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jahollis2
01-23-2017, 01:13 AM
Looking to get my first new boat. I primarily spider rig and troll crank baits. Right now, I'm really looking at the Lowe 175 and the G3 sportsman 17 or the 17-PFX. Is there any advantage to either boats layout for the way I fish? Would a center console work better? Any tips for easing into the buying process? Thanks guys.

Specklocker
01-23-2017, 09:15 AM
First of all you can't be broke. lol. With you being in La, I would go with the center console in a War Eagle salt water version so you can fish both. They customize.

Cray
01-23-2017, 09:27 AM
If those were my only 2 choices I would go with the Lowe because of the wider front deck and wider overall stance. Be much more stable. I'm like speclocker if money is not the deciding factor would sure look at Wareagle Blackhawk series of boats.

lowe175
01-23-2017, 09:45 AM
I agree with everything said. The lower is more stable but the g3 will handle ruff water better. If I was going to go with a center console I would definitely go with a saltwater motor so I could inshore fish to.

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Erin Brewer
01-23-2017, 10:16 AM
From looking at those options they would all work it will come down to personal preferance. The G3 17 pfx does come with two live wells and already has the three pedestal bases up front. The PFX would be hard to pass up if the price was right. But what everyone else has said. If you are ordering new give war eagle a look, they are great boats.

TomTom1
01-23-2017, 03:25 PM
I have the Lowe Stinger 195, great fishing boat has 2 live wells one being up front and also has the three pedestals up front for side by side fishing.


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lowe175
01-23-2017, 03:49 PM
My lowe has two live well also. And two bases up front as well. Mine is a 175 .

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Spaceman
01-23-2017, 09:09 PM
If those were my only 2 choices I would go with the Lowe because of the wider front deck and wider overall stance. Be much more stable. I'm like speclocker if money is not the deciding factor would sure look at Wareagle Blackhawk series of boats. I am bias, sorry. Consider War Eagle. I like the idea of putting a saltwater motor on it if you plan on brackish or saltwater. If true don't forget to consider a galvanized trailer.

Machine
01-24-2017, 05:29 AM
Looking to get my first new boat. I primarily spider rig and troll crank baits. Right now, I'm really looking at the Lowe 175 and the G3 sportsman 17 or the 17-PFX. Is there any advantage to either boats layout for the way I fish? Would a center console work better? Any tips for easing into the buying process? Thanks guys.
I know where a nice g3 is for sale
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jahollis2
01-24-2017, 04:35 PM
Well, after boat shopping today just about all boat that I've looked at, Lowe, g3, ranger and triton are all about 1500$ apart from each other. The g3 18 CC is looking better!

lowe175
01-24-2017, 04:54 PM
I don't think you can go wrong with any that you are looking at

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tim2deep
09-17-2017, 03:59 PM
made a video about sportsman 17 if you would like to watch

https://youtu.be/TWiEJSuUG8I

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wilbur
09-17-2017, 04:19 PM
contact BRM and get an Excel bay pro

Redge
09-17-2017, 04:48 PM
contact BRM and get an Excel bay pro

I have never met BRM , however if I was going to buy a new boat, I would go see him first.


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CrappiePappy
09-17-2017, 05:34 PM
This thread is 8mo old ... I wonder if the OP has already purchased a new boat :dono