Love a good Deep-V hull? So do we.
That’s why we’ve compiled this great list of 19 popular boats with Deep-V hulls to help you find the right one for your needs.
Fishing Boats or Family Boats?
Since the Deep-V hull works so well with navigating most open waters, it is natural that most fishing boats would have Deep-V hulls. Because of that, there are plenty of fishing boats on our list.
But they also make great family boats.
When you go out on your boat with your family, there are a lot of wonderful activities you could do: from water skiing to lounging and sunbathing. Fishing is one of those hobbies too.
That’s why you’ll find a lot of boats on this list which can be both great fishing boats and great family boats. They’ll have plenty of room for your loved ones and your gear. So there’s no reason to leave anything behind.
12 Great Fishing Boats With Deep V Hulls
1) Smoker Craft Pro Angler 171 XL (used $30,499)
Smoker’s Craft Pro Angler 171 XL has ranked pretty high on the Smoker’s Craft list of products for a long time. When you look at it, it’s easy to see why. Not only is it versatile, but it’s also easily towed (with a mid-sized vehicle) and can easily be launched from places without docks.
If you want to launch on an improvised ramp at a lake, this baby can take it. The newest version has a few upgrades as well, which is always nice to see.
While it might have “angler” in the name, this hardcore fishing boat cause also makes a great all-round family vessel. How? Surprisingly, it’s all because of the split rear bench seat. When it’s upright, it can provide seating for around four people (comfortably). But if you fold it down, it can act as an extension of the stern casting deck.
You can even split the difference and fold down one side to allow for a little extra seating and a little extra deck space. But no matter if you fold it down or leave it up if you lift the whole bench, you’ll find a 25-gallon live well.
Even better, it comes with a removable bait bucket also.
The main cockpit is made with vinyl flooring to ensure easy clean-up (not to mention, it dries faster than carpet). The gunnel track system allows you to easily mount any rod holders, downriggers, or whatever accessories you want to bring with you. The gunnels are also wide enough to hide the top-loading rod lockers.
There is additional storage below in an in-floor gear locker.
The decks at the bow and stern are also a little higher to allow for great visibility to matter what fish you’re trying to catch.
2) Crestliner 1650 Fish Hawk (used $35,995)
The Crestliner has had quite a few different versions of it’s Fish Hawk series in the Crestliner 1650, 1750, 1850, and the Crestliner 1950. But today we wanted to highlight the updated version of the Crestliner 1650. I
t’s not just the aesthetics that got a facelift.
In addition to the new gunnel and the new paint colors, they’ve also added some extra features to its console: some space for a 12-inch locator, a couple of multi-functional gauges, and a toggle switches that light up.
Some of her other features include:
- A 12 V power outlet
- Multiple drink holders
- Various configurations of its side console, dual console, and walk-through options
- A 15-gallon aerated live well with timer and divider (on the stern)
- 12-gallon aerated live well with timer in the bow
- The interlocking construction method for the welded hull
- Removable aluminum accessory bracket along the gunnel (for customized placement without having to drill anything into your boat)
- A MOB+ Wireless man-overboard system
3) Starcraft Renegade 178 DC (used $34,995)
The Starcraft Renegade 178 is a well-designed fishing boat built with multiple species of fish in mind. It has some of the same features as the best high-end tournament boats but is in a much more affordable and attractive package.
Just because she’s affordable, doesn’t mean they scrimped when it came to quality.
The bottom is made with .100 gauge aluminum and the sides are made with a hefty .080-gauge sides. She’s built to withstand a lot of abuse. She also has:
- Full walk-through windshield
- Raised bow deck (large enough for two fishermen)
- 18-gallon aerated live well with bait bucket
- Storage space for gear
- In-floor rod locker with six individual tubes
- Open the main cockpit to allow for as much free space as possible while you’re trolling
- 2019 helm console for a large flush-mount fish finder
- Top-loading lockers in the gunnels (for rod storage)
- Integrated gunnel track system for mounting rod holders, downriggers, or other accessories
- Storage on the stern deck
- Second 25-gallon live well
- Storage in the cockpit floor
- Flush mount display for the console
- Split-bench seat
- Power-Trac hull design for a smooth ride on the water
4) Kingfisher 2025 Flex Tiller XP (used $24,700)
Even if the Kingfisher 2025 Flex Tiller XP has a tiller to power it, that doesn’t mean it’s just for small lakes and tiny engines. The Flex Tiller is rated for outboards that can get up to 250 horsepower.
She also has a Deep-V hull which is built from ultra-thick .160-gauge aluminum. And 0125-gauge aluminum on the sides. She is built strong and comes with standard features like:
- An in-floor rod locker
- Locking side storage
- 24 gallon live well
- ProFish Command Center
5) Lowe 1810 Fishing Machine Pro WT (used $30,403)
The Lowe 1810 Fishing Machine Pro WT is for anglers who like to go out onto the lake, river, or offshore with their families.
