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Old 01-30-2017, 05:17 PM   #1
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Do they have much haggle room? If not on boat but maybe accessories? Thanks
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Old 01-30-2017, 05:22 PM   #2
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Definitely not on the boat. I can't recall any haggling on accessories either
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Tried to but nada...but I was young and dumb at the time so could have had something to do with it. Bought one of their grizzlies and it was the biggest pos I have ever owned. In less than 6 months it had cracked all to hell. Hull had several cracks and broken welds everywhere.
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Tried to but nada...but I was young and dumb at the time so could have had something to do with it. Bought one of their grizzlies and it was the biggest pos I have ever owned. In less than 6 months it had cracked all to hell. Hull had several cracks and broken welds everywhere.
How long ago was that? I heard they have really changed for the better the last few yrs. I'm looking at the Grizzly 1654 MVX sportsman for the ranch.
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I would avoid tracker in what i've read on the internet. My pops wanted a tracker v-16 or so a few years back and the reviews for anything produced in the last half decade by them were awful. I talked with a buddy that runs a service department for a local boat yard here in DFW that said he wouldn't touch one with a ten foot pole.
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How long ago was that? I heard they have really changed for the better the last few yrs. I'm looking at the Grizzly 1654 MVX sportsman for the ranch.
Think it was in 2005 Brandon. Mine was a tunnel hull and thats exactly where it started cracking all around the tunnel. Steel seemed to have alot of flex in it that caused the cracks. They gave me the run around about fixin it and finally said they would have to ship it to Missouri or somewhere and have their guys weld it up. Would take 2-3 months... BS. My buddy owned a welding shop at the coast and I tried to get them to let me take it there but they told me it would void the warranty. Took it to him anyway and had him weld it back up.
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I had a 2016 1754 grizzly, sold it and wouldn't buy another one. Welds looked like pigeon ****. Everything on it just seemed cheap
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Old 01-30-2017, 05:59 PM   #8
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I had a 2016 1754 grizzly, sold it and wouldn't buy another one. Welds looked like pigeon ****. Everything on it just seemed cheap
Gaskets in the gauges on the dash were loose and they'd fog up all the time and get water in them, latch on the front deck broke from the boat riding so ruff
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Old 01-30-2017, 06:05 PM   #9
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I had a 2016 1754 grizzly, sold it and wouldn't buy another one. Welds looked like pigeon ****. Everything on it just seemed cheap
Well dang. I like the price on this. Not going to be used on any big water only 15 acre lake and about a 6 mile stretch of the Colorado River at the the ranch.
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Nope.

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Old 01-30-2017, 06:18 PM   #11
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I checked on them a while back. Lots of complaints about cracked welds that for one reason or another were denied warranty.

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I did structural warranty repair work for Tracker for two years for the 5 state region. Every thing from re-carpets (some because one of a material buyer thought he'd save the company some money buying cheaper carpet that didn't even last a year in the showroom), to hull structure on all lines, to deck replacements on the Grizz line, transom replacements on all lines, to pontoon and deck change outs on their biggest party barges, and much more. I'd advise finding another brand.
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They're a decent boat at best unless you plan on taking it off the showroom floor!! In that case run like heck!! A buddy had one for a couple years and it spent more time in the shop getting rewelded than it did in his carport.


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I just traded one in. I will buy a blow up pool toy before I would own another tracker.
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[quote=doright;12159109 I will buy a blow up pool toy before I would own another tracker.[/QUOTE]

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My brother had a tracker bass boat years ago probably in the 90's and I don't remember him having any trouble with the hull. Things may have changed. He fished all over Texas with it. He knew what it would handle and what it would not.
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Shoot I have a tracker I bought new in 2007 and have had no problem with it at all, I have bounced that boat off of every stump on Toledo bend and it still doesn't have a crack anywhere on it
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Im taking all this in, but that being said that , I often want wonder a lot about expectations vs realistic performance.

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I expected a brand new boat to last more than 6 months before it goes to crap. Also expected a company to stand behind their product and not bend you over.
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I have heard that They give some pretty good discount on last years models when the new models come out.
I am on my second Tracker. First one was a pt175 and was pretty flimsy and scary in really rough water.
The one I have now is a Tracker Avalanche that is no longer made.

No way would I buy one of the Tracker boats that are made now.

