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drmajor
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Posted - 04/10/2019 :  07:53:26 AM  Show Profile Send drmajor a Private Message  Reply with Quote
How bad are Tracker boats?
I know they are not a War Eagle or G3, but ----

DRMajor

bangstick
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Posted - 04/10/2019 :  1:37:26 PM  Show Profile Send bangstick a Private Message  Reply with Quote
They're only the #1 selling brand of aluminum boats on the planet and have been for many, many years. Sure, it's not the sexy name brand but Tracker's warranty is as solid as anyone else's. They don't have the fit and finish of a Ranger or Triton aluminum boats (which actually are made in the same plant and come down the same assembly line...aside from decals, trim and trailers, they're the same boat) but they also don't cost the same amount of money as either of those brands. As far as bang for your buck goes, it's extremely hard to bet a Tracker boat. You don't stay in the boat business for 41 years if you're making a "bad" product. FWIW, I do not own a Tracker boat.



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billymac
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299 Posts

Posted - 04/10/2019 :  1:55:34 PM  Show Profile Send billymac a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I bought one of the heritage 40th anniversary editions last year.It's solid and built well even though I haven't even put gas in it yet.But ,the layout is great.
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areeldrag
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Posted - 04/11/2019 :  06:03:15 AM  Show Profile Send areeldrag a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I have never owned one but I do live an hr from Cabelas & an hr from BP so I look at them all the time. I have seen a lot of them where the paint & or spray liner has been pealing off & even seen a couple with cracked welds, all were on brand new boats.
I would say do some research on the warranty & see how good they are if you need to turn in a warranty claim. Also inspect the one you choose very well before buying.
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drmajor
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90 Posts

Posted - 04/11/2019 :  08:57:05 AM  Show Profile Send drmajor a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Plan on a used boat....40hp range....for the back creeks and rivers.
Just see Tracker prices lower than others.
Carolina skin is another option....like the low/no maintenance of aluminum.

DRMajor
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Ltcatfisher
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Posted - 04/11/2019 :  10:43:43 AM  Show Profile  Visit Ltcatfisher's Homepage Send Ltcatfisher a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Got a 2019 1754 Grizzly with a 60 Mercury back in OCT for my birthday. I live on Santee river which is where I planned on the boat spending most of it's time. Check local listings but the Santee has been in flood stage since I bought the boat and I have spent most of my time chasing stripers at the Lake. The boat runs and handles great! The Versa track is really handy and has made mounting rod holders and gigging lights very simple. I'm very pleased with the boat and the price. I'm packing her up this weekend and heading to the Everglades to catch some Oscars next week!

Stephen Rogers
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drmajor
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90 Posts

Posted - 04/11/2019 :  10:50:22 AM  Show Profile Send drmajor a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Good luck in the Glades!
Say hello to the mosquitoes for me..

DRMajor
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jsadler
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283 Posts

Posted - 04/12/2019 :  04:44:54 AM  Show Profile Send jsadler a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I looked hard at them .went on the hull truth and changed my mind. Lots of broken welds and stringer issues
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contender1
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Posted - 04/15/2019 :  12:48:25 PM  Show Profile Send contender1 a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I have had their most basic 1648 modified v grizzly for over 10-years. I put a tiller 30 hp on it and it runs good. The only upgrades it has is I added their gun box and put in my own aluminum skin floor. I use mine in the creeks for camping, gigging and running the dogs to the beach primarily. I rarely put in open water beyond crossing lighthouse or Stono inlet but obviously if you catch the wind bucking be tide even the folly river can get downright nasty and the boat gets beat. I will be the first to say that the welds on the boat are not very pretty but to be honest Iíve had very little problems. I just took it this past year for the first time to a local aluminum welder and had him reattach the skin to about four of the ribs and reinforced a handful of the ribs. I know very few aluminum boats of this age that have not had to have similar repairs as a matter of fact I had a buddy with an express that cost over four times the tracker and he sent his back to the factory four times in less than two years for broken welds. There are definitely some better made boats in this class and I would include war Eagle, Duracraft, Sea ark, and express all as better made but for the cost difference I believe the tracker is hard to beat. If Iím not mistaken my boat was actually manufactured by crest liner and tracker just put their name on it. When I was looking I looked at the crest liners down in Estil and I could not tell any difference at all outside of the additional cost between that boat and a tracker. All in all I would say if you plan to spend over 90% of your time in the creeks it will be fine, if you plan to cross open water on a regular basis then I would consider the Carolina skiff for the additional flotation and the ability to take more of a beating.
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stinkbait
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Posted - 04/15/2019 :  5:07:10 PM  Show Profile Send stinkbait a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Absolutely horrible quality. I would never own another one.
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contender1
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706 Posts

Posted - 04/15/2019 :  5:41:51 PM  Show Profile Send contender1 a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Stink how bout elaborating??? Which model did you have? What specific issues did have?
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bangstick
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Posted - 04/16/2019 :  11:55:42 AM  Show Profile Send bangstick a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by stinkbait

Absolutely horrible quality. I would never own another one.



And yet countless people have owned several of them without a problem.

Fact is, there isn't a boat manufacturer in the world that can say they've never had an issue with their boats. As is always the case, bad news is going to travel further/faster than good news. Regardless of the name on the side of the boat, there's going to be just as many happy customers as unhappy customers, if not more, but the unhappy customers are always going to be more vocal about their experience.

Like I said, I don't and never have owned a Tracker. I have family members and friends that have owned/do own Trackers and they love them but that doesn't make Tracker the best boat on the planet. I have family members and friends that have owned/do own other brands of boats they hate because of bad experiences but that doesn't make those brands of boats the worst boats on the planet.



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DoubleN
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Posted - 04/16/2019 :  6:28:01 PM  Show Profile Send DoubleN a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I've never owned one but, I know a few that have and have never heard a complaint.

NN
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