Polar Kraft 179 Frontier WT

Buddy-up and have a blast aboard this wide-beamed boat.

A 17-foot boat might sound cramped, but the 179 Frontier WT defies conventional wisdom. A large, spacious forward casting deck provides room for two adults to fight fish. There’s a pedestal for a forward seat with a convenient storage nook for the standard trolling motor’s foot pedal. Both a baitwell and lockable storage are at the ready, and a channel system in the boat’s gunwale provides real estate for adding aftermarket accessories.

As the WT implies, the 179 features a convenient walk-through windshield to offer protection from the elements. Under the walk-through step lies lockable rod storage for nine rods. Oversize gauges highlight the attractive helm. There’s plenty of landing space on the dash for even two fish finders. Port and starboard rod lockers can hold up to 7-foot rods. Cockpit toe kicks provide added leverage. The rear casting platform offers plenty of room for back trolling, while the 52-inch livewell stands out for its ability to handle bigger species.

Polar Kraft’s V-pad hull is designed to require less horsepower to get up on plane. Outfitted with a Yamaha 115, it flattened out in 3.3 seconds, reached 30 mph in only 7.3 seconds and peaked at a top speed of 42 mph.

Key Features
-The 179 features a large, lockable center rod storage and a massive livewell with divider.
-Convenient walk-through windshield offers weather ­protection, maintains easy access forward.
-The V-pad hull design requires less horsepower to get up on plane.