2014 Tracker Grizzly 1654 Sportsman?

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Re: 2014 Tracker Grizzly 1654 Sportsman?

Postby Flogger » Fri Feb 21, 2014 8:44 am

They are sharp looking rigs for sure. Especially the 1860 with the Honda generator and bow fishing deck but as already said, they sell the packages WAY underpowered!!! I mean an 1860 loaded down with gear isn't going anywhere fast with a 40hp on it. Even the 16'ers are way underpowered with a 20hp. They appear to be well built rigs though, in person and on paper.
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Re: 2014 Tracker Grizzly 1654 Sportsman?

Postby rxcrider » Sun Feb 23, 2014 6:34 pm

I have two tracker Grizzl's and they have been great boats for the price. I have a 1648 cc with a mercury 40 hp jet drive and it is a great running boat. I also have an older 1754 SC with a Merucry 40 hp prop motor. the only downfall I have found is the weak stock pop rivets they use to hold the floor in with which over time have tendency to break. I replaced them with a self tapping sheet metal screw which seems to do the trick.
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Re: 2014 Tracker Grizzly 1654 Sportsman?

Postby pwhnts5 » Mon Feb 24, 2014 10:52 am

Tracker is what tracker is, a budget boat. We see them in here for repairs all the time, cracked welds, transoms etc. I expect the new sportsman will be the same, it might be longitudinal stingers, but it is still welded by Tracker. If you are going to spend the coin, get a true hunting boat, Phowler, Pro-Drive, GatorTail or Go-Devil, these are proven hulls with a MM or an outboard, they will last a lifetime, not just a few years with hard use.

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Re: 2014 Tracker Grizzly 1654 Sportsman?

Postby black olt » Tue Feb 25, 2014 7:19 pm

my buddy broke 47 welds in his they fixed it at the dealer and they broke out again the next year look at express better boat for a little bit more money
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Re: 2014 Tracker Grizzly 1654 Sportsman?

Postby jeepman » Mon Mar 10, 2014 4:35 am

I noticed Tracker is making them now with shorter transom heights. that might be the reason for less HP. I bought my 1448 in 2012 and it has a 18 in transom now they come with a 16. I don't know why they would make them with an odd ball height like that?
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Re: 2014 Tracker Grizzly 1654 Sportsman?

Postby t_baker » Mon Mar 10, 2014 12:16 pm

My 1448 is a 09 with a 16" transom.
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Re: 2014 Tracker Grizzly 1654 Sportsman?

Postby jeepman » Mon Mar 10, 2014 4:43 pm

t_baker wrote:My 1448 is a 09 with a 16" transom.


It's an 09 Tracker Grizzly? mine is a 2012 and the transom is 19 and some change, here are some pics. I do think that is why they lowered the HP rating for their boats.
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Re: 2014 Tracker Grizzly 1654 Sportsman?

Postby t_baker » Mon Mar 10, 2014 6:22 pm

Yeah. Tracker. And yes 16"
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Re: 2014 Tracker Grizzly 1654 Sportsman?

Postby ipittythefoo » Mon Mar 10, 2014 10:25 pm

Tread was about a different boat than the older sportsmans. the 2014 Sportsman has a 20 inch transom with floatpods but is only rated for a 30hp outboard.
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Re: 2014 Tracker Grizzly 1654 Sportsman?

Postby jrp267 » Sun Mar 16, 2014 4:07 pm

Motor ratings went down about 4 yrs ago with the widespread use of 4 strokes.
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Re: 2014 Tracker Grizzly 1654 Sportsman?

Postby t_baker » Sun Mar 16, 2014 5:51 pm

ipittythefoo wrote:Tread was about a different boat than the older sportsmans. the 2014 Sportsman has a 20 inch transom with floatpods but is only rated for a 30hp outboard.

Wow thanks for the heads up. Considering I was the one that brought up the ratings being low compared to the older ones.
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Re: 2014 Tracker Grizzly 1654 Sportsman?

Postby 1excalibur » Mon Apr 07, 2014 2:05 pm

Hi gentlemen....
Is it safe to say that I can confidently purchase a 1654 model or is there any doubts about the workmanship and quality of it?
It seems to have everything I want for a decent price. $12,500 for package. 30HP seems sufficient. trolling motor. Weight of boat is 50lbs less than the 1648 model. It doesn't appear to have a live well. Hate to use an ice chest. Would you buy it if the money is no problem. Or could I do better with Xpress or War Eagle?
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Re: 2014 Tracker Grizzly 1654 Sportsman?

