| | Re: Sea Hunt 172 Triton help
I've had a 2004 172 with the 90 hp Johnson for 2 years. It's a fantastic little boat for the price and size. Lots of storage for a 17footer, the console is very roomy and with a side door instead of a small door on the back you would be suprized at the amount and size of gear you can put in it. The only "dumb" design feature is that you have to raise the fish box lid to get at the anchor, haven't got a clue why they did this, that lid is heavy when it clobbers you in the shoulder while your messing with the anchor. At acouple hundred rpms off of wot with 2 or 3 people and fully loaded for fishing I get 34 to 36 mph on dead flat water(the ICW). In mild seas 20 to 22 mph comfortably. I mostly king fish with mine and a little spanish fishing. I've got it rigged with a canon unitroll downrigger mounted just forward of the rear starboard storage compartment, then aditional rodholders to run 3 surface lines. It doesnt slow enough for live bait trolling(2 to2.5 mph) so I drag a 36 inch drift bag which slows me down to a perfect 1 to 1.5 mph. I regularly fish 5 to 10 miles out of Southport NC (Cape Fear) and am very comfortable that far out with it. I can run 8 to 10 miles out troll all day run back in and burn @20 gallons of fuel leaving a 10 to 12 gallon reserve. I put over 200 hours on it last summer and have got about 140 hours on it this summer. Didnt mean to get so long winded as this, any questions feel free to ask. Bottom line...I love my little Sea Hunt.