Saturday, November 5, 2016

Arctic Cat ATV Horsepower Ratings

The horsepower ratings shown below were sourced from the California Environmental Protection Agency.
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Displacement - KW - HP

90CC H1 - 4.7 - 6.3HP

149CC H1 - 7.3 - 9,8HP

271CC H1 - 16.3 - 21.9HP

366CC H1 - 19.2 - 25.7HP
366CC H1 - 17.7 - 23.7HP

442CC H1 - 24.9 - 33.4HP

545CC H1 - 29 - 38.9HP
545CC H1 - 26.1 - 35HP Prowler

695CC H1 - 30.9 - 41.4HP
695CC H1 - 36.6 - 49HP Mud Pro
695CC H1 - 32.8 - 44HP TBX & TRV
695CC H1 - 34 - 45.6HP Prowler

952CC H2 - 52.2 - 70HP
952CC H2 - 49.5 - 66.4HP Prowler

Wildcat X - 951CC V-Twin - 90HP
Wildcat Trail - 700CC Twin Cyl. - 63HP

ATV Horsepower Comparison Chart (Popular Models)

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Thursday, October 20, 2016

How To Choose The Right Anchor For Your Fishing or Sport Boat


How to Choose the Best Anchor and Ground Tackle for your Boat
 If you own a boat, you need an anchor and ground tackle (line and chain). Here's how to choose the right anchoring gear, when you go into the boating supply store. 

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How to Choose the Right Anchor for Your Boat
Posted by  Justin Hoffman January 12, 2013

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What Type of Boat Anchor Should I Buy?
Although this question may seem basic, there are many variables that come into play when purchasing your first anchor. Environmental conditions (such as weather and lake structure), the size of your craft and the weight of the anchor itself are all significant parts of the puzzle. Perhaps it's best to look first at how an anchor actually works.

Anchors "attach" to the bottom structure of a body of water in order to hold a boat securely. This is done in one of two ways. Firstly, the anchor can penetrate the bottom surface, creating a suction through the penetration and the weight of the material above the anchor itself, in turn creating resistance. Secondly, when dealing with hard, rocky bottoms, the anchor actually snags in order to create hold.

Out of the many roles that anchors serve, the most prevalent are securing the boat while fishing, keeping boats out of the surf or rocks or allowing the occupants to enjoy a relaxing meal on board without drifting away. (For larger craft, they are also necessary for spending the night while out on the water.) ...

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Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Introducing The New 2017 NITRO Z19 Sport Fish and Ski Boat


2017 NITRO® Sport Series Fish and Ski Boats

To make a NITRO® sport boat, we take all the features families and watersport enthusiasts enjoy, like plush seating throughout, a removable ski tow pylon, plentiful gear storage, reboarding ladder and more. Then we mix in features even the most dedicated of anglers want, including rod storage, livewell(s), powerful trolling motor and a fishfinder.

All these features are crafted into a NITRO performance fiberglass hull to ensure maximum speed, handling, and holeshots for your fishing adventures, watersports endeavours, or a day of comfortable cruising out on the water.  And we didn’t forget to include vivid colors, graphics and styling to add the finishing touch.

The result is a NITRO sport boat - the perfect hybrid of performance fishing boat and watersports champion.

So if your family likes to experience a wide range of activities, adventures and fun in one outing, the NITRO sport boat is ready to take you there!


To watch more 2017 NITRO Performance Fishing Boat and Sport Boat videos please visit the NITRO Youtube Channel.


Contact:

Bob
Tracker Boat Center
Vaughan, ON
(905) 761-3980
 
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Introducung The New 2017 Tracker Targa V-18 Combo Deep V Aluminum Fishing Boat


The multi-talented TRACKER® Targa™ V-18 Combo has something for everyone. It's ready for trolling, skiing, casting or tubing—anything a fun-loving family or die-hard walleye or bass angler could want. Features include a ski-tow pylon, cushioned bow seating, dual 8’ rod storage and two movable fishing seats.
Built on our legendary 35° deadrise Deep V hull, the Targa V-18 Combo is powerful and safe—now with a 200HP rating. And it's backed by the TRACKER Promise—the best factory warranty in aluminum boats—because we've built it with the same dedication to quality we put into all of our boats.

To watch more videos introducing the new Mod V and Deep V Tracker Aluminum Fishing Boat lineup please visit the Tracker Youtube Channel.

Contact:
Bob
Tracker Boat Center
Vaughan, ON
(905) 761-3980


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I/O Vs. Outboard


Choosing whether to purchase a boat with an I/O (Inboard/Outboard) motor or an Outboard motor is a matter of personal preference and application.

Most personal fishing boats are equipped with an Outboard motor because the motor is easier to maintain and replace, when needed, and the motor can be lifted completely out of the water when fishing by shore or in shallow water.

Most Family Bowriders / Ski-Boats are equipped with an I/O with the outdrive positioned beneath the swim platform offering easier access back on to the boat when skiing/wakeboarding/tubing or swimming.

In general terms, I/O's are best suited for family "fun" boats. The weight of the motor is inside the hull offering a smoother quieter ride. I/O's are similar to automobile engines and can be larger than Outboard motors offering more torque and horsepower for watersports than would be available with an outboard.

Outboard's are best suited for "fishing" boats. Not only are they easier to maintain/replace, the fully integrated seal around the motor and lower unit protects the whole unit from the elements where the inboard is constantly exposed to water in the bilge.

To learn more about the difference between Inboards, I/O's and Outboards please see the following article in "Lake Boss" written by Nathan B. Link: http://thelakeboss.com/?p=233


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Saturday, October 15, 2016

Alcohol Consumption On Pleasure Craft

In Ontario, acohol may be consumed on board a boat only if the vessel meets all of the following conditions:
  • has permanent sleeping facilities
  • has permanent cooking facilities
  • has a permanent toilet
  • is anchored or secured alongside a dock 
Penalties:
Boating while impaired is an offence under the Criminal Code of Canada.
Operators with more than eighty (80) milligrams of alcohol per One Hundred (100) millilitres of blood are liable to the following fines:

  • 1st offence: at least One Thousand ($1,000) fine
  • 2nd offence: at least Thirty (30) days of imprisonment
  • 3rd offence: at least One Hundred Twenty (120) days of imprisonment

The maximum sentence may vary depending on provincial statutes.

