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2014 Tracker Grizzly 1654 Sportsman?

Postby PAwaterfowldominator » Mon Jan 20, 2014 7:56 pm

Has anyone had the chance to check out the new Tracker Grizzly 1654? It's pretty much all I'm looking for in a boat but I can't find a price anywhere for just the boat and trailer. Everything I find is a package deal.
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Re: 2014 Tracker Grizzly 1654 Sportsman?

Postby socrcoach10 » Sat Feb 08, 2014 7:26 pm

I was just up at bass pro shop on friday looking at that boat. I asked the salesman on how much without the motor and he quoted me $7440 plus tax. I really like that boat. I'm looking at the traker, lowes and crestliner but I'm really leaning toward the tracker.
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Re: 2014 Tracker Grizzly 1654 Sportsman?

Postby Rcxdm40 » Sat Feb 08, 2014 8:05 pm

I think the prices depend on the area, cause the freight charges are quite different depending on how far they have to ship the boat.
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Re: 2014 Tracker Grizzly 1654 Sportsman?

Postby PAwaterfowldominator » Sat Feb 08, 2014 9:29 pm

socrcoach10 wrote:I was just up at bass pro shop on friday looking at that boat. I asked the salesman on how much without the motor and he quoted me $7440 plus tax. I really like that boat. I'm looking at the traker, lowes and crestliner but I'm really leaning toward the tracker.


What bass pro? I was $9,300 (boat and trailer only) out the door at the Harrisburg Bass Pro.
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Re: 2014 Tracker Grizzly 1654 Sportsman?

Postby socrcoach10 » Sun Feb 09, 2014 11:41 am

It was the harrisburg bass pro shop. I talked to steve. He quoted me 7440 and wrote it on his business card. I'll call and make sure that was boat and trailer only. I know the package there with motor was 10,300.
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Re: 2014 Tracker Grizzly 1654 Sportsman?

Postby PAwaterfowldominator » Sun Feb 09, 2014 1:47 pm

Yea I thought the price I was quoted was extremely high for just the boat and trailer. I took it as they were essentially selling the 25hp motor on it for $1,000.
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Re: 2014 Tracker Grizzly 1654 Sportsman?

Postby muskrat24 » Sun Feb 09, 2014 1:51 pm

That's interesting I've been looking at tracker boats for the last few days and their Grizzly 1654 Sportsman with freight, prep and the (Boat, motor, and trailer) has a price tag of $9840

http://trackerboats.com/boat/?boat=3614
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Re: 2014 Tracker Grizzly 1654 Sportsman?

Postby t_baker » Sun Feb 09, 2014 3:22 pm

That is a sharp boat. But is it me, or does the motor rating seem slightly small?

It is only about 130 pounds heavier than my Grizzly 1448 but that also strikes me as odd seeing as how it has the pods, larger rear bench, 2 gun boxes, and is 2 feet longer and 6 inches wider.
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Re: 2014 Tracker Grizzly 1654 Sportsman?

Postby handyandy » Sun Feb 09, 2014 5:33 pm

On paper it sounds like a good boat all aluminum transom and longitudinol stringers seems like it should be pretty stout. I'm surprised by the weight and the weak motor rating as well. I don't like how much space the back deck/seat takes up wish it was just regular pod seats and left the whole middle open.
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Re: 2014 Tracker Grizzly 1654 Sportsman?

Postby handyandy » Sun Feb 09, 2014 5:42 pm

I started looking at some of their other boats on the site they all have some weak ass motor ratings. The 1860 grizzly jon only has a max hp of 40. A 1860 with a 40 would be a slow terd if I had a 1860 I wouldn't want anything less than 60hp preferrable more like 75-90 really.
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Re: 2014 Tracker Grizzly 1654 Sportsman?

Postby Rcxdm40 » Sun Feb 09, 2014 5:48 pm

handyandy wrote:I started looking at some of their other boats on the site they all have some weak ass motor ratings. The 1860 grizzly jon only has a max hp of 40. A 1860 with a 40 would be a slow terd if I had a 1860 I wouldn't want anything less than 60hp preferrable more like 75-90 really.


That's why I ordered an excel with a 75
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Re: 2014 Tracker Grizzly 1654 Sportsman?

Postby handyandy » Sun Feb 09, 2014 6:05 pm

Rcxdm40 wrote:
handyandy wrote:I started looking at some of their other boats on the site they all have some weak ass motor ratings. The 1860 grizzly jon only has a max hp of 40. A 1860 with a 40 would be a slow terd if I had a 1860 I wouldn't want anything less than 60hp preferrable more like 75-90 really.


That's why I ordered an excel with a 75



Don't blame you I have a older excel 1554 I'm not looking to buy a tracker but I can see how they are attractive to someone looking to buy a boat. They have most of the features most guys want in a duck boat and don't have a horrible price tag for a new boat. Not much more than what people ask out of decent used boats of similar types from what I've seen.
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Re: 2014 Tracker Grizzly 1654 Sportsman?

Postby t_baker » Sun Feb 09, 2014 6:23 pm

handyandy wrote:I started looking at some of their other boats on the site they all have some weak ass motor ratings. The 1860 grizzly jon only has a max hp of 40. A 1860 with a 40 would be a slow terd if I had a 1860 I wouldn't want anything less than 60hp preferrable more like 75-90 really.


