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I have been running a 1997 Astro 1850 DCX and I love it. It is a great fishing platform, stable and roomy for a boat that measures 18'11". Procrafts have one of the biggest rear decks you can find. My wife loves it for sunbathing (sleeping). The ride in rough water is better than most, but of course it depends how you drive it. It has handled everything I've thrown at it and always has gotten me back to the weigh in on time. My boat still runs around 63mph (GPS) with a full two man tournament load and 44 gallons of gas with the right condtions. And I only have a 150 EFI Mercury on the transom! (The go-fast stepped hull on the 1997 "X" boats is awsome) After six hard years tournament fishing big water from St. Clair and Erie' to Lake Ontario and Champlain in the Everstart Series the only "problem" I've evidenced is stress cracks on the cap. My boat has handled six to eight footers more times than I'd like to admit to my wife, not to mention the weekend "square waves" we see on St. Clair. Talk to a good fiberglass tech and he'll tell you that ALL bass boats will experience stress cracking on the cap running in these conditions. Bar none. They will tell you however that Ranger seems to be the most resistant to stress cracks. I have of course broken various things in my boat over the years, but under these conditions they are not unexpected. The important thing is that the hull seems able to handle just about anything. I had a tuna boat lift me up and set me down on a piling in the St. Clair river a couple of years ago, ran sixty miles back to the ramp in Erie and only had some gel coat to repair. Lucky? Maybe. Strong hull? Most definitely.

In response to oohfoo's comment, on-board chargers, trolling motors and other add ons are not a problem with the boat. You can burn up trolling motors just as easy on a Triton or Ranger. Ditto on-board chargers. With most boats rigging and prep cause most of the "problems". Alot of boats will experience electrical problems which will shake out the first few times in rough water conditions. ( I had a few when new) Mostly you will find the problem is in the splices or electrical connectors. These same connectors are used pretty much across the industry. A good shake down cruise and good maintenance is the best prevention.

I know guys who have blown up power heads on both Evinrudes and Merc's, must be because they are hanging on the back of Tritons. (sarcasm)

I could go on, but wouldn't want to compete with Mr. Kimmel.

I am familiar with the Procraft you mentioned, (rode in Shaw Grigsby's a few times) email me if you want additional detail on my Procraft/Astro exeriences.

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oohfoopadoo,

You didn't step on anyones toes. I just added clarification. Burning up a trolling motor or on board charger doesn't reflect on the quality of the boat unless it was due to poor factory design, substandard wiring or shoddy factory prep. These trolling motors and chargers are installed on all boat brands. Buy the best chargers, trolling motors and peripheral devices for your application that you can afford. This will give you the best overall package.

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One more thing. Get a good dealership who will stand behind the product and fix whatever goes wrong. If you find one that does that, gives the proper attention to your problems and treats you with the respect you deserve as a customer. Support them. They are worth their weight in gold.

Dave
 
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