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.
|(Competitor 205 Sport LE) Specifications|
|Type||Deep V Hull Aluminum|
|MSRP||Contact Baxter at Leatherdale Marine|
|Length||20’ 8”||6.3 m|
|Transom Width / Height||95”/25”||2.4 m/0.6 m|
|Max. Horsepower||250 hp||186 kW|
|Max. Depth||45”||1.1 m|
|Max. Hull Thickness||0.200”||5.1 mm|
|Freeboard Thickness||0.080”||2 mm|
|Weight||1,616 lbs||733 kg|
|Max. Capacity||8/2,450 lbs||8/1,111|
|Fuel Capacity||45 gal.||170 L|
|Livewell Aft||33 gal.||125 L|
|Livewell Bow||22 gal.||83 L|
|Interior Courtesy Lights|
|Gauges – speed, tach, volt, fuel|
|Lockable Bow Rod Storage – up to 8′|
|Starboard Rod Storage – up to 8′|
|Trolling Systems – 12/24 volt|
|Driver’s Seat Slider|
|13 Gallon Insulated Cooler|
|Dual Aerated Livewells with Timers|
|Manual Bilge Pump|
|Stowable Running Lights|
|VINYL ALL (GV)|
|VINYL COCKPIT ONLY (CV)|
|No Engine Brand|
|ACCESSORY, INPUT USB|
|ACCY C PTFRM (COMP175/185NAV175)VYL|
|ACCY, CASTING PLATFORM (CARPET)|
|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)|
|Finish(1-5)||Level of Detail(1-5)||Hardware(1-5)||Craftsmanship(1-5)||Total||Possible||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!