Bass Cat Boats recently put out a call looking for the first boat built by Ron and Jan Pierce in 1971 — and they found it.
Springfield, Mo., resident Gerald Fleming is the current owner of the first Bass Cat boat ever produced, and it still sits on its original trailer and carries its original motor, BassFan.com reported.
The company is allowing Fleming to trade it all in for a new Bass Cat Margay, a new Mercury 115 Pro XS motor and a new Margay 4-inch frame trailer, as per the Cat Hunt promotion that launched in mid-December.
Fleming said he purchased the boat from a private party several years ago. It'll now be restored and eventually put on display at Bass Cat headquarters in Mountain Home, Ark.
Fleming learned about the promotion from his 23-year-old son, Joel, who'd recently taken possession of the boat and had gone to the Bass Cat website in search of tips for winterizing it.
The younger Fleming will receive the fully transferable “finder's fee” of $5,000 toward the purchase of a new Bass Cat.