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PostPosted: 19 Jul 2016, 19:06 
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Been thumbing thru the forum looking for someone with one of these Tracker Marine Grizzly boats. At $3000 she affordable, After much research she seems to be the working mans boat with the most features for the buck. Have been looking at the Weldbuilt Crawdad best looking and affordable but found some bad news from a forum member on here, after reading that Im scared of weldbuilt. Sounds like he had a nightmare, I hate nightmares, I have been down the pro rated warranty road with Alumacraft on the wood floor in a 1991 bass boat before not good. At nine years old it was shot. Yes the previous owner obliviously left it outdoors for eight years always under a canvas cover bad news. That cover holds the moisture inside and rots and molds everything. She looked brand new no fading from the sun on anything and completely rotten. OK on to the War Eagle 1548 best built I think and one heck of a nice boat but I cant afford it, shes $1500 more than the Tracker .Then the G3 1548 DK or the 1652VB with flat floor looks good and well built still cant afford shes $4500 at Augusta Marine Also looked at the Lowe Roughneck from AK Mcallum seems like a nice tough boat as well and priced right. A little bit of a drive up to NC but not bad. Maybe a closer dealer gotta look. Back to the Tracker Grizzly shes 100 ga all welded and no wood big plus, and I love the flat rub rail and the versa track system another big plus. I have mounted rod holders on a round gunnel/rub rail before its a pita. The Grizzly I can build it a piece at a time just like a AR15, A great platform to build on. Rod/Gun locker and live well can be added as well as many versa track accessories around the gunnel and can be moved or removed anytime another big plus. Anyhow would like to here from you guys that own one of these Grizzly boats and if you had any troubles as in bad welds and if the Tracker Marine boyz took good care of you. Another big plus for me now is logistics on purchase and if I had a warranty issue getting it back to the dealer. Just found a dealer in Augusta/Evans GA 20 miles from home at Clarks Hill Lake thats another a real plus.


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PostPosted: 19 Jul 2016, 21:50 
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I have a 2009 1448 Grizzly. I don't get out that much so my experience is kinda limited. I like the boat a lot and my only complaint is the paint job which isn't that great. Don't know anything about how the boat is prepped and painted but the paint doesn't seem all that durable for my money. Given I'm not all that concerned about the paint it hasn't been a problem for me and wouldn't prevent me from buying another. Have not had any dealings with customer service so can't comment. Maybe as important or more important is the relationship with the dealer.


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PostPosted: 20 Jul 2016, 13:45 

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New Tracker grizzly 1548 is max rated for only 25HP. Something is wrong with that. With 2 guys and gear, 2 batteries, trolling motor, cooler and a fuel tank you will have to run the piss out of that little 25 to get anywhere. The G3 and War Eagle are both rated for 40HP, that sounds a little better.



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PostPosted: 20 Jul 2016, 14:22 
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Im looking at the Grizzly 1648MVX and its rated for a 40HP max Im planning on a 30HP Tohatsu, I think that will plane her off well even under a heavy load with the right prop. Wish I knew some one with this set up to see how she runs. I noticed Backwater Marine installing 20HP Tohatsu on their 1648 weldbuilt. I was running a 20 on a 1448 80ga Nova boat and it did well but I dont know the speed.



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PostPosted: 21 Jul 2016, 08:31 

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i have a 1648 mv weldbilt w a 30 hp tiller tohatsu pt/t efi. i had mine built at 100 gage. so it is heavier then mweiners. 2012. have had some minor issues. nothing like mweiners. the 30 hp will push me at 27+ mph w 2 guys,26 w 3. will use a lot more fuel w 3 guys. she will porpoise on me if i trim out wrong. i use so little gas i bought a 3 gal tank that takes up less room. i hope this helps.


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PostPosted: 21 Jul 2016, 19:43 
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Man that sounds great I was wondering if she would hit 20mph with the 30HP Tohatsu with the Tracker being 100ga Sound like she may hit 25 thanks for the info on the weldbuilt.



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PostPosted: 23 Jul 2016, 11:31 
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Update, just because a dealer is listed on the tracker marine website does not mean he will sale you a tracker boat. Just left premier marine Evans GA and was told he would only sell me a package deal boat motor trailer, HUUMMM OK I will order from some one else. Called Berkley Outdoors in Lexington SC bout 70 miles away and he says he will order what ever I want. Now thats customer service. Quoted boat at 3200.00 10% down to order. Also got a quote on a painted trailer to match for 1250.00 heck I cant buy a used one and replace everything needed to make it road worthy for that. Think I will just save up a few more coins and buy a new trailer to match the Tracker. Also stopped buy Augusta Marine and checked on the G3 some one said it was the same price or cheaper for the same boat. Not, it was one grand more than the tracker and no versa track, same 100 gauge welded boat and same layout but it was a 1652BV open flat floor not a 1648MVX I guess four inches is worth a grand but Im sticking with the Tracker, I like the versa track system.