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Old 01-30-2017, 08:02 PM   #22
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Bass Tracker Avalanche was discontinued in 2008. If you can find one like I did it is 5 time the boat that the new trackers are. Second pic show Avalanche vs current Tracker.
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Old 01-30-2017, 08:05 PM   #23
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I expected a brand new boat to last more than 6 months before it goes to crap. Also expected a company to stand behind their product and not bend you over.
Yes sir I agree with you. I own a 24ft Century Inshore ... Best center console made in my opinion, and I have fished out a lot of boats . As a licensed guide I've had boats around me fishing me , in bad weather, and ask myself what the hell are they doing here.. Many of the them trackers or other aluminum boats. I know my boats limitations and what she can or can't handle. I'm not saying you abused the boat or what not. But many boats take on more than they can handle.
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I bought a Tracker new in 2005. The only issue I ever had with it was the bilge pump going out once. Everything else has worked perfectly. I have been real happy with mine. I have a lake house so it gets plenty of use every year.
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Yes sir I agree with you. I own a 24ft Century Inshore ... Best center console made in my opinion, and I have fished out a lot of boats . As a licensed guide I've had boats around me fishing me , in bad weather, and ask myself what the hell are they doing here.. Many of the them trackers or other aluminum boats. I know my boats limitations and what she can or can't handle. I'm not saying you abused the boat or what not. But many boats take on more than they can handle.

I promise you she didnt get much abuse in 6 months! Never even made it out to the Gulf in her
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I promise you she didnt get much abuse in 6 months! Never even made it out to the Gulf in her
Good deal!!! Thanks for the info
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had a tracker 10 or so years ago and never had any problems out of it. that being said, all of its use was on Toledo, and seldom saw the main lake.
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Shoot I have a tracker I bought new in 2007 and have had no problem with it at all, I have bounced that boat off of every stump on Toledo bend and it still doesn't have a crack anywhere on it
Yea we got one like that too!
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Old 01-31-2017, 05:13 AM   #29
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I had no problem with the hull. My issue is with everything else. Trolling motor never worked right. Carpet started rotting. Dry boxes leaked. Trailer axel was out of alignment causing the tires to wear. Paint was easily chipped. The boat never leaked though.
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I bought a Tracker new in 2005. The only issue I ever had with it was the bilge pump going out once. Everything else has worked perfectly. I have been real happy with mine. I have a lake house so it gets plenty of use every year.
I have a 2005 also and I absolutely beat it up. I even get comments on how bad I treat it but never have any real issues.

So what year did Tracker go bad? I was debating getting a new one.
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I have a 2005 also and I absolutely beat it up. I even get comments on how bad I treat it but never have any real issues.

So what year did Tracker go bad? I was debating getting a new one.
Once the bean counters decided to change the aluminum alloy to a thinner more brittle material .090 thickness is when they started to develop hull cracks from the inside out. Look at a new one and you can already see the creases on the outside where the formers touch the hull from the inside. In rough water this is where the hulls crack. The alloy used is too brittle and has no give to it. It is lighter and cheaper and welds easier. Trackers made today don't like being bumped around in the stumps and the first place that will fail is the bow seam that is glued in place instead of welded. Here's one I repaired. The welding has to be done from the inside which means tearing out the floor and foam to get to it. A good welder I ain't. Looks like a dirt dobber did the job but it held. This was a 2001 model.
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Didn't know Tracker was that bad. Might check into monarch, sea ark or the lowes aluminum boats.
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Once the bean counters decided to change the aluminum alloy to a thinner more brittle material .090 thickness is when they started to develop hull cracks from the inside out. Look at a new one and you can already see the creases on the outside where the formers touch the hull from the inside. In rough water this is where the hulls crack. The alloy used is too brittle and has no give to it. It is lighter and cheaper and welds easier. Trackers made today don't like being bumped around in the stumps and the first place that will fail is the bow seam that is glued in place instead of welded. Here's one I repaired. The welding has to be done from the inside which means tearing out the floor and foam to get to it. A good welder I ain't. Looks like a dirt dobber did the job but it held. This was a 2001 model.
The 165-180 were notorious for that. Especially the 170 and 175. It most often happens right were the keel meets the waterline. One of the fixes I did after welding the crack up was fab a piece of extruded "hat" material (rib material). And run the brace down to the keel and weld in place to the hull. Then weld the top to the beam. That would help keep the material at the keel from flexing in and out so much. Sometimes I'd have to fab a piece with an ark that is the same as the inside of the keel. Then rivet each side of the hat material. Then weld a vertical brace in two or four locations to the top of the hat material. It just depended where the crack was.
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I bought a new Tracker Sportsman 2072 last year and use it to guide bowfishing trips out of. So far so good and no complaints.