Q & A's (Boating) Pleasure Craft Operator card

 Q & A's about Pleasure Craft Operators Card (Canada) from BoaterExam.com

http://www.boaterexam.com/canada/
 
Q. Who needs the Pleasure Craft Operator Card and when?

A. All operators of powered watercraft used for recreational purposes within Canada require the card as of September 15 2009.

As of September 15, 2009 all boaters are required to have the Pleasure Craft Operator Card in order to operate a powered watercraft. There is no grandfather clause or age exemption – this law applies to all boaters. Powered watercraft includes watercraft fitted with any size motor — even an electric trolling motor.

 Q. Why do boaters now need to have a Pleasure Craft Operator Card?

A. Recreational boating is a favourite pastime in Canada with between seven and nine million people enjoying Canadian waterways each year. Sadly, not every boating excursion is a return trip: Over 200 boating fatalities occur each year along with an estimated 6,000 non-fatal accidents – most of them preventable. The general public and pleasure boaters had expressed concern that anyone of any age could operate a watercraft without having any prior boating experience. The Pleasure Craft Operator Card regulations are an attempt to reduce the number of boating related accidents & fatalities. The goal of the program is to encourage boaters to evaluate their capabilities and limits, to prepare themselves adequately before heading out, and to be responsible on the water.

Q. In which provinces is the Pleasure Craft Operator Card valid?

A. The card is valid in each province; Ontario, Quebec, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Manitoba, British Columbia (BC), Prince Edward Island (PEI), Saskatchewan, Alberta and Newfoundland and Labrador (NFLD).

Q. What is the difference between a Pleasure Craft Operator Card and a Pleasure Craft License?

A. The Pleasure Craft Operator Card applies to the driver of the boat, while a Pleasure Craft License applies to the boat itself.
A Pleasure Craft Licence is the number placed on the side of each recreational vessel as required under the Small Vessel Regulations of the Canada Shipping Act. The number is used to assist law enforcement and search and rescue organizations in identifying each individual pleasure craft.If your boat is mostly operated or kept in Canada and is powered by one or more motors adding up to 10 hp (7.5 kW) or more, it must be licensed, unless it is registered. You will also need to license dinghies or tenders you carry aboard or tow behind a larger boat. You must keep a copy of the licence on board.
As of November 1, 2010, to get your free pleasure craft licence, you must mail the following documents to the Pleasure Craft Licensing Centre:
  • a completed application form;
  • proof of vessel ownership; and
  • a signed copy of a valid piece of government-issued identification. (Further information is available on the form.)
Application forms are available online at www.boatingsafety.gc.ca, or for pickup in person through your local Service Canada Centre. For Service Canada locations, visit www.servicecanada.gc.ca

Q. Do I need a driver's license to operate a watercraft?

A. No, a driver's license is not required to operate a watercraft. You do require your Pleasure Craft Operator Card on board with you while operating a powered watercraft.

Q. What is the fine for operating without your card?

A. Not having the required Pleasure Craft Operator Card or proof of competency on board = $250 (not including administrative charges).

Q. What are some of the common boating offences and associated fines? (not including administrative charges)

A. Some of the common boating offences and associated fines are:

Not having enough approved lifejackets on board = $200
Careless operation = $200
Speeding = $100
Allowing someone under age to operate a boat = $250
Operating a boat if you are under age = $100
Operating a boat without a working muffle in good condition = $100
Towing someone without a spotter = $100

* Source Transport Canada

Q. How will this law be enforced and by Who?

A. The law will be enforced by peace officers. The law requires that the operator of a powered watercraft carry his Pleasure Craft Operator Card, as well as proof of age, with him at all times.

Q. Is there an age exemption clause?

A. No, there is no age exemption – this law applies to all operators, regardless of age.

Q. Is there a grandfather clause?

A. Yes, persons who have taken a boating safety course prior to the year 1999 may be exempt from having to take their boater exams™.

Q. I have a sailboat. Do I need an Operator Card?

A. If you have an auxiliary engine fitted to your sailboat, then you need the Card. This applies even while you are under sail.

Q. Do aboriginals need to have a Pleasure Craft Operator Card?

A. Yes, the regulations do apply to aboriginals, however the regulations do not apply in situations where the craft is used for daily living or subsistence activities (such as hunting and fishing for the purpose of subsistence).

Q. I operate a boat for work purposes. Do I need the Card?

A.The certification requirements for operators and crew on workboats depends on a number of factors such as what the vessel is being used for (e.g. commercial fishing, water taxi, harbour tour), where it is being operated (e.g. close to shore or far from shore), and how many passengers are being carried on board. A Pleasure Craft Operator Card is acceptable in some work situations. To find out the certification and crewing requirements for your work situation, check with authorities at any Transport Canada Marine Safety Examination Centre.

Q. What if I have already taken a boating course?

A. If you have already taken a Marine Safety Course recognized by Transport Canada, then you may be exempt from writing the exam.

Q. What if I don’t live in Canada, but boat there?

A. Non-residents only need to obtain a Pleasure Craft Operator Card if they are operating their powered boat in Canadian waters for more than 45 consecutive days or if the boat they are operating is registered or licensed in Canada (this includes rented boats). Boater Education Cards or equivalent certifications are recognized in Canada. Proper identification should be kept on board at all times to provide proof of residency.

Q. What about horsepower restriction for children?

A. Summary of how horsepower restrictions apply:

Age: Under 12 years of age, and not directly supervised
Power Restrictions: Can operate vessels with under 10 hp

Age: Between 12 years and under 16 years of age,and not directly supervised
Power Restrictions: Can operate vessels with under 40 hp

Age: Under 16 years of age
Power Restrictions: Not allowed to operate a PWC

Age: 16 years of age and over
Power Restrictions: No power restrictions

Q. What if I rent a powerboat or PWC?

A. Currently, a Pleasure Craft Operator Card is not required in order to operate a rented watercraft. Instead, it is sufficient for a renter to complete a rental safety checklist. Take note however that some companies have made it their corporate policy to require renters to have their Pleasure Craft Operator Card.

