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Hey I'm looking to purchase a boat around winter this year at first I was going to get a z-6 fiber glass boat but sorta thinking now that won't be such a good idea because it will be my first boat and don't wanna mess up such a pricy boat. So I guess I'm asking what would be a great first tournament boat I can purchase new. Since that would make me feel safe ( low knowledge about boats)

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Sounds like a 17'-18' aluminum bass boat would be ideal.  I would go 17' minimum  and ideally 18'.  Just about all the boat manufactures make a solid boat in this class but I would look closely at aluminum Rangers, Tritons, Crestliners, and G3s.   Quality of dealer and price will be your biggest determining factors.  If you give us some more info you'll get a lot more specific details.  Good luck.

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I have a SeaArk ZX180 18' aluminum boat and don't think it would be any problem fishing tournaments out of it. It is bulletproof as far as rubbing stumps etc. and very low maintenance.  I think for a first boat it is a excellent choice. You can learn all the dos and don'ts about boating, its light weight to haul, plenty of storage, and roomy enough for 2 to fish off of all day without bumping into each other. 

I agree with Junk Fisherman a 18' aluminum bass boat would be ideal for a starter. 

 

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20 minutes ago, Junk Fisherman said:

Sounds like a 17'-18' aluminum bass boat would be ideal.  I would go 17' minimum  and ideally 18'.  Just about all the boat manufactures make a solid boat in this class but I would look closely at aluminum Rangers, Tritons, Crestliners, and G3s.   Quality of dealer and price will be your biggest determining factors.  If you give us some more info you'll get a lot more specific details.  Good luck.

Thank you. I was thinking of aluminum but all I see is people using fiber glass I rather not buy a boat that I'll have to update to a fiberglass to compete in bigger tournaments ( idk if that's true I'm just going by what I see most people use) I guess I'm sorta stuck shopping at bass pro because I don't see many other new dealerships here. I probably can't afford much over 18000. Towing is not issue. Let me know any other factors that might matter. 

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Where do you live? Just town and state.  i can do some research on dealers near you.   Also what type of waters will you fish small lakes, big lakes, rivers, etc. There are some fine aluminum boats out there.  I agree an 18 or even a 19 is a good first boat.  Many of these are 'packaged' by the manufacturer or the dealer. Just because you find one in a nice package does not mean you can not get them to change to a different engine. Often a boat like a Tracker may come "standard: with the 60 hp motor but max hp on the boat is 75 for example. The boat will perform best with its max engine and it may only cost a bit more to upgrade.  Look at Trackers, Lowes,G3, Alumacraft, Xpress and Triton and Ranger. I have owned 11 boats, from 12 footers to a 20 foot fiberglass with the 200 hp outboard.  Each time we sold a boat it was because our fishing conditions had changed (from shallow rivers to lakes to tidal waters). There is no one perfect boat for all situations. Eventually if you end up fishing big events you will find yourself in a big fiberglass rocket ship.  By then you will have knowledge and experience to choose which one it will be.  Here is a pic of the rig I have been fishing out of for the last 7 years. It is 17 1/2 foot long and has a 75 Merc two stroke. I chose it for the size and storage layout.  It holds everything that I carried when i tournament fished in my 20 footer.

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51 minutes ago, GoneFishingLTN said:

Thank you. I was thinking of aluminum but all I see is people using fiber glass I rather not buy a boat that I'll have to update to a fiberglass to compete in bigger tournaments ( idk if that's true I'm just going by what I see most people use) I guess I'm sorta stuck shopping at bass pro because I don't see many other new dealerships here. I probably can't afford much over 18000. Towing is not issue. Let me know any other factors that might matter. 

Fish don't care what kind of boat your in.

With a budget of 18k your choices are limited for purchasing a new boat.

Some trails like FLW and BASS have length and hp restrictions. Most local clubs, and by local I don't mean small clubs, have 2 restrictions. You have an operating livewell and the boat is motorized. There are some that may have hp restrictions and by that I mean 25hp.The reality is the clubs want participants so restrictions are few. Most people use fiberglass. Might be current year or 20 years old. Most people in $50k boats also get upset when a guy in a $15k boat beats them. Don't let your ego or self esteem dictate what your first boat purchase is.

