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Talk me into or out of the 17ft 115hp combo.

I'm really tempted to get a Triton 17 Pro brand new with a 115 Merc on ProXS Optimax. I can get this brand new for the same price a slightly used 18ft with a 150 will run.

How small is a 17ft 6inch boat? How fast will a 115hp push a 17footer?

Interested to hear from those fishing out of 17fts with under 150hp

Keeping in mind that I am 5'9 and weigh 150lbs, do I really even need a 18ft boat?
 

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I think the 17'/115 Combo would be a nice rig and pull well behind your truck

New boats are nice and have warranties, but a bigger boat has it's advantages, it's a toss up. I think think a 115 over a 150 would sip fuel and you could afford a few more jars of stinkbait
 

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Growing up my dad had a 16' fiberglass bass boat with 115 merc.
The boat fished well and handled really well.
I don't remember getting beat up any worse than i have been in a 18'
 

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The 17/115 is all you "need". But if you don't care so much about fuel costs and crave the
better holeshot and speed then get the 18/150.

I estimate the 17/115 top speed would be 56 mph because I have owned that combo before in
both Nitro and Ranger.
 

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How much heavier is the 18 ft combo. Dustin brings up good point on towing. I have a 4L v6 tacoma and am not buying a larger truck just for a new boat
 

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Nope glass
 

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I would say it depends on your situation. If you are in a spot in life when you can kind of pick and choose when you want to go fishing and wait for ideal conditions, I would say get the 17 footer. It's smaller, easier to tow, more efficient... I can't really add to what's already been said. However if you are in a spot where you have to pre-plan your trips or stick to allotted times (e.g., you get Saturday morning, PERIOD), then I would get the bigger boat. Those North Texas lakes can catch some wind and get rough. A bigger boat handles that stuff so much better. Also, if you plan on taking out multiple people with decent regularity I would go bigger.
 

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Can you test drive both of them ?
If so, that's going to help you more than anything
Ultimately, if whatever fits YOU the best.
You've already heard all the pros and cons , see if you can drive them and then make your choice
Good luck
 

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Thanks guys. I'm very torn between the two. I want to get a 17ft just so I can buy new. I'm very wary of buying a 150 used from a tourney angler. To me that's tantamount to buying a sports car from a 17 yearold. No telling how they rode it
 

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I would look into the warranty on both motors. If there is no warranty left on the 18 then I would go for the 17. Either boat is going to be a very nice rig. Are they both tritons? My friend joe bill has a tr186 and he is a big guy and it suits him just fine. My boat is 19 feet 3 inches but a foot of that is a built in jack plate. So my boat is practically an 18 footer and I like it.
 
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I would look into the warranty on both motors. If there is no warranty left on the 18 then I would go for the 17. Either boat is going to be a very nice rig. Are they both tritons? My friend joe bill has a tr186 and he is a big guy and it suits him just fine. My boat is 19 feet 3 inches but a foot of that is a built in jack plate. So my boat is practically an 18 footer and I like it.
Yes both Tritons,

Currently looking at either a new Triton 17 Pro or a used Triton 18 if I can find one that is still in warranty.
 

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18 / 150 is my vote...Just my dos pecos...The ride is better, smoother and well, more comfortable. Plus, you can catch so many more fish with a 150 over a 115! Ha! I've had both and prefer the bigger. Never in a 18ft'r did I wish I had a smaller boat. Sometimes in a 17, I wish I did. For what it's worth...I'm running a 17' Skeeter now. With the market around Austin...There seems to be no need to buy a new boat. There are good deals to be had out there, that didn't hit the
tourney trail. Just got to look. Time of year will come in play also.
 

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Not sure what your budget is Holmes, but check out the TZX series from Skeeter. The 170, 180, 190, and 195 are all badass boats.

Heck you can get a new TZX 190 with a 150 SHO VMAX (the same motor on Booker and Andy's boats, only a 150 instead of 250) for under $30 grand.

One of our sponsors has one in stock now. And I know you are not a huge fan of glitter, so you can always go to the Skeeter site, build what you want, then work with a dealer on getting delivered to you.


Skeeter 2014 TZX 190

 
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