Tracker’s Pro Team 175 TXW has been the company’s best-selling bass boat for years, and it’s banking on raising the bar on that number with the all-new 2014 model. How? A brand-new factory in which to build a fully featured, top-shelf aluminum boat for a price comfortable to most family budgets.
The new Pro Team 175 TXW is powder-coated, not painted. Tracker calls it Diamond Coat for its tough brilliance. The durable finishing process, applying color and clear-coat to the entire hull for a deep and durable shine, is practical only to a builder of Tracker’s scale. It also is a nod to the environment, reducing to nearly zero volatile organic compound emissions.
Our test boat was equipped with a quiet, economical Mercury 60 hp four-stroke outboard (our only option) on a stepped transom for added efficiency. The rig made 7 miles per gallon even at wide-open-throttle speed of 35 miles per hour. At that rate, a 21-gallon tank can keep anglers fishing two or three days. The all-welded hull is solid and in our tests was comfortable in light wind chop or when crossing others’ wakes. Its shallow draft assures anglers can get to the honey holes deep into the creeks and flats.
A full quiver of standard features gives all that’s necessary to pursue any angler’s species of choice. For tournament anglers, a central locker can secure rods or tackle or a combination of both. A dividable livewell has a powerful aeration system to keep the catch alive. For walleye and crappie anglers, the forward 19-gallon livewell features a bait bucket holder. The livewell is powered by 500 gph pumps, on timers for convenience.
Just as on the full-size bass boats, Tracker recesses the standard 12-volt Minn Kota trolling motor pedal for comfort and to reduce fatigue. A tool and drink holder fits ahead of it, and a trim switch for the motor allows adjustments when demanded.
For comfort, the cockpit has three-across seating with two bucket seats and a center jump seat that folds down, offering an easy step to the aft platform. The driver console is suspended from the gunwale and foredeck bulkhead, making it easy to slip your legs beneath.
The Pro Team 175 TXW has many competitors in its category but few that offer this complete package of power, equipment and durable good looks as standard equipment.
*Brilliant powder-coating colors are corrosion resistant.
*Custom trailer has E-Z Lube bearings, radial tires and swing-away tongue.
Dry Weight: 993 lb.
Seating/Weight Capacity: 4/555 lb.
Fuel Capacity: 21 gal.
How We Tested
Engine: 60 hp Mercury 60 4-stroke EFI
Drive/Prop: Outboard/103/8" x 14" 3-blade aluminum
Gear Ratio: 1.83:1
Fuel Load: 15 gal.
Crew Weight: 235 lb.
$17,020 (with test power, plus freight, destination charges)
Springfield, Missouri; 417-873-4555; trackerboats.com