Boat Review by: Matt Spencer
In the world of flash and dash fishing boats it’s easy to get caught up in fancy bells and whistles, metal flake paint and high horsepower. The truth behind these is that most dealers only sell a couple of those boats a year and it’s boats like the Alumacraft Classic 165 Sport that they sell by the truckload - and for good reason.
At 16 feet 4 inches, with a modest 82 inch beam it’s the quintessential 16 foot fishing package. And with a dry weight of 955 pounds you could tow it on a single axle trailer behind your bicycle.
New for 2016 the 165 Sport is an addition to the the 165 family that already includes a side console and a tiller model. Adding the second console and the full walk through is a smart move, especially for the Canadian fishing climate. Our fishermen(and women) are hardcore and you will often find smallmouth bass anglers stretching the season out to the end of November. Getting to tuck behind that windshield for the ride home is a welcomed comfort.
The model I saw at the Toronto International Boat Show was shown with the optional vinyl rear casting platform that had hidden below it, a pair of seats that flipped up with one solid motion. An uncomplicated design these seats will be great for extra guests and also just opens up the cockpit floor a bit more.
There are grab handles for these seats on each of the gunnels and in front of those you will find storage on each side. The gunnels are not flush with the topside, they’re set in a little lower which I like because realistically you will find yourself at docks that will be a little higher than the 165 Sport so these will be aide with exiting the boat.
The helm on the Classic 165 Sport is well appointed with a gauge cluster to the left of the wheel and to the right is a single row of system switches mounted on a slight angle upward to ease in accessibility. What this helm layout does is opens up a ton of space for Graphs, as that’s most important to any angler. And with the modest price tag that this boat comes with you can spoil yourself with the upgraded graph, because hey you have the room for it!
Heading to the bow through the walk through windshield you will find first the massive 34 gallon livewell. This might be the biggest in this boat’s segment. There is a bait bucket spot as well.Flanking the center seat base are two storage hatches to tuck away any unneeded gear.
All in all this is very much a what you see is what you get fishing boat, that said I think it’s going to be a very popular addition to the Classic 165 line-up. Don’t be surprised if you start seeing more of these out on the lakes in 2016 and get to your dealer to make sure you’re the first one in!
|Dry weight:||955 lbs||433 kg|
|Fuel Capacity:||17 US gals||64 L|