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Tracker Targa V-19 WT (2018-)

Mercury 225 hp Pro XS



Brief Summary

Factory-rigged with a Mercury® outboard and Minn Kota® trolling motor, the TRACKER® Targa™ V-19 WT is a purpose-built fish boat. Rated for up to a 225-horsepower outboard, it can accelerate to speeds in excess of 50-mph, suitable for tournament fishing or simply getting to the drop fast with friends and family. With two livewells and lots of storage, this model reflects TRACKER’s extensive experience in freshwater fishing in both professional and recreational modes.
Space is efficiently utilized to provide the greatest amount of storage and function. Tracker accedes to family fun with the standard aft swim platform, tow pylon receptacle for the optional pylon and the optional bow cushions.

Key Features

  • Wraparound, tempered safety glass walk-thru windshield
  • Aft swim platform with boarding ladder, optional ski pylon and bow seat cushions
  • Lowrance® HOOK-5 color fishfinder with GPS
  • Transom motor-mounting plate for increased strength and durability
  • Bow panel with trolling motor receptacle, 12V outlet, livewell aerator switch, and trim switch
  • Fixed-position driver seat & 6 pedestal seat base locations w/3 movable, 360°-swivel/lock, folding seats all w/power adjust, air-ride pedestals
  • Adjustable aerator heads for maximum water control
  • Deep deadrise and reversed chines for a smoother, drier ride and better overall performance

Test Results

RPM MPH Knots GPH MPG NMPG STAT. MILE NM dBa
600 3.3 2.9 0.4 9.4 8.2 399 346.8 68
1000 5.4 4.7 3.4 1.6 1.4 67 58.4 73
1500 7 6 1.5 4.6 4 196 170.4 74
2000 7.9 6.8 2.9 2.7 2.4 115 99.6 81
2500 11.7 10.1 4 2.9 2.5 123 107.1 82
3000 25 21.7 5.1 5 4.3 209 182.1 83
3500 30.6 26.6 6.9 4.4 3.9 187 162.9 85
4000 35 30.4 8.4 4.2 3.6 176 153 86
4500 41.4 36 12.2 3.4 3 144 125.3 89
5000 47.2 41 14 3.4 2.9 143 124.3 88
5500 52.2 45.3 18 2.9 2.5 123 106.6 92
5600 53.5 46.5 20.2 2.6 2.3 112 97.4 92
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Specifications

Length Overall 19' 10" / 6.05 m
Beam 8' 6"
2.59 m
Dry Weight 4,019 lbs.
1,823 kg
Tested Weight 4,651 lbs.
2,109 kg
Draft N/A
Deadrise/Transom 20 deg.
Max Headroom Open
Bridge Clearance N/A
Weight Capacity 2,000 lbs.
907 kg
Person Capacity 8
Fuel Capacity 47 gal.
178 L
Water Capacity N/A
Total Weight 4,651 lbs.
2,109 kg

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Acceleration Times & Conditions

Time to Plane 2.6 sec.
0 to 30 8.2 sec.
Ratio N/A
Props 19P Tempest Plus
Load 2 persons, 3/4 load, no water, 50 lbs. of gear
Climate 56 deg., 48 humid.; wind: 0-5 mph; seas: calm

Engine Options

Tested Engine Mercury 225 hp Pro XS
Std. Power 1 x 150-hp Mercury XL FourStroke
Opt. Power 1 x 200-hp Mercury XL OptiMax
1 x 225-hp Mercury XL OptiMax Pro XS
1 x 200-hp Mercury XL Verado (L4)
1 x 200-hp Mercury XL Verado (L6)
1 x 225-hp Mercury XL Verado

Captain's Report

Tracker Targa V-19 WT running

The TRACKER® Targa™ V-19 WT has an all welded aluminum, 20-degree deadrise deep-V hull.

Mission

The TRACKER® Targa™ V-19 WT is designed and built as a fishing machine. Every inch is engineered to fulfill that mission. The VERSATRACK accessory mounting system provides the means to customize the Targa™ V-19 WT in a configuration that suits the individual fishing style of each angler.