Q. Are these laws federal or provincial?

A. The laws governing the Pleasure Craft Operator Card are a federal requirement, and apply in all provinces. A Pleasure Craft Operator Card obtained in one province is equivalent to a Pleasure Craft Operator Card obtained in another province.

Q. Where can I boat with the Pleasure Craft Operator Card?

A. The Pleasure Craft Operator Card allows Canadian citizens to operate their watercrafts recreationally on all Canadian waters where permitted.

The fines for not having your Pleasure Craft Operator Card on board with you vary province by province; it may be as high as $250. Please check with your local enforcement detachment for more information.

For more information visit the BoaterExam.com website.

http://www.boaterexam.com/canada/




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Friday, October 14, 2016

Mercury Marine’s 8.0 and 9.9s take on exciting new look

July 2016
Mercury Marine Press Release

Mercury Marine is introducing a newly designed top cowl for its 8hp and 9.9hp FourStroke outboards, and has created exciting new graphics for its powerful but precise 9.9 Pro Kicker outboard.

The new top cowl shows off a contemporary and forward-looking design that aligns with current styling for Mercury’s FourStroke outboard lineup.

Mercury's cowls are constantly evolving from a styling perspective and this new design reflects that evolution.

Likewise, the new graphics on the 9.9 Pro Kicker align with the new “Pro” series of Mercury tournament-angling outboards and harmonizes with larger FourStrokes that typically provide the main power for competitive anglers. The decals for the standard 8 and 9.9 did not change.

The cowl and graphics changes to these engines are global and will be available to customers this summer.

Mercury outboards, including the 8 and 9.9hp models, are recognized universally for their lightweight, compact designs as well as their exceptional durability, reliability and performance. A refined fuel system delivers consistent, easy and reliable starting quality and operation, and a large carrying handle delivers easy portability.

As with other engines throughout Mercury’s 2.5 - 350hp outboard lineup, the industry’s leading anti-corrosion protection provides ease of mind at the 8 and 9.9hp range.

Mercury’s broad service network meets the demanding needs of the outboard market with vast product support.

For the lowest prices on Mercury Outboard Motors from 2.5HP to 350HP please contact:

Bob
Tracker Boat Center
Bass Pro Shop
Vaughan, ON
(905) 761-3980

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Friday, October 7, 2016

PRESS RELEASE: LEGENDARY OUTDOOR BRANDS BASS PRO SHOPS AND CABELA'S TO COMBINE

LEGENDARY OUTDOOR BRANDS BASS PRO SHOPS AND CABELA'S TO COMBINE

MERGER WILL ENHANCE ABILITY TO SERVE OUTDOOR ENTHUSIASTS WITH COMPLEMENTARY PRODUCT OFFERINGS AND GEOGRAPHIC FOOTPRINTS

CABELA‘S SHAREHOLDERS WILL RECEIVE $65.50 PER SHARE IN CASH

BASS PRO SHOPS ENTERING INTO MULTI-YEAR CREDIT CARD PARTNERSHIP WITH CAPITAL ONE

BASS PRO SHOPS AND CABELA’S CLUB CUSTOMER LOYALTY PROGRAMS REMAIN UNCHANGED

Springfield, Mo. and Sidney, Neb. - October 3, 2016 – Bass Pro Shops and Cabela’s Incorporated (NYSE:CAB), two iconic American outdoor companies with similar humble origins, and with a shared goal to better serve those who love the outdoors, today announced that they have entered into a definitive agreement under which Bass Pro Shops will acquire Cabela’s for $65.50 per share in cash, representing an aggregate transaction value of approximately $5.5 billion.

In addition, upon closing Bass Pro Shops will commence a multi-year partnership agreement with Capital One, National Association, a wholly-owned national banking subsidiary of Capital One Financial Corporation (NYSE: COF), under which Capital One will originate and service the Cabela’s CLUB, Cabela’s co-branded credit card, and Bass Pro Shops will maintain a seamless integration between the credit card program and the combined companies’ retail operations and deep customer relationships. All Cabela’s CLUB points and Bass Pro Shops Outdoor Rewards points will be unaffected by the transactions and customers can continue to use their credit cards as they were prior to the transaction. Capital One intends to continue to operate the Cabela’s CLUB servicing center in Lincoln, Nebraska.

A driving force behind this agreement is the highly complementary business philosophies, product offerings, expertise and geographic footprints of the two businesses. The essence of both Bass Pro Shops and Cabela’s is a deep passion to serve outdoor enthusiasts and support conservation. The combination brings together three of the nation's premier sporting brands: Cabela’s, a leader in hunting; Bass Pro Shops, a leader in fishing; and White River Marine Group, a worldwide leader in boating, which is part of Bass Pro Shops.

Bass Pro Shops, Cabela’s and White River Marine Group represent the best of American entrepreneurship, innovation and devotion to customers. The combined companies will strive to provide a remarkably enhanced experience for customers, increased opportunities for team members and greater support for conservation activities.

CABELA’S
Founded in 1961 by Dick, Mary and Jim Cabela, Cabela’s is a highly respected marketer of hunting, fishing, camping, shooting sports and related outdoor merchandise. Today, Cabela’s has over 19,000 “outfitters” operating 85 specialty retail stores, primarily in the western U.S. and Canada. Cabela’s stores, catalog business and e-commerce operations will blend seamlessly with Bass Pro Shops and White River Marine Group. Over the past 55 years Cabela’s has built a passionate and loyal base of millions of enthusiasts who shop both at its retail stores and online.

BASS PRO SHOPS
Bass Pro Shops, founded in 1972 by avid young angler Johnny Morris, is a leading national retailer of outdoor gear and apparel, with 99 stores and Tracker Marine Centers located primarily in the eastern part of the U.S. and Canada. Morris started the business with eight square feet of space in the back of his father's liquor store in Springfield, Mo., the company’s sole location for the first 13 years of business. Johnny’s passion for the outdoors and his feel for the products and shopping experiences desired by outdoor enthusiasts helped transform the industry. Bass Pro Shops, which employs approximately 20,000 team members, has been named by Forbes as one of "America's Best Employers." The company also operates Big Cedar Lodge, America’s Premier Wilderness Resort, welcoming more than one million guests annually to Missouri’s Ozark Mountains.

