Boat Test: 2015 Alumacraft Trophy 175

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Boat Tested2015 Alumacraft Trophy 175
Price As TestedNot Available
Category Multi Species Fish
Manufacturer Alumacraft
Length17ft 8in / 5.38 m
Beam7ft 10in / 2.39 m
Weight1550
HullAluminum
Max HP150
Drive TypeOutboard
Engine MakeEvinrude
FuelGas
Fuel Capacity34
By Mike Milne
Sixteen-and-a-half-foot fishing boats - a highly competitive market segment - are seen as a starting point for most angling families. So moving into a 17-foot 8-inch boat like Alumacraft’s Trophy 175 LT has to be a step up. Its builders have stepped up to the plate with great performance, added convenience and versatility.
The Trophy 175 LT is a crowd-pleasing multi-species fishing boat that will also perform well for all-round family outings. The limited edition comes with a MinnKota trolling motor, plenty of rod storage, plus two livewells: 21 gallons aft and 13 gallons forward.
There are seat-mounting sockets on the spacious forward and aft casting decks. But flip up the aft two jump seats, turn on the AM-FM stereo, and your fishing boat is ready for a family day on the water. There’s room in the cockpit to seat six (including the captain) comfortably and plenty of room in storage compartments to pack lunch and water toys. Bow cushions for more seating, plus a folding boarding ladder, are available options.
Twin consoles and a tall folding windscreen provide good protection from the weather and a modified-V hull and high topsides ensure good performance, security and comfort in all wave and weather conditions. The 2XB hull with full-length double plating on the bottom ensures durability.
The Evinrude E-TEC 150 on the test boat delivers great acceleration, comfortable cruising speeds and an impressive top speed just short of 50 mph at 5800 rpm. The direct-injection two-stroke outboard has a good power-to-weight ratio and E-TEC technology means low maintenance and easy winterization.
The boat-and-motor combination delivers tight handling, easy planing (20 mph at 3,000 rpm) and comfortable cruising speeds of 32 mph at 4000 rpm and 40 mph at 5000 rpm.
The convenient AlumaTrac system - allowing easy placement of accessories and rod-holders on coamings - will likely seal the deal for serious anglers. The Trophy 175 is ready for family outings, but fishing is its main mission.
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