Captain's ReportReady to Chase the FishBy Capt. Rob SmithWhether you chose the single console version, or 161 Pro Mag, or the dual console 162 Pro Mag, you will be pleased with her fishability and comfort during a long day of chasing fish. The Hydra Lift Hull design delivers exceptional performance, great acceleration and great control. The Advanced Integrated Rib System adds strength and rigidity. Tons of storage is waiting for your gear in 5 lockable storage compartments and the raised consoles offer great views protected by a high windshield. Bow and stern livewells insure you have plenty of bait and you don’t have to rush back and forth when the fish start biting.Starting at the BowBeginning our walk through at the bow, our 162 sported a Minn Kota Power Drive V2 across the port side with a tethered foot control. A standard power attachment twist plug is in the bow and an anchor storage box large enough for plenty of line and an anchor to keep you over the fish when you find them. No worries when it comes to putting the navigation lights up, the bow light is clipped on the bottom of the lid to the vinyl lined anchor locker. Now many, like me, like to relax while casting and you can too with a pedestal and one of the seats from the cockpit up front. When the sun goes down or in the early morning hours, the deck can be illuminated with a push on light that doesn’t require running back to the helm to hit the switch. Next to the light on the front of the helm is a handy pass through so you can run the extension cord to the battery charger and keep the trolling motor batteries topped off for the next excursion. Just because she is a sixteen footer doesn’t mean you cut corners and just have one livewell; you have one up front as well on this model. The bow and the cockpit are separated with a full framed windshield in the dual console version. This has a nice flip-over filler walk through and provides great protection from spray and chilly winds. If you really have problems with chilly air, you will want to make a snap on cover for the lower section as there isn’t one with the standard model.Room to WorkOnce in the cockpit, you find you still have plenty of room to work on this boat. The companion station has a drink holder so your partner can put his coffee down and check out the latest chart information. The large dry storage glove box in the top of the dash keeps the driver’s license and fishing license dry and ready. Trolling motor batteries are mounted in the center box keeping that weight centerline and more manageable. Moving over to the driver’s side you have a vinyl coated fixed position standard wheel. Standard analog gauges include fuel, speed and tachometer with two blanks for adding some in the future. Next to the dash is room to mount a fish finder like the Lowrance X-52 we had on our test model. Lighted rocker control switches beacon quickly identifying which switch is still on at night or in the early morning light as you head out. Even for its size, the 162 has great toe kick space for working the lines. On the port side in the cockpit you have rod storage and on the starboard side you have open slash pocket storage.More Fishing Features AftMoving on to the stern you have space to move another cockpit seat onto a casting seat post. The stern has a large engine splash well and port side storage box with a matching starboard side box both with locking lids. Forward of these boxes are a starboard side access to the cranking battery and a stern livewell with Flow Rite system.Specifications and PerformanceThe Smoker Craft 162 Pro Mag measures 16’5” length overall with a stable 86” beam width. Her dry weight is approximately 960lbs without engine. She is rated for a maximum load of 1300lbs of people, engine and gear. I found she handled well in the choppy, wind blown inland lake and made turns at moderate speeds without blow out or cavitation . She is on plane in just 2.7 seconds and reaches 30mph in 7.8 seconds. Her maximum speed reached 39mph at 6000rpm and her cruise speed was 22.1mph at 4000rpm for a maximum range of 114 miles on a full tank of fuel.For an easily manageable, easy to tow fishing machine, it will be hard to beat the Smoker Craft 162 Pro Mag.
Test Result Highlights
- Top speed for the Smoker Craft 162 Pro Mag is 39.0 mph (62.8 kph), burning 9.4 gallons per hour (gph) or 35.58 liters per hour (lph).
- Best cruise for the Smoker Craft 162 Pro Mag is 22.1 mph (35.6 kph), and the boat gets 5.26 miles per gallon (mpg) or 2.24 kilometers per liter (kpl), giving the boat a cruising range of 114 miles (183.47 kilometers).
- Tested power is 1 x 90-hp Honda four-stroke.
Standard and Optional Features
Full Warranty Information on this brand coming soon!