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As mentioned above, we're not sure where you're located, But, IMO, the way to shop for a new boat is to "shop" for the best dealer in your area FIRST. Some Bass Pro service departments are OK. Some are dismal. Talk to as many boaters as you can to get an idea of which one is able and willing to provide the service and support you will SURELY need. No doubt they will be able to guide you to a rig that suits your needs. Boat brand should be low on your priority list - again JMHO. Good luck with your search.

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If you're not handy or mechanically inclined, I would personally go brand new if you're financials allow it just for the sake of a motor warranty and the ability to purchase up to 5-6 years extra for an extended warranty that isn't very expensive. Peace of mind for me. Deals can he found though and a well maintained motor can last your a lifetime as long as it was maintained properly. If you do go used, 100% make sure you get a certified mechanic check out the motor from top to bottom. I don't understand why people won't want to pay 100-200$ for a mechanic to thoroughly check out a motor but want to spend thousands on the boat itself. I'm on the side of the fence that would rather save and get exactly what I wanted rather than settling. If you settle you're always going to want something else anyway and will likely get it down the road at some point. You just need to evaluate the bodies of water you are fishing or will fish and get the appropriate boat for that.  At 18k your choices for new are pretty limited but I think you can get a new ranger rt188 for around that.  Trackers can be found for around that price as well. Every boat manufacturer has their own website. Look through the brand you are interested in and then look for them at dealers that are in driving distance. Good luck in your search. New boat shopping is fun. 

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I was going to look at some brand websites and find dealers near him. Often new or perspective boat owners really do not know how many dealers are near them. Then too they may have a boat service center near them that can service their boat or engine but may need to travel an hour to get to a dealer carrying their particular boat brand to purchase.  Here in MD. we have a ton of dealers that sell boats to run around in the bay like Regal,Bayliner etc, They service Mercury of Yamaha or whatever brand. To purchase a new bass boat I have to either shop at BPS or travel to PA or VA.  Our in state dealer sells three brands but really only stocks one brand.  My current boat came from a Lowe dealer 2 hours away. I had no fear because we have lots of places nearby if I need service though.

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9 hours ago, fishnkamp said:

I was going to look at some brand websites and find dealers near him. Often new or perspective boat owners really do not know how many dealers are near them. Then too they may have a boat service center near them that can service their boat or engine but may need to travel an hour to get to a dealer carrying their particular boat brand to purchase.  Here in MD. we have a ton of dealers that sell boats to run around in the bay like Regal,Bayliner etc, They service Mercury of Yamaha or whatever brand. To purchase a new bass boat I have to either shop at BPS or travel to PA or VA.  Our in state dealer sells three brands but really only stocks one brand.  My current boat came from a Lowe dealer 2 hours away. I had no fear because we have lots of places nearby if I need service though.

Thank you I live in indianola Iowa. I was looking at the ranger rt188 Iabass8 suggested and would that be a better purchase than the z-6 nitro? You're Lowe boat looks great. Idk if I've seen them here in IA. For more info I would be traveling wherever needed but mainly to close by states at first so..I'm assuming it would just be big lakes.  

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Okay boy you were right not a lot of boat dealers around you.  I found an Alumacraft dealer here but he has more deep vee boats. He of course can order you one.  WATERS EDGE MARINE1413 NW Polk City Drive, Polk City, IA 50226  515-984-8725 www.watersedgemarine.com

Otherwise your best bet is to travel over to Bass Pro in Altoona. Go sit in a Pro Team 190TX  The standard package is alright, but I would consider a few changes.  i would ask for a motor change to the optional 4 stroke 115 hp outboard.  It is actually going to be a bit cheaper with this engine which surprised me.  All of the engines are going to 4 stroke eventually.  The maintenance is a little different but the 4 strokes are much quieter and perform well enough to make it worth it.  I would upgrade the fish finder.  It comes with a very small unit at the helm.  Do yourself  a favor get a Lowrance Elite7TI with Navionics+. It is like a baby brother to the HDS units. It will cost about $800 but you will be doing something like this later.   I know this is a foreign language but do a little research and it will make sense. if you want I can send you pictures of my setup later.  It is almost the same.  Now that depth finder will give you gps mapping and the ability to find and mark fish, waypoints etc.  The boat comes with a Lowrance Mark3 at the console. You can get them to mount it on the front deck and add a transducer onto the trolling motor. Or if the budget allows it ,have them give you the credit for that one and have them put another larger unit on the front deck. Another Elite7TI would be nice but money will dictate this. I will tell you the larger the screen the better.  For me I would have the trolling motor upgraded from a 45 pound thrust 12 volt unit. I would have them add the second trolling motor battery(that means you will have 3 batteries on board)and upgrade to a MinnKota Maxxum 65 pound unit. In the wind or river current you will need this.  The only two other options I would really consider is an on board two bank battery charger to charge your trolling motor batteries back up when you get home and get a boat cover. There are lots of other things  you could do but that will get you a great first boat.  I purchased a 17 1/2 footer because I was assembling a special boat to fish a lake with a 20 hp max. I took great pains setting up a 25 Merc to look like a 20, adding a special tilt bracket, a hydrofoil wig etc to make a 1000 pound hull work on that lake.  When we moved next to the bay here I sold the engine package and installed a used 75 Merc.  If I was setting up a boat for this big water I would go 19 feet long.

