The TRACKER Targa V-20 WT is designed to be a big-feeling multi-species fishing boat that will get anglers out and back when conditions deteriorate. She has space for three people to fish with movable seats and raised fore and aft casting decks and there’s adequate storage for rods and gear. To appeal to buyers looking for a turn-key package, the TRACKER Targa V-20 WT comes with a choice of 2- or 4-stroke outboards, a trolling motor, a fishfinder, a livewell and a tandem-axle trailer. An optional Sport Package can make her more attractive for watersports.
The Targa V-20 WT has a thicker .125” (3.2 mm) hull than on other TRACKER models. The stringer systems and box-beam aluminum transom are also all welded for increased strength. TRACKER finishes the boat in its exclusive Diamond Coat color-fast coating for longevity.
The tandem-axle trailer is custom-made for the Targa V-20 WT and has a swing-away tongue, jack, a spare tire and mount. There’s a step at the bow to make it easier to climb up onto the boat when it’s on land. It’s finished in the manufacturer’s Galvashield finish for corrosion-resistance and the brake lines are run inside the frame with a single-point bleed system.
A multi-species boat has higher freeboard than a bass-focused model and this is evident in the TRACKER Targa V-20 WT. The bow casting deck is recessed about a foot below the sheer. The Minn Kota PowerDrive 24-volt trolling motor has 70 lbs. of thrust and a 60” (1.52 m) shaft. The foot pedal is beneath a hatch in the bow and there’s a mount for a movable seat. The bow electrical panel has a trim switch for the motor, controls for the bow livewell and a 12-volt power plug.
Hatches in the deck outboard of the seat pedestal open to reveal the 19-gallon (71.9-L) bow livewell to port, which has a removable bait bucket. There’s open storage to starboard. In the walkway between the helm and companion consoles the Targa V-20 WT has a locker that can accommodate up to five 6’-long fishing rods. For security, the hatch locks and has a backup bungee-style fastener to ensure that it stays closed.
The Targa V-20 WT’s windshield is a full height walkthrough model with an aluminum frame. Pass through it and to starboard, the helm has hydraulic steering and a tilt wheel. Instrumentation includes a voltmeter and water pressure indicator plus a tachometer with built-in trim and a speedometer with an integrated fuel gauge. To port is the remote for the stereo and to starboard, TRACKER provides a cell-phone holder with a bungee cord. Above to starboard, the Lowrance Mark-5X fishfinder is mounted on an adjustable bracket. On the accessory switch panel, the Master Power button controls the on board electrical systems. Shut it down and all the accessories are off.
The Targa V-20 WT’s cockpit has four standard seats. The driver’s and co-pilot’s buckets are fixed, but they are adjustable. The two portable seats swivel 360-degrees and secure into receptacles in the forward and aft fishing decks. The boat also comes standard with the VersaTrack accessory mounting channels in the gunwales. Individual accessories are extras.
The port console has a carpeted glove box with a locking hatch and outboard is an open tray that provides additional storage space. Down low in the footrest is another locking, carpeted compartment. In the cockpit sole between the two forward bucket seats, a locking hatch opens a compartment that’s wide enough to handle a large fishing net and additional gear.
Outboard in the topside decks are two lockers with locking hatches covered in nonskid. To starboard is a locker that can accommodate three 8’ long fishing rods and to port the compartment is open. Down low in the bulwarks are a long locker to port and a shorter one to starboard.
The Aft Deck.
There’s a receptacle for one of the portable seats in the aft deck, which is an easy step up from the cockpit. Without the seat in place, there’s space for a fisherman to work comfortably. Two forward hatches in the deck open to uncover the 48-gallon (182-L) aerated livewell that has a bait bucket, timer and recirculation system. Perforated dividers can be inserted in the well to separate species.
Outboard to starboard
is the locker that holds the starting battery and charger and to port are the two batteries for the trolling motor. In the center of the stern is a receptacle for the optional ski tow pylon and a small swim step to starboard on the transom has a four-step ladder.
Power and Performance
Top Speed 46.1 MPH.
The TRACKER Targa V-20 WT is available with Mercury outboard power ranging from 150-hp to 225-hp in 2- stroke and 4-stroke models. We tested her with a 225-hp OptiMax Pro XS 2-stroke turning a 14 5/8” x 19” Tempest three-blade stainless steel propeller through a 1.75:1 gear reduction. Top speed was 46.1 mph at 5500 rpm and we burned 20.2 gph, giving her a range of 96 miles at wide open. Best cruise came at 3000 rpm where we ran 22.8 mph and burned 4.9 gph, resulting in a range of 197 miles.
TRACKER designs the Targa V-20 WT with reversed chines and a set-back transom for improved acceleration and overall performance. We recorded a time to plane of 3.5 seconds. She took 4.9 seconds to reach 20 mph and 6.7 seconds to hit 30 mph.
Families looking for a boat that can provide double-duty for watersports should be pleased with the Targa V-20 WT. She carved clean circle turns and the deep-V design with 35-degrees of deadrise at the bow and 20-degrees at the transom knocked down wakes and wind chop handily.
$31,995 with a Mercury 150XL FourStroke and tandem-axle trailer.
Options to Consider
VersaTrack pricing does not include freight and dealer installation
The following items are part of the Tracker Warranty --
The TRACKER Targa V-20 WT has a heavy-duty feel and the size to handle the myriad bodies of water that fishermen will ply in search of big game. The full-frame walkthrough windshield and supportive bucket seats will be appreciated on windy days.By packaging the boat with a motor and a trailer and equipping it with requisite gear like a trolling motor, a fishfinder and dual livewells, TRACKER also makes the Targa V-20 WT easy to buy. For the base price, she comes ready to head straight to the ramp.
Test Result Highlights
- Top speed for the Tracker Targa V-20 WT (2016-) is 46.1 mph (74.2 kph), burning 20.20 gallons per hour (gph) or 76.46 liters per hour (lph).
- Best cruise for the Tracker Targa V-20 WT (2016-) is 22.8 mph (36.7 kph), and the boat gets 4.65 miles per gallon (mpg) or 1.98 kilometers per liter (kpl), giving the boat a cruising range of 197 miles (317.04 kilometers).
- Tested power is 1 x 225-hp Mercury OptiMax Pro XS.
Standard and Optional Features
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