Smokercraft 162 Pro Angler XL Boat Test Notes

Lenny Rudow digs into this 16 foot fishing boat.

11th January 2012.
By Lenny Rudow

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Overview: A serious fishboat for serious anglers.

Concept
Build a freshwater fishboat that can handle open waters, and multiple varieties of fishing.

Smoker Craft 162 Pro Angler XL Performance Data

Construction

  • 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.

Performance

  • 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.

Handling

  • 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.

Smoker Craft 162 Pro Angler XL specifications

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Features

  • 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.

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About the author:

Lenny Rudow

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Lenny Rudow is Senior Editor for Dominion Marine Media, including boats.com and YachtWorld. 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, and he has won numerous BWI and OWAA writing awards.
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