Following the tradition that made the Tracker Marine brand a favorite among freshwater anglers—offering affordable aluminum boat and outboard packages ready for the water—the Springfield, Mo., builder has debuted some notable new fishing combos for the upcoming season.
Tracker has revamped its popular Bass & Panfish Mod V models for 2011, and the result is an impressive roster of welded-aluminum fishing craft for inland anglers.
One that is certain to be popular with fishermen is the new TRACKER Pro 165. The 16-foot TRACKER Pro comes with plenty of factory standard equipment, including a Lowrance X50 DS fishfinder, a 46-pound-thrust MotorGuide bow-mounted trolling motor, a deep-cycle battery and a starting battery for the standard Mercury 40-hp four-stroke outboard. A factory-matched, color-coordinated, all-welded steel trailer with a swing-away tongue also is included.
Aboard the boat, anglers will appreciate large raised casting decks fore and aft, and a new screw-in base for a pair of pinch-less, folding pedestal seats. In addition to a locker aft of the pedestal base, the expansive bow deck also conceals a 15-gallon combo livewell/bucketed baitwell.
Both the operator and the passenger have comfortable folding seats in the cockpit, which offers rod holders on the port side that are capable of securing four sticks up to eight feet long and a handy tackle organizer.
The driver operates behind a practical, one-piece molded helm console topped with a tinted windscreen. The dash is fitted with easy-to-read Midnight Lazer gauges, rocker switches and a switch panel.
Underfoot is a hull constructed of 0.100-inch aluminum braced with aluminum stringers that extend through the full length of the boat’s running surface.
With the standard Merc 40-hp four-stroke pushing from the braced, box-beam aluminum transom, the rig races along at just over 36 mph with one person aboard. Thanks to the modified V-hull, the boat pops up on plane right away, and settles into a fuel-efficient cruise at speeds in the 20-mph range.
For the same reason, wakes and waves will compromise that comfort, but that is to be expected on a boat with a flatter hull configuration. The efficient performance and stability payoffs in protected water will be well worth it to most fishermen.
With a base price of less than $11K for the Pro 165 boat/outboard/trailer package, the model is sure to be a winner among anglers who want a lot of boat for their bucks.
Base price $10,995
Price as tested $10,995
Deadrise at transom 6 degrees
Weight 745 lbs.
Fuel capacity 9 gals.
Maximum horsepower 40
ENGINE AS TESTED
Make Mercury 40 ELPT
Horsepower/no. of cylinders 40/I-3
Displacement 747cc (45.6 cid)
Induction EFI four-stroke
Weight 216 lbs.
Gear ratio 2.00:1
WOT rpm range 5500-6000
Propeller 10¼ x 15" stainless three-blade
Top speed (mph) 36.2
0-20-mph acceleration (seconds) 3.2
Tracker Marine, Dept TBM, 2500 E. Kearney, Springfield, MO 65803 888/492-6382; trackerboats.com
Mercury Marine, Dept. TBM, P.O. Box 1939, Fond du Lac, WI 54936; 800/637-2879; mercurymarine.com