Article - Update
the World’s Most Efficient Bassin 4-Stroke Combo – Mission Accomplished.
the original interview article with Pro Angler Grant Goldbeck and the Allison
team we received numerous inquiries on the results of the Allison / Yamaha
Project. Tournament anglers were chewing at the bit to know just how efficient
was the 4-stroke Yamaha and BasSport.
Allison continues to make a name for itself in
the bass angling community and is known for pushing the performance and
Allison purported the project was not only a success. Testing parameters and
results occurred just like Yamaha and Allison hoped. Professional angler, Grant
Goldbeck participated in the project by running the hull in all Elite
tournaments. “ This project was fun, really inspiring. I have been in many
production hulls…all bass boat companies have something to offer their customers
in familiarity and enjoyment. When it came to straight performance, rough water
handling and efficiency, the XB21 hull technology blew me away! It's a
completely different beast altogether” explained Goldbeck.
Pro Angler Grant Goldbeck fishing in the 2014
Allison mentioned most regular production bass hulls range from 1400 to 2050
pounds. An addition, 250-pounds can change boats speeds by about 1 mph
depending where the weight is positioned. Hulls in the 1400 to 1650 lbs range
are usually 18 to 19-1/2 feet in length usually rated for 200 to 225 horses.
“They will run between 63 to 72 mph (with 200 horses). We can match their hull
weight and run 82-plus mph with 200 horses, explained the 60 year old ultra
experience here. 60 years of world championship racing R&D are a foundation for
the company's bass boat designs
Allison also mentioned that boat weights of the 20 and 21-ft production hulls
has increased from years past. This is in part due to attempting to strengthen
the boat. Allison also mentioned they were actually the first bass boat company
to build a fully composite bass boat. “We accomplished this in the early
eighties. Although, very expensive, we were able to create unitized
super-structures increasing strength ratios yet keeping the boat weights down.
For 30 plus years we have not had one transom failure”, mentioned Allison staff.
The bottom of the
Allison's hull features channels and voids designed to manipulate water and
decrease drag co-efficiency, improve rough water handling
Yamaha SHO powerplant features a large displacement 4.2 liter engine, providing
copious amounts of torque for climbing out of the hole. Its mid-range punch is
a strong suit. Yamaha, also, saw weight as a factor in performance and was able
to shed typical 4-stroke weights (exceeding 600-pounds). Yamaha’s 225 SHO weighs
505lbs near the same weight as its 3.0-liter. The results on regular production
hulls has been better hole shot, mid range and even top end speed. So how did
it do on the BasSport?
reduction in weight helps efficiency. The large 4. 2 liter displacement helps
the motor achieve its throaty mid range punch
SHO 225 mated to BasSport Pro ran some impressive stats that would breed envy in
many other hulls. As predicted by the entities, The BasSport Pro and the Yamaha
SHO 225 produced some of the most efficient four stroke numbers the industry has
The Red BasSport looks more like an exotic sports
car than your everyday bass boat