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#10992276 - 07/21/15 07:35 PM pros-cons on nitro z7
Marmaduke31869 Offline
Green Horn

Registered: 05/11/15
Posts: 15
I'm thinking about selling my older skeeter and buying mid 2000 z7. I'm interested in information from anyone that has owned one and can tell me the good and bad about it. Any info would be helpful when I go looking at them. Tks.

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#10992303 - 07/21/15 07:53 PM Re: pros-cons on nitro z7 [Re: Marmaduke31869]
DuctsZX250 Online   content
Angler

Registered: 05/23/12
Posts: 442
Purchased a new one in 2012 with a Pro XS 150...

PROS
Fishes 2 fairly good
Lots of storage
Large front deck
Overall quality is decent

CONS
Shallow front gunnels...very easy to kick rods overboard
Somewhat uncomfortable ride in choppy water
A little underpowered with 150

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#10992314 - 07/21/15 07:59 PM Re: pros-cons on nitro z7 [Re: Marmaduke31869]
James Biggs Online   content
Extreme Angler

Registered: 07/11/06
Posts: 2715
Loc: DFW area
$ for $ it's the best boat made. Especially if you buy a used one with a 200hp. I've owned 2 of them. I've had Champion, Triton, Skeeter ext.. I'm Running a 2015 Ranger 520c this year, and will be running a Z7 next year. Do I think there are better boats out there? Sure there are, but not for under $25,000.


Edited by James Biggs (07/21/15 08:01 PM)
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#10992458 - 07/21/15 08:59 PM Re: pros-cons on nitro z7 [Re: James Biggs]
B. Dill Online   content
Pro Angler

Registered: 07/16/13
Posts: 622
Loc: Cypress
Originally Posted By: James Biggs
$ for $ it's the best boat made. Especially if you buy a used one with a 200hp. I've owned 2 of them. I've had Champion, Triton, Skeeter ext.. I'm Running a 2015 Ranger 520c this year, and will be running a Z7 next year. Do I think there are better boats out there? Sure there are, but not for under $25,000.


Hey boss, wanna elaborate on why you would go from a 2015 520 to a Z7? If not for financial reasons that seems ridiculous.

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#10992471 - 07/21/15 09:05 PM Re: pros-cons on nitro z7 [Re: Marmaduke31869]
Ol Man River Offline
Extreme Angler

Registered: 06/16/11
Posts: 1387
Loc: SE Texas
Purchased New 2013 Z7 with 150 ProXS...

PROS
Lots of storage
Large front deck
Good ride in chop
Removable passenger console
Overall quality is good
Reasonably priced

CONS
None at this time

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#10992476 - 07/21/15 09:07 PM Re: pros-cons on nitro z7 [Re: James Biggs]
Chasin Stripes Offline
Pro Angler

Registered: 06/22/15
Posts: 625
Loc: Texas
You are running a ranger this year but plan to run a nitro next year? I think that may be the first time that has ever been said without a very large check behind it....... As far as nitro.. the price is good on them but you cannot resale them. There is a guy on here that has tried to unload his for over a year, on the flip side I posted a champion on here and had it sold in 3 days...... Not bragging one bit but would be very nervous about the nitro boats resale value unless you are going to run it for 400 hours. And before I get attacked from nitro owners, this is no way a slam on nitro boats at all.

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#10992477 - 07/21/15 09:07 PM Re: pros-cons on nitro z7 [Re: Marmaduke31869]
Bradshuflin aka hunter'sdad Offline
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Registered: 10/05/10
Posts: 9292
Loc: Sanger, Tx/ Chatham, La
Not much more so than another pro running a Xpress x19 with no transducer. When your dropping 40k plus to fish the tour a year, either you gotta cash some good checks or cut cost somewhere. Not everyone has to have a 70k dollar boat to compete.
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#10992479 - 07/21/15 09:07 PM Re: pros-cons on nitro z7 [Re: B. Dill]
Chasin Stripes Offline
Pro Angler

Registered: 06/22/15
Posts: 625
Loc: Texas
Originally Posted By: B. Dill
Originally Posted By: James Biggs
$ for $ it's the best boat made. Especially if you buy a used one with a 200hp. I've owned 2 of them. I've had Champion, Triton, Skeeter ext.. I'm Running a 2015 Ranger 520c this year, and will be running a Z7 next year. Do I think there are better boats out there? Sure there are, but not for under $25,000.


