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Old 05-24-2018, 05:52 AM   #1
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I am looking at retiring in another 5 or 6 years.
I want to have all my toys in order before I do.
I mostly crappie fish

I am fishing out of a 2072 tracker and there is a lot I like about the boat but a couple of things I don't.

Pros...
lots of room for a load of grandkids
Painted with rhino liner so the kids can smear catfish bait all over it and I just power wash it back clean
not much chance of hurting it when I hit a stump ( lake of the pines is full of them )
Not real heavy, my Tacoma pulls it well

Cons
Rides pretty rough being a big flat bottom
If the lake is rough you get pretty wet
Coating on the inside is rough non slip which is abrasive on kids hands and knees
boat gets really hot, you can't set anywhere that is not covered as metal will burn you


Is it possible to have the inside of the boat carpeted ?

I'm really leaning towards a new 21' bass boat but i am afraid I will spend $70,000 and not like fishing out of it as much as I do my tracker.

What do y'all think

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Old 05-24-2018, 06:05 AM   #2
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Keep the tracker and buy some sort of new pontoon style boat w a canopy top for boat riding and fishing w the kids.
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Old 05-24-2018, 06:06 AM   #3
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Do the grand kids like to fish or just play or both? Pontoon may be the way to go and keep the tracker for yourself
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Old 05-24-2018, 06:21 AM   #4
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I wouldn't get carpet if you like to catfish it's a pain to get the slime out. Look at putting hydro turf in. Non slip, cushioned and cool to the touch. If you like taking multiple people a bass boat probably isn't the ticket. I would look at a center console bay boat.
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Old 05-24-2018, 06:32 AM   #5
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Safe floor or sea dek, I would not carpet that boat.

Depending on hull design of those aluminum boats some are drier than others. I know a guy with a 2072 Aluma weld and that boat will drown you.


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Old 05-24-2018, 06:34 AM   #6
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I had that same boat, and same problems. I would not carpet, but look at a lighter color of deck coating. I also understand about the rough surface being hard on the kiddos hands and knees, but it is a trade off. A smoother surface will get slick quick and we are all to old to fall down in a boat, you might look at that Seadek stuff though.

I like the idea of the pontoon as well.

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Old 05-24-2018, 06:48 AM   #7
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Hydroturf would be another option for the interior. http://gatortraxboats.com/options/hydroturf
Can be bought in different colors and patterns, comes in sheet form, cut to size, with or without adhesive backing. Non-slip, won't snag a hook, cool to the touch. Have it in three aluminum boats. Liked it so much i even installed it in a 1976 Duracraft that is considered our "beater boat".
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Old 05-24-2018, 06:51 AM   #8
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Center console bay boat would be my choice.
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Old 05-24-2018, 06:55 AM   #9
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Have you looked at the Ranger boats? they have a TR 188 c that is set up for crappie fishing with two live wells. You can also put two seats on the front of the boat. I like the on I have it is 2015. Ranger has put a boat out there like the tracker. It is like the high dollar Ranger boats unsinkable!!
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Old 05-24-2018, 07:13 AM   #10
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Sea dek your tracker. Or by a bass boat. Tracker will ride rougher than the bass boat, but if you don't mind that and getting a little wet at times then I would stick with the tracker and sea dek it.
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Old 05-24-2018, 07:14 AM   #11
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Center console bay boat would be my choice.
This was my choice. Look at the 20 foot Expresses and Excels. Versatile, easy cleanup and plenty of room for the grandbabies. Shipps in Gladewater carries the Express, and Bayou Outdoors in Bossier carries the Excell. You can occasionally run across a used Express Bay. Bounced mine off a few of those LOP stumps a couple weeks ago, and drove across the gulf of Tawakoni last Saturday in a 20 mph wind. Never could have done that in my old 16 foot duck boat. Holler at me and I will meet you at Pines and you can run it around.
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Old 05-24-2018, 07:15 AM   #12
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You can also find a shop that will do custom seat cusions, you could have a few designed to fit certain areas so there is always a cool and comfortable place for the kiddos and adults for that matter to sit.


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Old 05-24-2018, 07:38 AM   #13
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Check the new Vexus aluminum boat out, the inside is glass, really sharp boat, the old Ranger guys just started this company, will be of high quality.
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Old 05-24-2018, 08:57 AM   #14
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Safe floor in the tracker would be nice! Todd Box has it in his crestliner. Call and ask him about it. My suggestion would be get another boat and keep that one so I can borrow it to sink brushpiles!
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Old 05-24-2018, 09:20 AM   #15
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Buff you can check out my xpress h20 bay I recently got next weekend at the TBH crappie getaway! Its rides great in rough water for aluminum and is plenty big and stable. You can walk around barefoot or sit anywhere in it also in the heat of the day without getting burned.
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Old 05-24-2018, 09:28 AM   #16
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Get a semi V Tracker with carpet. Is the front of your Tracker flat or V shaped? Mine is a little rougher than a super heavy bass boat but runs great considering it's 1/4 the price and a ton lighter.

