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Tracker 2018 Heritage/2019 Classic edition boat

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First to post and new member of the forum. I would like to first say, I wish i had come across this forum years ago. Pretty awesome forum for the avid outdoors man. 

 

I too came across this boat this past Friday. Since selling my most recent Kenner center console due to not wanting to pay storage rental anymore, I have been on the hunt for a home garagable boat. 

This boat had caught my eye. 

Few of my limiting factors is a garage 20' deep and max boat width (edge of tires) of 7'-9" (preferably slightly less to avoid garage trim damaging). Oh and not to mention affordability. Like to stick below the $10k range.

 

I have been looking for a 16-17' aluminium with 40-75hp motor. I am side console guy. This boat seems to fit the ticket. From what I gather from looking at the specs and layout. It is the Tracker 170 in length/width but rigged/layed out similar to the Tracker 160. 

 

There are def some upgrades I would want to do sooner than later. 24v trolling motor, GPS/DI/SI graph for console/front, on-board charger, extra fuel tank, recessed trolling motor foot control. These all could be added over a couple years. I am sure I could continue to go on but those are the few major upgrades I would want to make.

 

One thing I did notice about the boat is it is only rated for 3 people. I dont totally get why it would be rated for 3 people and not the 4 like the 170 is. 

 

When you go to the Tracker website it does make mention motor options are possible, just have to see local dealer. The Tracker 170 allows for 50hp option. How much added performance would one think this 10 extra HP would add. 

I am not in it for the speed anymore. Just like to get out and fish. 

 

The retro theme of the boat is actually growing on me. 

 

 

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Just to put things in perspective 

 

In 2014 bought Tohatsu 40 HP 4 stroke brand new for slightly under $6,000!

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1 hour ago, jbuchanan said:

One thing I did notice about the boat is it is only rated for 3 people. I dont totally get why it would be rated for 3 people and not the 4 like the 170 is.

Look at the specs.  4 people would probably put it over the total weight rating for passengers, motor, and gear.  I doubt they'd offer anything more then a 40, since the max HP is listed as 40.  You can probably order a smaller motor for HP restricted waters.  It's a surprisingly good deal, as is, considering what Catt brought up about the price of motors.  That 40 has to be around $6K alone.  You're probably looking at a little over $11K for the boat with dealer prep, factory rigging, and taxes.

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On 12/15/2017 at 12:43 PM, 12poundbass said:

It would be interesting to see if they come with other motor options or if it's an all or nothing package. 

 

So these HP restricted lakes (which I've never heard of until joining this site) you can't put a bigger motor in and just idle? What is the purpose of a HP restricted lake? We have "no wake" lakes here (very few) which everyone respects. 

I live near a lake that has a 20 hp restriction. There is a lot of sailboats that use this lake during the summer, and those sailboat owners pay for dock slips. The fishing is phenomenal, so a lot of local guys including myself on 16 to 17 foot aluminum boat with 20 hp motors. A boat like that is big enough for the surrounding bodies of water, but there are times when you’re on a full power lake with your 16 foot aluminum that you feel very small. 

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JFrancho, 

I did look at the specs. The Heritage has a max person weight of 555lb and max person, motor/gear of 1025lbs. The 170 has same 555lb person but 980lb person, motor/gear. The difference I assume where they come up with the 3 person limit is the average package weight of the Heritage is 1704lb vs the 1836lbs of the 170.

 

I agree with you one would exceed the rated weight recommendation easily whether it was rated for max of 3 or 4 people when you add up three grown men, motor and gear. I was thinking 4 people for the smaller families or buddy fishing with 2 young kiddos bobber fishing with light gear and light weight kids. 

 

Me personally i wouldn't want 4 people in the boat at any given time especially bass fishing. Teaching younger kids or just the basic boat ride with two couples out anchoring and floating is the only time I would entertain four people anyways. 

 

As for the 50hp option, i am also with you the only motor options would be to go lower hp and not any higher. My thoughts on the higher was due to the fact the specs in comparison to the 170 were so close and the 170 offered the 50hp option. 

 

All in all I think for the price this is a good deal on the whole package even at $11k once you add in the typical BPS prep/freight/tax. Like Catt mentioned the motor alone brand new will be running in the $6k range. Basically $5k for boat/trailer and basic accessories is a pretty fair deal. 

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1 hour ago, Megastink said:

I live near a lake that has a 20 hp restriction. There is a lot of sailboats that use this lake during the summer, and those sailboat owners pay for dock slips. The fishing is phenomenal, so a lot of local guys including myself on 16 to 17 foot aluminum boat with 20 hp motors. A boat like that is big enough for the surrounding bodies of water, but there are times when you’re on a full power lake with your 16 foot aluminum that you feel very small. 

I have a couple REALLY nice lakes that are restricted for powerboats: 17' and 10 HP max.  My buddy has a 16' Lund w/ a 50hp and  9.9 kicker.  We only run the kicker, and as far as I know, it's legal.

