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saluki
06-23-2006, 02:20 PM
I'm thinking about getting rid of my 1995 Tracker Pro 17 and getting this Lowe thats designed more for crappie fishing but keeps bass fishing in mind. I have to get a 25hp as several of the lakes in my area have a 25 hp limit. Nothing wrong with the Tracker, its just been used hard and I'm looking for a little piece of mind each time I go. Any thoughts? Oh yea, the Lowe has an 85" beam with 3 pedestal seat bases up front so you can fish 1 or 2 up front and a 3rd in back.

frank lawhead
06-23-2006, 04:28 PM
BOUGHT A LOWE 170WV LAST YEAR--THE THREE SEAT BASES ARE NICE
HAVE NEVER HAD A MINUTES TROUBLE WITH THE BOAT.LIKE IT REAL WELL
DON,T SEE WHY KEEPING THE 25 HP. WOULD,NT BE A GOOD IDEAL :cool:

TampaJim
06-23-2006, 04:30 PM
You will be SO HAPPY!!! I own a 2006 Lowe Stinger 160 with a 50HP Mercury EFI Four-stroke. The boats are beautiful - more deck storage than anything in their class, all aluminum construction (NO WOOD), etc. You won't appreciate the hull strakes with a 25hp, but the rascal holds the water even in a super tight turn with my 50hp! My boat has a 23 gallon livewell with integrated removable baitwell (biggest livewell among 16' competitors = 15 gallon w no baitwell). The 175 has two of these giant livewells! I have touched and smelled the 175 but I wanted the 160 due to garage constraints. If you have any questions, PM me.

gone fishing
06-23-2006, 06:28 PM
It sounds like Lowe makes a good boat. You need to be careful if you are thinking about buying a Polar Kraft. I have one and I have major problems with it. As a matter of fact I posted a thread on Off Topic Forum about my problem. Good luck on finding the boat that you like.

Donald Barnes

breadboy
06-23-2006, 07:42 PM
Lowe is a good jon boat company.

PieEye
06-24-2006, 06:44 AM
Only problem is the three seats are too far from the bow making it tough to reach things. Big boat for a twenty five. OMHO..

jawmaw
06-25-2006, 06:09 PM
I bought my Stinger 175 in January of this year. It has the 4 stroke 60 Mercury and I paid about 13K. It has been a pretty nice boat but I do wish I would have waited until he had a 75 hp to put on the boat.

I just mounted my 16 ft Stiffy push pole this weekend. I had a heck of a time finding mounts for the narrow gunwale.

All in all its a pretty good boat.

ReelFun
06-26-2006, 10:47 AM
I'm thinking about getting rid of my 1995 Tracker Pro 17 and getting this Lowe thats designed more for crappie fishing but keeps bass fishing in mind. I have to get a 25hp as several of the lakes in my area have a 25 hp limit. Nothing wrong with the Tracker, its just been used hard and I'm looking for a little piece of mind each time I go. Any thoughts? Oh yea, the Lowe has an 85" beam with 3 pedestal seat bases up front so you can fish 1 or 2 up front and a 3rd in back.

Want one too! I love the set up.

TAE73
06-26-2006, 12:26 PM
I had a 180 stinger, and split the hull open in 2' waves. I dont feel that I was pushing or abusing the boat when it happened. Almost didnt get it on the trailer. Lowe did fix it for free, but I had to bring the boat to them or pay to get the dealer to deliver it. Lucky I am only a hour and half away from the plant. I also thought the trailer could have been a little better. The axle was not strong enough, causing it to bow and it allowed the inside of the tires to wear. I didnt care for the boxes would of been watertight because every time it rained they would get water in them. I did like the back livewell with the minnow bucket. I thought it was a good boat but could use some improvements.

saluki
06-26-2006, 12:43 PM
Thanks Ted and the rest, the problem I have now is I've been told the 25hp wont get the 175 on plane? Anything larger than a 25 takes 2 good close lakes (Coffeen and Sangchris) out of the picture. They are both less than an hour away. Any other suggestions for a boat with a wide deck that a 25 hp goes well with? Thanks

bugman
06-26-2006, 02:07 PM
Maybe you could get the lowe with a bigger motor and get a small kicker motor for the local lakes.

Kenny
06-26-2006, 06:49 PM
Put a kicker mount on it Saluki. I have a Tracker Tournament V-18 with a 90hp on it. I had a kicker mount added to it and put a 10 horse that's carburated up to a 15 and use it on anything that won't allow a 90. It doesn't push the boat real fast but I get where I'm going and it keeps me from just trolling the bigger hp restricted lakes like Sanchris. I had to add a 3 gallon portable fuel tank under the back deck because the 10hp needs the fuel pre mixed but that was not a problem.

Whoamikenny
07-16-2006, 07:48 PM
guys I would be careful about using advice from kenny. Most of his fishing takes place in the bath tub with plastic fish and an occasional video game. On the rare occasion that he does get to really go fishing, I hear his good buddy Tricky Rickys' wife usually catches most of the fish. Then there is the occasional fishing trip with his dad, October, (who we call Toby) and his brother Ramblin Robert. He can usually keep up with these two because Toby perfers golf and Robert prefers to talk constantly.

Actually Kenny is a good guy, avid fisherman. I work with him and want to see how long it takes him to figure out who I am.

Wiskers
07-17-2006, 10:00 AM
I've got a 2004 Stinger 180W & love it. Wide, Wide, Wide!!!! The kicker motor is the way to go.:D

saluki
07-17-2006, 10:30 AM
Went to a dealer in Springfield, IL Fri. and went with the 50hp 4-stroke and picked out my color scheme. They are rigging it up this week and I will pick it up this Sat. Its my first new boat!

fishintiger
07-18-2006, 02:43 PM
Glad I read this thread. I was looking at this boat also and was just going to get a 9.9 on it. The lake I mostly fish is a 10 hp limit. I guess if I'm going to get this rig I will need to get a bigger motor and a kicker. Just wondering but does Lowe or any other builder give a discount if you buy direct from them? Can you go to their "plant" and purchase a boat from there? The trip to Missouri would be about 7 hours for me but it might be worth it if the "discount" is worth it. Thanks guys.