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2012 Tracker Deep V

Grandslam11

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Anyone have a Tracker Deep V? Anything I should watch out for?


I have gotten an opportunity to buy this model boat at a great price and am really considering it. My kids are getting to an age where I think we can have a lot of fun as a family. Here are my concerns/ questions.

I am more of a bass fisherman more than anything and although this boat will work, it isn't ideal. I have only ever owned a bass boat. Currently the boat is bare bones, so the first thing I would do is add an Ultrex and a graph or two.

The boat has a 90hp motor. Will there be any issue pulling a tube or kneeboard? I know that is plenty of HP but with that style of boat, I didn't know.

Are the hard to load/unload on the trailer at the ramp?

Being an aluminum boat, are they terrible in windy conditions?

I like the higher railing for the safety aspect of the kids.

This boat will likely be used 70% fishing/ 30% family.

What recommendations does anyone have to "add on" to make this boat feel more of a fishing boat, but also allow for plenty "family fun"

Any electronic recommendation for an aluminum boat? Does that even matter? I had assumed if I went with the Ultrex, I would go hummingbird so they would "sync" together.

Thanks for any help.
 

Pilchard

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No experience with the boat but can assure you that it should not be difficult to put on the trailer.... just like any other boat. go to the ramp on a slow day and find the trailer/boat's sweet spot and you'll always be set. This is true from a 12ft skiff straight through a 40ft center console.

For a tube or kneeboard, this is more of a prop issue than a HP issue. Water sports prioritize hole shot, not top end.

Hope this helps.
 
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larry ipock

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I traded a '99 Stratos 150hp for a '06 Crestliner 17.5 Fish Hawk 90hp. Don't know the length of the Tracker. Not any harder to load/unload. Being a deep v, they do set higher in the water, and catch the wind like a sail. Stable and manuverable like you wouldn't believe. Been in rough water I would not have attempted or wanted to be caught in when I had the Stratos. Also, being a deep v, they use more fuel because the v-bottom never gets up on a pad like a bass boat, but is always cutting the water. As for fishability, little difficult to cast under docks and low hanging limbs, but doable. Great for multi-species, not so much in the Stratos. I have a Motorguide I-Pilot and really appreciate it on those windy days. I miss the speed of the Stratos, but gotten used to that. Couldn't tell you about pulling tubes or kneeboards. Don't know what you mean about "add-ons". Hope this helps.
 

Safari Hunt

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We had a bass boat in Louisiana and loved the time on the water with the kids. Cross Lake was the water supply for Shreveport. Got home at 5:20, wife had the boat hooked up and we were on the water at 5:40. When school was out, we were fishing 3-4 times a week! Lake was loaded with big bluegill, eatin' size catfish, bass and hybrid stripers. Oh, and there were the alligators.
 

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