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    Posted by chawchaw on June 17, 2016 at 9:59 pm

    hey fellas , I sold my alumacraft 175 and am in the market for a fiberglass fish and ski combo so i can have a few more people out and like the walk through windshields etc…
    i have been reading online and don’t know what to believe so i figured y’all could help. i hear horror stories about nitros but i like the way the look and are affordable, then again i know you get what you pay for . i guess what I’m asking is does anyone have knowledge about what brands to stay away from and what are good boats, i have a 20k budget and there are nice newish nitros all over the place and some few year old stratos in that ballpark. what would you do, again i am set on the fish and ski model, just don’t know what brand .
    is a 2009 stratos for 18k a good deal compared to a 2014 nitro for 20k
    thanks amigos

    cruss77 replied 7 years, 11 months ago 10 Members · 17 Replies
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  • cruss77

    June 18, 2016 at 1:59 am

    I’ve got a nitro z-7 sport and I love it.
    Bought it used and the guy before put all the bells and whistles on it so I got lucky. I have had a few small problems but I wouldn’t call any of them deal breakers. I’ve replaced all the batteries but that may have been preimptive on my end. I had an issue with the boat getting on plane originally so I bought a hydrofoil and boat runs great now. Probably my biggest complaint is that it is a shallow v boat so it doesn’t take waves well. When it’s on plane it is ok but there are still times when you catch a roller and the bow would shoot way up. Now if I had hydraulic steer and I a hydraulic jack plate it wouldn’t be an issue but that’s a lot of money.
    This is probably the best thing about the boat, it is 19’6″ long. It is amazing not having to

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    worry about casting and hitting the person on the back deck, which is usually my dad. Speaking of him, he is a die hard alumacraft guy but he likes the boat because of the space and storage.
    Best or all my wife loves the boat and after that no one else matters.
    if you got any questions holler at me.

  • kkuntzy

    June 18, 2016 at 3:41 am

    I own a 2013 Z8. I have had no problems with it and really happy with how it performs and fishes. It has a great trolling motor with a Fortrex 101 live wells are great rides well in rough water plenty of storage. To be honest I only have one true complaint about the seat quality.

  • chawchaw

    June 18, 2016 at 4:46 am

    thanks guys for easing my mind about the nitro
    it is in my price range and is on the list of possible purchases now
    keep the opinions coming, it helps a lot

  • ajspence2

    June 20, 2016 at 5:39 pm

    I own a 2007 Nitro 482. I have had it over a year and never had a problem with it. It has a 150 OPTI. The only thing I’ve done to it is replace batteries and some new trailer tires/lights. I don’t get the Nitro hate.

  • chawchaw

    June 20, 2016 at 6:02 pm

    i don’t get it either, but there seems to be a lot of people that either love em or hate em. thanks for the opinions fellas

  • eanderson

    June 20, 2016 at 9:30 pm

    I had a Nitro 901 as my last boat and it was probably one of my favorites other than my current boat (Phoenix). Ive also had a skeeter and a Triton. The nitro rode OK but had huge room for a 19ft boat. It also handled well. In really rough water it did ride hard though. Ive not ridden in anything that takes rough water like my phoenix but of course they dont make a fish and ski!


  • tennesseejed

    June 21, 2016 at 6:54 pm

    I’m running a 2010 Triton Escape fish and ski. I love it . Runs a little deeper than a bass boat ,but has all the features . Extra seating was the reason I went f/s. The live well is small though. Good luck and be safe !
    P.S. I believe the Nitro has fiberglass floor as the Triton is carpeted.

  • chawchaw

    June 21, 2016 at 9:26 pm

    i like the triton for sure, just got to get a little fatter wallet for one of those . i was also looking at the skeeter sl120, thats a sweet boat and skeeter seems to have a good reputation . I’m all ears for now as i m out of town still and have plenty of time on my hands for researching boats

  • chawchaw

    June 23, 2016 at 2:37 pm

    once again I’ve thank y’all for the help
    everyones opinions really helped and I’ve found a cool 2013 skeeter fish and ski sl210 with the yamaha max sho 200
    i chose this boat because it came with the ez loader tandem trailer and a motor that i really like , yet still has room for 5 guys and a great reputation
    plus it just worked out well and the price was okay, ….and it looks like the bat-mobile
    thanks for the help guys !!


  • blockel

    June 23, 2016 at 3:22 pm

    Great looking rig, congrats!

  • nobass

    June 23, 2016 at 3:40 pm

    Sweet looking ride congratulations

  • tennesseejed

    June 23, 2016 at 4:39 pm

    I would say your wallet must have gotten fatter.

  • chawchaw

    June 23, 2016 at 6:00 pm

    Hahaha man I stretched a little but y’all would kill me if you found out what I paid for it , right place at the right time . I ain’t rich lol

  • Brian

    June 24, 2016 at 1:51 am

    Nice!!! Congrats

  • crkaeser

    June 24, 2016 at 3:53 pm

    I am looking for a new to me boat as well. However, everything on Craigslist is extremely expensive or been rode hard and hung up wet! Where did you find that deal? From a dealer or craigslist?

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