2016 Alumacraft Competitor 205 Sport LE, paired with a 2016 Evinrude 250 HO G2 outboard, Shorelander tandem axle surge brake trailer, two hummingbird 800 series graphs and a Minnkota Terrova 24V with US2 and Ipilot link installed. BOAT IS NOT AVAILABLE FOR PICKUP UNTIL SEPT 30, 2016.
TALONS ARE NOT INLCUDED
Features included with this package are listed in detail below. Serious inquires regarding price, please call 705-761-2510, or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Sale will be finalized through Leatherdale Marine and price does not include HST. Full Hull and Motor warranty included. Package will have less than 100 hours of use. Mint condition. Incredible rig. Boat can be viewed in Peterborough ON. will work with potential buyers to meet for test drive etc..
Well it’s that time of year again. The show season is in full swing, and boat manufacturers and dealers are showcasing their line(s) of boats for the 2016 season. We at Exist To Fish Canada thought
Exist To Fish Canada Writer David Reid
we would share some tips with you to help save some money before purchasing your first boat, including some specific things that you might want to take into consideration when you see the ride of your dreams.
Seeing that this is a purchase that will potentially be with you for quite a while, the first and foremost decision to make is the type of boat you’ll want to fit your specific needs. Do you need a boat that will crossover as both a recreational family and fishing boat? Or is it a fishing specific boat that’s on tap? Buyer’s Remorse & Hidden Costs
Let’s touch on some things that are often overlooked when purchasing a boat. Because of the cost-effectiveness, many first time buyers consider the purchase of a pre rigged boat. The outboard’s horsepower is something that you might want to make a high priority. Many starter packages come with underpowered outboards for the price the package is offered at. If you think that you might want to upgrade the outboard to get the best performance and fuel consumption for the boat, now is the time to ask for it (which will ultimately save you some money in the long run). Upon initially running your new ride, if you deem it underpowered and are ultimately unhappy with your purchase, keep in mind this motor will now be considered a used outboard (which means you lose money trying to sell or trade in to upgrade). An extended warranty is good to negotiate, but really, negotiating a good deal on the most horse power you can afford will save headaches and unnecessary spending down the road. Plus, you’ll just be that much more satisfied with your purchase (buyer’s remorse is awful).
Something else often overlooked is the lack of quality offered in the “package deal” fish finder. Many pre-rigged boats come with the lower end units that a manufacturer has to offer, once again to keep the cost of package down (in order to spark interest in potential sales). Most dealers will carry higher end models of fish finders, so ask them if they can exchange the unit that comes with the boat against the purchase of said higher end model that they carry. Make sure you ask them about this, because if you snooze here, the potential upgrade becomes another added cost if you don’t already own one. Does the boat you are looking at come with a bow mount electric motor? If it does, is it the one that you would be happy with? Will it have enough power to operate in any weather conditions? If, for example, you purchase a 17ft boat that is rigged with a 12 volt electric motor, chances are you will be upgrading to a 24 or 36 volt motor after the first time you are out on a windy day (at the very least you’ll be unsatisfied). Is the shaft of the electric motor long enough for the boat? If not, again, after the first windy choppy day running it, only to have your electric motor prop continuously popping out of the water thus being blown off your spot, chances are you’ll be wishing you had opted for the longer shaft and higher powered motor. Now is the time to shore this up. Before you purchase the boat, take the time to ask the dealer if they would take the electric bow mount off the boat that you are looking at and put it towards the price of another model that would better suit your needs.
Questions, Questions, Questions
You most definitely want to ask the dealer the following questions. Does the package come with transom tie downs? Is a transom saver for the outboard included? Is a fitted boat cover or a trailering cover included? Are the trailer wheel bearings, packed bearings and self-greasing or are there grease nipples to service the bearings yourself? Does the boat come with batteries for the electric motor or just a starting battery? Does it come with a spare tire for the trailer? What are the license and boat registration fees? The answers to all of these questions will further help you to keep the “hidden costs” to a minimal. Throughout your search, remember to also look at where the rod holders will be located and the type of fish finder mount you will use. Boat cleats, tiller or console model, storage space, rod locker, carpet or non-skid vinyl, electric or pull start and the live well (to name a few) are other things to consider.
Don’t Worry Be Happy
I hope these suggestions help you out if a pre rigged boat is what you’re after. By making these suggested upgrades, the initial price tag of the boat package will be slightly inflated, but you will most certainly save money down the road (along with your sanity) by making them now. Knowing and carefully weighing your options will save you some frustration from those unexpected costs that may have slipped your mind when buying a boat when you were trying to keep on “budget”.
Your first boat should be an enjoyable purchase for you. By asking these simple, yet forgotten questions, the dealer will be more than happy to outfit your ride for the application you are focused on. There is nothing worse than finding out that you are unhappy with your purchase only to have to start trying to sell something that is now consider used, which is a long term financial loss. The time to trade up/substitute for what you want is at the time of purchase, so you can get the best price possible for the boat/accessory package that fits your needs. Believe me when I say it is in the dealer’s best interest to make sure that you are satisfied with your purchase, because a happy customer is a repeat customer.
Don’t Forget The Shows!!