Tracker Targa V-19 WT layout

This overhead view clearly displays the TRACKER® Targa™ V-19 WT is well-equipped for fishing. Note the three passenger seats are moveable to any of the standard six pedestal mounts.

Major Features

Tracker Targa V-19 WT windshield

The walkthrough windshield and moveable seating makes the TRACKER® Targa™ V-19 WT a versatile freshwater fishing platform.
  • Moveable Seating. The three passenger seats are movable to six different standard pedestal mounts.
  • Fore and Aft Fishing Platforms. Raised and carpeted.
  • All Welded Deep-V Hull. 35-degree deadrise at the bow, 20-degree deadrise at the transom.
  • Well Thought-out Storage. Including, in-gunnel rod stowage (2), in-deck rod stowage.
  • VERSATRACK Accessory Mounting. Allow anglers to customize their accessories for the style of fishing that they prefer.
  • Durable Paint Coating. White River Marine Group simply has the best painting process in the industry.
  • Competitive Pricing. Because White River Marine Group is the largest builder of aluminum boats in the world it has tremendous economies of scale that are passed along to the consumer in pricing.
  • Quality Construction and Materials. Because of its economies of scale, White River Marine Group does not have to cut corners or skimp on labor or materials to produce a quality boat at a competitive price. In fact, for the last few years its focus has been on quality, not price.
  • Warranty. Tracker claims to have the best aluminum boat warranty in the industry, and we have no reason to doubt them. See below for more details.

Performance

Tracker Targa V-19 WT running shot

The TRACKER® Targa™ V-19 WT features reverse chine hull design for a dry stable ride and pressed-in hull strakes for lift and tracking.

The TRACKER® Targa™ V-19 WT has a length overall of 19’10'' (6.05 m), a beam of 8'6'' (2.59 m). With a dry weight of 4,019 lbs. (1,823 kg.), 75% fuel (35.25 gallon / 133.4 L), no freshwater onboard, two people and test gear there was an estimated test weight of 4,651 lbs. (2,109 kg).

The test was conducted with an ambient temperature of 56-degrees F at sea level, which is optimal for the engine’s best performance. Light wind (5 mph) and light chop.

Test Engine. We tested the boat with an engine at the boat’s maximum rating, a Mercury 2-stroke, 3.0 L 225 Pro XS turning a 19” pitch, three blade Mercury P19 Tempest Plus stainless-steel prop. The standard engine for this boat is the Mercury 150 XL.

Top Speed. We recorded a top speed for the TRACKER® Targa™ V-19 WT at 5600 rpm of 53.5 mph.

Best cruise came at 3000 rpm and 25 mph. That speed produced a fuel burn of 5.1 gph which the Targa™ V-19 could maintain theoretically for 8 hours and 30 minutes and 209 statute miles with 10% fuel reserve.

Acceleration Times and Test Conditions

  • Time To Plane: 2.6 sec.
  • 0 To 20: 4.7 sec.
  • 0 To 30: 8.2 Sec.

Handling

Tracker Targa V-19 WT outboard

The TRACKER® Targa™ V-19 WT hull with the Mercury 225 Pro XS created a fast, sporty ride.

The acceleration of the Targa™ V-19 WT was impressive, and it was thanks to the 3.0 L 2-stroke 225-hp Mercury Pro XS. This is a lot of horsepower for a boat this size and we think that the standard 150-hp 4-stroke would serve most people just fine. Of course, it will not have a 2-stroke hole shot. Nevertheless, the test boat proved to have a dry ride and easily handled the light chop conditions that were encountered.

Boat Inspection

Bow

The bow area casting deck measures 6’4” (1.93 m) wide at the front of the consoles and 2’8” (.81) wide at the forward most point. It is 4’2” (1.27 m) fore-and-aft, providing a good-sized fishing platform.

Tracker Targa V-19 WT bow

The center of the bow is a pedestal base, one of six. Note the port and starboard under the gunnel net-storage and forward tackle storage in the bulkhead.

Tracker Targa V-19 WT bow storage

Shown is the five in-deck hatches in the open position. Note, the forward mounted Lowrance multi-function display comes standard on the 40th Anniversary edition Targa™ V-19 WT.

