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#12708857 - 04/09/18 05:11 AM Pro Gator Boats in rough water?
PotomacRiver Offline
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Registered: 04/08/18
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Good Morning,

I recently found this forum after reading a few threads about Pro Gator Boats. I'm interested in the 180V and 190V. I'm attracted to these boats because they seem to be very well made and are rated for more horse power than other boats of the same length. I actually used to live in Lafayette Louisiana and remember seeing a few of these boats, but at the time I didn't know much about them.

I now live in Fredericksburg, Va and fish the Potomac River. Its a large tidal river that gets rough in a hurry. Because of my garage, I'm limited to a 19ft boat. How do these boats handle rough water? How do they compare to the name brands, like Triton and Ranger? How do you like the storage layout? Any know of a ball park price range for these boats? How long does it take the boat to be made after you submit an order? How is the resale value? Are these boats worth towing a boat from Louisiana to Virginia? Are the trailers available with a swing away tongue?

Please help me make a smart decision.

Thanks!

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#12708900 - 04/09/18 06:47 AM Re: Pro Gator Boats in rough water? [Re: PotomacRiver]
Allison1 Online   sleepy
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Registered: 12/14/03
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Fishing the Potomac is going to be brutal in any 19 foot boat, especially a bass boat. If comfort and the ride is most important to you look for a bay boat instead of a bass boat. You can still fit the front of the boat to fish.

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#12708909 - 04/09/18 06:55 AM Re: Pro Gator Boats in rough water? [Re: PotomacRiver]
PotomacRiver Offline
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I'm on the Potomac a lot. Its very fishable in a 19ft boat or smaller. When its too rough to get on the main river, I stay in the bays and creeks. I want to stay in this size of bass boats, therefore I'm looking for the best brand for rough water. A bay boat would be useless to me.

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#12708984 - 04/09/18 08:08 AM Re: Pro Gator Boats in rough water? [Re: PotomacRiver]
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Iíve never heard anyone say that Triton or Ranger were smooth riding boats in rough water.

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#12709077 - 04/09/18 09:00 AM Re: Pro Gator Boats in rough water? [Re: grout-scout]
Dubee Offline
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Originally Posted By: grout-scout
Iíve never heard anyone say that Triton or Ranger were smooth riding boats in rough water.


Tritons are great in rough water

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#12709159 - 04/09/18 09:50 AM Re: Pro Gator Boats in rough water? [Re: Dubee]
Pat Goff Offline
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Originally Posted By: Dubee
Originally Posted By: grout-scout
Iíve never heard anyone say that Triton or Ranger were smooth riding boats in rough water.


Tritons are great in rough water


Compared to what exactly?
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#12709337 - 04/09/18 11:29 AM Re: Pro Gator Boats in rough water? [Re: PotomacRiver]
PotomacRiver Offline
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Registered: 04/08/18
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Hi guys, not to be rude or anything- but I'd like to hear reviews on Pro Gator boats. How does a 18ft pro gator compare with a 18ft triton?

I'm not interested in bashing other boat brands and getting off topic.

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#12709397 - 04/09/18 12:15 PM Re: Pro Gator Boats in rough water? [Re: PotomacRiver]
Allison1 Online   sleepy
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I don't have anything on the two you seem to be interested in. If it were me and 19 foot was all I could fit in my garage (I am in the same place you are here but store my boat outside) I would be looking at an older 18 foot Champion. Amazing in rough water for their size.

Or like I posted above a bay boat.

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#12709850 - 04/09/18 05:36 PM Re: Pro Gator Boats in rough water? [Re: PotomacRiver]
grout-scout Online   content
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Originally Posted By: PotomacRiver
Hi guys, not to be rude or anything- but I'd like to hear reviews on Pro Gator boats. How does a 18ft pro gator compare with a 18ft triton?

I'm not interested in bashing other boat brands and getting off topic.


We arenít bashing other brands, just saying that the brands you are comparing against arenít know for their rough water ride. You might check out bassboatcentral for ProGators since they donít seem to be many in Texas (from what Iíve seen). If you want a known rough water riding boat, find an older skinny Champion.

We arenít supposed to link other sites, but you can do some more searching there.


http://www.bbcboards.net/showthread.php?t=220926&highlight=Pro+gator


Edited by grout-scout (04/09/18 07:49 PM)

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#12710063 - 04/09/18 08:04 PM Re: Pro Gator Boats in rough water? [Re: PotomacRiver]
Tc24 Offline
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Registered: 08/05/16
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Loc: Dallas texas
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#12719603 - 04/17/18 05:17 AM Re: Pro Gator Boats in rough water? [Re: PotomacRiver]
barbarian Online   content
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I test drove a 190v about 5 years ago. I didn't have a wow factor. It wasn't bad by any means, just not any better. I've had all 20' so not necessarily fair to compare to my basscat, champion, and charger but it isn't a boat I would put an APB out to find. Especially considering how few are actually out there.

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#12719666 - 04/17/18 07:19 AM Re: Pro Gator Boats in rough water? [Re: PotomacRiver]
Pat Goff Offline
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Registered: 01/29/05
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Here's the scoop on those boats...
They are built like tanks, and can take a real beating over a long period of time.

They do not design hulls, they splash some other hull, and build a top cap to match and sell it.

So, they've splashed skeeters, champions, and cobra/viper/legend hulls. If you want to know how it rides, look at what it was copied from and there's your answer.
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