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Content courtesy ofTracker continues to build boats with good value. Their aluminum construction and lightweight gives them a “go anywhere” capability that increases their utility over their fiberglass counterparts as they can be towed by even the smallest tow vehicle. Add their rugged build and these workhorses are just the right ticket for getting into remote lakes at the end of dirt roads. And, if you run her bottom over some gravel, no big deal. This V-175 also utilizes a larger transom for mounting a bigger engine, and even allows for adding a kicker. Her dual livewells keep you fishing longer. Add the optional “high-value fish package” and the scenario is complete.
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.
Tracker Pro Guide V-175 SC (2014-) Line Drawing
Tracker Pro Guide V-175’s hull is all-aluminum construction. There are a lot of advantages to this, the most obvious being light weight. This 16’ 11” (5.26 m) boat weighs in at only 2,644 lbs. (1,052 kgs.) with a 90-hp Merc hanging off the transom. This means that even the smallest tow vehicle will have little problem getting this boat into the remote hidey-holes. Not only can the Tracker Pro Guide V-175 Side Console be easily trailered, but in fact, it can happily live on a trailer when it’s not on the water. This means no marina costs and a reduced maintenance expense, a combination that can save thousands of dollars a year. With her standard trailer that includes a swing-away tongue, her stored length is 18' 5'' (5.6 m), easily accommodated in most garages. Another direct advantage to aluminum construction is that considerably less power is required to achieve the same speed in a heavier boat. That translates into improved fuel economy, a distinct advantage in today’s trend of non-stop rising fuel prices.
Below the waterline the V-175 hull is a combination of a traditional deep-V with a 19-degree deadrise, and a reverse chine. As the bottom runs out toward the chine it flattens horizontally and then, at the chine, it hooks down slightly. This brings a number of advantages. The first is that it creates a larger planing surface than the traditional deep-V, and this allows the vessel to come onto plane quicker, with less power.
However, the main handling difference is noticed when a reverse-chine boat goes into a sharp corner. With a reverse-chine bottom, the chine bites into the water more and the boat carves through the turn without sliding across the water. Also more of the boat is submerged as the chine is forced down into the water during the turn. This increases buoyancy resulting in a turn that is generally flatter than with a traditional bottom. For fishing, the same physics makes the boat more stable while at rest, since as weight is applied to one side, more of the hull is forced into the water, increasing the buoyancy along the weighted side. So standing on a casting platform will have a reduced inherent hazardous side.
Fish Friendly Features
The V-175 comes as a complete package with two exceptions. By complete, we mean ready to fish. A center mounted rod box cleverly holds 7-8’ rods. There are two aerated livewells, a 19-gal (71.92 L) aerated bow livewell and a 29-gal. (109.78 L), 50" (1.27 m) aerated stern livewell. There are two additional lockable top-loading rod boxes. For comfort while fishing, there are no less than six pedestal seat base locations to install any of the three deluxe fishing seats with composite frames. Now the aft position for the pedestal seat leaves little to no legroom, so it’s not much use if a third person comes aboard. However, a solution would be to move the seat to the center position and now three people are good to go. Otherwise, that aft position simply gives you a place to store the seat while underway.
As for the exceptions, there are two items on the options list. One, a must have. Tracker calls it their high-value fish package. It consists of a Minn Kota 12V, 55-lb. thrust PowerDrive trolling motor, a Lowrance X50 DS fishfinder, and an Interstate trolling battery. With a $400 add on price tag, “high-value” is the right name. Option two is simply a $445 trailer brake upgrade, necessary if your state requires brakes on a single axle trailer.
The base boat comes with a Mercury 90-hp EXLPTO 4-stroke and a no hassle, no haggle price tag of $19,595. Tracker estimates the speed with that engine to be between 37 – 40 mph (60 – 64 kph). If you take heavy friends fishing with you, or you need to be California compliant, you can opt up to a 115-hp EXLPT EFI 4-stroke for an additional $1k. You’ll also get a slight boost in speeds which Tracker estimates to be between 40 – 42 mph (64 – 67 kph).
The Tracker Pro Guide V-175 SC has a LOA of 16’ 11” (5.16 m), and a beam of 97” (2.46 m). Her dry weight with standard 90-hp Merc is 2,644 lbs. (1,199 kgs) and she has a fuel capacity of 21 gallons (79 L). With a no hassle, no haggle price of $19,595, not only is the V-175 a great value, it’s a package well worth checking out.
Pricing Range: $19,595.00Prices, 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.