Tracker Targa V-19 WT plastic lip

Note the raised plastic lip on the bin at the right. The lip is intended to help keep rain water out of the compartment, and if the adjustable latch is tight, perhaps it will. Otherwise, most compartments are subject to water intrusion.

The starboard side, aft most in-deck, bow compartment doubles as a cooler. The port side, aft-most in-deck, bow compartment doubles as the 19-gallon (72 L) aerated livewell, timed and recirculated with a pump-out system

TRACKER® offers optional bow cushions which convert the forward area into a family-friendly seating area with backrest on the consoles.

Tracker Targa V-19 WT courtesy light

Pictured is the bow courtesy light, 12-volt outlet, bow aerator switch and trim switch which comes standard. Note the cup holder and bow tackle box storage, also standard.

A Minn Kota trolling motor is standard. It is forward mounted and rigged by the manufacturer with foot pedal storage and a bulkhead mounted power receptacle that keeps the cables off the deck and not underfoot.

Tracker Targa V-19 WT gunnel

The 11’’ wide gunnels come standard with a non-skip cap, 4.5” flip-up cleats and the VERSATRACK accessory-mount channel. The VERSATRACK accessories are optional.

All Boats Should Have Anchors. While the emphasis of this boat is on fishing, owners should not forget that all boats must have an anchor -- and should have an anchor rode cleat mounted on the bow of the boat on the centerline. One of the casting deck lockers can be dedicated to a lightweight Danforth-style anchor, and we would have a proper cleat added in the aftermarket. Tracker Targa V-19 WT tackle

Note the cubby for three tackle drawers next to the trolling motor power outlet in the bow.

Tracker Targa V-19 WT windshield

The Targa™ V-19 WT’s high windshield will keep a chill and spray off the crew. Note the two storage compartments in front of the consoles.

Tracker Targa V-19 WT storage

There is never enough storage on any boat, no matter how big, and TRACKER has utilized virtually every dead space for it.

Tracker Targa V-19 WT bow light

We like the light in the bow for night operation.

Walkthrough Windshield

Tracker Targa V-19 WT windshield

The walkthrough windshield provides a 25” wide egress, which is 3” to 6” more than many boats we’ve seen. This is important for portly anglers in a hurry. The windshield is tempered-safety glass.

Tracker Targa V-19 WT

The in-deck rod storage is lockable and can hold rods up to 8’ long. It comes standard with reinforced and lockable hatch-lid.

Tracker Targa V-19 WT

When coming home after dark, the Targa’s well-placed courtesy lights are more than welcome.

Port Side Console

Tracker Targa V-19 WT port console

The port console comes with a standard lockable glovebox, side storage. Note the 12-volt outlet in the side storage.

Tracker Targa V-19 WT cup holder

Under the port side console is, a standard cup holder, built-in speaker and an angled footrest with more lockable storage below.

Tracker Targa V-19 WT

It is a small storage compartment but as time goes on, gear accumulates, and here is a place for some of it. There is another footrest locker on the helm console.

Tracker Targa V-19 WT helm seats

Between the helm and companion seat is in-deck storage which is a good place for gear that can get wet from rain water and not be hurt or have mildew grow on it.

Helm Console Features

Tracker Targa V-19 WT fish finder

Note, the Lowrance Elite 7 fishfinder is standard with the 40th Anniversary Edition of the Targa V-17 WT.

Tracker Targa V-19 WT

Clean and simple, and six gauges in four bezels.
  • In the dash, simple well thought-out gauges, and rocker switches are within easy reach and well labeled.
  • Standard Bluetooth®-capable stereo.
  • Storage for a cellphone and lockable storage in the footrest.
  • Horn button is separate and easy to find. A real plus when out on the water.
  • Helm seat comes standard with air-powered height adjustment, forward sliding and has air-ride shock absorption.
  • Moveable seating is standard and the seats have a 360-degree swivel-and-lock feature standard with air-powered height adjustment, forward sliding and has air-ride shock absorption pedestals.

