Boat Test: 2013 Tracker Boats Pro Guide V-175 WT

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Boat Tested2013 Tracker Boats Pro Guide V-175 WT
Price As Tested$22,765 CAD
Category Multi Species Fish
Manufacturer Tracker Boats
Length17ft 8in / 5.38 m
Beam8ft 1in / 2.46 m
Weight1485
HullAluminum
Max HP135
Engines1
Drive TypeOutboard
Engine MakeMercury
FuelGas
Fuel Capacity21
By Matt SpencerIf you put a lot of demands on your fishing machine, from early spring to late fall, a Tracker Pro Guide V175 WT may be the boat you’ve been hunting for.

Like all Trackers, the Pro Guide 175 comes rigged for fishing, starting with a standard Minn Kota Power Drive 55lb thrust trolling motor. Tucked
into the bow are the trolling motor plug-in, a 12-volt outlet and a remote tilt switch for the motor.

Whether you leave the bow deck open or drop in a folding fishing chair, there is ample space to work a casting rod. Under the marine carpeted deck is a portside 19-gallon aerated livewell with bait bucket along with a side locker to starboard. The rod locker fills the balance of the space. Accessed from the cockpit, it will hold five eight-foot casting rigs and the trolling motor battery, all locked securely away. For bulky gear, the 175 has a large in-floor cockpit locker.

Rounding out the storage are two locking side lockers along the gunwales. Under the aft deck is a 29-gallon aerated livewell with recirculation timing, a pump-out system and bait bucket. 

With an overall length of 16 feet, 11 inches and a beam of 97 inches, the 175’s cockpit has ample room for the helm seats and two fishing chairs. There are six pedestal seat locations so you have the option to clear the cockpit for fishing.

The Pro Guide 175 is available with a single console, but I am a real fan of dual console layouts. Having the second console gives you additional storage bins and a lockable compartment for the standard AM/FM/CD stereo with MP3 input.

The helm features illuminated single function instrumentation, minimal system switches and a padded sort wheel. Keeping with Tracker’s “ready-to-fish” right out of the box philosophy, there’s also a standard Lowrance X-4 fishfinder.

As I mentioned earlier, one of the great things about this Tracker is its ability to extend your seasons thanks to a couple of features. First is the tall windshield that provides great protection from the wind and spray. Second is the deep cockpit, which keeps the spray down (the design of the hull also helps).
Tracker offers four Mercury engine options for the Pro Guide: a 90- or 115-hp four-stroke EFI or a 90- or 115-hp OptiMax direct-injection two-stroke. Our test boat came equipped with the 115 OptiMax, which delivered a 32 mph cruise at 4500 rpm and an impressive top speed of 41 mph.

The Pro Guide 175 has a two-piece all-welded hull, with a 20-degree deadrise and reverse chines. The hull’s full-length stringers, grid-style cross members, one-piece gunwales, box beam transom and injected foam give the 175 a solid ride that is quiet and dry.

If you are looking for a mid-sized deep-V fishing package that’s roomy and comfortable with a dry solid ride, Tracker’s Pro Guide V-175 Walk Thru is a package worth checking into.
TEST BOAT ENGINE
Mercury 115 XL OptiMax two-stroke outboard, inline 3-cyl., 92.96 ci (1.5 L), EFI with 2-stage direct injectionACCELERATION (mph/sec)
0-20 / 5.9 ; 0-30 / 8.2TOP SPEED (rpm/mph)
6000 / 40.7CRUISING SPEED (rpm/mph)
3500 / 23.5 ; 4000 / 26.6
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