Watch the Lowe 2012 Stinger 175 Video Boat Review
Overview: The Lowe Stinger is a bass rig that’s far more economical than most fiberglass bass boats, yet still provides solid performance and fishability.
- Design an aluminum bass boat with all the features of a more expensive bass boat at a much more reasonable cost.
- Provide performance that includes a fast hole-shot and cruising speeds in the mid-30s with a relatively small, economical powerplant.
- Include design features such as a wider beam to enhance stability, and a modified-V hull to handle a chop.
- Wood-free, all-welded aluminum hull and deck.
- Two-piece extruded hull welded to an extruded one-piece keel.
- Integrated chines and strakes.
- Beefy console with aluminum support.
- Varies widely with power choice; with the 75-hp Mercury test motor, performance is not as impressive as some bass boats but is sufficient for serious anglers and is very economical.
- 4500 RPM cruise is 33.3-mph; top-end during our test was 38.1-mph.
- Hull design handled a slight chop well at all speeds.
- Cornered excellently, and responded to the wheel like a sportboat.
- Hole-shot is fast and mid-range acceleration is good.
- Fore and aft livewells with removable bait buckets, a locking rodlocker, and lots of extra stowage space including two built-in tackleboxes. As a whole, the boat provides excellent fishing features.
- New baked-enamel finish looks great.
- Extra-beamy design is very stable.
Visit the Stinger 175 page at the Lowe Boats website.