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57 minutes ago, J Francho said:

I have a couple REALLY nice lakes that are restricted for powerboats: 17' and 10 HP max.  My buddy has a 16' Lund w/ a 50hp and  9.9 kicker.  We only run the kicker, and as far as I know, it's legal.

Sounds legal to me. It’s not that you can’t BRING a big engine, it’s that you can’t RUN it.

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@jbuchanan as soon as our dealership down here gets a 40 HP they open it up to 50 HP 

 

I fish out of a Alweld 1652VJT

16' length 52" bottom with a Tohatsu 40 hp

It handles well enough I fish Toledo Bend in it.

 

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8 hours ago, J Francho said:

I have a couple REALLY nice lakes that are restricted for powerboats: 17' and 10 HP max.  My buddy has a 16' Lund w/ a 50hp and  9.9 kicker.  We only run the kicker, and as far as I know, it's legal.

How well does it run with the 9.9? 

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12 hours ago, Skew12 said:

How well does it run with the 9.9? 

6-7 mph top speed.  Plenty fine for the two lakes that are restricted.  We usually launch at the north end, run south, and fish our way back.

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I was at my local Tracker dealer today getting a quote on a PT 190 and got a chance to look at one of the 40th anniversary boats.  If I were going to be fishing smaller waters with just two on board I would probably jump on this boat.  IMO it will kill 160 and 170 sales while it's available since is the size of the 170 but priced $2500.00 below the 160 and about $4000.00 below the 170. 

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12 hours ago, Goldstar225 said:

I was at my local Tracker dealer today getting a quote on a PT 190 and got a chance to look at one of the 40th anniversary boats.  If I were going to be fishing smaller waters with just two on board I would probably jump on this boat.  IMO it will kill 160 and 170 sales while it's available since is the size of the 170 but priced $2500.00 below the 160 and about $4000.00 below the 170. 

I was thinking the same thing on the impact on the 160 and 170 sales. I also think it will effect the used boat sales market on trackers in similar size to more of a buyers market. 

 

Does anyone have any ideas if BPS will produce only certain quantity of these boats or will they keep pumping them out at the price they are offering till demand eases up? 

 

Hate to commit that kind of money without seeing in person.

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On 12/19/2017 at 9:01 AM, J Francho said:

6-7 mph top speed.  Plenty fine for the two lakes that are restricted.  We usually launch at the north end, run south, and fish our way back.

Sounds about right. I may end up with the same setup as there are a couple waterways with no limits around here too. 

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jbuchanan, They are limited production unless White River changes they're mind. My store is slated to get eight of the rigs. Already sold two.

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On ‎12‎/‎18‎/‎2017 at 11:25 AM, Megastink said:

Sounds legal to me. It’s not that you can’t BRING a big engine, it’s that you can’t RUN it.

I tried to launch on a max 10 hp lake last summer with my bass boat that has a 75 hp outboard and the officer told me I couldn't even launch the boat.  I told him that I had been out here before and just used my electric bow mount and he said he would have cited me for being on the lake and exceeding the horsepower maximum.  I'm sure the laws are different by state or even lake specific but where I was, you couldn't even BRING it, much less RUN it.

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I just ordered this boat. I had a new 1984 tracker years ago so this reminded me so much of it! Going retro!

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5 hours ago, SeriousBlack said:

I just ordered this boat. I had a new 1984 tracker years ago so this reminded me so much of it! Going retro!

Congratulations!! I hope you get many years and thousands of hours of pleasure from it.

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5 hours ago, SeriousBlack said:

I just ordered this boat. I had a new 1984 tracker years ago so this reminded me so much of it! Going retro!

Hello and Welcome to Bass Resource ~ 

Congrats on the New Rig ! 

:smiley:

A-Jay

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Thanks guys! I’ll pick it up in the spring! I even had the optional at the time 40hp. Funny, I decided I wanted a boat again since my old one and bingo! I loved that boat! Could get anywhere with it. 

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On 12/22/2017 at 4:00 PM, SeriousBlack said:

I just ordered this boat. I had a new 1984 tracker years ago so this reminded me so much of it! Going retro!

Sweet ride, be at the launch at daylight!

 

I am retro 😉

 

 

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Congratulations!

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15 hours ago, Catt said:

Sweet ride, be at the launch at daylight!

 

I am retro 😉

 

 

You mean old? :D

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On 12/22/2017 at 4:00 PM, SeriousBlack said:

I just ordered this boat. I had a new 1984 tracker years ago so this reminded me so much of it! Going retro!

I just ordered one last night, my first boat.  BPS said they don't expect them to start rolling in until March. 

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I just ordered mine yesterday and scheduled it for a March 4th pickup date ... just as spring starts to hit here in Washington.  They also added an additional 2 year warranty on the outboard bumping it to 5 years.

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