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I'm in the market for a used bass boat in the 18 or 19ft range.


I am looking at these two boats:


1.  2004 Triton TR-186

Motor is a 2004 Mercury XR6 150 with tempest 23

Boat is very, very well taken care of.  Garage kept, extremely clean.  All service records, original paperwork, etc.

Two standard seats + butt seat.
The two trolling motor batteries were replaced last summer.  The crank battery is brand new.

Electronics are the original Lowrance units and one Humminbird 788ci (with Southeast maps, which is a positive).
Trailer has new tires (including the spare).


2.  2008 Nitro Z7

Motor is a Mercury Optimax 150 (not sure about prop)

Boat is also clean, but I am not positive it has been maintained as meticulously as the Triton.
1 standard seat + 1 butt seat

Electronics are a Humminbird Helix 7 (SI) and Humminbird 197CDI.

Sea Star Steering

Hot Foot


The Triton is $2000 less than the Nitro.  I was originally set on the Triton.  I actually have it at the marine place having the motor and everything checked over now.


Assuming the motors are both in good condition (low hours, compression test ok, etc)... any reason to give the Nitro a second look?  The Triton actually has significantly less use than the Nitro, despite being older.  I think it would be hard to find a 2004 boat in better condition.


I would plan to replace the electronics on both boats eventually, and I already have a Garmin 7SV that I can add use until then.  The $2000 saved would go a long way towards that.

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Triton is a safe bet. Good idea.

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Don’t think you can go wrong with either, but it sounds like you already have your mind made up. I had a Triton, it was an awesome boat for me at the time. 

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I like Nitro boats, but I would get the Triton and use the $2K savings for a new graph or two.

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Sounds like the Triton is the way to go. Very well maintained boats aren't that easy to find, especially when you're talking about a nearly 15 year old model.


I'd personally take the old XR6 over the Optimax too. 

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