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5 hours ago, fishnkamp said:

Okay boy you were right not a lot of boat dealers around you.  I found an Alumacraft dealer here but he has more deep vee boats. He of course can order you one.  WATERS EDGE MARINE1413 NW Polk City Drive, Polk City, IA 50226  515-984-8725 www.watersedgemarine.com

Otherwise your best bet is to travel over to Bass Pro in Altoona. Go sit in a Pro Team 190TX  The standard package is alright, but I would consider a few changes.  i would ask for a motor change to the optional 4 stroke 115 hp outboard.  It is actually going to be a bit cheaper with this engine which surprised me.  All of the engines are going to 4 stroke eventually.  The maintenance is a little different but the 4 strokes are much quieter and perform well enough to make it worth it.  I would upgrade the fish finder.  It comes with a very small unit at the helm.  Do yourself  a favor get a Lowrance Elite7TI with Navionics+. It is like a baby brother to the HDS units. It will cost about $800 but you will be doing something like this later.   I know this is a foreign language but do a little research and it will make sense. if you want I can send you pictures of my setup later.  It is almost the same.  Now that depth finder will give you gps mapping and the ability to find and mark fish, waypoints etc.  The boat comes with a Lowrance Mark3 at the console. You can get them to mount it on the front deck and add a transducer onto the trolling motor. Or if the budget allows it ,have them give you the credit for that one and have them put another larger unit on the front deck. Another Elite7TI would be nice but money will dictate this. I will tell you the larger the screen the better.  For me I would have the trolling motor upgraded from a 45 pound thrust 12 volt unit. I would have them add the second trolling motor battery(that means you will have 3 batteries on board)and upgrade to a MinnKota Maxxum 65 pound unit. In the wind or river current you will need this.  The only two other options I would really consider is an on board two bank battery charger to charge your trolling motor batteries back up when you get home and get a boat cover. There are lots of other things  you could do but that will get you a great first boat.  I purchased a 17 1/2 footer because I was assembling a special boat to fish a lake with a 20 hp max. I took great pains setting up a 25 Merc to look like a 20, adding a special tilt bracket, a hydrofoil wig etc to make a 1000 pound hull work on that lake.  When we moved next to the bay here I sold the engine package and installed a used 75 Merc.  If I was setting up a boat for this big water I would go 19 feet long.

Whatever you suggest I'm probably going to extremely lean to, since of your knowledge and willingness to help. so here the deal. I'm looking to start around spending that much money but have no problem dropping extra 3 thousand or so if it's gonna make a difference ( which is why I was looking at the nitro z-6) I'm assuming if you order a boat it is a little pricey to have it shipped which I don't mind if it's the better option.     Your help is GREATLY  Appreciated I've tried looking most of this up and they just sent me the fiber glass way so that's why I'm wondering why a aluminum  bass boat for 20000 instead of a fiber for 23. I'm assuming it's the motor and other features it comes with you mention. I'm just trying to learn in this process before I make this big decision because I probably won't be getting another boat for a good amount of time since of how much this one good set up will cost me  

 

 

I've done my research on electronics but not enough yet so that was very helpful I was thinking of humming bird but I'll defiantly look into yours since it seems quite a bit cheaper if it's the same.  

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9 hours ago, GoneFishingLTN said:

Thank you I live in indianola Iowa. I was looking at the ranger rt188 Iabass8 suggested and would that be a better purchase than the z-6 nitro? You're Lowe boat looks great. Idk if I've seen them here in IA. For more info I would be traveling wherever needed but mainly to close by states at first so..I'm assuming it would just be big lakes.  

