Bought my first boat after I sold my company and retired in 2011. I looked at everything and could have afforded any boat I wanted. I settled for a starter boat, a Tracker 175.
1. It was cheap
2. It fishes well, can get shallow and is not damaged by bashing against trees, stumps and rocks.
3. I have a 60 HP motor. It gets good fuel economy and goes about as fast as I need to on the water. ( 25-30 MPH)
4. Very easy to load and launch. If you are a first time boat is is a major plus. Just watch some guys struggle with a pontoon on a windy day sometime.
5. Fits easily in my garage so I don't pay storage or slip fees.
1. Poor workmanship. Tracker is the Kia of boats.
2. Trailer claims it's galvanized but rusts. It will need replacement.
3. The package came with a fish find and trolling motor which I had to upgrade. If you buy any boat you will need to upgrade both the trolling motor and the fish finder. The ones that come with the boat are junk and just for show.
4.The live wells leak and cannot be used for dry storage without modification. I modified them and can show you how I did it. If you are not fishing a tourney you don't need a live well. Use an ice chest.
5.You'll need to install rod holders.
6.wish I had a center console.
Hope you enjoy your new boat. I fish mine about 200 days a year.
John 21:3 Simon Peter saith unto them, I go a fishing. They say unto him, We also go with thee.