Boat Review by: Richard Crowder
Lund offers four models ranging from eighteen to twenty-one feet in its Pro-V series of multi-species aluminum fishing boats. Starting with the 1875 Pro-V at 18-feet, ten-inches in length overall, the 1975, 2075, and 2175 Pro-V models each add exactly one foot to the length of each model. The two larger models each have a full 8-foot, 6-inch beam and a capacity of seven persons while the 1875 Pro-V has an 8-foot, 1-inch beam and the 1975 has an 8-foot, 4-inch beam and both of these models are rated for six person capacity.
While all four Pro-V models are very similar in layout, standard features and available options, the extra one foot of length and few inches of beam mainly add more interior room and higher maximum horsepower rating. A comparison of the 1875 and 1975 Pro-V models will illustrate just how similar these boats really are.
One very notable difference is that the 1875 Pro-V is available with either a side-console or dual-console configuration while the three larger models are only available as dual-consoles with full windshields with center walk-thru capability. All Pro-V models feature Lund’s patented IPS2 modified-V, big water friendly hull design with twin plated bottom from bow to amidship.
The 1875 Pro-V is rated for a maximum 200 horsepower with a 43-gallon fuel tank while the 1975 is rated for 225 maximum with a 51-gallon fuel tank, and both models are available factory pre-rigged for either Mercury or Honda. Both claim a top speed of over 50 mph and both provide a reassuring 22-inches of cockpit depth.
Both the 1875 and 1975 Pro-V models offer five hullside colour choices plus seven choices of available hullside graphic additions to enable you to personalize your boat just the way you want it to look. Both provide a 27-inch long, 11-gallon bow livewell plus an aft aerated 42-inch long, 22-gallon livewell with recirculation, pump-out, bait bucket, fresh water pickup, divider, and autotimer.
Both provide six seat bases, driver and passenger Air Ride fixed pedestals plus two Air Ride removable pedestals, and three Pro Ride seats with the 1875 Pro-V; four with the 1975 Pro-V. Several seating upgrades and additions are optionally available but one nifty upgrade to check out is the addition of a multi-part, full width, aft flip-up seat which forms part of but doesn’t interfere with the aft casting platform.
Vinyl cockpit flooring plus carpeted decks and inner hullsides are standard with both models with optional coverings available. Storage fills almost every nook, cranny, and available space on both boats. A centre in-floor bow lockable rod storage compartment accommodates fifteen rods up to 8-feet long in tubes. Lockable cockpit port side rod storage accommodates rods up to 8-foot, six inches in the 1875, and up to 9-foot, six inches in the 1975. Tubes are optionally available in this locker for both boats. Under console cargo net storage is provided along with port and starboard storage drawers. Ten or twenty tackle trays are optionally available to fit these drawers.
Other notable standard equipment provided with both the 1875 Pro-V and 1975 Pro-V includes a stern boarding ladder, stern ski pylon in-floor mount, LED interior lighting, a Kicker stereo with two Jensen speakers, tilt steering, trinket tray, bow deck mounting pad complete with a 24v/36v trolling motor plug and lockable storage compartment within, integrated fish measuring rule with storage, two SportTrak accessory brackets, plus an appropriate size Shoreland’r black painted bunk trailer with swing tongue and tongue jack.
Notable options include a bimini top or complete top set, travel cover, bow rock guard cover, a portable ski pole, a comprehensive choice of Humminbird or Lowrance bow and/or console mounted fishfinder/GPS units, 2, 3, and 4-bank onboard battery chargers, stereo upgrade, a bow bait station, washdown system, several Sport Trak accessories available singly or in a package, kicker motor pre-rig with or without a Mercury or Honda kicker, a selection of bow or stern mounted Minnkota or MotorGuide trolling motors, hydraulic steering, plus lots of trailer upgrades and accessories.
Choosing between the 1875 Pro-V and 1975 Pro-V from Lund will be difficult since both are so similar in standard and available optional features that only size and price will be the ultimate determinates. Whatever your choice, the result will be great fun and great fishing.