Best boats: Fibreglass

5 great new glass boats for walleye, bass, multi-species and family fun

For Canadians looking to dive into boat ownership, upgrade or simply window-shop, here’s a roundup of some of 2017’s best new boats. For even more options, check out our picks for 2017’s best new aluminum boats.

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NITRO: Z19

The Z19 is a hard-core bass machine with a rapid-planing hull, 34-square-foot bow deck and low-profile gunnels. It comes rigged with a Mercury outboard, Minn Kota trolling motor, Lowrance fishfinder and custom-fit trailer. There’s also an optional pro package, with many more features.

LENGTH: 19’ 4”

BEAM: 94”

LAYOUT: Dual-console

MAX HORSEPOWER: 200

FUEL CAPACITY: 50 gallons

SEATING CAPACITY: 4

LIVEWELL: Dual aft, 19 gallons each

ROD STORAGE: 8’ port, starboard and bow lockers

LEARN MORE: 1-888-258-2920; www.nitroboats.com

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RANGER: 1880MS Angler

Broad-beamed and stable, the versatile 1880MS Angler blends serious fishability with family fun thanks to a spacious bow deck, wide-open layout and rear jump seats. Available with a range of factory-rigged outboards, it comes standard with a Minn Kota trolling motor and Lowrance electronics.

LENGTH: 18’ 8”

BEAM: 100”

LAYOUT: Walk-through windshield

MAX HORSEPOWER: 200

FUEL CAPACITY: 34 gallons

SEATING CAPACITY: 6

LIVEWELL: Bow, 9 gallons; aft, 27 gallons

ROD STORAGE: 8’ centre locker

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

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TAHOE: 450 TF Outboard

For anglers, this fish-and-ski runabout features two pedestal seats and a remote-control Minn Kota electric trolling motor, all of which are removable. For fun in the sun, there’s full-width aft seating, a sun pad, a ski-rope holder and dual swim platforms with a telescoping boarding ladder.

LENGTH: 18’ 5”

BEAM: 94”

LAYOUT: Walk-through windshield

MAX HORSEPOWER: 150

FUEL CAPACITY: 24

SEATING CAPACITY: 8

LIVEWELL: Aft, 10 gallons

ROD STORAGE: n/a

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

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TRITON: 19 TrX Patriot

Like other models in Triton’s Patriot line, this tournament bass boat comes fully loaded with pro-calibre amenities, including a 36-volt Minn Kota Fortrex trolling motor, two Lowrance HDS 9 graphs, Power-Pole Blade anchor and four-bank battery charger.

LENGTH: 19’ 9”

BEAM: 95”

LAYOUT: Single-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

4LUND: 189 Pro-V GL

This multi-species, tournament-ready boat promises the smoothest ride in the toughest conditions. Designed for both recreational and hard-core anglers, it’s loaded with features such as dual livewell/baitwells, accessory tracks and copious storage, including a 15-rod locker.

LENGTH: 18’ 9”

BEAM: 102”

LAYOUT: Walk-through windshield

MAX HORSEPOWER: 200

FUEL CAPACITY: 38 gallons

SEATING CAPACITY: 8

LIVEWELL: Bow, 12 gallons; aft, 22 gallons

ROD STORAGE: 8’ centre locker

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