All new for 2017, the Z17 brings pro fishing features toa bass boat at alength and weight that is easily towed and stored.
Every inch of this boat screams Nitro starting with the Vortex Technology hull.The NVT™ uses a series of parabolic curves, instead of traditional strakes, to generate a faster, smoother, drier hull and ride. Taking a day to fish with Nitro Pro Angler Stacey King had us crossing open water in white cap conditions where the Z17 proved its mettle.
The base package, with trailer, is powered by Mercury’s 90 FourStroke. Our test boat had the optional Mercury 115 Pro XS FourStroke-designed for delivering better acceleration and top end speeds.
The Nitro is ready to fish right off the showroom floor. The forward casting deck is carpeted and comfortable under foot. Standard equipment includes a fishing chair, MinnKota trolling motor, recessed well for the foot controls, switches for anchor light and outboard tilt, plus room for electronics. Under the deck are two large locking storage lockers flanking the seven-foot rod locker. The step up conceals a cooler and trash receptacle.
The aft casting platform has a bicycle seat with pedestal, and two lockers with removable plastic trays with moulded slots for tackle trays. Centred is an 87-L aerated and divided livewell.
Across the transom is the access to the finished bilge for rigging access. The space contains the cranking battery, deep cycle trolling motor battery and a 1,000gallons per hour bilge pump. There is even room for a tool kit.
The helm is moulded fibreglass and, unlike most side consoles, all of the instruments are clearly visible past the tilt wheel. Centred is a standard LowranceFishfinderwith room for a nine-inch display upgrade. Waterproof switches flank the wheel and control the main power, navigations lights, livewell, bilge and horn.
To get you to and from your favourite fishing spots, the package includes a single axel trailer with 14-inch chrome wheels, powder coat finish and fold away tongue.
TEST BOAT ENGINE Single Mercury 115 Pro XS Four Stroke, 115 hp, 2.1L (128 ci), 8-valve SOHC,inline four-cylinder with EFI