2011 Fishing Boats
By Monte Burch
The boating industry is a lot healthier than it was a year ago, though it has changed. Much of the fat has been trimmed, leaving lean-and-mean manufacturers and dealers. As always, there are a number of new boats at the top of the price scale, yet many manufacturers have introduced more affordable rigs that, in most instances, offer high quality and performance, but are smaller and cheaper to operate.
The TRACKER Pro Guide V-175 Combo and NITRO Z-6 are included in the selection of 2011 fishing rigs that will interest a great many anglers.
This new deep-V is built for serious big-water fishing as well as family fun. With three full-size chairs in the cockpit and two flip-up jump seats aft, there’s plenty of seating space for anglers, or joy riders. Six pedestal seat bases allow the craft to be configured for a variety of situations.
At 16 feet 11 inches, with an 82-inch bottom and 96-inch beam, the Pro Guide V-175 Combo is rated for outboards up to 135 horsepower, and runs just under $21,000 With a Mercury 90 OptiMax and trailer.
Construction is of .100-gauge marine alloy with a 25 ½ inch all-welded transom. The reverse chine design makes for easy handling, and the full is injected with expanding foam to stiffen it, provide flotation and quiet the ride.
The rig also has features that go beyond fishing. The bow has a removable floor panel and padded backrest for sunbathing, plus there’s a ski pylon and aft ladder for easy reboarding.
A Lowrance X50 DS sonar is standard equipment, as is a 12-volt Minn Kota PowerDrive 55 trolling motor with electronic-steering control. A 19-gallon aerated livewell is located up front with a timer for the recirculation pumps and an 11-gallon aerated livewell aft.
Rod storage consists of a 7-foot rod box in the floor and two 8-foot lockable boxes on the sides. Plus, the Versatrack gunnel-mounted channel provides for easy adjustment of optional accessories.