I only catfish out of mine. Sure it smells like shad after I throw the net 2,000 times over a 3 day trip but I just wash it clean with soap and water hose.

IMO it's worth it not having to worry about hot metal on boat. Plus when it's clean people can sit anywhere and you can even sleep in the boat.
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Old 05-24-2018, 09:33 AM   #17
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Perfect do all boat is a 19-20' CC. I really like the Ranger RB190, lots of features without the astronomical price tag.
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Old 05-24-2018, 09:37 AM   #18
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Get a semi V Tracker with carpet. Is the front of your Tracker flat or V shaped? Mine is a little rougher than a super heavy bass boat but runs great considering it's 1/4 the price and a ton lighter.

I only catfish out of mine. Sure it smells like shad after I throw the net 2,000 times over a 3 day trip but I just wash it clean with soap and water hose.

IMO it's worth it not having to worry about hot metal on boat. Plus when it's clean people can sit anywhere and you can even sleep in the boat.
You may need to learn how to throw the net better or how to find the shad!
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Old 05-24-2018, 09:41 AM   #19
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I'm about to offer for sale a really nice 2009 Bluewave CC 19' with T top. PM me if your interested and I'll let you look at it first. Price will be very reasonable.
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Old 05-24-2018, 11:13 AM   #20
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You may need to learn how to throw the net better or how to find the shad!
LOL We catch thousands but only try to keep the 5" or bigger shad and large perch, small carp/buffalo, tilapia.

IMO my boat is perfect for catfishing. Low to the water for ease of running lines. Runs is shallow water for catching bait way in the back of coves. Light for towing/launching ease. Comfortable with carpet. Lots of storage. Light and fast with a 90HP I wish I could have the same boat with a 60HP though.
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Old 05-24-2018, 11:21 AM   #21
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I have the same boat with a 150hp. YES it is not the boat to have in rough waters as you will get wet. However, the all around capability i have with the boat and bowfishing deck for the price is hard to beat. I just ordered a bimini top for mine and plan to put caption style seating in it. I have it for sale and if it sold I was going to look at a cheap center console to fish out of. But being able to run 45mph in a cc is hard to do and the casting deck on the tracker is HUGE!
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Old 05-24-2018, 11:53 AM   #22
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XPress H20B. Still aluminum - inside has a rhino lined type finish, but it is not abrasive and doesn't get hot. Lots of seats. Has a nice V and smooth bottom for cutting waves.

I have one with a 115 and does great for crappie, catfish, and bay fishing.
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Old 05-24-2018, 12:46 PM   #23
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Hydroturf your boat or pm me if you want to sell it.
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Old 05-24-2018, 02:32 PM   #24
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Check these out.

https://www.crestliner.com/bay-boat/2200-bay/
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Old 05-24-2018, 02:34 PM   #25
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I didn’t read all the comments so this may be suggested.

Don’t do carpet. Use hydro turf.
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Old 05-24-2018, 02:35 PM   #26
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I didnít read all the comments so this may be suggested.

Donít do carpet. Use hydro turf.
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Old 05-24-2018, 07:06 PM   #27
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Bought a ZX 250
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Old 05-24-2018, 07:32 PM   #28
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Bought a ZX 250
Congrats Buff. You bringing this Cadillac to the Crappie meet?
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Old 05-24-2018, 07:34 PM   #29
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Well that didn't take long!! Congrats on the new rig.
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Old 05-24-2018, 07:45 PM   #30
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well, that escalated quickly, congrats
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Old 05-24-2018, 07:59 PM   #31
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Another vote for Hydroturf, if you get another metal boat (works well with a plastic one too).


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Old 05-24-2018, 09:03 PM   #32
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I like the way you work! Shoulda bought a Phoenix though!
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Old 05-24-2018, 09:38 PM   #33
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Bought a ZX 250

That didn't take long!!


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Old 05-24-2018, 10:05 PM   #34
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Buff don't mess around!
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Old 05-24-2018, 10:07 PM   #35
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Hydro turf it. Awesome stuff
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Old 05-24-2018, 10:21 PM   #36
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You are going to love that Skeeter, i just got a FX21 and man its nice. impressed with the ride in rough water, and how dry it is.
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Old 05-24-2018, 10:23 PM   #37
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Hey Buff,
I'm the guy you talked with today at H&W Marine...Small world..come by, would like to meet ya...John

Check out some of the Skeeter bay boats also...may be an option and less expensive than the bass boats...just a thought

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Old 05-25-2018, 09:56 PM   #38
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I like my 16’ bass tracker!
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Old 05-25-2018, 10:14 PM   #39
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These guys make some really nice and fast pontoons, sounds more of what you need with the kids http://playcraftboats.com/
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