Reviewed by Richard Crowder
Polar Kraft of Elkhart, Indiana, part of the Nautic Global Group which includes Rinker (runabouts and cruisers), Hurricane (deck boats), and Godfrey (pontoon boats), offers more than seventy models of dedicated aluminum fishing boats from ten to twenty-one feet in eleven series. Three of these series, including the Frontier, are all new for 2012.
The Frontier series includes a 179 eighteen-footer and 189 nineteen-footer each in three configurations; side console, dual console, and walk-thru. All have Polar Kraft’s "renowned V-Force Hull with TCD (Torque Control Design)" which "utilizes reverse chine and lifting strakes to force the water out and down, lifting the bow off the surface. A solid, double-layered keel protects the hull from underwater obstacles and beaching."
At Polar Kraft, "We build boats for the demanding fishing and hunting enthusiasts who appreciate performance, rugged construction, durability and big fish!" The Frontier V 179 WT exemplifies this Polar Kraft philosophy to a tee with an extended list of standard equipment focussed specifically on fishing and an even longer list of optional equipment available to outfit your boat for exactly the type of water and fishing you choose.
The basic V-Force TCD three-piece aluminum hull with double riveted seams, reverse chines, extruded aluminum spray rails, keels and gunwales, is reinforced with eight longitudinal stringers, closed cell foam flotation, aluminum bow and stern castings, and finished with high gloss urethane paint. A broad range of available exterior and interior colour combinations are offered by Polar Kraft to suit virtually every taste and purpose. Two-tone colour schemes are optionally available as are custom graphics.
A bow casting deck as well as a stern casting deck is standard as are two pedestal fishing chairs and a total of six bases in which to mount these seats, including one base each on the bow and stern casting decks. Being a fishing machine, storage abounds on the Frontier V 179 WT including a large storage area within the bow casting platform plus a separate starboard side bow storage locker. A center floor locker which extends into the bow area is specifically intended for up to nine fishing rods. On both sides of the cockpit, additional longitudinal storage lockers are found inside and below the gunwales.
Another storage locker is found within the stern casting platform. On the port side of this platform is a huge 52", 29-gallon aerated livewell with removable bait bucket and auto/manual livewell timer. A second 9.3-gallon livewell is located in the bow section. A 24-volt trolling motor jumper harness with tray is standard equipment as is a 6-gauge 12/24-volt trolling motor harness with circuit breakers. A 12-volt Minn Kota 55 Edge 52" trolling motor is also standard. A bow-mounted main engine trim/tilt switch is provided. All horizontal surfaces in the Frontier V 179 WT are covered and protected with 18-oz. marine grade carpet. This carpet may be optionally replaced in part or in whole with vinyl. The driver/passenger helms are custom molded with a curved walk-thru and include a lockable glove box on the passenger side and full outboard instrumentation and a Lowrance X4 Pro Fish Finder on the driver’s side.
The option list for the Frontier V 179 WT will require careful consideration due to the number and wide variety of offerings. A full selection of canvas is available to suit your needs and probably most necessary in our Canadian climes, especially early spring/summer and late fall when fishing is at its prime. Choose from five optionally available trolling motors or no trolling motor at all.
At the helm, add stereo, hydraulic and/or tilt steering with or without an upgraded custom steering wheel, and select from two upgraded Lowrance Fish Finders, or no fish finder at all. A wide selection of upgraded seating and seat type is available with or without upgraded and/or power pedestals. Choose from 2 or 3-bank Pro Sport battery chargers, an upgraded bow panel and track mount rod holders with Tite-Lok brackets. A custom trailer comes standard with the Frontier V 179 WT but this can also be deleted or can be upgraded with all sorts of accessories.
There is no doubt that Polar Kraft focuses specifically on the fishing market, and with the number and variety of aluminum fishing boats it offers, there is bound to be one just right for your needs. The all-new Frontier V 179 WT may be just that right one for you.
|Length:||17' 11"||5.46 m|
|Beam:||8' 3"||2.51 m|
|Dry weight:||1240 lbs||563 kg|
|Fuel Capacity:||23 US gals||87 l|
|Engine / Drive:||Outboard|