The Rt 188 will be fine for any waters we have in Iowa. It will be a little more than you want to spend at around 23000. You'll want to upgrade th TM and electronics will will run a little higher.  I would consider looking at Tritons and Trackers.

You have a Lowe dealer in monroe. - http://www.malonemotorsports.net/

You also have a Lund dealer in Grimes. - http://brightwellsboathouse.com/

BPS should be able to give you info on the Rangers, Tritons, and Trackers. I would go visit these places and physically check out the boats and crawl around in them and see what you like best and go from there. We dont have any "big water" in Iowa per se and any 17-18 ft tin boat will do just fine for now.

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 Boat and fishing shows over the winter are your best bet to find the boat you want. Over here on the eastern part of the state on the Mississippi we have ALOT of dealers and ALOT of dealers that sell tin Lowe/Alumacraft boats. That is the most popular brand name for the tin boat walleye fisherman in the area. Start looking east from Des Moines and start in Iowa Falls, Cedar falls, Waterloo, Cedar Rapids, Iowa City, Davenport, Dubuque, Burlington, Cabelas in Prarie Du Chien has the Ranger RT188, and so forth. There's more boat dealers in those cities than you could need. 

I prefer glass over tin but would choose the RT188 over the Z6 for the longer rod locker. I had an older glass ranger that had 7'1 rod lockers and wanted bigger every day. I do like Nitros though. My new boats the 2016 Z18 150 4 Stroke. The Mississippi gets a lot of pleasure boaters all up and down the river and glass makes it effortless and my body isn't sore going 20 miles up river to the weigh in through barge and yacht wake. large tin boats do okay but the smaller ones can get beat up if you're out in heavy river traffic. Central Iowa lakes shouldn't be a concern for you though.

I've seen the 2015 red RT188 on the water. It's a sharp looking boat and if I was on your budget that would be the boat I would get and I would feel comfortable in any body of water (aside from the great lakes) with it. Your only enemy in a tin is wind. Wind throws tin boats around and glass is easier to use in wind. I do not know if that's true for the RT188. I've never fished in one. Only seen them. 

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22 minutes ago, iabass8 said:

 Boat and fishing shows over the winter are your best bet to find the boat you want. Over here on the eastern part of the state on the Mississippi we have ALOT of dealers and ALOT of dealers that sell tin Lowe/Alumacraft boats. That is the most popular brand name for the tin boat walleye fisherman in the area. Start looking east from Des Moines and start in Iowa Falls, Cedar falls, Waterloo, Cedar Rapids, Iowa City, Davenport, Dubuque, Burlington, Cabelas in Prarie Du Chien has the Ranger RT188, and so forth. There's more boat dealers in those cities than you could need. 

I agree. OP is going to spend a nice chunk of change. Forming an opinion solely based on internet advice without ever crawling thru or test driving could lead to some heavy regret. Taking a roadtrip is in order

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I like the RT188 a little better as well, but was not trying to send him on a three hour drive. Even though Bass Pro owns Triton and Ranger they do not have info or sell them at their Tracker Marine stores, at least yet.  So back to "ordering a boat".  From Tracker you pay the same freight and prep fee no matter what. If makes no difference if you buy a boat that is in stock or not. So that does not matter. Changing the choice of engine if it is one of their "upgrade" options is done in house.  Yes the 4 stroke was one of their upgrade options.  They will not order the boat special just for that. My BPS here in MD has spare motors displayed on the wall next to the shop.  The brand of sonar is personal choice. Here is where size=money. There are fine units made by Hummingbird and Garmin as well.  The unit I mentioned functions so close to the HDS  series units costing twice as much.  The Elite7TI will work almost identically without some bells and whistles that will not come in to play for you for a long time.  The larger screen allows you to view part map and part fish finder at the same time. That is great.  If you have the same unit up front you will only need to learn how to use one unit.These units can be linked so if you create a waypoint on one unit it will be shared by both. This helps if you are driving and see something like a bunch of fish, or a rockpile, sunken boat etc. and you want to go up front and fish it.  

i agree with iabass8 glass is nicer and is much less affected by wind.  I like the Z6  too. but tin rigs run well these days, cost a little less, require much less maintenance and tow very easily. Also bumping a rock or stump in aluminum does not hurt like it does when you crack or chip fiberglass.  

