19 79
    5000 109 201 30.70 15.52 1.97 78
    5400 96 179 33.30 18.93 1.74 83

    All fuel consumption numbers are the total for all engines in the boat. Speeds are measured with Stalker ProSports radar gun or GPS. Fuel consumption (gallons per hour) measured with Floscan digital fuel-flow meter or by on-board factory-installed diagnostic instruments. Range is based on 90% of published fuel capacity. Sound levels determined using Radio Shack digital decibel meter on A scale. 68 dBA is the level of normal conversation. Time to plane is measured from start of acceleration to formation of rooster tail behind boat.

    Performance Chart

    Performance Chart

    Acceleration Times & Test Conditions

    Time To Plane N/A
    0 to 30 6.9 sec.
    Ratio 1.83 : 1
    Props 10'' Pitch Aluminum
    Load 1 persons, 5/8 fuel, no water, min. gear
    Climate 79 deg., 60% humid, wind: 5 knots, seas: calm

    Sun Tracker Bass Buggy 18 (2008-) Line Drawing


    Captain's Report

    Lake Boating Fun for the Active FamilyBy Capt. Rob SmithProbably one of the most comfortable ways to fish a lake is from the spacious deck of a pontoon boat. Sun Tracker’s Bass Buggy 18 is destined to be popular with the fishing family and anglers who like to chase the elusive big boys hiding in the shallow ledges around the lake.Foredeck Casting SpaceSide panels are corrugated for durability and support and I like how they curved the railings rather than the simple square tubes you see on most. Sun Tracker has pre-rigged this model for a trolling motor that folds up and passes below the gate on the front when stowed. The rod holder and drink holder is the heavy duty durable plastic style that they designed and are mounted into the top rail. This is so popular that they have added it as options on their other models. Two casting chairs are up front and have thick enough cushioning to be comfortable all day long.Helm Features The console is now in the center, like a typical center console fish boat, so you can work fish around either side and have your buddy right behind you with the fish net for your prize fish. On the front of the center console is a handy livewell and bench seat. On the port side is a wide entry gate so you can get a wheelchair on board or other wide gear. Although I doubt you would ever need them, there are stainless grab handles on either side of the center console. Three rods store vertically along the sides so you can have your favorite rigs already set up with the perfect lures. The helm seat base is a cooler and the seat back is a flip-up backrest so you can use it when driving and flip it forward to use for fishing off the back when trolling. At the helm, you have basic gauges, a three spoke wheel and aircraft style lighted switches. The stereo is Sirius Satellite coverage ready and has an iPod/MP3 input. Under the helm is room for a soft side cooler.Aft Seating and BiminiThe standard bimini offers good coverage from sun and summer showers. A bench seat wraps around from the port side entry gate to the stern walkthrough so when the family just wants to cruise for the day, you have room for everyone to join you. Aft of this seat is the real difference on the Bass Buggy 18. Here you have another large casting space for someone to enjoy. One of the casting chairs can set up here. Three rods store vertically along the port wall and you have your own drink and tackle organizer like the pair up front. The only recommendation I had was to move the cranking battery so that it isn’t setting exposed on the aft deck. Moving through the aft gate you have a small swim platform and flip-over swim ladder. Rather than have the engine cut into the aft deck eating up casting space, the engine juts out saving room.HandlingI found the Bass Buggy handled well and should be easy for even the grandchildren to enjoy helping with the driving. When I tried to trim the engine up to find the sweet spot, I found it almost immediately began to pull air into the prop, so the engine must be mounted about as high as it can be.MeasurementsThe Bass Buggy 18 measures 19’8” length overall with a beam width of 8’1”. She weighs about 1390 lbs. and is rated for engines up to 75-hp. Pontoons are multi-chambered 24” tubes of .080 aluminum. The deck is seven ply marine grade pressure treated wood with 30 oz. carpet covering.

    Test Result Highlights

    • Top speed for the Sun Tracker Bass Buggy 18 (2008-) is 20.7 mph (33.3 kph), burning 5.0 gallons per hour (gph) or 18.92 liters per hour (lph).
    • Best cruise for the Sun Tracker Bass Buggy 18 (2008-) is 12.3 mph (19.8 kph), and the boat gets 5.64 miles per gallon (mpg) or 2.4 kilometers per liter (kpl), giving the boat a cruising range of 152 miles (244.62 kilometers).
    • Tested power is 1 x 50-hp Mercury Outboard.

    Standard and Optional Features

    Marine Electronics

    Fishfinder Optional
    GPS/Chart Optional


    Battery Charger/Converter Standard
    CD Stereo Standard
    Shore Power Optional

    Exterior Features

    Carpet: Cockpit Standard
    Outlet: 12-Volt Acc Standard
    Swim Ladder Standard
    Swim Platform Standard


    NMMA Certification Yes
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