WHITE RIVER MARINE GROUP
In 1978, Morris revolutionized the marine industry when he introduced the world's first professionally rigged and nationally marketed boat, motor and trailer packages. Tracker quickly became and has remained the number one selling fishing boat brand in America for the last 37 years running. White River Marine Group offers an unsurpassed collection of industry-leading brands including Tracker Boats, Sun Tracker, Nitro, Tahoe, Regency, Mako, Ranger, Triton and Stratos.

MANAGEMENT COMMENTARY
"Today's announcement marks an exceptional opportunity to bring together three special companies with an abiding love for the outdoors and a passion for serving sportsmen and sportswomen," said Johnny Morris, founder and CEO of Bass Pro Shops. "The story of each of these companies could only have happened in America, made possible by our uniquely American free enterprise system. We have enormous admiration for Cabela’s, its founders and outfitters, and its loyal base of customers. We look forward to continuing to celebrate and grow the Cabela’s brand alongside Bass Pro Shops and White River as one unified outdoor family.”

"Cabela’s is pleased to have found the ideal partner in Bass Pro Shops," said Tommy Millner, Cabela’s Chief Executive Officer. "Having undertaken a thorough strategic review, during which we assessed a wide variety of options to maximize value, the Board unanimously concluded that this combination with Bass Pro Shops is the best path forward for Cabela’s, its shareholders, outfitters and customers. In addition to providing significant immediate value to our shareholders, this partnership provides a unique platform from which our brand will be extremely well positioned to continue to serve outdoor enthusiasts worldwide for generations to come."

"This opportunity would not be possible without the contributions of the many wonderful Cabela’s, Bass Pro Shops and White River team members,” Morris said. “All three companies are blessed to have been built by the extraordinary efforts of many tremendously talented, dedicated people throughout our respective histories, and we're thrilled to consider what the combined team can achieve going forward.”

Following the closing of the transaction, Bass Pro Shops intends to celebrate and grow the Cabela’s brand and will build on qualities that respective customers love most about Cabela’s and Bass Pro Shops. In addition, Bass Pro Shops recognizes the strength of Cabela’s CLUB Loyalty program and intends to honor Cabela’s customer rewards and sees potential over time to expand the program in the combined company.

Bass Pro Shops appreciates and understands the deep ties between Cabela’s and the community of Sidney, Nebraska.  Dick, Mary and Jim Cabela founded their company in Sidney in 1961, and the company has flourished with its base of operations there ever since.  Bass Pro Shops intends to continue to maintain important bases of operations in Sidney and Lincoln and hopes to continue the very favorable connections to those communities and the Cabela’s team members residing there.

Bass Pro Shops Founder and CEO Johnny Morris will continue as CEO and majority shareholder of the new entity, which will remain a private company with a continuing long-term view of supporting the industry and conservation. Morris earned a reputation as a leading retailer and conservationist. In 2008, the National Retail Federation named him as Retail Innovator of the Year. In 2015, the same organization named him as one of 25 People Shaping the Future of Retail in America. In 2012, The Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies named Morris Citizen Conservationist of the Year.

“Conservation is at the heart and soul of Bass Pro Shops. Bass Pro Shops and Cabela’s share a steadfast belief that the future of our industry, and the outdoor sports we all love, depends - more than anything else - on how we manage our natural resources,” said Morris. “By combining our efforts, we can have a profound positive impact on the conservation challenges of our day and help foster the next generation of outdoor enthusiasts.”

PREFERRED FINANCING
Bass Pro Shops is proud to have secured preferred equity financing from the Merchant Banking Division of Goldman Sachs and Pamplona to facilitate the transaction. Goldman Sachs has committed $1.8 billion and Pamplona has committed $600 million for a total preferred financing commitment of $2.4 billion.

The Merchant Banking Division of Goldman Sachs is one of the leading private equity investors in the world, focusing on assisting large, high-quality companies with best-in-class management teams to achieve their growth objectives. The division brings significant experience and a strong track record of success in supporting industry-leading founder-led businesses. Pamplona Capital Management is a New York and London based specialist investment manager established in 2005. Pamplona is currently managing its fourth private equity fund, Pamplona Capital Partners IV, LP, which was raised in 2014. Pamplona invests long-term capital across the capital structure of its portfolio companies in both public and private market situations.

TRANSACTION DETAILS
The transaction provides Cabela’s shareholders with a premium of 19.2% to Cabela’s closing share price on Sep. 30, 2016, the day prior to announcement of the transaction, 39.7% to the closing share price on Dec. 1, 2015, the day before Cabela’s announced its exploration of strategic alternatives and 57.1% to the 90-day volume weighted trading average prior to Dec. 1, 2015.  Immediately prior to closing, Capital One will acquire certain assets and assume certain liabilities of Cabela’s World’s Foremost Bank. The cash proceeds from this transaction will remain with Cabela’s until it is acquired by Bass Pro Shops.

The transaction agreements were unanimously approved by Cabela’s Board of Directors following a comprehensive review of strategic and financial alternatives.
The transaction, which is expected to close in the first half of 2017, will be completed through a cash merger and is subject to approval by Cabela’s shareholders, as well as regulatory approvals and other customary closing conditions.

J.P. Morgan served as exclusive financial advisor to Bass Pro Shops and Latham & Watkins served as Bass Pro Shops’ legal counsel, with expert assistance from O’Melveny & Myers.  Goldman, Sachs & Co. served as financial advisor to The Merchant Banking Division of Goldman Sachs and Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP served as legal advisor.  Goldman, Sachs & Co. also served as advisor to Bass Pro Shops on the bank transaction, and Morrison & Foerster served as legal counsel.  BofA Merrill Lynch, Wells Fargo Securities LLC, Citigroup Global Markets Inc., RBC Capital Markets, UBS Securities LLC, and Goldman Sachs are providing debt financing to support the transaction.

Guggenheim Securities served as exclusive financial advisor to Cabela’s and Sidley Austin LLP and Koley Jessen P.C., L.L.O. served as Cabela’s legal counsel.
The Kessler Group and Credit Suisse acted as financial advisers to Capital One and Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz and Chapman and Cutler acted as legal advisers.