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PostPosted: 27 Jul 2016, 08:21 

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skipper123 wrote:
OK on to the War Eagle 1548 best built I think and one heck of a nice boat but I cant afford it, shes $1500 more than the Tracker


This is true. Having looked at "ALL" the major brands when I was boat shopping, I chose the 1548 WE. Looked real hard at Tracker Grizzly boats but there were a few things that the WE beat them out on. The ribs in the grizzly were taller than the war eagle. Those tall ribs are not fun to walk around on. And most importantly (to me) is that when you put a floor down over the ribs, because they're so big you lose a LOT of interior space. Another thing I did not like about them is that the ones I've seen, the paint was flaking. Not by itself, but a small scratch turned into a big flake coming off. And also, lack of storage space and lack of floatation. One of the Grizzlies I looked at was a "commercial rated" boat, no flotation at all. That is one thing I will say about War Eagle; they'll still float more or less level if you leave the drain plug out and let it fill up. The safety thing. Will it get water logged eventually? Probably in a few years, yes. But I'd rather know that it'll float when swamped than to worry about 10 lbs of extra weight in the flotation. Yeah I, too, was looking to save as much as possible but in the end I shopped around and found a 548LDV for the exact same price as the Tracker Grizzly 1648. Only thing, I had to wire it and put the accessories in myself, which isn't hard. If you pay war eagle to do it (pre-rig) the little stuff adds up-and quickly. I bought mine bare with a floor, and the floor was free (promotional) at the time, and I also got OD green instead of camoflage, as camo was an extra $250. With an old 25hp 4 stroke, I am seeing 29 mph regularly with just me, with the girlfriend and all her stuff that she brings, usually 26 or 27. I'm absolutely tickled with it. Smooth and dry ride, confident, handles pretty good, .100" material, etc. I know a few guys with Grizzlies and they like them but they are not top of the line boats by any means, but I don't think they're meant to be. About on the same level as Waco's welded boats and Weldbilt.


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my only complaints about mine was the paint and how heavy it was. but it was a tough boat.



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PostPosted: 27 Jul 2016, 09:48 

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I would look at Alweld and for sure get a price on a Weld-Craft.


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PostPosted: 30 Jul 2016, 15:04 
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Finally pulled the plug and ordered a new 1648MVX grizzly with matching trailer. One of the strong deciding factors, the dealers them selves. Got real tired of begging dealers to price out a boat and trailer, I think it was not enough profit in a boat and trailer for them to bother. Tracker was the one I could price out myself online add the items I wanted call the dealer and tell him to order it. Way to go tracker this systems obviously works. The wife and I were sitting in a cove fishing and had five boats around us, they all had tracker wrote on the side. They have to be doing something right. Im sure this is not the best boat on the water but it sure is the most enjoyable to purchase. Im not going to beat it to a pulp duck hunting so Im sure it will give many years of good service. I ordered it from Berkley Outdoors and Marine in Columbia SC and ETA is two to three weeks. Cant wait till she gets here.



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PostPosted: 30 Jul 2016, 15:43 
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My neighbor picked up a new Tracker. He ran it a few weeks and hung the for sale sign on it.

I ran over to check it out in hopes of possibly buying it. When I got up close I saw the reason he was selling. Paint was lifting all over. It scratched easy and once a little scratch got there the paint lifted and flaked. Seemed cheap construction compared to my Lowe I ended up with.

I would wait and save up more or buy a quality used setup. Boats are a dime a dozzen. Most buy them and they sit in the back yard,garage, or barn.

Fishing partner just got a killer Ranger for half the original price. People bought it new launched it twice and it has been sitting in their garage. They wanted the space back and wanted it gone. Deals are out there!



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PostPosted: 30 Jul 2016, 18:47 
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To late for that shes on order and Im happily waiting delivery. Supposedly they have changed their paint process and the baked on powder coat paint has a warranty now, if not pics of that nice new boat will be all over the internet if it just falls off. Hull also has a five year warranty. I dont see how any one could stay in business with a bad product now with all the social media these days exposing them. I read many bad reviews and many good reviews on the tracker and almost every other alu boat hull as well. This will be my forth tracker hull but the first welded one. I did not notice any major difference in alumacraft or tracker hulls I have run over the years. To be honest paint is not a big issue on a creek and river boat its going to get scratched up running thru the swamp. I plan to camo the boat myself. Thanks to all that have replied I appreciate your honesty and opinions. I will post pics when she arrives and after we use her a little.



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PostPosted: 01 Sep 2016, 21:32 
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I just got the 1448, I love it, plenty of room and fishes amazing. Trying to iron out some plaining issues but awesome boat


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PostPosted: 02 Sep 2016, 11:01 
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skipper123 wrote:
I dont see how any one could stay in business with a bad product now with all the social media these days exposing them.


Have you never stepped in a Wal-Mart?

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