Fish machines: fibreglass

The year’s best new glass boats include models for weekend warriors, hardcore tournament anglers and fish-and-ski families

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

NITRO

Z18

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This hard-core bass boat has a newly designed rapid-planing hull, along with lower gunnels for maximum deck space. Tournament-friendly features include space for a 12-inch recessed graph in the bow, lockable rod and tackle storage and an optional removable port console.

LENGTH: 18’ 8”

BEAM: 94”

LAYOUT: Dual-console

MAX HORSEPOWER: 175

FUEL CAPACITY: 40 gallons

SEATING CAPACITY: 4

LIVEWELL: Aft, 30 gallons

ROD STORAGE: 8’ port and starboard bow lockers

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

RANGER

190LS Reata

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The Reata is a fish-and-play machine with a spacious interior and abundant storage, plus three jump seats that fold down to increase the rear deck. Other amenities include integrated tackle storage, a Bluetooth-ready stereo system, snap-in cockpit carpet and a built-in insulated cooler.

LENGTH: 18’ 8”

BEAM: 100”

LAYOUT: Walk-through windshield

MAX HORSEPOWER: 175

FUEL CAPACITY: 34

SEATING CAPACITY: 7

LIVEWELL: Aft, 17 gallons

ROD STORAGE: 7’ centre bow locker

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

RANGER

Z175

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An entry-level tournament boat in a compact, affordable package, the Z175 trailers easily and stores in most residential garages. Boasting substantial deck and storage space, it comes standard with a Minn Kota Edge 70 trolling motor and Lowrance Mark 5X Pro at the console.

LENGTH: 17’ 6”

BEAM: 90”

LAYOUT: Single-console

MAX HORSEPOWER: 115

FUEL CAPACITY: 23 gallons

SEATING CAPACITY: 4

LIVEWELL: Aft, 15 gallons

ROD STORAGE: 8’ port bow locker

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

TRITON

19 TRX

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Designed for tournament bass anglers who still want a boat under 20 feet, the 19 TRX features spacious front and rear decks, both with large tackle storage compartments. There’s also room for 12-inch graphs both on the console and flush-mounted in the bow.

LENGTH: 19’ 9”

BEAM: 95”

LAYOUT: Dual-console

MAX HORSEPOWER: 225

FUEL CAPACITY: 45 gallons

SEATING CAPACITY: 4

LIVEWELL: Aft, 41 gallons

ROD STORAGE: 8’ port bow locker

LEARN MORE: 1-888-887-4866; www.tritonboats.com