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#1815816 - 06/11/21 09:49 AM Tracker V18 Make Over
Tall 1 Offline


Registered: 05/02/03
Posts: 16368
I own a 20 year old Tracker Tournament V18 and it has been a great boat, I bought it from an ad here on CTF a long time ago and itís been a fantastic rig.
Iíve been wanting to redo the carpeting and the seats for the last few years, but just the thought of losing the boat for a month, always made me procrastinate the project.
The boat spends the winter stored indoors so doing the job in the off season isnít an option either.
Back in March of this year I contacted Cobrabait, Jonathan, from DNJ Marine in Old Saybrook, and we talked it through. I also decided I really wanted a trolling motor with Spot Lock, which my Minn Kota Fortrex did not have.
So , after lots of on line research, and reading forums and watching YouTube videos, the plan was set, I would replace the trolling motor with a new Lowrance Ghost while it was there and also recess the trolling motor pedal into the deck.

I went with a premium Syntec Platinum 24 oz carpet, like you find in the finest rigs produced today, and decided to change the look from tan to dark charcoal.
Changing colors required a lot of carpet and time. All of the rod boxes and storage compartments are carpeted and I wanted to have it match, but thatís just me.

I ordered a set of new seats from a company, and unfortunately, on April 29, after waiting 6 weeks for my seats to ship, they called to say that the seats would not be ready until July due to a Covid related foam shortage. Uggghhhh!
I ran an audible and bought new seats from another quality company on Amazon instead and had them a week later.

Cobrabait did an outstanding job on the entire project. He was in peak season trying to get too much work done everyday to get people back on the water.
He took his time to do things right for me and his attention to detail is evident in the finished project that he delivered.
If you need boat work done give Jonathan at DnJ in Old Saybrook at call and support a CTF member.

Hereís a few pics

Edited by Tall 1 (06/11/21 10:05 AM)
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#1815821 - 06/11/21 11:39 AM Re: Tracker V18 Make Over [Re: Tall 1]
Mitch P. Offline

Registered: 05/04/01
Posts: 30803
thumbsup Like a new boat.
#1815822 - 06/11/21 11:40 AM Re: Tracker V18 Make Over [Re: Tall 1]
CWood Man Offline

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Registered: 02/13/04
Posts: 20813
Loc: Northville CT
Wow Jon, awesome!!!! Would look good in Maine with us next year!!!!

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#1815823 - 06/11/21 11:50 AM Re: Tracker V18 Make Over [Re: Tall 1]
poppi57 Offline


Registered: 06/10/02
Posts: 807
Loc: Stonington
That is amazing!!! It does look like a new boat, probably better than a new boat. Congrat's Jon
#1815826 - 06/11/21 11:56 AM Re: Tracker V18 Make Over [Re: Tall 1]
Conquest Offline


Registered: 04/17/04
Posts: 594
Looks great! Nice clean job.
#1815829 - 06/11/21 12:03 PM Re: Tracker V18 Make Over [Re: Tall 1]
O-BASS Offline


Registered: 06/04/03
Posts: 19326
#1815846 - 06/11/21 03:33 PM Re: Tracker V18 Make Over [Re: O-BASS]
LegalFish Offline


Registered: 06/22/04
Posts: 1604
Loc: Bristol
Great work!

#1815859 - 06/11/21 05:03 PM Re: Tracker V18 Make Over [Re: Tall 1]
Don P Offline


Registered: 05/03/07
Posts: 15741
Loc: CLINTON & West Hartford, CT
Every time I read over this quickly, several times, I thought it said ďMake OfferĒ, but I couldnít find the asking price. laugh

Real nice! Congrats & Enjoy!
#1815860 - 06/11/21 05:12 PM Re: Tracker V18 Make Over [Re: Tall 1]
tommy Offline


Registered: 04/23/05
Posts: 3923
Loc: Danbury
WOW, looks great.
#1815867 - 06/11/21 06:45 PM Re: Tracker V18 Make Over [Re: Tall 1]
Eric D Offline


Registered: 10/01/03
Posts: 2642
Nice job!
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