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Tracker Targa V-18 WT (2014-)
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If ever there was an aluminum boat that crosses over from tournament-level fishing to just being used to enjoy a day on the water with the family, the Tracker Targa V-18 WT is it. She comes completely rigged for wetting a line right down to the fishfinder and trolling motor. Her relatively high freeboard translates to a deep cockpit to keep the kids more secure. The result is a relatively inexpensive boat that has lots of utility. We tested her with a 150-hp Mercury 4-stroke and reached a top speed of 45.5 mph.

Key Features

  • Diamond coat finish with industry-exclusive acrylic powder coat paint and clear coat
  • 2-piece, all-welded Deep V aluminum hull with 20-degree deadrise
  • Minn Kota 24V, 70-lb. thrust PowerDrive trolling motor with foot pedal storage
  • Lowrance Mark-5x fishfinder with 320 pixels and surface temperature
  • 2 side rod and gear boxes hold rods up to 7' and bow/aft/in-floor storage
  • Bow 19-gal. aerated livewell and aft 55-gal. aerated livewell
  • Aft boarding platform with ladder
  • 4 high-style upholstered seats/7 seat locations
  • Custom factory-matched trailer with EZ lube hubs and swing-away tongue

Specifications

Tracker Targa V-18 WT (2014-) Specifications
Length Overall 19' 1''
5.82 m
Dry Weight 1,730 lbs.
785 kg
Beam 102''
2.59 m
Tested Weight 2,845 lbs.
1,290 kg
Draft N/A Fuel Cap 40 gal.
151 L
Deadrise/Transom 20-deg. Water Cap N/A
Max Headroom open Bridge Clearance N/A
Prices, features, designs, and equipment are subject to change. Please see your local dealer or visit the builder's website for the latest information available on this boat model.

Engine Options

Tracker Targa V-18 WT (2014-)Engine options
Std. Power 1 x 115-hp Mercury EXLPT 4-stroke EFI
Tested Power 1 x 150-hp Mercury FourStroke
Opt. Power 1 x 150-hp Mercury XL 4-stroke
1 x 115-hp Mercury OptiMax EXLPT
1 x 150-hp Mercury OptiMax XL Pro XS
1 x 150-hp Mercury Verado XL

Tracker Targa V-18 WT (2014-) Captain's Report

Mission Statement

The Tracker Targa V-18 WT was designed to be a tournament-class fishing machine that could perform double duty as a family day boat for watersports. She has versatile seating that can be used for fishing from two casting decks or for watersports and spotting a person being towed. Her 44% beam to length ratio, and reverse chines makes her stable and it is possible for an adult to stand on the boat's wide gunwales without much horizontal deflection. This is an important attribute for both fishing and family boating.

Major Features

• Padded backrests for bow seating
• Diamond Coat powder-coat with clearcoat finish
• Dual fiberglass-reinforced molded consoles
• Lowrance Mark-5X fishfinder
• Stereo with Bluetooth capability
• Top loading rod lockers for rods up to 8’ (2.4 m)
• 11’’ (27.94 cm) wide gunwales
• Five pedestal seat base locations
• 19 gallon (71.92 L) bow livewell with bait bucket
• 48 gallon (181.7 L) stern livewell
• Minn Kota 70 lbs. (32 kg) thrust trolling motor with foot pedal storage
• Factory-matched single-axle trailer


Tracker Targa V-18 WT

Tracker Targa V-18 WT

Fishing Features

The Tracker Targa V-18 WT is billed as having everything needed for fishing, short of rods and bait, when she rolls off the showroom floor. Let's take a look at exactly what that entails.

Tracker Targa V-18 WT

Rod storage between the consoles will accommodate up to 7' (2.13 m) rods.

Tracker Targa V-18 WT

The aft casting deck has four access compartments, two for battery access and two for the dual livewells totaling 48 gallons (181.7 L), plus courtesy lights to both sides.

Tracker Targa V-18 WT

The aft livewells also have molded holders for a bait bucket. Being separated allows for going after multiple species in the same day.

Tracker Targa V-18 WT

There is even a separator in the individual well to allow for different times, with different fish.

Tracker Targa V-18 WT

Top loading rod storage lockers in the gunwales can accommodate rods up to 8’ (2.4 m).

Tracker Targa V-18 WT

Additional storage is located under the gunwales.

Tracker Targa V-18 WT

Tracker Targa V-18 WT

The bow casting deck has a storage compartment to starboard, and a 19 gallon (71.92 L) bow livewell with bait bucket.

Tracker Targa V-18 WT

Two switches at the bow control panel handles the outboard tilt and livewell aerator. Two Plano tackle boxes are in a closed compartment right alongside.

Tracker Targa V-18 WT

There are four pedestal seats, the aft two being movable to one of the five seat bases located throughout the V-18.

