Fish machines: aluminum

From compact tiller boats to brawny deep-v bruisers, here are 12 of the top choices for Canadian anglers

Thinking about buying a new fishing boat? Our annual guide to the year’s coolest aluminum boats for Canadian anglers is here to help. For even more cool rides, check out our picks for 2016’s best fibreglass boats

ALUMACRAFT

Competitor 205 LE Sport

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A big boat for big water, Alumacraft’s largest Competitor model has a twin-plated hull and all-aluminum transom, along with such angler-friendly features as an oversized front casting deck, dual-lighted livewells and a built-in 52-quart insulated cooler. (Full disclosure: Outdoor Canada’s official fishing boat for 2016 is an Alumacraft.)

LENGTH: 20’ 8”

BEAM: 96”

LAYOUT: Walk-through windshield

MAX HORSEPOWER: 250

FUEL CAPACITY: 45 gallons

SEATING CAPACITY: 8

LIVEWELL: Bow, 22 gallons; aft, 33 gallons

ROD STORAGE: Lockable 9’ 4” bow locker, 10’ starboard locker

LEARN MORE: 1-877-314-7756; www.alumacraft.com

CRESTLINER

1450 Discovery

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This compact and affordable multi-species boat has plenty of fishing features, including three large lockers, a battery compartment in the bow, and removable gunnel-mounted accessory brackets. The 1450 Discovery is available as a side-console or tiller model (pictured).

LENGTH: 14’ 9”

BEAM: 75.5”

LAYOUT: Single-console or tiller

MAX HORSEPOWER: 40

FUEL CAPACITY: Portable tank

SEATING CAPACITY: 4

LIVEWELL: Bow, 11 gallons

ROD STORAGE: 7’ in-floor locker, 7’ port rack (plus 7’ starboard rack on tiller model)

LEARN MORE: 1-866-301-8544; www.crestliner.com

G3

Sportsman 200 DLX

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A serious fishing machine for targeting big fish, the newest jon boat in G3’s Gator Tough line has a 15-degree dead-rise hull for a smooth ride on big water. There’s an aerated baitwell up front, and room for four anglers to fish in the cockpit.

LENGTH: 19’ 11”

BEAM: 95”

LAYOUT: Walk-through windshield

MAX HORSEPOWER: 200

FUEL CAPACITY: 29 gallons

SEATING CAPACITY: 8

LIVEWELL: Aft, 65 gallons

ROD STORAGE: 7’ port rack

LEARN MORE: 1-800-588-9787; www.g3boats.com

LEGEND

X18

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Made in Ontario, this convertible fish-to-family boat has a wave-slicing deep-V hull, a large front casting deck and an extendable rear casting deck that converts to bench seating. Standard features include deluxe consoles, two swivel seats and a removable ski pylon.

LENGTH: 17’ 6”

BEAM: 90”

LAYOUT: Walk-through windshield

MAX HORSEPOWER: 150

FUEL CAPACITY: 25 gallons

SEATING CAPACITY: 6

LIVEWELL: Bow, 19 gallons; aft 12 gallons

ROD STORAGE: 7’ port, starboard and in-floor lockers

LEARN MORE: 1-800-461-4050; www.legendboats.com

LOWE

Stinger 178

5This serious tournament-style bass boat has 75 square feet of fish-fighting surface, lockable rod storage with tubes and a premium fibreglass console with plenty of storage space for gear and lure trays. Options include a wide variety of electronics and trolling motors.

LENGTH: 17’ 8”

BEAM: 94”

LAYOUT: Single-console

MAX HORSEPOWER: 90

FUEL CAPACITY: 19 gallons

SEATING CAPACITY: 4

LIVEWELL: Bow, 24 gallons; aft, 24 gallons

ROD STORAGE: 8’ port rod locker

LEARN MORE: (417) 532-9101; www.loweboats.com

LUND

1875 Pro-V Bass

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With a hull designed for a quick hole-shot and a fast, dry ride, this is a versatile, robust bass and muskie boat. Serious fishing features include a recessed trolling motor pedal, pop-up tackle tray storage, and two jump seats that fold into the rear casting deck.

