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Old 11-29-2004, 12:32 PM
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Hi All,
New member to this excellent forum. Was referred here in the course of trying to do some research on Tracker boats. I mainly fish smaller - mid sized lakes in New England and was considering purchasing a Tracker deep vee super guide 14 -16 ft aluminum boat. Just wondering if there are any members that could give me guidance regarding the quality and reputation of these small craft?

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Old 11-29-2004, 12:50 PM
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My Tracker was very enjoyable on small lakes.* The bigger lakes often meant more traffic.* Which stirred up bigger waves.* For a busy lake I would want at least an 1850 class boat, not a 16.* Here is another thread on Tracker -

http://thehulltruth.net/forums/threa....asp?tid=15892

You will also find a bunch of aluminum owners over on www.iboats.com

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Old 11-29-2004, 01:46 PM
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Thanks for the info Kelly. I am looking for a small boat for use on smaller lakes. Something that is very light and easily towed and manuevered. I would really like a Lund, but they are $2-3 grand more for the same size and power, so it is hard to justify. Thank you for the link, I will check it out.

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The 1 1/2 negitive things that I have heard about Trackers is, and this is a while ago, so take with a large grain of salt. One, the company was a royal pain to deal with when it came time to resolve issues in regards to a leaky hull. The company claimed that you abused the boat by pounding waves. Secondly, it had something to do with the grade of metal or the weight of metal they used. Either way it was sub-standard to other boat's of the same class.
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Old 11-29-2004, 02:57 PM
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My 165 pro-team bass tracker has given me excellant service for the past three years. The 40 HP Mercury Marine pushes it along very well. My only complaint is that anything over one foot chop is hard on the back.
Its time to move up to a little more boat for me, however a lot of fish have come aboard the bass tracker.
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Old 11-29-2004, 08:19 PM
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Any aluminum boat small enough to run with a 4 cylinder OB will be a breeze to tow and handle.* IMHO a 17 or 17.5 would be a worthwhile improvement over a 16, even for small lakes.

Lunds can be pricey.* The Tracker "Targa" series are more nicely turned out than their standard Trackers.* Should still be priced under Lund.* Also see if you can find a Princecraft dealer, very nice line of boats.

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I would definitely buy Crestliner or Princecraft before I bought Tracker.

I'm not overly convienced the Lunds are worth the extra money - I think one pays through the nose for the name.
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Old 11-30-2004, 08:32 AM
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I had a 16' tracker and couldn't get rid of it fast enough.!
I tried every person at bass pro to help with the problems.I asked them if they had a R&R department,they said,"a what?"
I'm not going to get going on this as it would take all day.
1 example;you have an 800 # to call and spend your money,you have a problem ,you get to call on your own dime.I told bass pro that I would pass on thier horrible customer service and they said "do what you have to do."As a cheaper alternative to a Lund I reccomend a smoker craft,alumacraft..any thing but a tracker.Others will say that they aren't bad,give them time....
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Oops,I meant R&D dept....
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......I told bass pro that I would pass on thier horrible customer service and they said "do what you have to do."
It is funny how they don't seem to mind what is said about......I guess they know there is another sucker just around the corner that doesn't know about there sorry service.

I know they have schooled me very well.....I'd rather buy a boat that was presently sitting on the bottom of the lake than to have someone give me a brand new Tracker product!
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Old 12-01-2004, 03:08 PM
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I have a Smoker Craft semi vee and have had it for 10 years, it's been a great boat. I also have a Alumacraft jon boat which have been great too.

Also a Parker and thats been a great boat too, but thats in another league.
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It is funny how they don't seem to mind what is said about......I guess they know there is another sucker just around the corner that doesn't know about there sorry service.

I know they have schooled me very well.....I'd rather buy a boat that was presently sitting on the bottom of the lake than to have someone give me a brand new Tracker product!

captnc,amen and thanks for your reply....I know a half dozen that feel the same as we do but they only do fresh waterand don't come to this forum...It's a shame that ,well,I'll just say as nicely as I can that Tracker is bass pros version of a bayliner.
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Its getting so yhat a good welded aluminum boat is not much more expensive than a Lund. As these become more poular around the country watch out Lund.
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I would definitely buy Crestliner or Princecraft before I bought Tracker.

I'm not overly convienced the Lunds are worth the extra money - I think one pays through the nose for the name.
I second everything Garett said. Other brands for lightweight AL boats include Starcraft, Sylvan and Alumacraft.
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Old 12-05-2004, 10:59 AM
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I bought a new 18' Targa in 2002 with 115 Mercury. Its light and easy to get in and out by yourself. It runs about 38 with 2 fishermen and loaded with tackle. Its a OK boat, nothing to get excited about but it doesn't cost much either. I bought it at the boat show $17,000.00. One thing I hate about this boat is the live well has a half inch hole for a drain. No matter what kind of fish you catch,its to small and plugs up every time out. Keep in mind that all aluminum boats will scuff up more than fiberglass. Its a welded boat which is better if your getting beat to death by the wind all the time. Overall its OK!
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The Tracker experience has been nothing but a good one for me. I currently own two of their products and had a third for a long time. I had a 1995 TX-17 with a 60 HP for the longest time. Similar to the newer Pro Team 165's it was a rough rider - but all flat bottom aluminums are. The new Pro Team's have a glass like ride to them in my opinion. Just a little "v" in the hull makes a huge difference - there is not a better riding modified v hull out there.

I have sold my TX-17 and picked up a Nitro 882 with a 150 XR6. You can't campare the two boats, but to say that I'm totally satisfied with the boat is an understatement. I also putt around in a Suntracker Fishin' Barge 21 with a 90.

Nothing but great service on each of them !!!

Everyone knows someone who has had a problem with something - Tracker sells close to ten times the number of boats as its next closest competitor - the ratio of boats sold to boats with issues will be much lower when looked upon this way.

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Everyone knows someone who has had a problem with something - Tracker sells close to ten times the number of boats as its next closest competitor - the ratio of boats sold to boats with issues will be much lower when looked upon this way.
Wait until you have a major warranty problem....I'll bet you'll be singing a different song after that!
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