Boat Test: 2012 Tracker Boats Super Guide V-16

Boat Tested2012 Tracker Boats Super Guide V-16
Price As Tested$13,605 CAD
Category Bass Boat
Manufacturer Tracker Boats
Length16ft / 4.88 m
Beam6ft 4in / 1.93 m
Max HP50
Drive TypeOutboard
Engine MakeMercury
Fuel Capacity8
By Matt SpencerFishing boats are one of my favourites. Many see them as “just a fishing boat,” but they’re really so much more -- any fisherman will tell you that. I, for one, appreciate them as the epitome of form and function.

Most are built for leisure anglers, but there are those select (and lucky) few who get to use fishing boats are their office. Like any office, although the open corner space is ideal, sometimes we have to make do with the cubicle. But it’s not how much space you have, it’s how you use it. We see this in the 2012 Tracker Super Guide V-16 Side Console.

Tracker describes this boat as “able, agile and fully equipped,” going on to say it “fishes much, much bigger than it looks!” I couldn’t agree more.

Don’t let the 16-foot frame and 76-inch beam fool you; there is plenty of space inside the Super Guide. Since it is a side console, you’re immediately able move the extra seat either to the bow or stern casting deck to make space to move about the boat.
And it gets better. Storage compartments are located in the stern, along with two in the bow. The port side sports a spacious rod box that can hold rods up to seven-and-a-half feet long. Not to mention, you also get a 15-gallon livewell. All of these standard features speak to Bass Pro Shops founder Johnny Morris’s philosophy of offering a boat you can take right from the store to the lake for some serious fishing.

There’s also plenty of room for add-ons. The Super Guide V-16 SC has Tracker’s exclusive VERSATRACK accessory mounting channels in the gunwales. They look pretty unassuming at first, but unleash a world of potential from rod holders to cup holders, tackle trays and even a cutting board -- and the list goes on.
Twin pedestal chairs, a simple helm with a tachometer and a bow trolling motor round out the rest of the on board features.

I also like fishing boats because they’re built for drivers. Pro fishermen are some of the best boat drivers out there and they have a lot of input on the design and function of these boats.
My test boat was equipped with the optional 40-hp Mercury EFI four-stroke, which performed admirably. The 20s were in its wheelhouse all day and I topped out at 29 mph. If I had eaten a smaller lunch that day I bet I could have hit 30. The eight-degree deadrise and shallow gunwales weren’t ideal for the windy test day on Lake Simcoe, but the Super Guide V-16 handled the challenge. This boat would be better suited in protected lakes and grassy rivers.

So, don’t let its size fool you. The Tracker Super Guide V-16 SC is completely capable and up to the challenge!
Mercury ELPT 40 EFI FourStroke, 40-hp, 45.6 cid / 747 cc, in-line three-cylinder four-stroke outboardTIME TO PLANE
5 secondsTOP SPEED (rpm/mph)
5800 / 29CRUISING SPEED (rpm/mph)
3000 / 8.2 ; 3500 / 11.2 ;
4000 / 16.6 ; 4500 / 22.2

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