2015 TRACKER Pro Guide V-16 T
Bass Pro Shop founder Johnny Morris started the Tracker Boat program back in 1978 to provide boat, motor and trailer packages for the fishing public, and I doubt that he could have dreamt of where it would be after 30-plus years of operations. The Tracker name is fairly ubiquitous in fresh-water fishing areas, and the 2015 Pro Guide V-16 T looks to be a good example of the type of package that brought Tracker into such prominence. Built to serve as a fishing platform in protected waters, it boasts many convenience features that also serve to streamline the stowage lockers and keep the deck open and clear.
Continue reading for my review on the Tracker Pro Guide V-16 T
2015 TRACKER Pro Guide V-16 T
Strength and safety were front-burner issues during hull design, evidenced by the pressed-in hull strakes, welded-in aluminum stringers that stiffen the hull, and the expanding foam in the dead-air spaces that not only further stiffen the hull, but also provide some built-in floatation. The gunwales — made from welded-in, one-inch aluminum tubing — serve to stiffen the topsides nicely while reinforcing the stiffness from the stringers.
The gunwales -- made from welded-in, one-inch aluminum tubing -- serve to stiffen the topsides nicely while reinforcing the stiffness from the stringers.
The deep "V" hull — robotically welded for strength and precision — has a 20-degree deadrise that strikes a balance between choppy-water running comfort and stability when you stop to fish.
A spray rail at the chine helps to keep the boat dry while providing some lift and acts as a cornering rail to help you carve and track well in the curves. Even though it has some "V" to the hull, it doesn’t have a lot, nor does it have what you would call excessive freeboard, so it will pay to keep an eye to the weather and stay ahead of any nasty developments.
If the worst should happen and you are caught out, at least you can take comfort in the fact that the boat meets or exceeds NMMA and U.S. Coast Guard requirements.
This little craft can carry five people, and up to three of them get to sit in a swiveling fishing chair.
The three chairs have sockets in the deck that allow you to rearrange the chairs to suit the situation.
The three chairs have sockets in the deck that allow you to rearrange the chairs to suit the situation. Flush-mounted hatches cover the five forward and two midship storage lockers, plus the dry-storage compartment aft for things that don’t mix well with water.
The live well built into the bow holds a respectable 23 gallons of water, and it comes with a bait bucket as well as a pair of 500 gph, 12-volt pumps – one for filling and aeration, the other for recirculation. A third 500 gph pump serves as a bilge pump.
As with most tiller-steer, open boats, there ain’t much in the way of an electronic suite – but they don’t need much. The boat comes stock with a Lowrance Elite-3x Color fishfinder with a 240x360-pixel display and a dual-frequency transducer.
This is probably enough for lake fishing, but I would feel more comfortable adding a GPS and a VHF (plus a cellphone for backup) before going out on anything but the most protected of waters.
Main propulsion on the stock boat is handled by a 40-horsepower Mercury ELHPT, though the boat is rated to mount engines of up to 60 horsepower for those of you who like to start and end every fishing trip with a boat race (as in tournaments). Once you get on site, you can switch to the quiet Minn Kota PowerDrive electric trolling motor with 42 pounds of thrust that comes with its own battery separate from the main starting battery. The trolling motor mounts in the Versatrack mounting channel in the eyes of the bow, and comes with a foot-control for easy management – even when your hands are full.
One benefit to buying a boat as a factory package is that you know the trailer will fit. Each trailer comes custom fitted to the boat, complete with carpet-covered bunks and fender boards so you don’t mess up your bottom when loading and unloading. A set of uprights act as a guide for easy centering of the boat on the trailer, even single-handed, and I know from experience that the posts are handy when negotiating with a strong crosswind or current when you are trying to get lined up.
The trailer comes with a space-saving, swing-away tongue, and an outboard support so your transom doesn’t take a beating on the road. Corrosion protection from the “Galvashield” system inhibits oxidation of the frame members, and the hubs come with the Super-Lube feature for easy maintenance.
Boat, motor (motors if you count the Minn Kota) and trailer can be yours for $14,595 in Victory Red or Metallic Light Charcoal gunwales and topsides with Cool Gray bottom paint. Ok not really "bottom paint," but the paint on the bottom – don’t expect any anti-fouling properties, so keep her on the trailer. The package comes backed up with a five-year, stem-to-stern structural and deck warranty.
|Bottom Width:||70 Inches|
|Max. Recommended HP:||60 Horsepower|
|Fuel Capacity:||15 Gallons|
|Max. Person Capacity:||5 Persons|
|Max. Person Weight:||700 Pounds|
|Max. Weight Capacity:||1125 Pounds|
|Depth Inside:||23.5 Inches|
|Transom Height:||20.88 Inches|
|Deadrise At Transom:||20 Degrees|
|Deadrise At Bow:||35 Degrees|
|Hull Material:||0.100 5052 Marine Alloy|
|Approx. Weight:||989 Pounds|
|Approx. Package Weight:||2,023 Pounds|
|Package Height:||6 Feet 2 Inches|
|Package Width:||7 Feet 6 Inches|
|Towing Length:||21 Feet 6 Inches|
|Storage Length:||19 Feet 2 Inches|