Comfort Features

Tracker Targa V-18 WT

There are padded backrests attached to the front of the consoles to facilitate bow seating. We'd like to see the side cleats moved forward to keep them away from the nonskid step to the bow. Guests will be sitting on the deck, which is a fair trade-off to making a quick transition to a casting platform.

Tracker Targa V-18 WT

The port console accommodates a small storage cubby, a self draining cooler, and a glove box housing the stereo.

Tracker Targa V-18 WT

The walkthrough windshield is quite high, providing much needed protection while underway. There's also no distortion to the curved glass of the sides.

Safety Features

The Targa V-18 WT is also built with safety in mind. Aside from her deep cockpit depth these features also add to her family friendly characteristics.

Tracker Targa V-18 WT

Boarding is made easy thanks to the wide 11’’ (27.9 cm) gunwales with nonskid pads.

Tracker Targa V-18 WT

When she's not being used as a fishing boat, the trolling motor foot control switch stores in its own compartment in the bow casting deck.

Helm

Tracker created an attractive helm fabricated from fiberglass reinforced molded plastic. It includes full instrumentation with a GPS driven speedometer and direction indicator. A Lowrance Mark 5X fishfinder is included as standard equipment. The steering wheel is mounted to a tilt base connected to hydraulic steering.

Tracker Targa V-18 WT

The helm includes a GPS-based speedometer and standard fishfinder.

Performance

The Tracker Targa V-18 WT has a length overall of 19'1" (5.82 m) and a beam of 102” (259.1 cm). With an empty weight of 1,730 lbs. (785 kg), full fuel, two people and test power we had a test weight of 2,845 lbs. (1,290 kg).

With a 150-hp Mercury 4-stroke turning a 14.25 x 18 Enertia prop, we reached a top speed of 45.5 mph at 5500 rpm. At that speed we were burning 13.9 gph giving us a range of 118 miles. Best cruise came in at 3000 rpm and 21 mph. That reduced the fuel burn to only 3.8 gph which translates to a range of 199 miles and an endurance of 9 hours and 30 minutes while still maintaining a 10% reserve.

Tracker Targa V-18 WT

We had time to plane of only 2.8 seconds, accelerated to 20 mph in 4.9 seconds and continued accelerating through 30 mph in 7.2 seconds.

Handling

Upon accelerating the bow comes up 11-degrees, and comes right back down immediately because she has such a quick time to plane. She turns quite well thanks to her reverse chines and leaned only 10-degrees into the turns. She does tend to bleed off a bit of speed in the turns, so don't hesitate to add power once the turn is initiated. However, if desired, go ahead and let the speed bleed off, and at a certain point she'll spin out in the turn, then you can accelerate off in the next direction. When taking power off she settles back into the water stern first.

Observations

There’s certainly a lot to like with the Tracker Targa V-18 WT. She does live up to her billing as being completely ready to fish right off the showroom floor and as a family day boat, well… all that's missing is the cooler.

Tracker Targa V-18 WT (2014-) Test Result Highlights

  • Top speed for the Tracker Targa V-18 WT (2014-) is 45.5 mph (73.2 kph), burning 13.90 gallons per hour (gph) or 52.61 liters per hour (lph).

  • Best cruise for the Tracker Targa V-18 WT (2014-) is 21.0 mph (33.8 kph), and the boat gets 5.53 miles per gallon (mpg) or 2.35 kilometers per liter (kpl), giving the boat a cruising range of 199 miles (320.26 kilometers).

  • Tested power is 1 x 150-hp Mercury FourStroke.
For complete test results including fuel consumption, range and sound levels
go to our Test Results section.

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Standard and Optional Equipment

Tracker Targa V-18 WT (2014-) Standard and Optional Equipment
Marine Electronics
Fishfinder Standard
GPS/Chart Standard
Systems
CD Stereo Standard
Trailer Optional
Exterior Features
Carpet: Cockpit Optional Snap-in
Swim Ladder Standard
Swim Platform Standard

Standard = Standard Optional = Optional

Tracker Targa V-18 WT (2014-) Warranty

Tracker Targa V-18 WT (2014-) Warranty Information
Warranties change from time to time. While BoatTEST.com has tried to ensure the most up-to-date warranty offered by each builder, it does not guarantee the accuracies of the information presented below. Please check with the boat builder or your local dealer before you buy any boat.
Hull Warranty
Years Limited Five-Year
Link http://www.trackerboats.com/about/#warrantyinformation

Tracker Targa V-18 WT (2014-) Price

Tracker Targa V-18 WT (2014-) Price
Pricing Range $24,595.00
Prices, features, designs, and equipment are subject to change. Please see your local dealer or visit the builder's website for the latest information available on this boat model.

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