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Old 08-08-2019, 03:14 PM
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2012 Pioneer Sportfish 180
Just posting a picture of my boat. I love this boat.
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Originally Posted by Marshall4949 View Post
I love this boat.
As you should, Pioneer makes a good quality, solid boat. We loved ours!

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What kind of Pioneer did you have?
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What kind of Pioneer did you have?
2014 Islander 197 w/ Yam F150.

Only sold it to go bigger for further offshore trips with the wife. Wanted her to be a little more comfortable out there.
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Sweet! Which size engine did you get? Happy with your choice?

I got my eye on an Islander 180 with the F115. Is the major difference that the Islander has the full transom seat?
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I have the 115. It's plenty, and I see a lot of these with the 90, but I would have concerns that the 90 would be a little weak with the boat loaded.

I think that the main difference between the Sportfish and the Islander in the 18 foot hull is the cushions and the seat across the transom. I believe both boats are the same weight. With this being a '12, the Islander model was not out when I bought mine.
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Has anyone seen an engine Performance Bulletin on Pioneer 180s? Nothing on the Yamaha site...
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I've looked around for a performance bulletin on Pioneer 180's but I've never found one.
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Sweet! Which size engine did you get? Happy with your choice?

I got my eye on an Islander 180 with the F115. Is the major difference that the Islander has the full transom seat?
There are a couple options.

I have a 175 Baysport/115 Suzuki with C10 and Garmin.


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Do either of these fit in a standard garage? Seems like the 7' door height is the critical path for the windshield and grab bar to clear. Seems simple enough to get the windshield to fold, but the grab bars are a whole 'nuther kettle of fish. A Grady Sportsman 180 I saw had a third attachment point right down the center. Looked like "game over" to me.
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I keep my Sportfish 180 in the garage, and the ability to keep it in my garage is a major reason I have not moved up in size. I don't know the measurements off the top of my head.
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Do either of these fit in a standard garage? Seems like the 7' door height is the critical path for the windshield and grab bar to clear. Seems simple enough to get the windshield to fold, but the grab bars are a whole 'nuther kettle of fish. A Grady Sportsman 180 I saw had a third attachment point right down the center. Looked like "game over" to me.

The only way it is in my garage, I have 1.5" clearance each side after removing the 2x6 side pieces which are cut above fender height.

a. windshield and frame are removable.
b. Customized Ameratrail trailer, swing tongue and moved fenders in.
c. I use a dolly to get it out of garage.
d. I have a front bumper hitch on my sierra crew cab to get it easy.

A normal bunk trailer would cause it to sit too high.

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Originally Posted by Schmaltz~Herring View Post
The only way it is in my garage, I have 1.5" clearance each side after removing the 2x6 side pieces which are cut above fender height.

a. windshield and frame are removable.
b. Customized Ameratrail trailer, swing tongue and moved fenders in.
c. I use a dolly to get it out of garage.
d. I have a front bumper hitch on my sierra crew cab to get it easy.

A normal bunk trailer would cause it to sit too high.
I'm assuming that leaf spring trailers are not at all compatible with garages, and torsion bar suspension is the only way to go?
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Nice boat!
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Contact Ameratrail they make the trailer custom for Pioneers, leaf springs, but boat sits much lower as it is not on bunks.
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Originally Posted by Schmaltz~Herring View Post
The only way it is in my garage, I have 1.5" clearance each side after removing the 2x6 side pieces which are cut above fender height.

a. windshield and frame are removable.
b. Customized Ameratrail trailer, swing tongue and moved fenders in.
c. I use a dolly to get it out of garage.
d. I have a front bumper hitch on my sierra crew cab to get it easy.

A normal bunk trailer would cause it to sit too high.
The 2019 has a quick release bar and windshield. I'd love to know about retrofit possibilities!


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2017 Key West 189FS has a removable grab bar. I assume the windshield comes off as well?

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