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Fish-ability: While the Alpha 199 cut through rough water better than similarly sized Rangers and Tritons it wasn’t able to match the other brands when it came to offering as stable a fishing platform. We noticed with two people on one side the boat would lean a bit and with three anglers on a side there was noticeable tilt. A single angler was able to rock the boat a bit, something that would be very difficult on a Ranger VX of the same size. The Alpha 199 seemed to fish a little smaller than it actually was, but then again with multiple TackleTour editors on board there was an overabundance of tackle on board.


Gel inserts make the bucket seats extremely comfortable


We ranked the Alpha 199’s fish-ability factor as good, and with a beam of 94” it was possible to fish multiple anglers both up front and back. We had plenty of room to stow rods and swing away, and the cavity section in the middle of the boat was able to stow all of our oversized tackle bags….barely. In the updated 2009 boat the front deck extends slightly further back to increase room for two anglers up front, we think this is a major plus as the Legend will fish nicely with three adult anglers, with four its going to feel crowded.


Hydraulic lifts make it easier to access tackle quickly in storage compartments


Trailer: As you would expect with a rig at this price point a lot of time has gone into personalizing the trailer to match the boat both in design and quality. Standard trailer features include: hydraulic disc brakes, aluminum wheels that would look right at home on a pimped out truck, a side mounted spare, Fulton winch, retractable Imco tie-downs, Laser cut lighting, and a heavy duty jack. We towed the boat on the same Nissan Titan that I normally tow my everyday boat, a Triton TR-186, and while I could feel the increase in overall weight on the back of the truck I found the dual axle trailer easy enough to manage and even easier to stop thanks to the hydraulic disc brakes.


A 47 gallon divided livewell keeps fish healthy during tournaments


Price & Applications: As rigged our test boat retails for right around the 40K mark, this is significantly lower than similarly priced competing boats. How much are anglers paying for a brand on their boat, quite a lot. Each and every boat has its benefits and weaknesses but for 40K the Legend Alpha 199 is a very good value for a serious tournament ready boat.


Pulling out of Clear Lake at the end of one of our test days


The particular boat that we spent over 40 hours on is a 2008 model and while the hull has not changed the company has made some minor upgrades to the currently shipping 2009 models. These include chrome instead of black plastic handles, a chrome versus the current plastic gas cap, a chrome oil cap, improved gel seats, longer rod storage doors to even better accommodate swimbait rods, though we had no trouble with our 8 foot swimbait sticks.


Ratings: (We've re-calibrated our ratings standard for 2008 and have included a key at the bottom of the following matrix as a guide):

Legend Alpha 199 Ratings (?/10)

Construction/Quality Great build quality that is up to par with rigs costing up to 25% more, the attention to detail and components are excellent 8.5
Performance We rated overall performance as good in this category. A very good ride and a great layout with plenty of storage and an excellent exotic feeling cockpit. Only weakness we encountered was that the boat was not as stable a fishing platform as a comparably sized Ranger 7
Price Bonus point in this category! Great price and a great value for a boat that you wont see everyday, definitely a head turner 9
Features A good balance of features and choices for anglers to pick from, excellent cockpit 8
Design (Ergonomics) The overall design reminds us a great deal of how Champions ride and are laid out. Overall a very clean easy to fish rig but fishes a little smaller than it looks 8
Application A great tournament rig that can handle the rough water, if you put a premium on the ride comfort and safety then this is a good choice 8

Total Score

Ratings Key: 1 = terrible : 2 = poor : 3 = lacking : 4 = sub par : 5 = mediocre : 6 = fair : 7 = good : 8 = great : 9 = excellent : 10 = unbelievable!
For More Details of the updated rating system visit our explanation here


Pluses and Minuses:

                 Plus                                    Minus

J Extremely stylish and plenty of room to customize L Not as stable a fishing platform as some brands
J Excellent ride even in rough water L Not as many dealers as some competitors
J Attention to detail is superb  
J Great value in comparison to other brands  
J Not a "me too" fishing rig, has an exclusivity factor  

Conclusion: Legend has put together a fine package with the Alpha 199 and the company’s attention to detail is excellent, the value of the boat is undeniable, but what we like most of all is the ability to customize the boat from everything from the powerplant to the fades in the color scheme. I personally pilot a Triton, and while I like the boat one of the things that I don’t like about my personal boat is that it lacks that specialty factor. There are days on Clear Lake or the Delta where I see nothing but Rangers, Tritons, and Skeeters on the water, but coming across a Legend may not happen for a few trips. Does that make Legend a better boat? No, but it does make it a more exclusive one, even if the price is significantly less than some of the comparably equipped big boat brands.

Time to pack the tackle, strap down the rods, and tow home

With any boat there are strengths and weaknesses and anglers need to decide what they deem are the highest priorities. With the legend Alpha 199 anglers will get a boat that rides well, and can confidently cut through bigger waves, but if your looking for the ultimate in platform stability than a Ranger will likely be worth the extra money. The Legend Alpha 199 radiates both performance and style and if asked the question would I personally consider the Alpha 199 as a possible next rig the answer would be a resounding “yes.” 

For more information about Legend visit the company's website.  

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