To answer your original question. The boat price is pretty much set in stone. The accessories are negotionable. I had them throw in a bank charger, extra battery for a 36vlt trolling motor, and wire it all in for my troller, no extra charge.
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Brandon, you have been in mine. 1992 Pro 16. I have been on Granger when the wind came up and rode the waves, scraped a few rocks, hit a stump or two in Inks, and some logs/underwater trees on the Pedernales River, and never had a leak.. It's a Tracker and love it, but with changes to the hull materials I can't vouch for todays models. BTW..It still has some of your pond mud on it..LOL
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Brandon, you have been in mine. 1992 Pro 16. I have been on Granger when the wind came up and rode the waves, scraped a few rocks, hit a stump or two in Inks, and some logs/underwater trees on the Pedernales River, and never had a leak.. It's a Tracker and love it, but with changes to the hull materials I can't vouch for todays models. BTW..It still has some of your pond mud on it..LOL
I believe they changed from 5086 to 5052 and went from .125 down to .090 and .100 thickness. 5052 is more resistant to corrosion.
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One thing this boat will be used primarily in our 15 acre lake and maybe a handful of times out of the year in the river. The big motor will only be used to load the boat and when on the river. Trolling motor will be used vast majority of people he time. I doubt this rig would ever see any kind of big water
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I have had my Tracker since 2001 and except for normal maintanance, never, ever had a problem with it. Either I have been lucky or their quality has slipped. A Tracker would be my first choice again. In fact, Because of bad knees slowing me down from stepping up and down on decks, if I ever gave up my Tracker, it would only be to use as trade in for a Tracker Pontoon.
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Shoot I have a tracker I bought new in 2007 and have had no problem with it at all, I have bounced that boat off of every stump on Toledo bend and it still doesn't have a crack anywhere on it
X2. I had a tracker for years and bounced all over Toledo bend. Eventually, I upgraded to a more stable fiberglass boat. The tracker served my family well for years building memories.
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Im taking all this in, but that being said that , I often want wonder a lot about expectations vs realistic performance.


Do your research. I did last year and went with an aluminum Ranger.


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Old 04-21-2017, 06:59 AM   #41
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I bought a new 1860 MVX-CC in 2013. I really like the boat as it works good for river fishing and lake fishing if you use common sense. I have a removable down rigger set up for it and also have removable rod holders. I take care of it but it has a few battle scars and such.Attachment 851215Attachment 851219

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Old 04-21-2017, 07:05 AM   #42
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Buy an Xpress aluminum boat and be done with it
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Lowe, Xpress or Sea Ark are waaaaay better boats and about the same money or just a little more... That's why I like my GoDevil so much. .125 ga aluminum throughout the entire boat and built like a tank....
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I came close to buying one once but never did. After reading all these post about troubles I'm sure glad I bought a Champion.
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Lowe, Xpress or Sea Ark are waaaaay better boats and about the same money or just a little more... That's why I like my GoDevil so much. .125 ga aluminum throughout the entire boat and built like a tank....
I looked at the Sea Ark and would say they are the top aluminum boat out there. G3 is nice too. When I was looking, Cabelas was where I stopped first and their salesman said the hulls had been splitting on some Lowe models and Lowe would replace the hull for free.
I think the OP is wanting a utility boat for rivers or a 15 acre lake so price may be a factor as well.
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If hull thickness is not .125" move on and find one that is.
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I looked at the Sea Ark and would say they are the top aluminum boat out there. G3 is nice too. When I was looking, Cabelas was where I stopped first and their salesman said the hulls had been splitting on some Lowe models and Lowe would replace the hull for free.
I think the OP is wanting a utility boat for rivers or a 15 acre lake so price may be a factor as well.
Lowe will replace it for free or fix it? I know my Lowe had no warranty because I was not the original owner.. most of these companies that have "life time warranty" are to the original owner..
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Never owned one but a friend has one, actually a really good looking fishing boat 18 foot I believe but his has cracked as well. Surprised reading through all these thought his was an isolated incident. He had it fixed locally. I've owned 2 aluminum boats. Both were allwelds and abused pretty hard. I know they never had an issue. Think they're more money but could find a used one cheaper then a new grizzly
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Lowe will replace it for free or fix it? I know my Lowe had no warranty because I was not the original owner.. most of these companies that have "life time warranty" are to the original owner..
I never inquired after he told me that, pretty much made my mind up to move on.
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I did structural warranty repair work for Tracker for two years for the 5 state region. Every thing from re-carpets (some because one of a material buyer thought he'd save the company some money buying cheaper carpet that didn't even last a year in the showroom), to hull structure on all lines, to deck replacements on the Grizz line, transom replacements on all lines, to pontoon and deck change outs on their biggest party barges, and much more. I'd advise finding another brand.
Can't get much better of a response than that.
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