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16 New Fishing Boats and Motors for 2015

16 New Fishing Boats and Motors for 2015

Is there a better time to be in the market for a boat? In a few months, you might be wishing you'd done your homework because you'll want to be on the water, living the dream, with family and friends. If a new boat is on your mind, we're with you.

In 2015 you can expect higher quality materials, more emphasis on comfort and better fuel economy. Nothing wrong with that. We took a close look at a variety of new boats and motors, and here's what we found: the good, the bad and the ugly.

Check out this year's best new models:

Honda | BF2.3

This little outboard doesn't require a water pump, so weed clogging —  a bane of shallow-water anglers —  is not an issue. The single-cylinder BF2.3 weighs in at 29.5 pounds, which makes it the lightest four-stroke in America. Features include shallow-water drive and twist-grip throttle. Forced-air cooling and a centrifugal clutch round it out.

Price: $1,143

Lund | 1850 Impact XS

Lund's 1850 Impact XS is built for speed and has the maneuverability of a smaller boat. Perfect for bass, walleye, muskie and crappie. Eighteen feet, 7 inches long. Flip-up seats and a ski pylon make it even more versatile. Fish it all weekend without going back to the pump: the fuel capacity is 32 gallons. Power range is 115 to 150 hp.

Visit lundboats.com to request a price quote.

Nitro | ZV 18

An 18-foot class multi-species boat built with the deepwater walleye, pike and muskie angler in mind, the Nitro ZV 18 comes standard with a 150 hp four-stroke Mercury. The deep-V hull is made to handle choppy water. It has a 26-gallon livewell, a 5 1/2-gallon bow baitwell and a new port-side mounted net holder. Helm and passenger seats are adjustable. There is a bike seat with pedestal and a fold-down molded fishing seat with pedestal.

Price: $37,995 (starting price; includes motor and trailer)

Alumacraft | T-Pro 185 Sport

Alumacraft's Tournament Pro 185 Sport is an all-purpose fishing boat with a length just over 18 feet, a beam of 97 inches and healthy depth of 43 inches. The T-Pro is rated for a maximum 175 horsepower and a capacity of six people. This boat tips the scales at 1,680 pounds with a fuel capacity of 34 gallons and two livewells. Other features include bow and port rod storage, lockable storage, accessory mounts, custom dash and gauges.

Plenty of lockable rod storage, a cool tri-fold platform that gives you extra bow space and generally comfortable, user-friendly setup. Your fishing buddies and your wife will have a hard time complaining about anything in the 185. Three comfortable seats have air-ride pedestals.

5.1mm max hull thickness, and 2mm by the gunwales makes this a solid boat. Yes, it's aluminum, but it doesn't feel like it at all while banking, cruising or pushing into a head-on sea. It's amazing how much strength and features they packed into just over 18 feet. What a blast to test out!

It's a mystery how Alumacraft made such a practical, sturdy boat for about $30,000 — and that includes a Yamaha 150 and trailer! Sure, it's not going to push you at 70 mph (but it will get to about 50). And it's not going to be able to get up way shallow for you, but this package does offer a lot to anglers, the family wake-boarders and sun-worshipers. Sounds like a win-win to us.

Price: $34,000 (suggested retail; includes boat, motor and trailer)

Bass Cat | Caracal

Bass Cat's new Caracal is built on a super fast streamlined 19-foot, 8-inch hull with an emphasis on room for fishing, storage and more integrated fishing features. The 96-inch beam carries further towards the bow, making room for a unique combo net/ruler/tool-holder system along the port side rail that flows into the rod rack. Max hp is 225 with a fuel capacity of 41 gallons.

Price: $57,545

ClackaCraft | 17 Magnum

Power the ClackaCraft 17 Magnum upriver and then shut off the motor and get on the oars and slide into your spot. Then power upriver again. It's a power-boat and a drift boat for those who fish rivers. It's well-suited for pulling plugs, side-drifting and nymphing. At 600 pounds and loaded with four passengers, with the 50/35 jet it can get up on plane quick.