LENGTH: 18’ 9”

BEAM: 96”

LAYOUT: Single-console

MAX HORSEPOWER: 200

FUEL CAPACITY: 36 gallons

SEATING CAPACITY: 4

LIVEWELL: Aft, 28 gallons

ROD STORAGE: 9’ bow locker

LEARN MORE: (204) 326-4431; www.lundboats.ca

PRINCECRAFT

Maska DLX WS

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This multi-species fishing machine has bow and aft casting platforms, lockable storage for nine rods and a no-feedback dual-cable steering system. The Quebec-made boat’s factory options include hydraulic steering, tilt wheel and a kicker motor with remote control.

LENGTH: 18’ 1”

BEAM: 91”

LAYOUT: Walk-thRough windshield

MAX HORSEPOWER: 150

FUEL CAPACITY: 27 gallons

SEATING CAPACITY: 5

LIVEWELL: Aft, 20 gallons

ROD STORAGE: 8’ centre locker, 9’ port locker

LEARN MORE: 1-800-395-8858; www.princecraft.com

PRINCECRAFT

Platinum SE 227

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The largest and most luxurious fishing boat from Princecraft offers plenty of space for both anglers and gear. Niceties include a deluxe dash panel with Bluetooth stereo and four 6.5-inch waterproof speakers, and a privacy enclosure that pops up from the stern casting deck.

LENGTH: 22’

BEAM: 100”

LAYOUT: Walk-through windshield

MAX HORSEPOWER: 350

FUEL CAPACITY: 59 gallons

SEATING CAPACITY: 11

LIVEWELL: Bow, 20 gallons; aft 17 gallons

ROD STORAGE: 9’ in-floor locker

LEARN MORE: 1-800-395-8858; www.princecraft.com

RANGER

RP190

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Intended for both freshwater and near-shore saltwater, the RP 190 offers both stealth in the shallows and open-water stability. It has all-aluminum non-skid floors and decks, plentiful storage and a wide-open interior. A wide choice of factory-rigged outboards is also available.

LENGTH: 18’ 8”

BEAM: 96”

LAYOUT: Centre-console

MAX HORSEPOWER: 115

FUEL CAPACITY: 21 gallons

SEATING CAPACITY: 5

LIVEWELL: Aft, 27 gallons

ROD STORAGE: 8’ port and starboard lockers

LEARN MORE: (870) 453-2222; www.rangeraluminum.com

SMOKER CRAFT

Ultima 182 SE

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Combining serious fishing with family fun, the Ultima 182 SE has hydraulic tilt steering, a deluxe console, sizable livewells and reinforcements for mounting downriggers. And the walk-through bow platform and aft flip-up bench seats offer lots of casting room. 

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’ port locker

LEARN MORE: (574) 831-2103; www.smokercraft.com

STARCRAFT

Titan 186

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This brawny fishing machine promises smooth handling on choppy water. Features include lockable storage for five rods, rear seats that flip down to create a full stern casting platform and a popular all-weather package with fisherman’s top, mooring cover and snap-in carpet.

LENGTH: 18’ 6”

BEAM: 99”

LAYOUT: Walk-through windshield

MAX HORSEPOWER: 200

FUEL CAPACITY: 27 gallons

SEATING CAPACITY: 6

LIVEWELL: Bow, 18 gallons; aft, 25 gallons

ROD STORAGE: In-floor locker

LEARN MORE: 1-866-772-4538; www.starcraftmarine.com

TRACKER

Targa V-20 WT

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With a large, deep cockpit and plentiful storage, this big-water, deep-V boat accommodates trolling, jigging and casting. And an optional sport package with aft deck extension, two jump seats, bow seat cushions and ski pylon easily converts the Targa into a family and watersports machine.

 LENGTH: 20’ 2”

BEAM: 102”

LAYOUT: Walk-through windshield

MAX HORSEPOWER: 225

FUEL CAPACITY: 47 gallons

SEATING CAPACITY: 8

LIVEWELL: Bow, 19 gallons; aft, 52 gallons

ROD STORAGE: 8’ port and starboard lockers, 6’ in-floor locker

LEARN MORE: (417) 873-4555; www.trackerboats.com