I was just looking also, I think there are some typos. My uncle has a 2 year old 1648 and it is rated for a 40 hp. Another guy I know of has the 1754 tiller and its rated for a 75, also about 2 years old.
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Re: 2014 Tracker Grizzly 1654 Sportsman?

Postby handyandy » Sun Feb 09, 2014 6:27 pm

Yeah I've seen plenty with bigger motors maybe they changed them to make all their boats on the extra slow and safe side idk. Didn't realize they started making what seems like most of the grizzly's with longitudinal stringers wish they had some pictures of the build process and what the structure of the hull looks like of the stringers and ribs.
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Re: 2014 Tracker Grizzly 1654 Sportsman?

Postby t_baker » Sun Feb 09, 2014 6:31 pm

handyandy wrote:Yeah I've seen plenty with bigger motors maybe they changed them to make all their boats on the extra slow and safe side idk. Didn't realize they started making what seems like most of the grizzly's with longitudinal stringers wish they had some pictures of the build process and what the structure of the hull looks like of the stringers and ribs.


I had my floor out of mine this summer. Put my tank under the front deck and ran brake line under the floor to the rear to the engine. I know I took pictures. Got to find them on my old phone.
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Re: 2014 Tracker Grizzly 1654 Sportsman?

Postby handyandy » Sun Feb 09, 2014 6:47 pm

how new is yours cause I've seen some older regular grizzly jons and they just have ribs running side to side welded in nothing longitudinal except the chines on the bottom. And the older ones weren't all aluminum transoms that I've seen they used some synthetic solid board type stuff sandwiched between the aluminum then had aluminum supports. I don't have one so I maybe wrong just going off what I've seen from other ones.
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Re: 2014 Tracker Grizzly 1654 Sportsman?

Postby t_baker » Sun Feb 09, 2014 7:44 pm

handyandy wrote:how new is yours cause I've seen some older regular grizzly jons and they just have ribs running side to side welded in nothing longitudinal except the chines on the bottom. And the older ones weren't all aluminum transoms that I've seen they used some synthetic solid board type stuff sandwiched between the aluminum then had aluminum supports. I don't have one so I maybe wrong just going off what I've seen from other ones.

Mine is an '11. My grandpa has a 08 and it has what you are referring too.
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Re: 2014 Tracker Grizzly 1654 Sportsman?

Postby Ukcatshunter » Mon Feb 10, 2014 10:05 am

Looks like a pretty good deal. Looks like only options are too add rod, drink holders etc.

For you guys that saw them in person, will a floating gun case fit in the shotgun storage? Or does it need to be uncased.

Add another battery and trolling motor for a summer fishing rig.

This is priced less than most used with more options.
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Re: 2014 Tracker Grizzly 1654 Sportsman?

Postby handyandy » Mon Feb 10, 2014 10:32 am

I'm just curious as to what the new boat structure looks like with longitudinal stringers as I know the older ones just horizontal ribs like most jons. They do seem like a good value and most grizzly boats I've seen have held up well now there not near as stout as other custom hulls or ones built by phowler, prodrive, gator trax, and what have you. But certainly better than a regular riveted jon.
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Re: 2014 Tracker Grizzly 1654 Sportsman?

Postby Maxus-12 » Mon Feb 10, 2014 1:04 pm

I have also been looking at the grizzly hulls and would be interested in seeing what the longitudinal stringer system looks like and consists of as well


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Re: 2014 Tracker Grizzly 1654 Sportsman?

Postby handyandy » Mon Feb 10, 2014 2:06 pm

just makes me kind of question it when tracker doesn't have any pics of the build/assembly process of it. I know they are a mass producer and not made as durable or as built to customer spec as many other hull makers. But still you think they would have something makes you wonder about it.
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Re: 2014 Tracker Grizzly 1654 Sportsman?

Postby t_baker » Mon Feb 10, 2014 8:27 pm

handyandy wrote:just makes me kind of question it when tracker doesn't have any pics of the build/assembly process of it. I know they are a mass producer and not made as durable or as built to customer spec as many other hull makers. But still you think they would have something makes you wonder about it.

If I can't come up with those pictures I will let you know. But in about a month I am gonna uncover mine and repaint it ( ice tore it up bad this year). When I do so I will make sure to get some pictures then.
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Re: 2014 Tracker Grizzly 1654 Sportsman?

Postby handyandy » Tue Feb 11, 2014 9:25 am

ok thanks
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Re: 2014 Tracker Grizzly 1654 Sportsman?

Postby GA Quackhead » Wed Feb 12, 2014 2:00 pm

I was in the BP in Savannah, GA a few weeks ago looking at the same boat with a friend. We were told by two salesmen that the coast guard downgraded the hp ratings on all tracker tiller models. I ain't buying a boat that has to be under powered to be legal. That is going the opposite direction from safe. Needless to say, we promptly exited and headed to a different brand.
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Re: 2014 Tracker Grizzly 1654 Sportsman?

Postby Okie Ducker » Thu Feb 13, 2014 11:29 am

I have a 1648 Tracker that originally was rated for a 50HP. Now they've reduced the rating significantly. There's been several people experiencing weld failures. I put a 60HP 2 stroke on mine 3 yrs ago. This year I started having problems with welds breaking and stress cracks. My welder said the welds were poorly done. I'm currently looking at Alumacrafts. Just my 2 cents.
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