Remember when comparing any two boats you must compare each boat with the same list of goodies not what the standard package includes.  I went to Tracker Marine's website and played around in the Build a boat section. Here you can see the price change as you add or remove goodies. Anyway go sit in some boats and play with the electronics in the store as well.  One more thing there is nothing wrong with the Tracker 175txw but it is a foot shorter and the floor plan is not ads nice.  I also think the 190 will be a bit more stable too.

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Right now the bass pro in Altoona has a 2015 190tx with the 4 stroke listed for just under $20,000. Now all you would do is work on electronics and if that is a new in stock boat they will work with you. They are offering special financing at 2.9 percent. They want last years model off the lot. 2017 boats will be showing up soon.

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I just finished going through the boat search, and ended up with a Tracker190Tx. My advice is to shop around and go sit in as many boats as you can get your butt in...

I found communication with several boat companies (aside from Tracker) to be somewhat arduous, as well as my options being limited by geography. I just didn't want to wait 8-12 weeks for a smaller ranger with a tiny motor, or a comparable Lund with that ran $10k more.  Alumacraft, G3 and Carolina Skiff were other options I considered - I am still waiting on them and others to contact me. I called and emailed a ton of manufacturers and marinas beginning at the end of March... BPS/Tracker were the only ones I would call easy to contact and ask questions.... Also annoying during my search were manufacturer websites with no prices listed at all.

I agree with everything fishnkamp says, the 190 is a great starter boat. I just purchased it with the 115 2Stroke.  The motor has been surprisingly quiet, but then again, I am used to the old 1970 motor I grew up with which was ludicrously noisy... I have not heard the 4stroke to make a comparison though.

A lot of folks say that the trolling motor is under-powered, but so far I haven't found that to be the case. Three moderately windy days out and it has performed very well. I am not good with positioning my boat yet, plus I expect my TM needs will change when I get on bigger bodies of water and on rivers with current.

As fishnkamp said, the electronics are lacking, and upgrading will be mandatory. I opted to do so later, once I am done finishing my research on them. Too much of a learning curve and I just couldn't choose before delivery of the boat...

The casting deck is a beast. I took the sit-down chair off and use the lean-against style.  There is enough room for me and my son (11yo) to fish side by side with my wife laid out sunbathing behind us.

My biggest complaint is the leaky storage lockers, the gutter system and the little drainage hose just don't work.  Water gets in and it is a PIA to dry.  I am looking into ideas to put a gasket or something in there to seal it up some.

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Wow interesting I have never heard any Tracker owners complain about that. I had it happen to my Lowe.  I have no idea why but the line got clogged.  I took compressed air and an air gun and blew it open. Thankfully it has not happened since, try that on yours.  Maybe it was blocked by some foam or something during manufacturing.  I am glad you chimed in because I know Tracker sells a ton of 175s and 190s. Just two weeks ago I helped run a tournament out of the same marina the BASS Elites used last summer here on the Chesapeake Bay. I had not been around a lot of new boats since I purchased mine back in 2010.  There were a bunch of big fiberglass and I was amazed how quiet the Yamaha SHOs are when idling.  Also since there were two 190txs competing I got to talk to them.  Both had the Mercury 4 stroke 115s.  They were nice and quiet too.

 

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2 hours ago, fishnkamp said:

Wow interesting I have never heard any Tracker owners complain about that. I had it happen to my Lowe.  I have no idea why but the line got clogged.  I took compressed air and an air gun and blew it open. Thankfully it has not happened since, try that on yours.  Maybe it was blocked by some foam or something during manufacturing.  I am glad you chimed in because I know Tracker sells a ton of 175s and 190s.

Good idea, I will try that next. I did notice there were some shavings and carpet fibers in drain hole.

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So I went to bps yesterday and looked at the pro team 195tx (they didn't have the 190 there) it runs at around 25000. Now that's just because the motor I'm assuming it's a 150 and its 8 inches wider. I think I'm still leaning towards the 190. Since 5000 buys some good add ons. So for tournament fishing will that motor make that big of a difference? Would you rather spend the 5000 more to just get the better engine/wider boat?