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Ontario Fishing Regulations Summary
An annual guide to the rules and regulations for recreational fishing in Ontario. It contains information about recreational fishing licences, open seasons and catch limits, as well as up-to-date fishing regulations for each fishing zone.



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TWO-STROKE VERSUS FOUR STROKE OUTBOARDS

TWO-STROKE VERSUS FOUR STROKE OUTBOARDS:
Find Out Which Technology, 2-Stroke Outboard or 4-Stroke Outboard, Performs Better.
Great article from Marine Engine Digest

For many years, two-stroke outboards suffered a reputation as fuel-slurping, dirty-exhaust motors. That has changed. Most of the bigger, conventional two-strokes have been retired, replaced by state-of-the-art, direct-injected two-strokes and fuel-injected two-strokes, available in a bewildering array of horsepower ratings. The new machines are wonderful for the way they conserve fuel and accelerate a boat like crazy... Read More at Marine Engine Digest

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Two-Stroke Outboards Versus Four-Stroke Outboards
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Thursday, October 6, 2016

Boat Safety Equipment Required In Canada

Sail and powered pleasure craft up to 6 m (19'8")

Personal Lifesaving Appliances

1. One (1) Canadian-approved personal flotation device or lifejacket of appropriate size for each person on board

2. One (1) buoyant heaving line at least than 15 m (49’3”) long

3. One (1) reboarding device

Note: A reboarding device is only required if the vertical height that must be climbed to reboard the pleasure craft from the water is over 0.5 m (1’8”).

Visual Signals
 
Only required if boat is equipped with a motor

4. One (1) watertight flashlight

OR

Three (3) Canadian-approved flares of Type A (Rocket Parachute), B (Multi-Star) or C (Hand)

Note: Flares are not required for a pleasure craft that:

    Is operating on a river, canal or lake in which it can never be more than one (1) nautical mile (1.852 km) from shore; or
    Has no sleeping quarters and is engaged in an official competition or in final preparation for an official competition.

Vessel Safety Equipment

5. One (1) manual propelling device

OR

One (1) anchor and at least 15 m (49’3”) of cable, rope or chain in any combination

6. One (1) bailer

OR

One (1) manual water pump

Note: A bailer or manual bilge pump is not required for a pleasure craft that cannot hold enough water to make it capsize or a pleasure craft that has watertight compartments that are sealed and not readily accessible.

Navigation equipment

7. One (1) sound-signalling appliance that meets the requirements set out in the Collision Regulations

OR

A sound-signalling device

8. Navigation lights meet the requirements set out in the Collision Regulations

Note: Sailing vessels less than 7 m in length can meet this requirement with a watertight flashlight.

Note: Navigation lights are only required if the pleasure craft is operated after sunset, before sunrise, or in periods of restricted visibility (fog, falling snow, etc.).

9. One (1) magnetic compass

Note: A magnetic compass is not required if the pleasure craft is 8 m (26’3”) or less and is operated within sight of sea marks (navigation marks).

Firefighting Equipment

11. One (1) 5BC fire extinguisher if the pleasure craft is equipped with an inboard engine, a fixed fuel tank of any size, or a fuel-burning cooking, heating or refrigeration appliance

10. One (1) radar reflector is required under certain conditions
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Sail and powered pleasure craft over 6 m and up to 9 m (20'- 30')

 Personal Lifesaving Appliances

1. One (1) Canadian-approved personal flotation device or lifejacket of appropriate size for each person on board

2. One (1) buoyant heaving line at least than 15 m (49’3”) long

OR

   One (1) lifebuoy attached to a buoyant line at least 15 m (49’3”) long

3. One (1) reboarding device

Note: A reboarding device is only required if the vertical height that must be climbed to reboard the pleasure craft from the water is over 0.5 m (1’8”).

Visual Signals

4. One (1) watertight flashlight

5. Six (6) Canadian-approved flares of Type A (Rocket Parachute), B (Multi-Star) or C (Hand)

Note: Flares are not required for a pleasure craft that:

    Is operating on a river, canal or lake in which it can never be more than one (1) nautical mile (1.852 km) from shore; or
    Has no sleeping quarters and is engaged in an official competition or in final preparation for an official competition.

Vessel Safety Equipment


6. One (1) manual propelling device

OR

One (1) anchor and at least 15 m (49’3”) of cable, rope or chain in any combination

7. One (1) bailer or manual bilge pump

Note: A bailer or manual water pump is not required for a pleasure craft that cannot hold enough water to make it capsize or a pleasure craft that has watertight compartments that are sealed and not readily accessible.

Navigation equipment

8. One (1) sound-signalling appliance that meets the requirements set out in the Collision Regulations

OR

A sound-signalling device

9. Navigation lights that meet the requirements set out in the Collision Regulations

Note:

    Sailing vessels less than 7 m in length can meet this requirement with a watertight flashlight
    Navigation lights are only required if the pleasure craft is operated after sunset, before sunrise, or in periods of restricted visibility (fog, falling snow, etc.).

Note: Navigation lights are only required if the pleasure craft is operated after sunset, before sunrise, or in periods of restricted visibility (fog, falling snow, etc.).

10. One (1) magnetic compass

Note: A magnetic compass is not required if the pleasure craft is 8 m (26’3”) or less and is operated within sight of sea marks (navigation marks).

Firefighting Equipment

11. One (1) 5BC fire extinguisher if the pleasure craft is equipped with a motor

AND

12. One (1) 5BC fire extinguisher if the pleasure craft is equipped with a fuel-burning cooking, heating or refrigeration appliance

13. One (1) radar reflector is required under certain conditions


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Friday, April 15, 2016

The New NITRO ZV21 Multi-Species Fiberglass Performance Fishing Boat Has Arrived!

FOR SALE

2016 NITRO ZV21 Multi-Species Performance Fishing Boat w/350 Verado & 15HP Pro Kicker 

$96,995

2016 NITRO ZV21


The New Dual Console NITRO ZV21 Multi-Species Fiberglass Performance Fishing Boat w/ Mercury 350 Verado has Arrived and is available for viewing at the Tracker Boat Center Showroom,  Bass Pro Shop, Vaughan, Ontario.