The six pedestal mounts are found in the cockpit (5) and in the center of the forward fishing platform (1).

Cockpit

The cockpit area measures 6’1” (1.85 m) wide and 3’8” (1.12 m) deep at each side and 2’9” (.84 m) in front of the outboard engine well.

Tracker Targa V-19 WT livewell

Shown is the in-deck 48-gallon (182 L) aerated livewell, timed and recirculated with a pump-out system, and dedicated location for the 5-gallon (19 L) bait bucket.

Tracker Targa V-19 WT port aft battery

The port side, aft battery, and systems access panel. Note the courtesy light on the gunnel riser.

Tracker Targa V-19 WT

Courtesy lights only need to pay off once to be well worth it.

Tracker Targa V-19 WT aft battery

The starboard side, aft battery, and systems access panel. Note the courtesy light and 12-volt outlet on the gunnel riser. Note the shoe-box lid of the hatch and the raised perimeter around the opening to reduce the chance of water intrusion.

Tracker Targa V-19 WT rod storage

Pictured here is the in-gunnel, lockable rod storage compartment located on both the port and starboard cockpit gunnels.

Tracker Targa V-19 WT

In the gunwales port and starboard forward of the stern platform there is more storage space.

Transom

Tracker Targa V-19 WT

ABYC standards call for all boats to have a re-boarding ladder that can be reached by someone in the water. It is also to reach 22” (.56 m ) below the waterline, as this standard ladder clearly does. This feature makes using the boat able to be used for towing sports.

Aluminum Construction

Tracker Targa V-19 WT

A properly built aluminum fishing boat is far more complicated to build than most people realize.

Aluminum Hull. TRACKER® models are all welded-hull seams, bulkheads, stringer system, transom and gunnels. They are all joined to form one unitized construction stronger than the individual parts. TRACKER® says that the aluminum is .125 mm thick. And that the aluminum alloy is 5052. Tracker backs the hull with a limited lifetime warranty. Tracker Targa V-19 WT

The cockpit deck is covered with marine-grade vinyl which is easy to clean.

Decks. The Targa™ V-19 WT’s decks are pressure treated, marine-grade plywood which is commonly used in the boating industry for decking in aluminum fishing boats and in pontoon boats. It carries a limited lifetime warranty on all TRACKER® boats. The plywood on the casting decks is covered with marine-grade carpet, which the builder says is “fishing-friendly.”

Foam Flotation. The USCG requires that all powerboats 20’ and under “float level” if swamped. This boat does that, of course, but more than that, TRACKER® tells us that every void is filled with expanding foam which adds to the stiffness of the hull and makes for a quieter ride.

Tracker Targa V-19 WT

Note the wide chine flats that give the boat stability and deflect spray. The deadrise at the transom is 20-degrees which is relatively deep for this type of boat which will make it more comfortable in sloppy conditions in a large lake.

Tracker Targa V-19 WT

Tandem-axle trailer with powder-coat finish and impact, corrosion and chip protection shielding is standard. TRACKER® makes its own trailers.

Tracker Targa V-19 WT

All four cleats seen here are the fold-up, anti-snag type. Note that there is no anchor cleat on the bow.

Warranty

Following is a boiled down version of the warranty description on the TRACKER® Marine website. We recommend that consumers read the fine print of all boat and engine warranties. Below is a link to a PDF of the Tracker warranty in its entirety.

Options to Consider

Price

$31,995 with 150 XL 4-stroke 150-hp Mercury outboard and a tandem-axle trailer.

Tracker Targa V-19 WT

This TRACKER® Targa™ V-19 WT publicity photo shows how many people can comfortably fish the boat.

Observations

The TRACKER® Targa™ V-19 WT has an eight-person capacity rating. However, for fishing it would be best if the number of anglers were two to four. It is not a good idea to have too many people on any small boat, particularly those with raised decks when moving around is part of the activity.

We found the aluminum construction and its warranty impressive.

With its power and responsiveness it would make a more than adequate towsports boat with the optional tow pylon. Indeed, one of our staff has skied behind an aluminum boat with a 25-hp 2-stroke engine many years ago.