Captain's ReportDesigned for the Fishing FamilyBy Capt. Robert SmithToday’s family is really getting into the sport of fishing and the Smoker Craft 182 Pro Mag is designed to deliver fishability and ease of use. Since the family usually has a lot of gear to bring along, the 182 has a lot of storage to put it away. She carries a wide beam for stability and safety and has a stern livewell for bait or to keep the catch fresh all day. Starting at the bow, the 182 Pro Mag has a raised casting deck so you can see out over the fish and room for a casting chair to be added on a post. A storage bin is in the starboard side. The bow light is stowed in clips on the bottom of the lid so you don’t have to rummage around looking for it when the night descends on you. There is also a livewell over on the port side in the bow so you don’t have to run all the way back to the stern when the fish take your bait and you reel in an empty hook. Smoker Craft has a good idea with the cord pass-through on the front of the helm so you can keep your trolling motor batteries topped off easily. On our test boat we had a Minn Kota V2 with tethered foot control mounted on the upper deck in the bow. Heading back to the cockpit, you pass through a high full-framed windshield with center walkthrough. This model has three pedestal seats. You can move the companion and aft seat around in five different locations with one in the bow, one in the stern and three in the cockpit. I found the companion side location to be a bit close to the dash and would like to see the base further back or the seat to have a slide adjustment. In the top of the companion dash was a handy tackle box for your favorite lures. Just below, you have a large dry glove box to store wallets, licenses, sunglasses and lotions. Under the dash you have room to store some tackle boxes vertically as well as a place to mount one of the trolling motor batteries and has a snap-in cover to hide it.In the center between the helm and companion stations and in the deck of the bow casting deck is an unlit front loading rod locker. This locker has room for up to 8 of your favorite rigs and room to store more tackle boxes.The helm station is a modern design with easy to read instruments. The three spoke wheel has Sea Star hydraulic assisted steering making this rig easy to handle by anyone. Analog gauges included tachometer, speed, fuel and voltage. A Ritchie compass is on top, and our boat had a Lowrance X125 to the right to maintain a watch for fish and bottom conditions. Power switches are aircraft style paddle switches with blue lights to make identifying what is on at night easy. Room for a second trolling battery and charger is under the helm behind a snap in cover. Setting up the casting chairs leaves the cockpit wide open for work. Snap in carpet softens the floor or leave it home when fishing and make cleanup after the day a snap. The heavy duty sides also have good toe-kick space for leverage when working the fish. The oil reservoir is stored in the port box in the stern while the cranking battery is mounted in the starboard box. Between them is a huge splashwell for the Mercury 150-hp Optimax on our test rig. The livewell is fitted with a Flow Rite livewell system to keep the bait and catch lively. Flip down drinkholders are in the front of the stern wall below the casting chair.The 182 Pro Mag is 18 feet 2 inches length overall. Her beam width is a stable 96 inches with a side depth of 38 inches and interior depth of 27 inches. Her dry weight is approximately 1,425 lbs. and she is rated for a maximum capacity of 1,625 lbs. of people, engine and gear. The 182 is rated for a maximum of 150-hp outboards as tested, and has a 31 gallon fuel capacity.It was quite windy on the inland lake we tested on, but I was impressed with the quietness of the ride in this aluminum rig. She has good turning radius with little slip or blow out and still has a boost of speed when you pour on the coals near top end. I found her top speed to be about 49mph at 5500rpm and her cruise speed to be around 25.1mph at 3000rpm. At cruise, you can expect about 124 miles on a full tank.If you have been looking for a family fishing rig that is modern looking and comfortable, the Smoker Craft 182 Pro Mag sure better be on your list.
Test Result Highlights
- Top speed for the Smoker Craft 182 ProMag is 49.0 mph (78.9 kph), burning 13.8 gallons per hour (gph) or 52.23 liters per hour (lph).
- Best cruise for the Smoker Craft 182 ProMag is 31.3 mph (50.4 kph), and the boat gets 4.38 miles per gallon (mpg) or 1.86 kilometers per liter (kpl), giving the boat a cruising range of 122 miles (196.34 kilometers).
- Tested power is 1 x 150-hp Mercury OptiMax.
Standard and Optional Features
||Treated Floor w/ Lifetime Warranty|