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Five Great Tow Boats Under $25,000
Want to get your family out on the water? Here are five boats under $25,000 that can help you and your family start shredding.
Aluminum: Tracker Pro Guide V-175 Combo
Pros: Standard ski pylon raises the tow rope clear of the outboard.
Cons: Tiny swim platform is not great for board prep; it’s not the best boat for saltwater duty.
Sport it up: Fill up the livewells and stuff lockers for wake ballast.
Bottom line: $21,395; trackerboats.com
Small, multispecies aluminum fish boats are some of the most popular in the country due to their light tow weight, low maintenance, versatility and durability. But most of them lack the basic necessities to serve as the family boat. The Tracker Pro Guide V-175 Combo is a notable exception. It has several family runabout features, including fold-down jump seats along the transom, cockpit pedestal seats that rotate aft to watch the action in the wake, a walk-through windshield and a portside console with a glove box and stereo controls.
Of course, the most important features from a tow boat standpoint are the removable ski pylon and the swim platform on the starboard side. The swim platform includes a three-step telescoping ladder.
This boat lists for a nationally set price of $21,395 with a 115 hp Mercury OptiMax and a trailer. We tested the boat with a 90 hp Merc and nearly broke 40 mph. The hull features 20 degrees of transom deadrise and reverse chines that help it achieve a dry ride in the chop. Since this boat’s primary mission is fishing, the bow space is lost to fishing duty and many of the standard perks are fish-related, but it’s plenty family-friendly.
Displacement: 1,485 lb.
Fuel Capacity: 21 gal.
Max Horsepower: 135