11 new aluminum fishing boats for 2015

These brawny tillers, sleek bass machines and fish-and-ski crossovers, will put you on fish, and carry you home in comfort

Time for a new fishing machine? Our roundup of the year’s top 12 aluminum boats will help you make the right choice. For 2015’s top glass boats, click here.

ALUMACRAFT

T-Pro 185 Sport

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As well as the soft, dry ride Alumacrafts are known for, the T-Pro comes standard with many tournament-ready features, including air-ride seats, hydraulic tilt steering, extra-long rod lockers and a recirculating aft livewell. (Full disclosure: Outdoor Canada’s official boat for 2015 is an Alumacraft.)

LENGTH: 18’3”

BEAM: 97”

LAYOUT: Walk-through windshield

MAX HORSEPOWER: 175

FUEL CAPACITY: 34 gallons

SEATING CAPACITY: 6

LIVEWELL: Bow, 18 gallons; aft 18 gallons

ROD STORAGE: 8’ bow locker; 8’ port side locker

Learn more: 1-877-314-7756; www.alumacraft.com

CRESTLINER

2050 Authority

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The new Authority is designed for stability in big, harsh waters. The deep, roomy cockpit and wide beam allow anglers room to manage trolling rods and fight fish. Serious anglers will also appreciate the premium wrap-around console and lockable rod storage.

LENGTH: 20'10"

BEAM: 98"

LAYOUT: Walk-through windshield

MAX HORSEPOWER: 225

FUEL CAPACITY: 40 gallons

SEATING CAPACITY: 9

LIVEWELL: Bow, 15 gallons; aft, 20 gallons

ROD STORAGE: 9’ port rack; 8’ centre locker

Learn more: (320) 616-5600; www.crestliner.com

G3

Angler V192 SF

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This spacious boat switches from fishing to skiing and back again in seconds. Features include a bench seat that flips down to extend the stern casting deck, movable pedestal seats, an optional ski tow hoop and seven lockable storage compartments.

LENGTH: 19’ 2”

BEAM: 96”

LAYOUT: Walk-through windshield

MAX HORSEPOWER: 200

FUEL CAPACITY: 40 gallons

SEATING CAPACITY: 8

LIVEWELL: Bow, 15 gallons; aft, 35 gallons

ROD STORAGE: 8’ bow locker

Learn more: (417) 588-9787; www.g3boats.com

KINGFISHER

2025 Flex SPT XP

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The “XP” denotes the extended platform layout for more casting space in the bow. Additional angling features include a rear bench seat that converts to a casting platform, a locker for 11 nine-foot rods, and a sleek console with ample room for all your electronics.

LENGTH: 20’1”

BEAM: 96”

LAYOUT: Walk-through windshield

MAX HORSEPOWER: 250

FUEL CAPACITY: 35 gallons

SEATING CAPACITY: 7

LIVEWELL: Aft, 24 gallons

ROD STORAGE: 7’ bow, port and starboard lockers
Learn more: 1-888-545-9171; www.kingfisherboats.com

LEGEND

18 Xtreme

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This serious multi-species boat includes a few family touches, including a three-person bench that converts into a larger aft deck. A lengthy list of standard features includes vinyl decks, interior LED lighting, factory-installed sonar, a wireless trolling motor and a atand-up foul-weather top.

LENGTH: 17’6”

BEAM: 90”

LAYOUT: Walk-through windshield

MAX HORSEPOWER: 150

FUEL CAPACITY: 30 gallons

SEATING CAPACITY: 6

LIVEWELL: Bow, 30 gallons; aft, 12 gallons

ROD STORAGE: 7’ centre locker; 7’ port and starboard lockers

Learn more: 1-800-461-4050; www.legendboats.com

LOWE

Stinger 18 Pro Elite Bass Boat

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Sleek and versatile, this new single-console bass boat owes its speed to a high-performance pad-V hull. Pro-level amenities include a recessed trolling motor foot pedal, two bucket seats, locking rod storage, plug-and-play instruments and a tinted windshield.

