Warrior 165 Pro Angler Boat Test
Jim Whippy reports from the wheel of the Warrior 165 Pro Angler after a whole year's in-depth evaluation of this value-for-money boat
Warrior's Pro Angler is packed with thoughtful extras which make it simple to get out on the water more often
The Warrior Pro Angler has been great since I took delivery, and as a result I have done more wrecking in it than in all my previous boats. It’s a very comfortable two-man boat, an ‘armchair ride’ I call it, with lots of extra bits built in including livebait tanks. Doing more wrecking trips is of course linked to having complete confidence in the Suzuki 70HP 4-stroke on the back. The boat and the four-stroke outboard combo has proved to be very economical to run, which is another reason we have put in some long trips during the year. Then there’s the fabulous Navman 8120 GPS/Sonar unit that gives us widescreen viewing and incredible accuracy when seeking out the wrecks – all the tools to do the job properly.
Paul and Phil at Warrior have put a lot of thought into the design of the Warrior Pro Angler and asked several of their customers what extras they would like to have on their boats. The result is to give plenty of locker space, including an extra locker that can be used as a cool store for your catch. Then there’s the non-slip flooring and the upgraded design of the helm and fascia that makes the boat look, well, professional.
The biggest boon to the angler are the double livebait tanks on either side of the transom. Although these take up a bit of fishing space they have been brilliant for not only keeping sandeels, mackerel and pout alive, but for keeping the catch fresh as well. Cod and bass have stayed alive for some time in the tanks, ensuring they are in prime condition at the end of the day.
The Pro Angler has an ingenious lockable canopy container on top of the cabin roof. The lid is lifted up, the canopy then pulls down covering the area over the seats. It gives complete cover from the weather but doesn’t restrict casting or fishing out the back of the boat. It does mean you have to sit down to drive the boat with the canopy down. The one snag I have found, that has meant it’s not been used too often, is getting it packed away again after use. Even with two of us it looked a bit of a mess and getting the catch done up took all our strength. It’s a bit fiddly and there’s not a lot of space in the special container. Probably best to decide whether you want it up or down and then leave it in that position.
There are two inset shelves on each side of the boat that are handy for keeping knives, T-bar, a lead or two and some spare rigs in. Below is a rod rack that can also hold a gaff or landing net.
The boat ran at a top speed of about 25-knots when the water was calm but more often than not with the swell we get on the south coast it was comfortable nearer 20-knots for the majority of the time. One small thing that is a bit of a nuisance is the helm seat is too near to the ignition key. I have had the key knocked out, bent and jammed when the seat is spun round to fish. Apart from that the seats are of good quality and make long trips very comfortable, provided there are only two anglers on board. Add another angler with a tackle box and things become too crowded to enjoy the days fishing.
Summing up, the boat got me out more often than before, in good comfort and further out and coupled to the fabulous Suzuki 70hp 4-stroke it’s a formidable combo that is economical to run. What more could you ask of a small boat?
Length 16ft 5in
Beam 6ft 10in
Length on trailer 21ft 10in
Width on trailer 6ft 10in
Height on trailer 7ft 5in
Price and Availability
The basic boat supplied with braked Rollercoaster trailer costs around £10,000. Visit their website for more details: www.warriorboats.co.uk
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