Boat Test: 2013 Tracker Boats Targa V-18 Combo

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Boat Tested2013 Tracker Boats Targa V-18 Combo
Price As TestedNot Available
Category Fish and Ski
Manufacturer Tracker Boats
Length19ft 1in / 5.82 m
Beam8ft 6in / 2.59 m
Weight1758
HullAluminum
Engines1
Drive TypeOutboard
Engine MakeMercury
FuelGas
Fuel Capacity40
By Mike GridleyFamily boating. Those are two words that conjure up mages of great times on the water. To deliver those great times, it helps to have a versatile boat like Tracker’s Targa V-18 Combo.

When selecting this model, fishing is likely the number one activity, so the Targa V-18 won’t disappoint. At the bow, you’ll find the standard Minn Kota 24V trolling motor, which comes complete with batteries and a charger. There are also two tackle trays, a courtesy light, and bow aerator and motor trim switches.

The raised fishing deck includes a single fishing chair mount, with a 19-gallon, lighted, aerated livewell and bait bucket underneath. A second aerated livewell is tucked under the portside aft jump seat.

To handle your fishing gear, there are two top-loading lockers in the gunwales that can handle eight-foot rods or downriggers, as well as two lockable lockers in the interior gunwales. Additional fishing equipment includes a standard Lowrance Mark 5X fishfinder and Tracker’s VERSATRACK accessory mounting system.

For the family, Tracker includes an aft swim platform and boarding ladder, a removable ski/boarding pylon, bow back cushions and seat cushions, bow storage nets, an in-deck storage locker for skis and boards, and a Sirius-capable AM/FM/CD stereo with MP3 input.

While some love to face the elements, it’s not a requirement with the Targa V-18 Combo. The twin consoles in combination with the tall walk-though windshield provide plenty of protection. The passenger console houses a storage compartment/ cooler and drink holder, along with the stereo system. The helm side features complete instrumentation, system switches and a tilt wheel.

Underway, the all-welded 20-degree deadrise deep-V hull feels solid, rides dry and is quiet. And it’s no wonder it planes quickly and turns crisply, with welded full-length stringers, injected floatation foam, performance strakes and reverse chines. Delivering big performance on this model was an optional Mercury 150 FourStroke, a great choice over the base 115-hp engine.

Without a doubt, the Tracker Targa V-18 Combo is a family friendly package, suitable for tow sports and cruising, and for the serious anglers in the family.
TEST BOAT ENGINE
Mercury 150 FourStroke EFI, 150- hp, 3.0 L/183 ci, in-line, 4-cylinder EFI with SOHC
ACCELERATION (mph/sec)
0-20 / 6.4 ; 0-30 / 7.9TOP SPEED (rpm/mph)
5800 / 46.9CRUISING SPEED (rpm/mph)
4000 / 31.0
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