Postby t_baker » Mon Apr 07, 2014 4:59 pm

Spending that kind of money I would have a custom hull built. It will be a better boat for the same money
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Re: 2014 Tracker Grizzly 1654 Sportsman?

Postby handyandy » Tue Apr 08, 2014 7:15 am

1excalibur wrote:Hi gentlemen....
Is it safe to say that I can confidently purchase a 1654 model or is there any doubts about the workmanship and quality of it?
It seems to have everything I want for a decent price. $12,500 for package. 30HP seems sufficient. trolling motor. Weight of boat is 50lbs less than the 1648 model. It doesn't appear to have a live well. Hate to use an ice chest. Would you buy it if the money is no problem. Or could I do better with Xpress or War Eagle?



You could buy a new phowler hull of that size in their extreme series which is ten times the boat that tracker would ever be for 6100 for a 1656 or a 1756 for 6100. http://www.larrysillowamarine.com/boats.htm this is the link to site with hull prices. You could probably find a used trailer for cheap and a new 40-50hp outboard is gonna run 5000-6000. So for about the same price as the tracker you would have a hell of a lot better boat. There are other custom builders out there that could probably make you a boat for less than phowler thats gonna be better than a tracker. Yeah they may not come with as many dumb little bells and whistles as the tracker but you can always add a trolling motor and whatever you want later and have a hull that is way better than the tracker that you would never break.
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Re: 2014 Tracker Grizzly 1654 Sportsman?

Postby blackrock » Tue Apr 08, 2014 9:01 am

handyandy wrote:
1excalibur wrote:Hi gentlemen....
Is it safe to say that I can confidently purchase a 1654 model or is there any doubts about the workmanship and quality of it?
It seems to have everything I want for a decent price. $12,500 for package. 30HP seems sufficient. trolling motor. Weight of boat is 50lbs less than the 1648 model. It doesn't appear to have a live well. Hate to use an ice chest. Would you buy it if the money is no problem. Or could I do better with Xpress or War Eagle?



You could buy a new phowler hull of that size in their extreme series which is ten times the boat that tracker would ever be for 6100 for a 1656 or a 1756 for 6100. <a class="vglnk" title="Link added by VigLink" target="_blank" rel="nofollow" href="http://www.larrysillowamarine.com/boats.htm"><span>http</span><span>://</span><span>www</span><span>.</span><span>larrysillowamarine</span><span>.</span><span>com</span><span>/</span><span>boats</span><span>.</span><span>htm</span></a> this is the link to site with hull prices. You could probably find a used trailer for cheap and a new 40-50hp outboard is gonna run <a href="tel:5000-6000">5000-6000</a>. So for about the same price as the tracker you would have a hell of a lot better boat. There are other custom builders out there that could probably make you a boat for less than phowler thats gonna be better than a tracker. Yeah they may not come with as many dumb little bells and whistles as the tracker but you can always add a trolling motor and whatever you want later and have a hull that is way better than the tracker that you would never break.
I completely agree with handy here! I have a Tracker 1860SC 2013. I got it for a used price. I like the boat ok, and have not had any problems but there are much better built boats out there. Most of my hull space is taken up by fore and aft decks. All my decoys, layout boat and gear have to ride perched up high. Call Paul and buy a Phowler, that's what I'm doing next. Trust us on this.........
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Re: 2014 Tracker Grizzly 1654 Sportsman?

Postby goosie119 » Tue Apr 08, 2014 9:27 am

1excalibur wrote:Hi gentlemen....
Is it safe to say that I can confidently purchase a 1654 model or is there any doubts about the workmanship and quality of it?
It seems to have everything I want for a decent price. $12,500 for package. 30HP seems sufficient. trolling motor. Weight of boat is 50lbs less than the 1648 model. It doesn't appear to have a live well. Hate to use an ice chest. Would you buy it if the money is no problem. Or could I do better with Xpress or War Eagle?


At the end of the day it's your money to spend how you see fit, but if you're dropping that kind of coin on a rig you might as well get the boat you want the first time around instead of wasting money on a boat you're not gonna be happy with in a few years. I'll give another thumbs up for Paul and his crew at Phowler. I got an 1856 Extreme last year and couldn't be happier. They worked with me in building it how I wanted it, adding features I wanted and subtracting things I didn't need off the base package. Phowler is a great boat builder that can build you whatever you'd want in a boat that's head and shoulders above any commercial hull from the companies you have listed.

Also don't be afraid to go slightly longer than 16', the extra length of an 18' helps it draft less and will plane easier and still allow you to go everywhere you could in the 16'. Lastly, max out horsepower on whatever you decide to run for a motor whether it be an outboard or surface drive.
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