 

 

Specifications

Length     21' 7''
Beam     100"
Bottom width     77"
Max. recommended HP     350 HP
Fuel capacity     64 Gallons
Max. person capacity     6 Persons
Max. person weight     1200 Lbs.
Max. weight capacity     2500 Lbs.
Depth inside     25"
Transom height     28"
Deadrise     18 Degrees
Draft     18"
Approx. weight     2900 Lbs.
Approx. package weight     5500 Lbs.
Package height     6' 9''
Package width     8' 6''
Storage length     24' 7''


Our biggest, baddest fiberglass Deep V is built tough to give you the tools to compete in the heaviest chop the largest lakes can whip up. The aggressive Deep V hull, gelcoated stringer system and deck are chemically unitized to form a one-piece structure that will ensure a lifetime of rugged durability.

And for the sprint back to the weigh-in, you’ll be powered by up to 350 horses leading the charge. So when it comes to huge northern waters (or even the big lakes of the south), choose the NITRO ZV21. It’s got the muscle and the performance to make you a champion.
  • Aggressive performance Deep V hull design to take on rough waters
  • Rapid Planing System™ transom for a quick holeshot & better performance
  • Deck & hull chemically bonded & mechanically fastened
  • 3-level center rod locker w/organizers for rods up to 8' (2.44 m) long
  • Anti-fatigue matting below bow & cockpit carpet
  • 26-gal. (98.42 L) aft Guardian™ livewell & 5.5-gal. (20.82 L) bow baitwell
  • Emergency start switch for transferring power from cranking battery to trolling battery
  • Dual consoles, port glovebox & space for extra electronics
  • Custom-matched trailer w/No Touch Vortex hubs, swing-away tongue & GALVASHIELD® protection
In addition to the extensive list of standard equipment / features listed below, our showroom model comes equipped with the following options.

Lowrance HDS-9 Touch w/ Structure Scan & Ram Mount
Aft Deck Rail
Bravo One Prop
Fishing Chair and Pedestal
Smooth Moves Seat Suspension
Minn Kota Terrova 36V, 112lb thrust, 60" Shaft Trolling Motor w/ iPilot
Factory installed Mercury 15ELPT Command Thrust Pro Kicker w/ Fuel tank and Remote Rigging.
Gen 2-bank, 10 amp + 3-bank, 10 amp Charger
Sony Sound System
17' custom Wheels w/ Spare Tire
Retractable Transom Tie Downs

Standard Features

Comfort, Convenience & Peace of Mind

NMMA Certified
Flotation meets or exceeds NMMA & U.S. Coast Guard requirements
EPA-compliant fuel system
3 stainless steel drink holders
4 stainless steel pull-up cleats
Stainless steel bow & stern eyes
Anti-fatigue matting below bow & cockpit carpet
Non-skid bow mat
Emergency boarding ladder
Stainless steel passenger grab handle
Fire extinguisher
Horn

Console

RAM®-mounted Lowrance® Elite-7 CHIRP fishfinder w/GPS
Hydraulic steering w/custom tilt wheel
Heavy-duty molded, tinted windscreens
Custom-molded port & starboard modular consoles w/2-tone paint scheme
Oversized carpeted, lockable port glovebox
Below-console footrest w/non-skid mat
Port & starboard below-console shelves
Helm below-console recess for optional Hot Foot® pedal
Veethree® multi-function instrumentation gauges w/speedometer/fuel gauge, tachometer/trim gauge, voltmeter gauge & water pressure gauge
Emergency start switch for transferring power from cranking battery to trolling battery
Digital keypads w/integrated master power switch
Side-mounted LED courtesy light
Soft-touch waterproof digital switches
Space to mount additional electronics

Construction & Exterior

Heavy-duty rub rail
Full-width fiberglass-encapsulated composite transom
Transverse & longitudinal fiberglass foam-filled stringer system
Deck & hull chemically bonded & mechanically fastened
Hand-laid, heavy-duty performance hull w/reinforced sides

Electrical

E-Start emergency jump start switch lets you select 0 for complete shutdown, 1 for cranking battery, 2 for last trolling battery, or 1-2 for cranking & last trolling battery in parallel
Bow panel w/trolling motor receptacle, vent fan, bilge, navigation light, anchor light & trim switches
Redundant automatic bilge pump system w/dual 1,600 GPH (6,056.66 LPH) pumps
Stowable navigation lights
Heavy-duty Interstate® 27M-XHD starting battery
3 heavy-duty Interstate® Series SRM-29 trolling batteries
4-bank (35 amps total) onboard battery charger w/exterior receptacle
Automotive style, labeled fuse panel w/cover
Manual LED lighting in bow storage compartments
Trolling motor power distribution panel w/50-amp circuit breaker
Ventilation fan system in bow storage
Console-mounted 12V accessory outlet
Waterproof Deutsch plugin gauge connectors
Water-resistant connectors on all pumps & navigation lights w/protective abrasion-resistant wrap

Interior

Adjustable helm & passenger seats
Bike seat w/hydraulic pedestal
Folding molded fishing seat w/hydraulic pedestal
Bow & aft lockable storage compartments
Port & starboard bow lockers w/lid assists
3-level center rod locker w/organizers for rods up to 8' (2.44 m) long
Passenger rod ramp w/rod handle organizer & hold-down strap
Port & starboard midship insulated storage boxes designed to accept tackle trays
Between-console foldout storage drawer w/two 3600 tackle boxes
Starboard tool holder
2 lift-out, molded aft storage boxes that will accept tackle trays (seven 3700s each)
Integrated port net holder
Port bow cooler w/removable tray
24-oz. plush, marine-grade, cut pile carpet on decks & floor
Carpet edge trim
Insulated aluminum lids w/welded corners
Room to mount additional electronics at bow
Stainless steel fore & aft rails (port & starboard)
Stainless steel lockable compression latches

Livewell System(s)

5.5-gal. (20.82 L) insulated bow baitwell w/removable bucket
Aft 26-gal. (98.42 L) insulated Guardian™ anti-slosh rotomolded livewell w/rounded corners, removable divider & bait bucket
Two 500 GPH (1,892.71 LPH) aerator/fill pumps w/timers (1 for baitwell, 1 for livewell)
Two 750 GPH (2,839.06 LPH) recirculator pumps w/timers (1 for baitwell, 1 for livewell)
Aeration system
Pump-out systems (baitwell & livewell)
Oxygen generators (baitwell & livewell)
Positive livewell lid latching to keep lid closed at speed & in rough conditions
Insulated aluminum lids w/welded corners

