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The Legend Alpha 199 Series Bass Boat Handles like a Sports Car (continued)


Construction: The Alpha 199 is built with a custom molded fiberglass hull from the stringer through the transom to the outer hull itself, all three elements are covered with a lifetime warranty. There is an option to add a fiberglass passenger console with a lockable dry storage glovebox, but unlike many other boats that require anglers to make the choice and stick with it the Legend design is modular so that anglers can remove the second console in just a matter of minutes by undoing a few bolts if they need the extra space.


The steering wheel angle is able to be adjusted


Each of the compartments is secured with a steel bi-directional lock. The lids on all of the dry storage compartments felt extremely solid and were thermally insulated and propped up with hydraulic lifts making it easy to access tackle quickly without having to prop the lids open with your arm or leg.


The boat is a good fishing platform but similarly sized Rangers do feel more stable


Overall the Legend Alpha 199 is built with excellent components and the attention to detail is superb. Another example is the rear compartment where the riggers at Legend organize and wire the engine compartment extremely clean allowing easy access to batteries, bilge pumps, and livewell pumps should you need it.



Pull up cleats stealth away neatly when not in use


When it comes to the styling Legend is able to do just about anything in terms of color patterns and has also found a way to incorporate fades into the actual color scheme so you can transition from one color to the next within the same strip, this allows customers to get really creative with their designs.


Anglers can choose either Minn Kota or Motorguide 24V trolling motors


Engine: Power in our test boat came courtesy of a Mercury 225hp Optimax but if you are a fan of other brands it isnt an issue with Legend. They work with Mercury, Evinrude, and Yamaha and Anglers can customize their powerplants both on the front and the back. Minn Kota and Motorguide 24 volt trolling motors can both be chosen and either control pedal will fit flush into the recessed deck. The main motor is mounted on a Hydro Dynamics custom jack plate which makes positioning the motor in the ideal position for varying conditions quick and easy.


There is plenty of room for two anglers up front...


Helm: Sitting in the Legend Alpha 199 felt like dropping into the cockpit of a low slung exotic sports car. Anglers can pick the color of their consoles and are greeted with an aggressively styled steering wheel with leather and ergonomic metal accents. The Alpha 199 also makes use of Faria Performance Series gauges which contrast nicely with the black dash, and navigation and electronics are flush mounted behind the steering wheel.


...as well as rods


The steering wheel isnt fixed and can be adjusted to three different angles to accommodate a range of heights or simply make it easier to get in and out from behind the low slung console. Another nice touch is the centrally located switches which are all waterproof and flush mounted into the dash as well. The Alpha 199s dash is just about as aggressive as they come and screams custom design. It is here behind the dash that anglers start to get the impression this is not a me too machine.


Flush mounted control switches are all centrally located


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