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Old 11-17-2011, 05:26 PM
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Default Crazy question but... 1992 tracker pro deep v17 for inshore wrecks

Considering the boat to be free, does anyone have an opinion on this hull with a tiller handle 2 stroke 35hp evinrude for less than 2 miles out on calm days? Its it worth even setting up with such low hp and would you consider it safe? I've never even ridden on a similar hull so I'm trying to decide if its worth messing with. To recap, free hull, already have motor, would have fixed mount vhf with handheld also, gps, ect... I would have to invest in registration, couple years back taxes, and propping. Perhaps throw on some lencos. I mainly want to use it for when the cobia come in close and flounder on the inshore wrecks. Thanks!
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I would also have a couple good sized bilge pumps. I also forgot to mention the boat its a side console but I would be removing the wheel and controls and using the console for mounting electronics and storage underneath.
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Nobody can comment on this old can?
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Old 11-18-2011, 12:33 PM
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I wouldn't bother with trim tabs as it likely will not get on plane. @ miles out on the nice days it would be fine, not for offshore.
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Sure make it into this and have fun with it:

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Old 11-18-2011, 12:58 PM
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We go ~2 miles out in kayaks & SUPs... Join Seatow, have good safety gear (including good anchor rode) & have fun... You could take an SUP w/you & if you have boat/motor problems you could anchor it, leave it & SUP home
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You can go out 10mi in that rig...it's ALL about the weather....
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I have taken mine out 20 miles offshore at night in the gulfstream.

See sig below with 337lb swordfish

Well built alum boats can take more than people think, you just have to have the seamanship to handle them when the weather gets snotty. I regularly sailfish in 3-5 with this rig.
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Awesome! Is that boat a tracker? 16ft?
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No mine is not a tracker. It was an older 16.5' starcraft ski boat. It has heavy gauge aluminum and is very beefy. I did a complete rebuilt of it in 2010. It was originally setup with dual console and a walk-through windshield. It rip everything out of it down to the shell and built it to fish offshore.

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I had the V16 tracker, I took it near shore for a few trips and really didn't feel particularly safe, so it was relegated to freshwater use. Mine had all kinds of electrical issues and motor issues (it wasn't a tiller setup, but had a side console) and that left me stranded a LOT of times. The other safety thing was that it's not self bailing, so if you took a wave you could be in serious trouble. If your motor is reliable then I wouldn't see a problem with taking it out on nice days (I've seen a lot less sea worth boats out there).
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That Tracker isn't a good idea for offshore use, unless very calm conditions. You also have to be aware of wakes from very large offshore boats But if you're fishing bays and backwaters shouldn't be a problem with that setup. It isn't even in the same league as Dream Catchers boat.
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I will probably hold off on this until early next year. I want to catch the cobia early but the bait is about to be gone around here so I won't be doing much fishing until next year anyway. Thanks for the input!
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Tracker is not a real good aluminum boat. At least the older ones were not. I'm not saying you can't go a few miles offshore with one, sure you can on an nice day, but be certain you have checked all the wiring and systems once rigged. A friend of mine purchased a new one and had wiring issues and a good leak. I found the leak, a plastic through hull below the water line that was broken. The tin is thin on these and they ride like a dining room table with a motor.
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2 miles out on a nice day?..I've seen kayaks out further than that at times....assuming your rig is reliable...no prob....question though....which inlet are you using to get out there?...
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Little river inlet. Its a great inlet are very rarely is it nasty.
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As long as the hull is in good shape, the motor runs well, and you have the safety gear--why not? We had a 12 foot Duraboat with a 15 HP as a dinghy and used if fishing in near shore gulf off Pensacola Pass. The V Aluminium boats do fairly well. You may want to go with a low pitch prop, to see what sort of speed you can get with the 35. I had a 16 foot "Zin Craft" plywood boat, which probably weighed about the same as your Tracker and we even took it to Catalina Island, and water skied behind it, with a 35 hp (in 1960)...That was what you had!
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