Performance

Deep V performance hull w/Rapid Planing System transom
3" (7.62 cm) adjustable jack plate (Verado® motors only)
10" (25.40 cm) adjustable jack plate (OptiMax® motor only)
Lifting strakes to maximize overall handling & performance
Transom designed for Kicker motor application
Rigging tube
Stainless steel propeller

Trailer

NEW inside the frame brake line system w/one-point bleed
Custom-fit, factory-matched, tandem-axle NITRO® drive-on trailer w/color-coordinated powder-coat finish & GALVASHIELD® corrosion protection
Surge disc brakes on 2 axles
14" (35.56 cm) custom NITRO® aluminum wheels w/radial tires
No Touch Vortex hub lubrication system for no-maintenance peace of mind w/6-yr. 100,000-mile limited warranty
NEW spare tire carrier w/matching spare tire
All-welded rectangular tube frame for a unitized structure w/exceptional strength-to-weight ratio
Space-saving swing-away tongue to reduce storage length
Fulton F2 swing-up locking jack w/swivel wheel
Heavy-duty winch w/non-binding nylon strap & bow safety strap
Outboard motor support to reduce hull & transom stress while towing
Fiberglass fender design w/integrated back-up lights
Carpeted bunks & fender boards to protect hull
Submersible LED lights
Safety cables

Trolling Motor

Pedal recess that will accommodate Minn Kota® or MotorGuide® trolling motor pedal
Minn Kota® Terrova® 36V, 112-lb. thrust, 60" (1.52 m) composite shaft, foot-control trolling motor w/Universal Sonar 2

Contact:
Bob
Tracker Boat Center
Vaughan, ON
(905)761-3980

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Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Mako Offshore and Inshore Sport Fishing Boats For Sale Vaughan Ontario (Toronto GTA)

MAKO FIBERGLASS SPORT FISHING BOATS

  • Fiberglass Offshore Sport Fishing Boats up to 41'
  • Fiberglass Inshore (Flats) Sport Fishing Boats up to 21'

Almost 50 years ago, MAKO® Boats made its mark on the saltwater fishing world with the introduction of a line of boats crafted with care, concern and top-of-the-line equipment, all geared toward saltwater anglers. Fishermen lauded their smooth, dry rides, durable construction and amazing lists of fishing features, as well as the ability to provide a stable, safe fishing platform in the toughest of conditions.

Expanding the legacy
Through the years, MAKO has continued to build upon that legacy. Using real world experiences and research, as well as regular feedback from boat owners, processes have been refined, features updated and layouts redesigned to cater to the ever-changing needs of saltwater anglers. MAKO has even brought the well-known offshore boat quality to inshore and freshwater anglers in a variety of models.

Ranging from 16- to 41-feet (4.88 m to 12.5 m) long, today’s lineup consists of a wide range of models designed for a wide variety of uses. From redfish to marlin to bass, whatever your quarry, MAKO has a boat that will get you to it!

Each center console model comes standard with a baitwell, storage areas, rod holders and more to ensure your MAKO boat will always be your most valuable and trusted fishing partner. Always enabling and aiding, and never inhibiting, your own fishing abilities.

Fish a legend
Check out the inshore flats, coastal bays and bluewater ports. Talk to proud MAKO owners still fishing from boats that are as old as the company itself. And you’ll quickly realize exactly why MAKO Boats has held its reputation of providing the most rugged boats around for nearly half a century.

http://www.mako-boats.com/

Visit the Mako Boats website for Features and Specifications of the full line of Mako Sport Fishing Boats or ...
contact Bob at the Tracker Boat Center / Bass Pro Shop in Vaughan Ontario (Toronto GTA)

Tel. (905) 761-3980

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Tahoe Filberglass Sport Boats For Sale Toronto Ontario

TAHOE FIBERGLASS FAMILY SPORT BOATS
  • Fiberglass Bow Rider Ski / Wakeboard Boats up to 20' 6"
  • Fiberglass Ski / Fish Boats up to 20' 6"
  • Fiberglass Deck Family Entertainment Boats up to 21' 6"
Your boating adventures start here.

For more than three decades, Bass Pro Shops® and Tracker Marine Group have provided families with top-quality and innovative products for a wide range of outdoor activities.

As part of the family, TAHOE® Boats integrates those decades of experience and versatility into every model in the lineup. You can enjoy peace of mind knowing your boat has the full backing of a solid, stable industry leader through the entire time you own your boat.

Plus, with your TAHOE boat, you’ll have access to one of the industry’s leading service networks. At dozens of Bass Pro Shops/Tracker Boat Center® locations and a select group of quality independent dealers, factory-trained certified technicians are available to answer questions and perform needed service to get you back on the water as quickly as possible.

Commitment to customers has been our legacy for more than 30 years, and it’s our promise to you for the decades to come!

Quality boats across the entire line.

Our customers speak. We listen! TAHOE Boats employs one of the industry’s most thorough customer feedback systems. With the information gathered from owners through our Voice of the Customer™ surveys, we continuously work to improve product and performance. It’s all part of our long-standing commitment to providing you the absolute highest quality of on-the-water fun, excitement and memories.

Top-of-the-line craftsmanship for top-of-the-line fun. TAHOE® Boats is dedicated to crafting only the highest-quality boats possible, so you and your crew can experience the best on-the-water adventures.

It all starts at our state-of-the-art fiberglass boat plant, where highly trained craftsmen meticulously build, rig and quality check every boat through the entire process.

Molds are kept buffed to a high sheen to produce the brilliant and rich finishes TAHOE is known for. Fiberglass hulls, decks and components are carefully measured and laid out to ensure proper thickness for maximum strength and durability. Every engine compartment interior is completed gelcoated and finished for easy cleanup. The marine-grade hardware, accessories and instrumentation is all selected from the industry’s leading suppliers and factory installed. Even the furniture is carefully crafted by our skilled crew for perfect fit and the utmost comfort and class.

