Boat Test: 2015 Smoker Craft 182 Pro Angler XL

Boat Tested2015 Smoker Craft 182 Pro Angler XL
Price As Tested$34,070 USD
Category Multi Species Fish
Manufacturer Smoker Craft
Length18ft 2in / 5.54 m
Beam8ft / 2.44 m
Max HP175
Drive TypeOutboard
Engine MakeYamaha Outboards
Fuel Capacity27

By Steven Bull

Even though it’s 18 feet long, the 182 Pro Angler XL is light thanks to its aluminum construction so whether on the trailer or the water, you’re getting good bang for your buck at the fuel pump. All without sacrificing any of the key features you want in a fishing boat.

There are two livewells - one at the bow and one at the stern - and plenty of storage for safety equipment, lures and other fishing gear. Of course that includes rod storage and there’s room for 8 rods to be stored safely and securely.

The bow platform is raised for unobstructed casting and has a seat base should you want to move one of the seats up front. Here too is the optional trolling motor and additional in-floor storage.

The high, full-beam windshield with centre walkthrough provides the unobstructed access you want when working the water all around the boat while blocking the wind when whipping across the lake to the next hot spot.

The seats can adjust to just about any position you want for riding or fishing and and a small ladder off the stern and lower transom provides easy access from the water.

Of course there’s more in-floor and gunwale storage and a raised transom casting platform that helps keep your rod away from the motor.

We ran it with a Yamaha 150-hp but this is rated for a maximum of 175-hp. Though you may not need it.

As tested we cruised comfortably at 27 miles per hour kicking off very little wake which any conscientious angler will appreciate so as to limit shoreline impact. When you want to punch the throttle and race to your favourite spot across the lake or get your haul back to the dock, it won’t take long with a top speed of nearly 50 miles per hour. All of this in a compact but very functional fishing boat that even novice boaters will feel comfortable driving.

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