The Tracker Pro Guide V-175 WT is designed, according to Tracker, to provide more brawn, stability, and space. The WT stands for Walk Through, meaning she has dual consoles with high windshields that can be “walked through” to get to the bow and back into the cockpit.
She’s not a new boat, but she’s been tweaked through the model years for keeping up with the times. What is timeless is her continuing ability to bring the game to the fish when others are sitting at the dock.
Aluminum vs. Fiberglass
Tracker boats are all aluminum construction. There are a lot of advantages to this, the most obvious being light weight. This 16’11” (5.16 m) boat weighs in at only 1,385 lbs. (628 kg). Add a trailer and a 90-hp Mercury off the transom and she has an estimated towing weight of 2,794 lbs. (1,267 kg), making her towable by even the lightest tow rated vehicles. Not only can she be easily trailered, but in fact, it can live on a trailer when it’s not on the water. This means no marina costs and a reduced maintenance expense, a combination that can save thousands of dollars a year. With her standard trailer that includes a swing-away tongue, her stored length is 19’7” (6.0 m), easily accommodated in most garages. Another direct advantage to aluminum construction is that considerably less power is required to achieve the same speed in a heavier boat. That translates into improved fuel economy, a distinct advantage in today’s trend of non-stop rising fuel prices.
We’ve done extensive factory inspections at Tracker and came away well impressed with the quality and level of strength and quality that goes into each Tracker boat. These boats feature all-welded aluminum construction. The two halves of the hull each start out as a single sheet of 0.100 5052 Marine Alloy aluminum that gets bent in various jigs to form the shape of the hull. Each step thereafter serves to add to its strength. A welded in keel support is added where the two sections are joined. At the stern there’s a box beam with all-aluminum transom. A longitudinal stringer system is built outside the boat, and then hydraulically pressed into the hull before being welded into position. At the bow, there are added “chevrons” strategically placed to add strength where the hull takes the most pounding. Traverse bulkheads add support for the decking. Finally, foam is injected into the void areas for stiffening the hull, adding flotation and sound reduction.
Marine-grade vinyl is added to the cockpit while “fishing-friendly” cut pile carpet is added to the elevated casting decks. Fishing-friendly means that this carpeting isn’t the type that will snag hooks. In fact, we’ve taken hooks and dragged them right across this carpeting in other tests with no snags whatsoever.
Below the waterline, the Pro Guide V-175 WT hull is a combination of a traditional deep-V with a 20-degree deadrise, and a reverse chine. As the bottom runs out toward the chine it flattens horizontally and then, at that chine, it hooks down slightly. This brings a number of advantages. The first is that it creates a larger planing surface than the traditional deep-V, and this allows the vessel to come onto plane quicker, with less power.
However, the main handling difference is noticed when a reverse-chine boat goes into a sharp corner. With a reverse-chine bottom, the chine bites into the water more and the boat carves through the turn without sliding across the water. Also more of the boat is submerged as the chine is forced down into the water during the turn. This increases buoyancy resulting in a turn that is generally flatter than with a traditional bottom. For fishing, the same physics makes the boat more stable while at rest, since as weight is applied to one side, more of the hull is forced into the water, increasing the buoyancy along the weighted side. So standing on a casting platform will have a reduced inherent hazardous side.
The Pro Guide V-175 WT comes as a complete package, ready to fish. And we do mean ready to fish.
A center mounted rod box holds 6' to 8' (1.83 m to 2.44 m) rods. There are two additional lockable top-loading rod boxes in the cockpit that can hold rods up to 8’ (2.44 m). Rod hold-down straps are secured to the foredeck. Between the console seats is a huge in deck storage compartment.
There are two aerated livewells
, a 19-gallon (71.92 L) aerated bow livewell and a 29-gallon (109.78 L), 50" (1.27 m) aerated stern livewell. Both are compartmentalized and molded to fit a removable bait bucket. Each has an adjustable aerator head and a timed recirculating system and pumpout. And they’re connected to dual 500 gph (1892.7 lph) pumps.
is now included as standard equipment. In this case, it’s a Lowrance Elite-3X color fishfinder with an LED display and dual frequency transducer. A far cry from the B&W optional models previously offered.
A Trolling Motor is Also Standard Now.
The Pro Guide V-175 WT comes with a Minn Kota PowerDrive 55-lb. thrust 54” (137 cm) shaft trolling motor with foot control. The wiring for the control box runs through a hatch in the bow to keep from getting underfoot. The motor mounts to a reinforced and through-bolted base at the bow. A separate battery is provided for the trolling motor.
For comfort while fishing, there are no less than six pedestal seat base locations to install two deluxe fishing seats with composite frames. Now the aft positions for the pedestal seat leaves little to no legroom, so they’re not much use if a third person comes aboard. However, a solution would be to move the seat to the center position and now three people are good to go. Otherwise, those aft positions simply serve as a place to store the seat while underway.
The two seats feature 360-degree swivel capability and can be locked into position. They also fold down and are mounted to 2 3/8” (6.0 cm) pedestals.
Well we did say ready to fish, and that means ready to take to the water too. The Tracker Pro Guide V-175 WT comes complete with a trailer that is custom fit to the boat. It has a powder coated finish with Galvashield protection, comes with a swing-away tongue for easier storage, has a 1200-lb. swivel jack, chrome wheels, super lube hubs, an outboard motor support, load guides, carpeted bunks, winch with nylon straps, nylon tie down straps, retractable safety cables and probably a partridge in a pear tree.
Upgrades are still available for the trailer though. Choose a brake upgrade ($445) if there is to be a lot of travel in hill country. Carrying a lot of weight in the boat? Then consider a tandem upgrade with one brake ($500) or dual axle brakes ($700).
The base boat comes with a Mercury 90-hp EXLPT FourStroke as standard. With that engine, Tracker tells us that she should perform in the 37 to 40 mph range. A wise move for those with a lot of gear and heavy friends might be to upgrade to the 115 4-stroke ($1,000) which should also bring the performance up towards 40 to 42 mph.
Pricing and Options
Standard pricing for the Tracker Pro Guide V-175 WT is $21,995 with the 90-hp engine. That represents a bargain by anyone’s standards. Options are pretty straightforward and consist of a number of canvas cover solutions. However, there are some to consider that will make life on the water a bit easier. The gunwales are lined with Versatrack mounting for accepting a multitude of optional accessories. Here are a few that Tracker offers.
The following items are part of the Tracker Warranty --
Tracker began in 1978 when Johnny Morris created and sold the Bass Tracker, the industry’s first fully accessorized, ready-to-fish boat, motor and trailer package at an unheard-of nationally published price. Little has changed since then and the company continues to crank out a ton of these boats every month. That’s because they represent an uncompromised value and that’s hard to compete with. They are also among the best built aluminum boats we’ve seen. All of this serves to give the owner of the Pro Guide V-175 WT a healthy dose of peace of mind when considering the purchase. After the fact, buyer’s remorse is simply not a factor.
Standard and Optional Features
|Carpet: Cockpit||Optional Snap-in|
|Outlet: 12-Volt Acc||Standard|
|Limited Lifetime Yes http://www.trackerboats.com/quality/|
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