That’s how TAHOE creates top-quality boats that’ll help you create top-quality memories for years to come!

http://www.tahoeboats.com/

Visit the Tahoe Boats website for Features and Specifications of the full line of Tahoe Family Sport Boats or ...
contact Bob at the Tracker Boat Center / Bass Pro Shop in Vaughan Ontario (Toronto GTA)

Tel. (905) 761-3980

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Monday, February 29, 2016

Nitro Performance Fiberglass Fishing Boats For Sale Toronto Ontario

NITRO PERFORMANCE FIBERGLASS FISHING BOATS


  • Fiberglass Bass Boats up to 21` 2"
  • Fiberglass Family Sport Boats up to 19' 5"
  • Multi-Species Fiberglass "Big Water" Boats up to 21'5"

DRIVEN TO BE THE BEST. IT'S OUR PASSION.

When Bass Pro Shops® founder Johnny Morris introduced the industry’s first fully rigged boat, motor and trailer package in 1978, he created a legacy of providing breakthrough values to anglers everywhere.

As part of the Bass Pro Shops/Tracker Marine Group family, NITRO® Boats takes those decades of top-tier innovations, quality and performance and weaves them into every single model to produce a lineup of performance fishing boats absolutely loaded with value. From the time you select which NITRO is right for you, through year after year of creating fishing memories, you can enjoy peace of mind knowing you have the backing of a solid, stable industry leader dedicated to your continued satisfaction.

NITRO boats are available at every Bass Pro Shops Tracker Boat Center® location, as well as at a nationwide network of independent dealers. As a NITRO® boat owner, you’ll have access to one of the largest and best service organizations.

At every authorized service outlet, factory-trained and certified technicians are ready to quickly answer any questions you might have, as well as perform warranty work and get you back on the water as fast as possible.

Wherever your fishing takes you, quality care, service and accessories are never far away.

http://www.nitro.com/

Visit the Nitro Boats website for Features and Specifications of the full line of Nitro Performance Fishing Boats or ...
contact Bob at the Tracker Boat Center / Bass Pro Shop in Vaughan Ontario (Toronto GTA)

Tel. (905) 761-3980

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Tracker Aluminum Fishing Boats For Sale Vaughan Ontario

TRACKER ALUMINUM FISHING BOATS

  • Modified V Bass & Panfish Boats up to 18` 7"
  • Deep V Big Water and Family Fun Boats up to 20' 2"
  • Jon & Utility Work Boats up to 21'5"

Providing unmatched quality and value since 1978. Back in the 1970s, when Bass Pro Shops® founder Johnny Morris fished professional bass tournaments, buying a fishing boat was a complicated process, because every component was priced and sold separately. He knew he could make things simpler.

So in 1978, he created the industry’s first ready-to-fish boat package, complete with boat, motor and trailer, as well as accessories like an electronic fishfinder, trolling motor and batteries. And he offered it at a nationally published NO HAGGLE NO HASSLE® price, another unheard-of first. His goal? To deliver a full lineup of fishing boats of unmatched quality and value and build long-term trust with his customers. The original BASS TRACKER® fishing package was an instant hit and immediately became North America’s favorite fishing boat.

TRACKER® Boats has remained North America’s best-selling brand by delivering the best fishing boat values through the best national dealer network. It’s the TRACKER® way.

http://www.trackerboats.com/
Visit the Tracker Boats website for Features and Specifications of the full line of Tracker Boats or ...
contact Bob at the Tracker Boat Center / Bass Pro Shop in Vaughan Ontario (Toronto GTA)

Tel. (905) 761-3980

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Nitro Performance Fishing Boats: 2016 Nitro Z18 "Bass Boat" for sale at Tracker Boat Center Toronto GTA Ontario

Nitro Performance Fishing Boats: Nitro Z18 For Sale, Order yours today!

 Features, Specifications and Video
  •     NEW NVT™ (NITRO® Vortex Technology™) hull w/Rapid Planing System™
  •     Big 34 sq. ft. (3.2 sq. m) deck
  •     Unitized hull, foam-filled stringer system & deck for superior durability & flotation
  •     Flush-mounted Lowrance® Mark-5x Pro fishfinder w/480x480 pixel display & surface temperature
  •     Step-to-bow 62-qt. (58.7 L) insulated cooler & removable trash receptacle
  •     Oversized, lockable port & starboard bow rod lockers w/lid assists for rods up to 8' (2.4 m)
  •     Large lockable center bow storage locker w/Tackle Management System
  •     Aft 30-gal. (113.6 L) Guardian™ aerated, divided livewell w/timer
  •     Partner rod ramp w/rod handle organizer & rod holder strap
  •     Factory rigged w/a Mercury® outboard, Minn Kota® trolling motor & custom-fit trailer w/GALVASHIELD® corrosion protection

The all-new 2016 NITRO® Z18 takes the success of the highly-regarded Z-7 bass boat to a whole new level. Our new NVT™ (NITRO Vortex Technology™) hull. Lower profile gunnels for maximum deck space. An improved, heavily-insulated cooler.

These improvements, plus the high level of quality craftsmanship that goes into every NITRO, make the new Z18 the fiberglass bass boat of choice for everyone from the weekend warrior to the hardcore tournament contender.

Specifications
Length     18' 8''
Beam     94"
Bottom width     75"
Max. recommended HP     175 HP
Fuel capacity     40 Gallons
Max. person capacity     4 Persons
Max. person weight     550 Lbs.
Max. weight capacity     1350 Lbs.  
Depth inside     18.5"
Transom height     22.5"
Deadrise     16 Degrees
Draft     15"
Approx. weight     1700 Lbs.
Approx. package weight     3200 Lbs.
Package width     8' 6''
Storage length     21' 3''

Video

NITRO Boats: 2016 Z18 Walk Around Review with Ott Defoe


For more information or to order your new 2016 NITRO Z18 please contact Bob at the Tracker Boat Center in Vaughan, Ontario Cell (647) 244-2011 or Showroom # (905) 761-3980

Bob
TRACKER BOAT CENTER
Bass Pro Shop / Vaughan Mills Mall
Vaughan, ON
Tel. (905) 761-3980
Email tmbcwebmaster@gmail.com



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