Boats.com Senior Editor Lenny Rudow reviewed this 16 foot fishing boat with a 50 HP E-TEC and found the combination “spicy.”
Read Lenny’s Smoker Craft 162 Pro Angler XL Boat Test Notes
Video Boat Review Transcript
Review a bunch of sixteen to eighteen foot boats, and after awhile they all start to bleed together. One that doesn’t? Smoker Craft’s Pro Angler XL. Why? Well it has a lot of features and construction techniques that are really interesting. Come on back to the dock, and let’s check ‘em out.
This is a nice roomy foredeck. And it’s interesting how they laid it out. Course you have your anchor locker up here, you have your trolling motor plug right here, and this stowage compartment under here goes all the way across. It’s one big open area, with a mount for a trolling motor battery and your electrical wires already in place.
Now I love this slick gauge cluster, that’s nice. And there’s room to binnacle mount some electronics right here. One thing I’m not so crazy about is where the safety lanyard is located. You have to pull it back across the throttle to hitch it up, and it kinda gets in the way there.
I don’t care who you are, one thing you’re gonna love about this boat: check out these comfy seats! These are nice.
There’s a storage box built into the gunnel here, you can use that for your rods. And it is locking. And this boat also has a pair of gunnel mount rod holders in the stern.
There’s a nice large live well in the foredeck. And it’s insulated all around the outside. Plus there’s foam in the top, so even the top’s insulated.
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