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Ido not trust the hull on the 195. That is a newer model and they have had some transom cracking, so I would avoid it, although I am sure they will work out the bugs. The hull on the 195 is the same length just wider both the top and bottom. The bottom is 6 inches wider, top is 9 inches.  For 25 extra horses and $5000 no thanks.  There are tons of 190s out there and they have proven to be bulletproof .  My choice would be to get the 190 with the 4 stroke 115, upgrade the electronics at both front and console, have them networked together and upgrade the trolling motor to a 24 volt system. I would add the on board charger as well.  These are upgrades that will give you a real nice capable fishing machine.  I did all of those things to my Lowe before I purchased it. I also added a few more items but keep in mind it was our 11th boat so I know what I like.  If it were me I might give up the cell phone holder area and see if they could mount a water pressure gauge there.  I think it would be worth it. I think it is important to monitor that.  Otherwise, I could catch a lot of fish on that boat. During our trip to Dale Hollow we fished out of our guides 20 foot Stratos for a day .  It had a 225 Evinrude and could run in the mid 70's.  There was a tournament going on and one of his best friends was fishing in it.  At one point we were both fishing down along a 3 mile stretch of grass flat.  We outfished his buddy 12 fish to 3 along that area.  The fact we could go faster than his buddy meant nothing to these results. They both know the lake well also. The difference was we had 2 HDS8 fishfinders with side and down imaging. We could stay 40 feet off the expected fish holding areas putting along at 4 mph and watch for fish on the side image. We would scan along, mark fish and make a waypoint on them. Next we would turn off the big engine and using the trolling motor quietly go back and catch them. Here is where the networking thing come into play.  When Bobby made a waypoint  at the console it automatically made it on the unit up front as well.  Right now I have one Lowrance and one Hummingbird. My console unit I sold (it was a Humminbird 5 inch unit)  I determined it was too small so I replaced it with what is now a Lowrance Hook7.  To get chirp, side imaging and down imaging you had to go to the HDS units. Now the 7 Elite TI is available and so when the budget allows me I will move my Elite7 to the front deck then add an Elite7TI to the console and network them..Also I will add the external gps antenna so things will work a little nicer. For the rest of that week I suffered without the eyes Bobby had.  We caught some great fish in fact my average size smallie was 5 pounds. But I had to do like Bobby's buddy and fish the entire grass flats in and out from shore out to the 30 foot drop areas. It took lots of time compared to putting along and watching the screen.  Obviously if money was no object i would run two HDS12s but I live in the real world. Good Luck getting a new boat is fun.

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1 hour ago, GoneFishingLTN said:

Get the biggest boat you can afford. Dont settle on small storage and a larger motor. I would persinally rather run a 115 with 8' rod lockers and lots of tackle storage than a 150 with rod lockers that can only fit 7' rods. Theres plenty of guys around here on the river that run the tx175 and are fine. The 190 will be more than adequate and you can get some awesome electronics with that 5k. Look into the merc extended warranty as well. They come new with a 3 year full warranty and you can get an additional 5 years if platinium (mechanical+electrical is platinum . Gold only covers mechanical) . Not sure what the price in your motor would be but the 150 4 stroke is 1340.00+ tax through merc. No brainer for me. You can probably find it cheaper through other dealers. the only time i can see a larger motor being advantageous (over 115) is on the mississippi when we launch at the top of the pool at its almost always a 20 mile race to the lower 1/3 rd of the pool. I dont know how fast a tx190 /w a 115 would run but i would guess 45(ish) . Youll be fine. Get a power pole with that tin and youll be golden. Upgrade to a 24v trolling motor and get a 3 banker charger, too. Theres your 5k

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iabass the 190 would be nice set up as we both have said. Tracker says a 190 with the 4 stroke 115 will do 45 which if fast enough.  Interesting though they list speeds for that boat with a 9.9, 25 a 90 and for the boat with a 115, all 4 strokes.  However they do not list the speed the boat will do with the standard engine the 2 stroke 115 pro xs.

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I didn't see exactly where you were located but. It looks like there are dealers all around the  Polk City, IA 50226  area that was mentioned. I really like the SeaArk I have. I would see if you could compare and look at one. The Stealth 190 looks comparable to the Tracker 190

Someone mentioned what a 115 2 stroke would do. Mine is a 18ft with a 115 Johnson and does 45 on gps loaded with 2 men and all their gear. 

http://seaarkboats.com/boat_models/home/

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