Hey boss, wanna elaborate on why you would go from a 2015 520 to a Z7? If not for financial reasons that seems ridiculous.



+1

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#10992518 - 07/21/15 09:20 PM Re: pros-cons on nitro z7 [Re: Marmaduke31869]
Jaret Latta Offline
TFF Celebrity

Registered: 01/06/07
Posts: 6670
Loc: Austin, Tx/Nacogdoches, Tx
Maybe he got tired of that big note...

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#10992529 - 07/21/15 09:23 PM Re: pros-cons on nitro z7 [Re: Chasin Stripes]
Ol Man River Offline
Extreme Angler

Registered: 06/16/11
Posts: 1387
Loc: SE Texas
Originally Posted By: R6crew
You are running a ranger this year but plan to run a nitro next year? I think that may be the first time that has ever been said without a very large check behind it....... As far as nitro.. the price is good on them but you cannot resale them. There is a guy on here that has tried to unload his for over a year, on the flip side I posted a champion on here and had it sold in 3 days...... Not bragging one bit but would be very nervous about the nitro boats resale value unless you are going to run it for 400 hours. And before I get attacked from nitro owners, this is no way a slam on nitro boats at all.


It took over 6 months to sell my Ranger(showroom clean), so it can be tough with any of them at times. My Nitro Z7 is an awesome fishing rig and I've owned 2 other Nitros and they sold fairly quick. I feel confident it sometimes relates to local economy and timing of sale along with fair pricing.

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#10992543 - 07/21/15 09:26 PM Re: pros-cons on nitro z7 [Re: Ol Man River]
Chasin Stripes Offline
Pro Angler

Registered: 06/22/15
Posts: 625
Loc: Texas
Price may have dictated the sale of the ranger. I'm not saying nitro boats are bad I'm just wondering how people go from ranger to nitro without a sponsorship or the likes.

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#10992553 - 07/21/15 09:30 PM Re: pros-cons on nitro z7 [Re: Marmaduke31869]
DuctsZX250 Online   content
Angler

Registered: 05/23/12
Posts: 442
Who cares why...that is James' business.

The OP simply wanted the pros and cons of a Z7.

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#10992720 - 07/21/15 10:47 PM Re: pros-cons on nitro z7 [Re: Marmaduke31869]
Andrew Y'Barbo Offline
Extreme Angler

Registered: 06/25/12
Posts: 1296
Loc: Lufkin Texas
To my knowledge living the dream package only covers one year with boat and truck. Fishermen catch fish. Not the boat!

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#10992790 - 07/22/15 12:45 AM Re: pros-cons on nitro z7 [Re: Marmaduke31869]
cinsano Offline
Outdoorsman

Registered: 10/09/08
Posts: 107
Loc: wichita falls, tx
I run a 2008 Z7 with an optimax 150.
Pros:
Lots of storage
Large front deck
Good ride in chop
Reasonably priced
Fishes great
Cons:
Hole shot sucks(under powered needs a 200)
Stress cracks every where
Carpet and seats are [censored]
Pushes a single axle trailer to the limit(needs a tandem axle)

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#10992938 - 07/22/15 07:12 AM Re: pros-cons on nitro z7 [Re: DuctsZX250]
B. Dill Online   content
Pro Angler

Registered: 07/16/13
Posts: 622
Loc: Cypress
Originally Posted By: DuctsZ7
Who cares why...that is James' business.

The OP simply wanted the pros and cons of a Z7.

fair enough.

Cons: wet, rough, small, unstable and no leg room if your 6'+
pros: price?


Edited by B. Dill (07/22/15 07:14 AM)

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