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Alumicraft vs. Smokercraft

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Looking @ purchasing a new fishing boat and was wondering if anyone has any information or opinion on ride quality of the Alumicraft vs. Smokercraft.

Looking @ the Alumicraft Dominator vs. Smokercraft Promag

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rodmaker

I have an older Alumacraft compeditor 185 with a 75 hp tiller. I've had this boat 12 years, and have had no problems. Works great for the Pond!!! grin.gif

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TrophyEyes

I have a Lund, but I have been in a lot of Alumacrafts and I have never had a problem with them. They were a pretty dry ride if I remember correctly.

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NEANGLER

I did a little rearch before I bought My Alumacraft and heard from people that the Smokercraft kinda like a Sylvan is a little cheaper to get into but there is a reason. I bought a used Alumacraft TP 175 Cs and love it. Lots of storage, rides great and have had no problems.

But I would look at both boats and see which best fits you for your needs and your pocket book - you maybe able to get a little bit bigger boat w/ the Sylvan. Good luck.

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MuskieJunkie

I have a Smokercraft Millentia, I think the smokercrafts are cheaper (in price and quality) than the Lunds, Alumacrafts, and Crestliners. I like the boat, havent had any problems with it (but it's not that old), my only complaint is that the opening for the windshield is pretty narrow. If I were you I would look at a bunch of different models, if the cost of the alumacraft isnt much more I'd go that way and or go with whatever one has the floor plan you like the best.

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MIDNIGHT777

I am on my second Alumacraft. First was Lunker 165CS w/50 merc. Now have a Dominator 175CS w/140 Johnson. I have no complaints about either boat. Very solid. I looked at Lund, Alumacraft, and Crestliner. I never considered Smokercraft although I know people who have had them and were happy. I went and sat in each boat in the perticular model that I was interested in. I decided on the Alumacraft for a few reasons. With Alumacraft and Crestliner I found you will get a little more bang for your buck. I just liked the way the Alumacraft was set up and the options/specifications it had. It is really upt to your personal preference and how much money you want to spend.

Matt

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spankster

I know the question is alumacraft vs. smokercraft, but... If you have the money, go either Lund or Ranger. If you don't get the alumacraft. My brother in law has a 175 Navigator and its a nice boat. Not the amenities of a lund but a nice boat....

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I know the question is alumacraft vs. smokercraft, but... If you have the money, go either Lund or Ranger. If you don't get the alumacraft. My brother in law has a 175 Navigator and its a nice boat. Not the amenities of a lund but a nice boat....


Compare a Alumacraft Tournament Pro to a Lund Pro V and you get a lot more for the money. The Navigator is a nice boat, but lacks many of the features of the TP.

Another boat to consider, but it is a little harder to find is the G3 line of boats. They are very well set up and priced competitively with the Alumacrafts and similar.

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tight_line

How bout neither. Spend the money on a glass boat. 1890 Warrior is what I run. These cut thru the water like you wouldn't believe. Ranger and Yarcraft are also excellent but more expensive.

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davidr

one thing to consider is what if something does happen to the boat....alumacraft has an excellent warranty and if it happens to be your fault they are in minnesota and the labor is cheap, 50 bucks an hour....cant speak much for smokercraft other than my buddie bought one last year and its a sharp boat for the money, so either way happy fishing.

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18 inch Crappie

I own a Smoker craft Pro Angler 172, it was a lot better fit and finish on the inside then the Lund. Nicer dash, seats and a big live well and rod box. I got it for $6000 less then what my friend just bought a Alumacraft for. Both 17 foot mine has a 115 Johnson 4 stroke, His has a 140 Johnson and mine is 5mph faster. 115 Johnsons 4 stroke ROCK!!!!!!!

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I own a Smoker craft Pro Angler 172, it was a lot better fit and finish on the inside then the Lund. Nicer dash, seats and a big live well and rod box. I got it for $6000 less then what my friend just bought a Alumacraft for. Both 17 foot mine has a 115 Johnson 4 stroke, His has a 140 Johnson and mine is 5mph faster. 115 Johnsons 4 stroke ROCK!!!!!!!


I think you mean "suzuki" 4 stroke. wink.gif

Either way, you are right, they rock.

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