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    Aluminum bass boats: Lowe vs. Tracker
from Ty (  
10/26/2007 3:15:00 PM


 Does anyone have any input on Lowe and Tracker aluminum 16ft bass boats with 50hp? Im trying to deside between the two. Pros or cons for each?

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   Look At the Stratos from weedjig (  10/26/2007 5:01:00 PM
 Not too sure on the Tin Boats but Stratos has a 17 and 18 footer that are really getting a bunch of attention. The 176 is $13500 with a 50 Yami. I ran it and its a great buy, Sorry no help on the aluminum.

   Lowe or Tracker from Hal Brown (  10/26/2007 5:56:00 PM
 I looked at both and bought a 17'6" G3 with a 60hp Yamaha 2 stroke at a lower price. I also decided that I like the G3 storage layout better. Very happy with the boat, but on the tidal Potomac it can get hairy at times in aluminum. I have to be careful, but have negotiated 3 ft breakers OK. My GPS speed with me, a full 21 gal tank and gear is only 32.6mph and that is with a Yamaha cupped steel prop and relatively flat water.

It takes a while to go very far.

   Lowe from Rodney Tidwell, Jett-A-Marina  10/26/2007 9:32:00 PM
 We sell a lot of the Stinger 170 and 175 Lowe Bass boats, they are tough and we really dont have any problems with them, very good boat for the money with a 50 two stroke on the back. We also sell the Stratos, the 176 is a very nice boat for the money, stable and a good fishing boat, not a bad ride either.

PO Box 96
Calvert City, KY 42029

   Lowe vs. Tracker from Ty (  10/27/2007 10:15:00 AM
 Some of you suggested Stratos and G3 boats. This will be my first boat and im kind of scared of the whole crack and leak issue with the fiberglass boats that Stratos has to offer. Im looking for something that i can beach by a camp site with out the worry of breaking the hull. G3 has a nice looking boat but i had an owner of a Yamaha tell me that if you ever have to get repair parts for a Yamaha, the cost for these parts are much more than say a Mercury. Is this true? This statement was one of the reasons for me looking at boats brands that are prerigged with Mercury engines.

   Yamaha repair from Hal Brown (  10/27/2007 10:40:00 AM
 I do not know why that would be the case, but others here may be better qualified to comment on the difference in repair cost, if any. My Yammie 60 is now 6 years old with 140 hours on it and has never had a problem.

   Stratos from thebassoutlaw (  10/27/2007 11:14:00 AM
 You can put a Hambys protector on it and not worry about the crack and leaking problem.

   Lowe from Jet-A-Marina  10/27/2007 11:37:00 AM
 There are several things to look at when comparing aluminum boats. The listed beam is not always what it seems. A lowe's width is a true measure of the beam. Some other brands have an overhanging gunnel that gives the impression of a wider beam than the boat really has. A Lowe also has a wider bottom width than most of thei competitors. The Lowe Stinger series is also 100% aluminum, with aluminum decks and transom. Most of the competitors still use wood. The Lowe is also much more stable as a fishing platform. Give us a call if you have any questions.

PO Box 96
Calvert City, KY 42029

   Ty from BASSMAN IA.  10/27/2007 12:17:00 PM
 listen to Rodney-------- after all you asked a question about A vs B------- and others answered with C vs D---

You didn't say if that 50 hp was a 2-stroke or a 4-joke. The reliably of the Yamaha is not an issue (very reliable), prices of parts are no different ( impellers and regular maintenance parts). Your concern should be a dealership that is trustworthy close to you.

To stay with the tradition on here--------- have you looked at the Ford vs. the Chevy?

   To answer BASSMAN from Ty (  10/29/2007 8:54:00 AM
 I am looking a having a 50hp 2-stroke on the boat. I dont want the added weight of the four stroke a salesman at a Lowe boat dealership told me that the boat would porpus with the added weight. Plus i dont have to worry about changing the motor oil. Well, its good to know that i am deciding between a ford and a chevy when looking at mercury and yamaha.

   Really no choice from Jet-A-Marina  10/29/2007 10:28:00 AM
 If you are looking at a Lowe since Lowe is owned by Mercury, the cheapest way to go is with a Mercury on that Lowe but we can get any engine you want on a new Lowe or Stratos. Rodney

PO Box 96
Calvert City, KY 42029

   tracker from rotgut (  10/29/2007 12:10:00 PM
 get the tracker, stratos is over priced, and lowe is crap, i've owned 2 lowe boats, and 3 trackers, no comparison, get the tracker

   Hey rotgut. from Ty (  10/31/2007 10:17:00 AM
 Hey rotgut. What problems did you have with your lowe boats?

   tex from rotgut (  11/1/2007 8:43:00 AM
 Hull issues, storage compartments rattle when drivin(in both), flooring problems to name a few, nice boats but problems all around



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