Thinking about trading my bass tracker in on one of these. Just wondering if anybody had any opinions on this particular skeeter good or bad. Planning on starting to fish a few tournaments with it as well. Coming from an aluminum is the hambys keel protector worth what it costs to put on? Also how stable is the platform and ride on these. Figure asking in this section would do more good since bass fishing is what it'll be used for. Also any opinions on the Yamaha 150 2 stroke would be appreciated.
I came out of a Tracker. In comparison the ZX190 is huge. 8' rods will fit in the rod lockers.
Lots of storage. The front deck is large and two can easily fish from it.
It is a very stable fishing platform. My partner can move around the back deck and I barely notice it up front.
With a 150 on it do not expect it to be a speed demon. Look for mid to upper 50s with a load. I have a 175 and get 60/61 with a full load, a Talon, two people, on a hot summer day.
It is very maneuverable with more of a sports car type of ride. Even at WOT I can drive with two fingers and even let go of the wheel and it tracks straight. Being a shorter boat it takes a little more seat time to get a smooth ride in the rough stuff. After having mine for four years I can spare my partner from most bumps.
The Hambys is a must and it works very well. Mine takes a lot of abuse. Just be careful when beaching on long slopes, the keel is pretty far back and you could touch bottom past the Hambys.
Overall my boat has been trouble free. The 150/175 Yamaha HPDIs are very reliable and solid motors. Mine still starts with the flick of the key.
If you have any other questions feel free to PM me.