There is enough seating for everyone and has a smart walk-thru windshield to help you get from one end of the boat to the other without missing a beat.
Other amenities include:
- Bow and stern fishing decks
- A large aerated live well on each deck
- Ample storage
- Locking center rod locker
6) Skeeter WX2200 ($78,600)
The Skeeter WX2200 is not just new but also ready to go out into the big waters. While it might be on the smaller end (compared to a number of the boats on this list) it has a lot of heart.
The fiberglass boat was built for big water tournament anglers, which means that it is built with industry-exclusive front and rear aluminum grid inserts.
Some of its other features include:
- A Humminbird Helix 12 Chirp Mega SI GPS
- Yamaha F300 XA unit (with a Yamaha T9.9 kicker)
- Minn Kota 112 Ultra US2 trolling motor with iPilot (with auto stow/deploy and power trim)
- Infinity Bluetooth stereo with speakers
- 25-gallon insulated stern live well
- 9 gallon insulated bow baitwell
- Hamby’s Keel Protector
- Center rod storage box with mega tubes
7) Cobalt R3 (used $75,000)
The Cobalt R3 offers a lot of boat in a small space. She is a well-built Deep-V hull with 21 degrees of transom deadrise. Do you know what that means?
The Cobalt R3 can slice right through the choppiest waters without a shake, rattle, or roll.
She also has wrap-around seating and maximizes its interior space which gives it a foot more space in comparison to other boats her size. The R3 also comes with:
- An anchor locker
- A bow scuff plate made of stainless steel
- An extended running surface
- Four fender clips with line
- Midship cleats
- Ski Pylons (made of stainless steel)
8) Polar Kraft Kodiak 165 SC (used $43,999)
The Polar Kraft Kodiak 165 SC sounds a bit like high-priced alcohol. She’s actually a boat that’s small enough to fit in a standard garage. She’s also small enough to be towed by a mid-sized vehicle.
This is great for boaters who just want to take their boats out to the lake during the weekends, on a nice sunny day, or for the boaters who like to spend their free time tinkering around on their vessels.
But don’t let her size fool you; she has plenty of amenities. Her standard options include:
- Live well
- Raised bow casting deck
- Rod storage
- Storage for all of your gear
- Two jump seats in the rear casting deck
- Standard Lowrance electronics
9) Ranger VS1882DC (used $40,000)
Rangers are well-known in the fishing boat communities. They’re mostly known for their tournament-grade fiberglass bass boats. But did you know that they have a great line of aluminum multi-species fishing boats as well? The VS1882DC is one of their best Deep-V hull aluminum boats.
She has some great features including:
- A big bow casting deck
- A large rear casting deck with twin fold-down jump seats
- Stereo with standard Lowrance electronics
- Minn Kota electric trolling motor
- Lockable storage compartments
- An all-welded, wood-free construction
- A matching trailer with a swing-away tongue
…just to name a few. There are also some great upgrades including electronics, trolling motors, and other extras to help customize your boat to your specific needs.
10) Smoker Craft 182 Pro Angler XL (used $39,595)
The Smoker Craft’s 182 Pro Angler XL is one of the best fishing boats out there. Avid fishermen have preferences when it comes to the types of vessels they want for different types of fishing.
Some boats are better for trolling when you’re looking for walleye or salmon. Other boats need to be shallow to get to pike and bass.
Well the 182 Pro Angler XL can do all of that.
One of the biggest downfalls with Deep-V hulls is how deep their hulls cut through the water. That makes it difficult to wade through the shallow bays in order to get to the best bass. The 182 Pro Angler XL is shallow enough to do all of that but still be big enough to go offshore and troll for walleye.
She has plenty of great features too:
- Large, locking centerline rod locker in the bow (which can hold up to eight rods)
- Extended aft fishing deck which converts from seating to a casting deck
- Twin live wells
- Full walk-through windshield
- Jenson stereo that is Bluetooth-enabled
- Hydraulic steering
- Smoker Craft’s Integrated Gunnel Track System to mount your favorite accessories
11) Starcraft Fishmaster 210 ($55,995)
Starcraft has been around for years. They’ve been building boats since 1903. All of that knowledge has led up to their ultimate fishing boat: the Fishmaster 210.
The Fishmaster 210 is an offshore aluminum boat built for the open water. It has a Deep-V hull which is packed with a number of amenities specifically for serious fishermen:
- A deep cockpit
- A raised bow deck
- A 41-gallon live well (in the bow deck)
- Torsion beam construction
- In-floor storage
- Reinforced gunnels (build for downriggers especially)
- Hydraulic tilt steering
- Bluetooth-enabled stereo
- A full top to keep the sun out of your eyes
The Fishmaster 210 also even offers a great option like electronic upgrades and an electronic trolling motor to help customize her into the ultimate fishing vessel
12) Crestliner 1750 Fish Hawk (used $30,818)
We’ve already talked about the updated 1650 Fish Hawk, but its sister boat (the 1750 Fish Hawk) also deserves a mention. It is one of their best-selling boats because of it’s great design as well as its ability to be a multi-species fishing rig.
