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G3 Boats - Does This Mean A Name Change?

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She who is never wrong has gotten it into her head that she needs a console / windshield to hide behind in her golden years and the only way the old girl is going to get that with the current Lund is if she decides to drive!

 

I've been looking around and came across this one, a G3 Angler 185 F.  Just a hair over 18' with a full windshield, 150hp Yamaha 4-Stroke, MK 80lb trolling motor, three brand new batteries with on-board charger, Humminbird 899 HD SI combo on the console and a 859 HD DI combo up front.  Few other extras including a full cover sitting on top of a single axle trailer.  Just under $38K.

 

That's over $9k less than the comparable Lund 1800 Tyee.

 

Think it's worth a name change?

 

 

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I don't know anything about them; however, really nice looking boat.  Not sure about the riveted hull, but that is the Ford/Chevy or Coke/Pepsi debate.

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Looks like a really nice rig to me. I fished out of a Tyee once, crazy how much room there is in those boats. 

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You see the 2016 ProV Bass model yet? Ill post pics when i get home from work.

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You see the 2016 ProV Bass model yet? Ill post pics when i get home from work.

 

I'm making the two hour drive to the closest Lund dealer who has a Pro-V in stock.  It is a 2015 model 1875 which is the size I'm looking at, but they aren't posting a price on line.  I've got my shopping list of extras ready so they can give me as close to an apples to apples comparison. 

 

It no secret that my three priorities are price, layout, and service and this time will be the same way.  So far, the G3 has had the best price, and the service I've gotten from this dealer for the last 8 years has been nothing short of amazing.  That's two out of three in my book, so the Lund dealer is going to have to really sharpen his pencil.

 

We shall see.

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have you looked at the Lund Impact series?  i'm assuming you have an explorer now and the Impact is the successor to that line of boats.  I think it would be more in line with the G3 in price, unless you really wanted those wide gunwales.  The Alumacraft competitor line is another one you should look at.

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If the wife wants a windshield and you expect her to go with you, she will get a windshield. I saw absolutely nothing wrong with my Startos 285 Pro. I thought it was the perfect size for two people. I had completely restored the boat, new clear gel coat, new carpet, new upholstery on the seats, new pedestal seats 325HP motor that would make the thing fly. A lot of work and money went into making it "MY" perfect bass boat, "BUT" then comes the wife, if I got over 30 mph and the wind blowing her in the face, the battle was on.

I finally had to give the Stratos to my son (with a 150 one it) and I bought the Javelin Renegade 20 Dual Console. Just so when I went with the wife, she would have a windshield, but I think my dad enjoyed having it also when we running 70 and 80 mph. He never did care for wearing the full face racing helmets I used with the Stratos, but at 80 mph, they were almost a must if you didn't want your smile pushed back behind your ears.

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have you looked at the Lund Impact series?  i'm assuming you have an explorer now and the Impact is the successor to that line of boats.  I think it would be more in line with the G3 in price, unless you really wanted those wide gunwales.  The Alumacraft competitor line is another one you should look at.

 

So far I've looked at every boat the area's dealers have.  Those brands include Lund, Starcraft, Alumacraft, G3, and Smokercraft.   Under the Lund brand the only ones available have been the Tyee and Cross Over models.  I have seen the Impact on the internet but I'm not sold on the "jump seats" that are included in the back deck.  However, the dealer I'm visiting next does have a 1775 version of the Impact so I will probably crawl over that as well.

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If the wife wants a windshield and you expect her to go with you, she will get a windshield. I saw absolutely nothing wrong with my Startos 285 Pro. I thought it was the perfect size for two people. I had completely restored the boat, new clear gel coat, new carpet, new upholstery on the seats, new pedestal seats 325HP motor that would make the thing fly. A lot of work and money went into making it "MY" perfect bass boat, "BUT" then comes the wife, if I got over 30 mph and the wind blowing her in the face, the battle was on.

I finally had to give the Stratos to my son (with a 150 one it) and I bought the Javelin Renegade 20 Dual Console. Just so when I went with the wife, she would have a windshield, but I think my dad enjoyed having it also when we running 70 and 80 mph. He never did care for wearing the full face racing helmets I used with the Stratos, but at 80 mph, they were almost a must if you didn't want your smile pushed back behind your ears.

 

Are we married to twin sisters? 

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So far I've looked at every boat the area's dealers have.  Those brands include Lund, Starcraft, Alumacraft, G3, and Smokercraft.   Under the Lund brand the only ones available have been the Tyee and Cross Over models.  I have seen the Impact on the internet but I'm not sold on the "jump seats" that are included in the back deck.  However, the dealer I'm visiting next does have a 1775 version of the Impact so I will probably crawl over that as well.

the 1850 impact XS has the same type of jump seats as the Tyee and Crossover.  The Impact 1775 and 1875 have the optional aft conversion seats.  I have those on my Rebel 1650 and they are amazing.  folded down it doubles the size of the rear casting deck.  folded up it gives you two very nice seats for kids or normal sized adults (probably dont want someone over 200lbs back there)

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the 1850 impact XS has the same type of jump seats as the Tyee and Crossover.  The Impact 1775 and 1875 have the optional aft conversion seats.  I have those on my Rebel 1650 and they are amazing.  folded down it doubles the size of the rear casting deck.  folded up it gives you two very nice seats for kids or normal sized adults (probably dont want someone over 200lbs back there)

 

I'm not saying that some folks don't enjoy those seats, but in that vein, lets not forget the optional ski pole and the swim ladder that are on so many of the current lineup of models.  If anything needs to be added to a fishing boat its the chance to become a water flea!  :dazed-7:

 

Seriously, the only thing I want in a boat is its fishing potential.  Call it a curse or luck, but the wife has never enjoyed high speed boating, because if she did, I would have never gotten away from the fiberglass rockets.  All I'm interested in now is a boat that handles the bigger waters that are around here and that can safely fish up to three people.  There are plenty of seat bases down in the "hole" so I don't need the option of turning part of the storage potential of a back deck into seating.

 

I'm going into today's visit with an open mind and hope that this dealer can get me a competitive price, and offers decent service on a Pro-V. 

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