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Hi, I was wondering if anyone had any feedback on these boats. Currently I am using/borrowing my brothers 14ft flat bottom john boat but want to get a boat of my own. We put the decks, carpet, rebuilt the outboard etc, so I am not afraid to a little work. I dont plan on doing any major tournaments maybe just a few small club run ones. I fish in the Occoquan reservior 99.9% of the time with the occasional trip to the Occoquan River. The max hp for the reservoir is 9.9 and the majority of the river is a no wake zone so motor size isnt really an issue. Any input would be great! Thanks!

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They make a crappie version that's pretty nice too.  The boats are nice enough!

 

A thought too, some 9.9s can be converted to 15s by just doing a carb change.  :bushy-browed:

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This is just my thought but the 9.9 will make that boat pretty useless for anywhere else you might decide to fish later.  The 9.9 on a 14 ft flat bottom will plane the boat and scoot it pretty good.  A 9.9 on a 160 will not do much more than a stout trolling motor.  The boat will be roomier and much more comfortable to fish out of however.

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I have a PT 170 TX with a 9.9 just for the reasons you stated.

It also has a 105# thrust bow trolling motor and I add a 80# electric transom motor when fishing electric-only waters.

 

Been-there-done-that with jon boats, canoes, and fiberglass bass boats.

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Ive thought about going the jon boat route but the by the time Id finish the set up i want, the cost would be about the same as a older bass tracker. At that point I would rather put the extra bit of money to get everything brand new. 

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New tracker 160 =  $9,000 at LEAST. You could spend $1,000 on a new John Boat, less than $500 on a trailer, about $100 on wood and screws and crap to add decks, a few bucks on carpet, then like $1,000 on a beastly trolling motor ---- You're only looking at about $3,000 there. Maybe go that route? I mean - a tracker 160 is basically a john boat with decks and a console. 

 

I guess I'm not seeing the point of spending $9,000 on a new Tracker with a 9hp motor on the back? There's no real advantage in my eyes. You get a few tiny storage compartments, a 6ft rod locker, a death box (aka: Tracker livewell). 

 

I'd say, if you're willing to spend 9k on a boat, get a used one with at least a 50hp and a big ole' trolling motor that way you could fish the potomac or go south to lake anna or something? 

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New tracker 160 =  $9,000 at LEAST. You could spend $1,000 on a new John Boat, less than $500 on a trailer, about $100 on wood and screws and crap to add decks, a few bucks on carpet, then like $1,000 on a beastly trolling motor ---- You're only looking at about $3,000 there. Maybe go that route? I mean - a tracker 160 is basically a john boat with decks and a console. 

 

I guess I'm not seeing the point of spending $9,000 on a new Tracker with a 9hp motor on the back? There's no real advantage in my eyes. You get a few tiny storage compartments, a 6ft rod locker, a death box (aka: Tracker livewell). 

 

I'd say, if you're willing to spend 9k on a boat, get a used one with at least a 50hp and a big ole' trolling motor that way you could fish the potomac or go south to lake anna or something? 

 

Just curios...Isn't tracker 160 with Mod V? (not sure if there's pro 160 and plain160) Isn't the definition of the jon boat a boat with completely flat bottom?

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To make matters even worse, that boat with the 9.9 is $200 more than the same rig with a 20 hp  :dazed-7:   What are the people at Tracker smoking?

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This page also says it is Mod-v. I'm honestly confused with the comment martintheduck made, saying it is same as jon boat. Somebody shed some light please.

It is a mod v not a flat bottom like a traditional jon

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If I wanna go to anna my bro has a bass boat that I could convince him to let me borrow but I dont like borrowing other peoples stuff. It makes me nervous and then I cant enjoy it. I was just wondering if anyone has heard of any problems with the boat itself not the logic behind my choices. 

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This page also says it is Mod-v. I'm honestly confused with the comment martintheduck made, saying it is same as jon boat. Somebody shed some light please.

 

 

It's a tiny V hull with a tiny engine. A boat that size isn't going to be any advantage over a flat bottom john performance wise with a 9hp motor....thus the "it's basically a john boat." If you find yourself in a situation where a v-hull would be significantly better than a flat bottom, I wouldn't WANT to be in that water with a 9hp.... 

 

 

And no - haven't heard any "intrinsic" problems with the boat. I found myself in a similar position to you at the beginning of the year and I ended up going another route than a 160, or even a 175. It might be just perfect for you.

 

Only things I ever heard negative about Trackers are just average things - stuff snaps off, screws get loose.... 

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These boats have been sold with 25, 40, 50, 60, and larger motors. The people with the 25HP were as a whole unhappy with the boat and felt it underpowered with 2-3 people on board. Similar comments from people with the boats with the 40HP outboards. The deep V has its place but on a protected reservoir it provides little in the way of benefits and you do have a tippier boat for a casting platform.

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I have owned a Pro 165, for 14 yrs now. Given the opportunity would I upgrade? In a heartbeat, but its not because it's a bad boat. It is a great little boat, that I am still enjoying.  Are there limitations yes, but does it get the job done? Yes.

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Thank yall for your input. Im still considering all options. Honestly, Im looking for something that I can easily use by myself, do a few small tournaments, rough water isnt really a concern but with being a big man extra stability isnt a bad thing.  

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Check out the Lowe - Crestliner Styker models.  Similar bare bones boat but much higher quality IMHO.  Priced similar.

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Just buy an older bass tracker with a solid transom.  I was lucky enough to have a friend give me his 1985 Bass Tracker III for free cause he upgraded to a badass ranger.  There was nothing wrong with the boat, he just replaced the transom wood and reinforced it with diamond plate.  I just had to put a trolling motor on it.  The live well, blidge, and nav lights all work well.

 

 

I also dropped about 130 bucks on paintin it green over that nasty raw aluminum.  Boat looks great now and fishes well.

 

The boat has a 40hp two stroke on it and get's me and my buddy to 30mph on glass, and about 29 in a little chop.  I weigh 215.  I can get 33mph on glass by myself, but that's negligable. 

 

Don't limit yourself to a 9.9 just because your water does.  You'll want to fish other places and you'll wish you had a bigger motor for the times when you have to run across a large body of water.

 

The bass tracker is basically a job boat with a bass boat interior, but it works.  Remember, my boat is slow, but 32mph is better than anything slower than that.  Just put a big trolling motor on it with a short, 4 blade prop to get you through the weeds better since that's where you NEED to be at anyway here in Florida.  You'll also wishyou had a big motor when you decide to fish the Big O.

 

If you do decide to pick up an older tracker in the 2k range, make sure you water test it first, cause the old riveted boats will leak, and you need to be able to identify and negotioat basedont he leaks you find.  Once you buy, just take a tig welder to the rivets and tack them up.

 

Check it out here.

http://www.bassresource.com/bass-fishing-forums/topic/127078-spray-paint-or-spray-gun-for-a-raw-aluminum-boat/

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Check out the Lowe - Crestliner Styker models.  Similar bare bones boat but much higher quality IMHO.  Priced similar.

As a Tracker owner, I will say that statement is completely false. 3rd season on mine and very happy with it.

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Just an update. I found an amazing deal on a 14ft tracker jon with outboard, platform, trolling motor, fish finder etc. I planned on buying new but it was too good of a deal to pass up. Thanks for all the help. The support on this site is awesome. 

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Id love to but i dont know how. Im new here haha

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boat

 it came with a trolling motor, fish finder and more but i had to strip it down before I covered it up. 

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