Legend Alpha 199 Series Bass Boat Handles like a Sports Car
Total Score: 8.08 - GREAT
We review the biggest piece of
tackle of all, a hard core bass Angler’s moving tackle box and prized
possession…the bass boat. First up in our lineup is the Alpha 199 Series from
Legend Boats, a company that while not as large as some of the big name
manufacturers has quickly built up a reputation for premium styling,
performance, and value.
6 Persons/925 Lbs.
Dual Axle + Disc Brakes
Leo and Cal head out in the Legend
Boats is based in Midway, Arkansas and is a privately owned company with the
primary owners being Randy Quales and Dean Smith. They started their business
with the simple goal of building a better boat, one that doesn’t require anglers
to make any sacrifices and offers the ability to allow anglers to customize
their boat design and configuration to their heart’s content. Legend started up
their operation in 2002 and the first boat rolled out of the shop in 2003, they
have since expanded but remain in their Mountain Home facility.
The electronics are flush mounted
behind the steering wheel so anglers don't need to look down and away when
manufacturers and sells roughly around 500 boats a year, compare that to the big
brand manufacturers that are shipping boats in the thousands every year. How
does a company the size of Legend compete with these big name brands?
Powering forward in shallow water
They believe that one of
their advantages is their size, and they are run like a very personal company
putting a high priority on customer service. In fact they often implement
features that their prostaff and customers request into future models. Legend
doesn’t have a large prostaff but a couple of notable anglers that run Legend
rigs include Gary Yamamoto and Pam Martin Wells, winner of the first WBT
tournament in 2005.
Probably the single coolest touch
on the Alpha 199 is the exotic steering wheel
Like most of the boutique
boat builders Legend focuses on higher end platforms, and in this case just
three bass boats, all of which are over 19 feet in length. The LE 195 though at
the bottom of the company’s lineup is a full fledged tournament boat in its own
right with a 19’5” length, 94” beam and a maximum horsepower of 200. The Alpha
199 Series rests in the middle of the lineup and while it is just 5 inches
longer is loaded with a lot of extra refinement and a max horsepower rating of
225hp. Then there is the big dog, the Alpha 211 which has a 20’11” length, the
same 94” beam, and is capable of handling powerful 300hp engines.
Legend is able to make fades in
paint allowing for another level of customization
For our tests we fished
out of an Alpha 199 and head to our favorite lake within driving distance, Clear
Lake, for a series of trips to test just how well the boat handled and fished.
The tests spanned from the beginning of the year until the first week in April,
and we were able to put the Alpha 199 up against an assortment of weather
conditions including medium rain and high wind.
The Legend Alpha 199 rides
extremely well even when fully loaded with three anglers and gear
Section: Build quality and Power