January 11th 2012.
By Lenny Rudow
By Lenny Rudow
Smokercraft 162 Pro Angler XL Boat Test Notes
Lenny Rudow digs into this 16 foot fishing boat.
Overview: A serious fishboat for serious anglers.
Build a freshwater fishboat that can handle open waters, and multiple varieties of fishing.
- Twice-baked urethane paint job over an aluminum hull.
- Lifetime-guaranteed pressure-treated ply decking, with a non-skid coating.
- Heavy-duty carpet carries a five-year warranty.
- Fuel economy is excellent with better than seven miles to the gallon, at cruising speeds in the mid and upper 20’s.
- Sharp entry handles waves well.
- Crank the wheel hard-over at high speeds, and this hull grabs and banks like it’s on rails – sweet!
- Watch out for the safety lanyard when reaching changing speeds; it’s position causes it to drape across the throttle at times.
- Look at that hullside finish; it’s every bit as slick and shiny as gel coat.
- Whopping 25-gallon livewell in the foredeck has enough volume to support a week’s supply of bait.
- Love the comfy seats.
About the author:
- 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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