LENGTH: 18’2”

BEAM: 85”

LAYOUT: Single console

MAX HORSEPOWER: 115

FUEL CAPACITY: 17 gallons

SEATING CAPACITY: 4

LIVEWELL: Bow, 11 gallons; aft, 30 gallons

ROD STORAGE: 7’ port and 6’ starboard lockers

Learn more: (417) 532-9101; www.loweboats.com

LUND

Pro Guide 2075

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This big, roomy tiller boat offers precise control for back trolling, along with top-of-the-line fishing features. The new layout offers more space for rods and gear, integrated tackle drawers and a redesigned command console with lockable storage for two large electronics units.

LENGTH: 20’9”

BEAM: 93”

LAYOUT: Tiller

MAX HORSEPOWER: 200

FUEL CAPACITY: 42 gallons

SEATING CAPACITY: 6

LIVEWELL: Bow, 11 gallons; aft, 22 gallons

ROD STORAGE: 8’ centre and 9’6” starboard lockers

Learn more: (204) 326-4431; www.lundboats.ca

POLAR KRAFT

Bass TX 175 FF

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This value-minded bass boat has a modified V-hull that gets you up on plane in a hurry. And while it may be marketed as a bass boat, the TX 175 FF is versatile enough to target other species as well, complete with two aerated livewells with bait storage, pedestal seats, and bow and stern casting decks.

LENGTH: 17’5”

BEAM: 84”

LAYOUT: Single-console

MAX HORSEPOWER: 75

FUEL CAPACITY: 21 gallons

SEATING CAPACITY: 4

LIVEWELL: Bow, 25 gallons; aft, 25 gallons

ROD STORAGE: 7’6” bow locker

Learn more: (574) 522-8381; www.polarkraft.com

PRINCECRAFT

Xperience 188

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The Xperience quickly converts from a fishing machine to a cruiser, with one family friendly option unique in a boat of this size: a slide-out head, with a pop-up privacy curtain. Angling amenities include lockable rod storage, an aerated livewell and fore and aft casting platforms.

LENGTH: 19’

BEAM: 98”

LAYOUT: Walk-through windshield

MAX HORSEPOWER: 200

FUEL CAPACITY: 40 gallons

SEATING CAPACITY: 8

LIVEWELL: Aft, 16 gallons

ROD STORAGE: 7’ centre locker

Learn more: 1-800-395-8858; www.princecraft.com

SMOKER CRAFT

182 Pro Angler XL

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Blending functionality with comfort, this roomy multi-species boat has an extended stern fishing area, with two deluxe seats that fold into the floor. The substantial storage includes a lockable bow compartment for nine rods, as well as centre and gunnel space for even more.

LENGTH: 18’5”

BEAM: 96”

LAYOUT: Walk-through windshield

MAX HORSEPOWER: 175

FUEL CAPACITY: 27 gallons

SEATING CAPACITY: 8

LIVEWELL: Bow, 18 gallons; aft, 28 gallons

ROD STORAGE: 8’ bow and floor lockers; 7’6” starboard locker

Learn more: (547) 831-2103; www.smokercraft.com

STARCRAFT

Starfish 176 DC Fish & Ski

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Fishing features meet family fun in this value-oriented boat, which offers a six-year warranty on all components, carpet, upholstery and electronics. Amenities include flip-down rear jump seats, in-floor storage for either rods or skis, and an optional tow package.

LENGTH: 17’8”

BEAM: 92”

LAYOUT: Walk-through windshield

MAX HORSEPOWER: 150

FUEL CAPACITY: 32

SEATING CAPACITY: 7

LIVEWELL: Bow, 18 gallons; aft, 14 gallons

ROD STORAGE: 8’ floor and 7’6” starboard lockers

Learn more: (547) 831-2103; www.starcraftmarine.com

TRACKER

GRIZZLY 2072 MVX CC

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Tracker’s largest jon boat has seen a number of key upgrades, including welded-in, foam-filled interior side walls for strength, a deeper hull for better handling and a smoother ride, and a roomier front deck for fishing. This boat also wouldn’t be out of place for fall waterfowl hunting duties.

LENGTH: 21’4”

BEAM: 97”

LAYOUT: Centre console

MAX HORSEPOWER: 115

FUEL CAPACITY: 19 gallons

SEATING CAPACITY: 9

LIVEWELL: Bow, 32 gallons; console, 9 gallons

ROD STORAGE: 6’6” port and starboard racks; vertical holders on console

Learn more: 1-888-487-2253; www.trackerboats.com