Price: $19,995 (includes motor, oars, seats, anchor and trailer)

G3 | Angler V192 SF

G3's new Angler V192 SF is built on a 19-foot, 2-inch, three-piece riveted keel with double plated (.100 gauge) bow and bottom. Standard features include high-back fishing seats, six lockable storage boxes, a fiberglass reinforced console with wraparound windshield, Faria gauges, a center rod-locker, two livewells and a 40-gallon fuel tank.

Price: $39,895 (with Yamaha F150)

G3 | Sportsman 17

The G3 Sportsman 17 is smaller than the V192 and is built on a welded two-piece aluminum hull with an aluminum transom. Standard features include a Minn Kota Edge 55 trolling motor, custom tilt wheel and a new suspended console. The Sportsman has a 33-gallon divided livewell, an in-dash Garmin Echo 101 fish finder, nine-foot rod storage and three-across seating.

Price: $22,995 (includes custom Bear trailer)

Crestliner | 2050 Authority

Crestliner's latest is a new big water boat with all-welded aluminum construction. Inside, a wrap-around console, a 20-gallon stern livewell, starboard storage, portside rod rack and professional quality seats make this boat comfortable enough to fish all day. Rod tube storage beneath the floor allows safe stowage of up to six more 8-foot rods. It's 20 feet, 10 inches long and 98-inch beam.

Visit crestliner.com to request a price quote.

Phoenix | 919 ProXP

This newest in the series is built with composite construction, is rated for a maximum of 225 hp outboard and can hold 40 gallons of fuel. Phoenix's 919 ProXP is 19 feet, 8 inches long with a 96-inch beam and weighs in at 1,800 pounds. At midship are two custom bucket seats. The passenger gets a grab handle and a foot rest/brace while the captain has Teleflex hydraulic tilt steering and Teleflex trim, as well as a Hot Foot throttle with adjustable slide.

See your local dealer for pricing options.

Ranger | 619FS Fisherman

Measures 19 feet, 8 inches, rated for 225 horses and is available with a wide range of customizable options. The Ranger 619FS Fisherman has a burly 100-inch beam and a serious 51-gallon fuel tank. Fishability is enhanced with a keel system that keeps more of the hull in the water while fishing and less of it exposed to wind.

Price: $57,245 (with Evinrude 200DHX HO); $65,348 (with Yamaha F225 XCA)

Suzuki | DF200A

You can control your speed in 50 RPM increments with this motor, and a trolling mode is available as an option. The Suzuki DF200A four-stroke, four-cylinder has a direct air intake, variable-valve timing and lean burn control for more efficiency. Weighs in at 498 pounds.

See your local dealer for pricing options.

Tohatsu | BFT250 4-stroke

This Tohatsu 250hp outboard is built on a large displacement 24-valve, 3.5 liter V6 Honda engine that boasts variable-valve timing and lift electronic control for a broader, flatter torque curve. Programmed fuel injection delivers the right mix of fuel and air to each cylinder for easy starts and throttle response.

Price: $25,769

Triton | 20 TRX

The Triton 20 TRX measures in at 20 feet, 5 inches, with a 95-inch beam. Rated for 170-250 hp, weighs 1,790 pounds and has a 46-gallon fuel capacity. Rear storage/baitwell holds 84 quarts; the ice chest is 51 quarts. All compartment lighting and integrated bow navigation lights are LEDs. The trailer comes with aluminum diamond tread plate and front and rear lighted step pads, custom wheels, disc brakes and a swing tongue.

Price: $49,995 (with Mercury 250 ProXS)

Triton | 1862 CC Bay

This Triton center-console has all aluminum floors and decks, an approximate hull weight of 1,010 pounds and a power recommendation of 25-90 hp. Eighteen feet, 4 inches in length with a 90-inch beam and a bottom width of 62 inches. Features include aerated livewell, custom fiberglass console with tachometer, fuel gauge and easy touch switching.

Visit tritonboats.com to request a price quote.

Yamaha | V MAX SHO 175

Yamaha's new four-stroke V MAX SHO 175 boasts 30-40 percent more efficiency than a two-stroke. Variable camshaft timing advances and retards the angle of the intake camshaft for better throttle response in the low- and mid-rpm ranges.

See your local dealer for pricing options.

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