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An Aluminum Boat Guide Review of the Lowe Stinger HP Bass fishing boat

People may soon describe Lowe’s new Stinger HP bass fishing boat in terms of greatness. Lowe Boats built the ferocious newMod-V Series bass boat and crappie boat for one thing and one thing only: performance. “It stands out from the rest of the bass boats,” says Tony Johns, a Lowe Boats engineer. “It’s got a sportier look, more aggressive from the outside, and it rides extremelywell. It planes out quickly and is very stable.”

Coming from a line of strong category bass fishing boats from Lund, Crestliner, Lowe and Princecraft, the Stinger HP gains a leg up on the competition thanks to its unique pad hull design. Instead of the traditionalmodified-V hull bass boat, which features a center stem and strakes that run the length of the small boat, the Stinger HP features a “step pad” hull design inspired by high-performance, tournament-class fiberglass boats. The smooth bottomreduces drag and provides blastoff-fast holeshots and impressive lift for an aluminum bass boat. “It gets up on plane very quickly,” says Greg Patterson, a Lowe engineer and the chief designer for the StingerHPs. “You get more performance, the way the hull is designed.

The boat jumps up on that center pad, liftsmost of the hull out of the water, and you just get up and run. It goes back to speed; the serious bass boat fisherman likes speed and higher horsepower. The difference can be about 10 to 15mphmore than othermod-Vswith comparable motors.” “It’s like the difference between driving a factory Corvette and aNASCAR stock car,” Tony says. “It’s a high-performance, go-fast new bass boat for guys who are serious fishermen.” Anglers can harness the might of the Stinger HP in either a 17- or 18-foot version, with standard Mercury power. The 17 HP is rated for up to a 90-hp outboard, while the 18 HP can handle up to 115 stampeding horses. But, Greg notes, Lowe has packedmore than just rocket-like thrust into the Stinger HP. “It’s laid out for new bass boat fishing,” Greg says. “There’s a standard depthfinder and a standard trolling motor. There’s a cooler box where some other boats don’t usually have one. It’s got a forward baitwellwhere others don’t. And aluminum bass boat fishermenwill really like the higher front deck, as well.”

The Stinger HP aluminum fishing boat manages to offer a mind-boggling amount of new boat storage space while still maintaining its slender profile and open deck layout. Quick and handy storage lies beneath the driver and passenger seats of this fishing boat. Amassive in-floor lockable storage compartment swallows rods up to 7 feet in length (the 18 HP provides a second bow rod locker), dual rear deck storage boxes serve as tackle organizers, and bow and aft aerated livewells lend versatility for anglerswho like to switch up positions. To that end, Lowe Boats also includes two standard pedestal fishing seats with three seat bases on both models of these aluminum fishing boats.“For the aggressive small aluminum boat driver,” hesays, “the Stinger HP is ideal.”Lowe’s apex predator has been unleashed. Put the bass on alert. For more information on this boat for sale or other bass boats, visit

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