Some of the best available deals on new fully rigged boat packages will take place at your local Boat shows. Dealers are bringing their best to the table as well as late model or discontinued products that NEED TO GO. There are typically Pro staff for the boat companies present at the shows that offer honest insight to each model. Why? Because they have run the boats. Their opinions are very valuable and will point you towards the right boat for you and your needs.
The shows will also give you a great opportunity to see the product up close and personal before you buy it! Not always the case when you are ordering from the dealer out of a catalogue.
So, get out to one of the fine shows going on and take everything possible into account. Be smart. Knowledge is power. Think about the now, the future, what will truly make you happy, and go after it. All the best of luck in your search, and If you find what you’re looking for, have a great season in your new whip!
Written By: David Reid-Exist To Fish Canada
Edited By Jamie Wilson-Lead Writer/Editor Exist To Fish Canada
Alumacraft continues to lead the industry in quality, well-crafted aluminum fishing boats. And for 2016 they have something very special launching in their Competitor lineup. A 20’6” version of the already existing and proven 186, 175 and 165 models. This boat is loaded with great features and looks fantastic! Alumacraft boats have what the company refers to as 2XB hulls. Full-length, twin-plated hulls that offer twice the strength and protection from the bow to the transom. A superior hull design that dramatically reduces sound and vibration without compromising agility. Alumacraft Boats also feature oversized, full-length spray rails to ensure a clean and dry ride. This boat is loaded with a tone of standard and optional features that are laid out below.
ACCY, RADIO INFINITY 250 (CS/SPT) AM/FM, Bluetooth, AUX Input
ACCY, RADIO INFINITY 350 (CS/SPT) 3.5″ Color TFT Screen – Makes for Simple Navigation, XM Sirius Ready (Requires Subscription), AM/FM, Bluetooth, AUX Input
ACCY,FLIP BENCH SEAT-LE CARPET
ACCY,FLIP BENCH SEAT-STD CARPET
AT ALUMA-TRAC CLAMP
AT, CANNON, ROD HOLDER
AT, RAM ROD HOLDER
AT, TEMPRESS, ROD HOLDER
CARPET,SNAP-IN (COMP 205 SPT)
HOOK,BLACK CARGO NET “J”
NET, BLACK BOW CARGO 8″ X 55″
NET,ACB822BD BLACK CONSOLE CARGO
This boat is very well laid out and done so with high quality componentry. A tone of well thought out storage, all lockable and dry!! Bow and Starboard rod storage that will accommodate an 8’ fishing rod! The front deck on this boat will also accommodate up to a 7’5” fishing rod as well! Massive rear live well spanning nearly the width of the entire boat holding 125 L of water and a Big bow live well at 83 L. Alumacraft uses the highest quality hardware available on the market. Chromed metal hardware is strong, durable and easy to grab and open, even with gloves on. Their boats are painted in the same basecoat/clear coat process and colors used by major auto makers. This process allows the repair of small scratches and areas of dock rash without repainting the entire boat.
Quality Ratings for (Competitor 205 Sport LE)
Level of Detail(1-5)
Rating (10 being highest )
The boat that we used during this review was well equipped with a brand new 2016 Evinrude 250 HO G2. We were on plane with no effort at all and quickly lost sight of the speedometer which maxed out at 65 MPH!!! The ride at this speed, and all on plane speeds, was absolutely impeccable! Smooth, stable, quiet and very fast! This boat is an absolute wave crusher!! Rides very well in 3-4’ waves. A must have for big water applications.
As stated above this boat is loaded with Standard and Optional Features to suit any and all needs. A few that really stood out are as follows.
Interior Courtesy Lights
Dual Aerated Livewells with Timers
Lockable Bow Rod Storage – up to 8′
Starboard Rod Storage – up to 8′
MORE AND BIGGER RIBS
The Alumacraft all-welded ribs can really take a pounding. They are heavier, wider and stronger than the competition making the entire boat tougher and more rigid. Ribs are positioned on narrow 12″ centers. This results in more ribs making the hull stronger the entire length of the boat!
LARGER AIRCRAFT-GRADE RIVETS
Inherent strength is greater with larger rivets and we can see this with the Alumacraft boats. Larger rivets mean stronger rivets. Stronger rivets mean fewer rivets are needed. Fewer rivets mean fewer holes need to be drilled, significantly reducing the chance of ever popping a rivet. This boat is bone dry and tough as nails!
Alumacraft uses a single piece of aluminum that is cut and shaped to form the hull of this boat. Other manufacturers rivet, or weld, two separate pieces together. The Alumacraft one-piece design assures there are no seams on the boat’s bottom, providing the greatest possible inherent strength and no heaving.
HEAVIER GAUGE ALUMINIUM
All Alumacraft boats are made with heavy-gauge, top-quality, 5052 marine-grade aluminum. They last a very long time.
This really is a boat that wears many hats. While it is absolutely dialed in for the professional/recreational angler it doubles very nicely as a boat that can be utilized for a family to enjoy. A very spacious comfortable ride with seating for 4 in the cockpit area. And plenty of power and performance to pull a skier or wakeboarder.
(Competitor 205 Sport LE) Collective Final Rating
Ratings Key: 1 = terrible : 2 = poor : 3 = lacking : 4 = sub par : 5 = mediocre : 6 = fair : 7 = good : 8 = great : 9 = excellent : 10 = MUST HAVE
We are very impressed with the quality, performance and value that this boat is boasting. Highly recommend!