Boat Review by: Richard Crowder
The Voyageur series of three models, each seventeen feet, ten inches in length, are brand new models and a brand new series for Alumacraft for 2014 and are three of ten new models for this company. These three Voyageur models include the 175 CS side console, the 175 Tiller, and the 175 Sport, a dual console, full walk-through windshield model and subject of this review.
These ten new models are part of a huge lineup of over ninety models from ten foot flat bottom Jon boats to over twenty foot deep-V boats that the Alumacraft® Boat Co. of St. Peter, Minnesota and Arkadelphia, Arkansas is offering for 2014. These models include a vast selection of dual console, side console, centre console, tiller, utility, crappie, and Jon boats plus aluminum canoes. Some are welded aluminum; some are riveted.
This new Voyageur series is part of Alumacraft’s Deep-V Sport segment which includes its Trophy, Dominator, Competitor, and Tournament series from sixteen to over twenty feet. The three Voyageur models are intended by Alumacraft to feature an “oversized cockpit” for “all fishability you’ll ever want.”
Aside from the obvious helm/console/steering differences, all three Voyageur models are virtually identical in amenities which cater predominantly to the fisherman. It seems that if there’s space available on board, then Alumacraft has made it available and dedicated to covered storage. And you can never have too much storage on any boat, let alone a boat tailored for fishing. The bow section of the Voyageur 175 Sport is almost completely dedicated to storage compartments starting with the area beneath the large raised bow platform built to handle a selection of optional Minn Kota trolling motors.
Aside from the centre-mounted in-floor pedestal seat base, the bow casting deck is almost all covered storage compartments including large ones on both the port and starboard sides plus a centre compartment between the consoles large enough not only for the intended trolling motor battery but for additional items as well. Immediately ahead of the driver’s console is another in-floor compartment, and opposite it, just ahead of the passenger console is a built-in, in-floor cooler. Open storage is located beneath each of the two consoles and the passenger console provides a lockable glove box. Others of the covered storage compartments are also lockable.
Another large storage compartment is built into the cockpit floor just ahead of and between the two standard Alumacraft “Deluxe” seats, the driver’s side of which is on a slider. Rod storage boxes are located along each side of the cockpit and each is capable of storing six 8-foot rods. The aft raised casting deck features a portside 19-gallon (72- litre) lit aerated livewell with timer, a starboard side battery storage compartment, and an off-centre in-floor pedestal seat base. Two additional in-floor pedestal seat bases are located within the rear of the cockpit. Also standard on all three Voyageurs is Alumacraft’s Integrated AlumaTrac™ System of quick, flexible, and adjustable accessory mounting on the inside of the cockpit gunnels.
Alumacraft is “An independently owned and operated boat company,” and as such, its boats are available with your choice of brand of outboard motor, in the case of the three Voyageurs, up to 125 horsepower on the console models; 75 on the Tiller model. A speedometer, tachometer, voltmeter, and fuel gauge are standard on all models, as is a 12-volt Powerpoint, and a 12/24-volt Trolling System.
There is a wide selection of optional equipment available, the most comprehensive of which is the Limited Package which includes metallic finish with four colour choices, colour-matched Limited console & gauge package, sport custom steering wheel, bow cargo nets plus restraining netting under the consoles, all air-ride seat pedestals plus an extra seat, two under-console slide-out drawers with latches, two AlumaTrac™ accessory mounts, plus an AM/FM/MP3 player stereo, additional lockable storage, and even more.
Some of those Limited Package items are also available as individual options and other notable optional equipment includes a Lowrance or Humminbird GPS/graph, vinyl flooring to replace the standard carpeting, convertible high-rise top with boot, side, aft, bow, and walkway curtain, travel cover, jump seats on the rear casting deck, and a choice of ShoreLand’r Eagle or EZ Loader trailer.
The Voyageur 175 Sport would certainly appear to provide “all fishability you’ll ever want.”
|Length:||17' 10"||5.4 m|
|Beam:||7' 3"||2.2 m|
|Dry weight (boat only):||1070 lbs||485 kg|
|Fuel Capacity:||17 US gals||64 L|
|Base Engine / Drive:||Outboard|
|Engine HP:||Max 125|