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2014 Tracker Nitro Z9

August 13, 2019


Bass tournaments are serious business and to be competitive you need a serious
and fast bass boat but not one that’s gonna break the bank
and that’s where Nitro comes in with the Z9 DC powered by the
Mercury Pro XS250 this week’s Power Profile. At rest the Z9 is quite stable with
plenty of room to move around on the forward padded casting deck the deck conceals a rod storage locker
to port, a large center gear locker, a second long locker
to starboard and a cooler and trash receptacle are
under the step. When working the bow a bicycle seat can be installed is
comfortable and well positioned to control the Minn Kota Maxxum eighty-pound thrust trolling motor with its
recess foot control the forward control panel has room for
an optional fishfinder along with lighting and live well controls.
Under the aft deck are two 20 gallon Guardian live wells with
Max Air aeration systems. Other key fishing
features include lift out aft storage lockers and a rear fold down fishing seat. At the
transom a hatch opens for more removable storage that reveals a dual battery bank with
charger. The three across seating is comfortable with solid combination step and stainless hand-holds between the seats. The passenger helm deflects the wind nicely and has lockable locker. The stylish
helm positions the electronics front and center where they should be and is flanked by the tach and speedo. Nice
touches are the stainless boarding ladder, pop-up cleats, two console pullout storage trays, moulded rigging
utility compartment with storage bins, and the ruler we just covered all the features that
make the Nitro Z9 such a great bass fishing platform but now it’s
the fun part of the test is to go out and see how the performance is with this boat.
Now for power we have Mercury’s 250 pro XS Optimax so I’m expecting speed
somewhere well about sixty miles an hour, so let’s
head out and see what the performance numbers really are Bass boats, they’re all about performance,
and Nitro’s latest Z9 DC is no slouch. If getting to the next hot
spot in tournament fishing is your thing the Z9 will
give you an adrenaline rush hustling across the water topping the
seventy mile per hour mark with the Nitro Rapid Planing system transom, and a wide 8 foot 6 inch beam with
16 degrees of dead rise at the transom the Z9 is plenty fast with the
optional Mercury 250 Optimax XS. Not only does it accelerate
effortlessly the Z9 is stable at high speeds, not
prone chine walking, and feels quite solid. Turns
will have you thumbing the trim switch but that is to be expected in this
league a performance boat anglers ask only a few key things from a
professional level performance bass boat that they be fast that they be stable, and that they are
user-friendly and fishable. The Nitro Z9 dual
console is all of those, plus it’s a affordable
even when including a trailer The Z9 is a solid high-performance professional bass boat that delivers
results complete with the trailer and
electronics this beast is ready to hunt bass, and it’s a package that’s really
tough to beat.

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