Lowe Stinger 175 Boat Test Notes

After putting this fishing machine through its paces for a Boats.com video review, Lenny Rudow submitted some detailed notes.

6th April 2011.
By Lenny Rudow

Overview: Multi-species fishing and good performance in an extremely well-built but easy to handle boat.

Lenny Rudow dug into every locker to write up these detailed notes.

View the Boats.com Lowe Stinger 175 Video Boat Review

CONCEPT

  • Create a multi-species fishing machine that has the beef to take on relatively rough lakes and reservoirs, for years on end
  • Deliver performance that’s a grade above what you expect from an aluminum freshwater rig

CONSTRUCTION

  • All-welded aluminum hull created from two extruded sections, Mig-welded together down the keel, supported by “powergrid” aluminum structure
  • Wood-free
  • Aluminum deck
  • Integrated chines and strakes
  • Beefy console construction backed up with aluminum supports

PERFORMANCE

  • Hit top-end speeds in the 40-mph range, and cruise in the 30’s
  • Handling a one-foot chop is no problem
  • Time to plane is best described as a blink of the eye

HANDLING

  • Tracks straight, responds to tweaks at the wheel
  • Easy to handle dockside; launching and loading onto the trailer is a breeze

FEATURES

  • Reinforced console is rock-solid
  • Welds look clean and free of anomalies
  • Enhanced passenger comfort (12-v plug, thickly-padded seats, legroom under console) accessories/details

To learn more, visit the Lowe Boats website.


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Lenny Rudow

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Lenny Rudow is Senior Editor for Dominion Marine Media, including Boats.com and Yachtworld.com. With over two decades of experience in marine journalism, he has contributed to publications including Boating Magazine, Marlin Magazine, Boating World, Saltwater Sportsman, Texas Fish & Game, and many others. Lenny is a graduate of the Westlawn School of Yacht Design who has won 28 BWI and OWAA writing awards.
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