Not only that, but it also comes at a great value.
Most other boats with all of the 1750’s standard options come at a much steeper price tag. You’ll find that it comes with a ton of great standards including:
- Multiple rod lockers
- Multiple live wells
- Plenty of space in the dry storage for all of your gear
- A huge (and elevated) bow casting platform
- Crestliner’s well-known SureMount accessory mounting system
With the money you save on the standard package, you might be able to snag some of their great optional gear as well. Our favorite (and a family fave) is the stern swim platform with the fold-down jump seats.
7 Great Tracker Boats With Deep V Hullls
Tracker boats are known for their amazing Deep-V hull boats because of their durability, features for fishing, and because of their incredible performance. Here are a few of their options, in each of their lines and signatures.
13) Targa V19 Combo Tournament Ed. ($40,595)
The Targa V-19 Combo Tournament Edition Tracker brings in all of the popular features from the Targa V line of boats and adds a special premium tournament upgrade including:
- Step to aft deck w/storage beneath plus NEW storage behind driver’s footrest
- 3 lockable rod boxes: 1 center (up to 7’ 6” or 2.3 m) & 2 top-loading in-gunnel (up to 9’ or 2.74 m)
- Ski tow pylon, wrap-around windshield, bow cushions w/storage behind & split flip-up aft deck w/2 hidden jump seats
- Consoles w/plenty of legroom, 2-tiered fishfinder mounting surfaces, integral tackle storage & lockable passenger glove box
14) Pro Guide V-175 Combo ($26, 995)
The Pro Guide V-175 Combo is the best selling Deep-V hull Tracker. It gives boaters and fishermen a great balance between amenities for their families as well as fishing features.
These accommodations include:
- Wrap-around walk-thru windshield & passenger console w/lockable storage
- Custom-matched trailer w/GALVASHIELD® Impact protection
- 3 movable, folding & swiveling fishing seats w/7 pedestal base locations
- Ski tow pylon, bow back cushions, plus flip-up aft deck w/2 hidden jump seats
- Step to aft deck w/storage beneath and storage behind passenger & driver footrests
- Top-loading lockable boxes in cockpit sides for rods to 7’ 6”
15) Guide V 16 Laker DLX T ($10,995)
The Tracker Guide V-16 Laker DLXT is an all-welded aluminum fishing boat with a built-in live well and some comfy seating for you and your fishing buddies (seating capacity for four).
It is the most inexpensive in their line but is also one of the best basic aluminum fishing boats out there. If you’re looking for an aluminum boat that is reliable and strong, look no further.
Plus, with the money you save, buying this sturdy fishing boat, you can customize it with the best gear and optional gear you want.
16 – 19) EdgeWater Center Consoles
Some of the best center console boats with Deep-V hulls are from the manufacturer EdgeWater. We searched through their catalog of models and found four of their best options:
- 16) Edgewater 230CC ($122,603)
- 17) Edgewater 245CC (used $44,500)
- 18) Edgewater 280CC (used $199,986)
- 19) Edgewater 320CC (used $195,000)
These boats are great for both fishing and family trips out on the water. The Edgewater center consoles combine both a Deep-V hull with a stable ride because of their state-of-the-art design and innovative engineering.
Their boats are durable, luxurious, and reliable without asking too much of the boater.
Why are Deep-V Hulls so great?
Deep-V Hulls are a wedge-shape hull from bow to stern. They are the exact opposite of flat-bottom boats.
Due to how they can cut through the water, Deep-V boats provide the smoothest ride.
They’re pretty popular as offshore sportfishing boats because they can slice through those ocean waters like it’s nothing.
What are some downsides with Deep-V Hull boats?
The downsides to Deep-V hulls are that they aren’t great for shallow waters because they will bottom out against rocks.
They also aren’t as stable as other boats; they have a tendency of rolling if they are going slow or at a stop in rough waters. Deep-V hull boats also take more power if you need to go fast, do to the amount of drag they have in the water.
Whether you’re fishing or spending time with your family and friends, you can find what you need in a Deep-V hull boat.
They come with an array of amenities and are often inexpensive enough for you to be able to customize your boat, just the way you want it.
Morten is the founder of GoDownsize. He has filmed and interviewed people living in tiny houses and RVs since 2011. He grew up on the coast where his dad took him boating from a young age. He has completely rebuilt two RVs in which he travels with his family for months at the time. Read more about Morten here.