Product Review: 2016 Alumacraft

Exist to Fish staff review the 2016 Alumacraft Competitor 205 Sport LE!

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Introduction:

Alumacraft continues to lead the industry in quality, well-crafted aluminum fishing boats. And for 2016 they have something very special launching in their Competitor lineup. A 20’6” version of the already existing and proven 186, 175 and 165 models. This boat is loaded with great features and looks fantastic! Alumacraft boats have what the company refers to as 2XB hulls. Full-length, twin-plated hulls that offer twice the strength and protection from the bow to the transom. A superior hull design that dramatically reduces sound and vibration without compromising agility. Alumacraft Boats also feature oversized, full-length spray rails to ensure a clean and dry ride. This boat is loaded with a tone of standard and optional features that are laid out below.

 

 

 

(Competitor 205 Sport LE) Specifications
Type                                                                         Deep V Hull Aluminum
Length                                                                      20'8"
Weight                                                                      1616 lbs.
Material                                                                    Aluminum 
Color                                                                        Black/Red/Black
Origin                                                                       USA
MSRP                                                                        Contact Baxter at Leatherdale Marine

Length 20'8" 6.3 m
Beam 96" 2.4 m
Transom Width 95"/25" 2.4 m/.06 m
Max Horsepower 250 hp 186 kW
Max Depth 45" 1.1 m
Max Hull Thickness 0.200" 5.1 mm
Freeboard Thickness 0.080" 2 mm
Weight 1,616 lbs 733 kg
Max Capacity 8/2,450 lbs 8/1,111
Fuel Capacity 45 gal. 170 L
Livewell Aft 33 gal. 125 L
Livewell Bow 22 gal.  83 L
Instruments Speedomenter, Tachometer, Voltemeter, Fuel Gage, Horn
Seats 4

 

 

Standard Features

Interior Courtesy Lights

Gauges - speed, tach, volt, fuel

Horn

Lockable Bow Rod Storage - Up to 8'

Starboard Rod Storage - Up to 8'

Trolling Systems - 12/24 volt

Driver's Seat Slider

AlumaTrac System

Folding Cleats

Grab Handles

13 Gallon Insulated Cooler

Dual Aerated Livewells with Timers

Fire Extinguisher

Manual Bilge Pump

Stowable Running Lights

 

 

Optional Features
VINYL ALL (GV)
VINYL COCKPIT ONLY (CV)
BRP Engines
Honda Engines
Mercury Engines
No Engine Brand
Suzuki Engines
Yamaha Engines
ACCESSORY, INPUT USB
ACCY C PTFRM (COMP175/185NAV175)VYL
ACCY, CASTING PLATFORM (CARPET)
ACCY, RADIO INFINITY 250 (CS/SPT) AM/FM, Bluetooth, AUX Input
ACCY, RADIO INFINITY 350 (CS/SPT) 3.5' Color TFT Screen - Makes for Simple Navigation, XM Sirius Ready (Requires Subscription), AM/FM, Bluetooth, AUX Input
ACCY, FLIP BENCH SEAT - LE CARPET
ACCY, FLIP BENCH SEAT - STD CARPET
AT ALUMA - TRAC CLAMP
AT, CANNON, ROD HOLDER
AT, RAM ROD HOLDER
AT, TEMPRESS, ROD HOLDER
CARPET, SNAP-IN (COMP 205 SPT)
HOOK, BLACK CARGO NET "J"
NET, BLACK BOW CARGO 8" X 55"
NET, ACB822BD BLACK CONSOLE CARGO

 

 

Quality/Construction:

This boat is very well laid out and done so with high quality componentry. A tone of well thought out storage, all lockable and dry!! Bow and Starboard rod storage that will accommodate an 8’ fishing rod! The front deck on this boat will also accommodate up to a 7’5” fishing rod as well! Massive rear live well spanning nearly the width of the entire boat holding 125 L of water and a Big bow live well at 83 L. Alumacraft uses the highest quality hardware available on the market. Chromed metal hardware is strong, durable and easy to grab and open, even with gloves on. Their boats are painted in the same basecoat/clear coat process and colors used by major auto makers. This process allows the repair of small scratches and areas of dock rash without repainting the entire boat.

 

Quality Ratings for (Competitor 205 Sport LE)
Finish (1-5)                Level of Detail (1-5) Hardware (1-5)    Craftsmanship (1-5) Total         Possible    Rating (10 being the highest)   
4.5 4.5 5 5 19 20 9.5

 

 Performance:

The boat that we used during this review was well equipped with a brand new 2016 Evinrude 250 HO G2. We were on plane with no effort at all and quickly lost sight of the speedometer which maxed out at 65 MPH!!! The ride at this speed, and all on plane speeds, was absolutely impeccable! Smooth, stable, quiet and very fast! This boat is an absolute wave crusher!! Rides very well in 3-4’ waves. A must have for big water applications.

 

 

Features/Design:

As stated above this boat is loaded with Standard and Optional Features to suit any and all needs. A few that really stood out are as follows.

 

Features

 

Interior Courtesy Lights

Dual Aerated Livewells with Timers

Lockable Bow Rod Storage – up to 8'

Starboard Rod Storage – up to 8'

AlumaTrac System

 

Design

 

MORE AND BIGGER RIBS

The Alumacraft all-welded ribs can really take a pounding. They are heavier, wider and stronger than the competition making the entire boat tougher and more rigid. Ribs are positioned on narrow 12? centers. This results in more ribs making the hull stronger the entire length of the boat!

 

LARGER AIRCRAFT-GRADE RIVETS

Inherent strength is greater with larger rivets and we can see this with the Alumacraft boats. Larger rivets mean stronger rivets. Stronger rivets mean fewer rivets are needed. Fewer rivets mean fewer holes need to be drilled, significantly reducing the chance of ever popping a rivet. This boat is bone dry and tough as nails!

 

ONE-PIECE HULL

Alumacraft uses a single piece of aluminum that is cut and shaped to form the hull of this boat. Other manufacturers rivet, or weld, two separate pieces together. The Alumacraft one-piece design assures there are no seams on the boat’s bottom, providing the greatest possible inherent strength and no heaving.

 

HEAVIER GAUGE ALUMINIUM

All Alumacraft boats are made with heavy-gauge, top-quality, 5052 marine-grade aluminum. They last a very long time.

 

Application: 

This really is a boat that wears many hats. While it is absolutely dialed in for the professional/recreational angler it doubles very nicely as a boat that can be utilized for a family to enjoy. A very spacious comfortable ride with seating for 4 in the cockpit area. And plenty of power and performance to pull a skier or wakeboarder.

 

(Competitor 205 Sport LE) Collective Final Rating
Construction/Quality 9.5
Performance 10
Price 9.5
Features 10
Design (Ergonomics) 10
Application 10
Total Score 98.3%
Ratings Key: 1 = Terrible; 2 = Poor; 3 = Lacking; 4 = Sub Par; 5 = Mediocre; 6 = Fair; 7 = Good; 8 = Great; 9 = Excellent; 10 = MUST HAVE

 

Conclusion:

 We are very impressed with the quality, performance and value that  this boat is boasting.  Highly recommend!

 

 

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