Tracker Boats vs. Lund Boats

We know what you’re thinking: how can we possibly compare two of the best fishing boats in the country? Well, even though they come in pretty close in ranks, they are two completely different brands that have their own features and selling points to consider. If you want to make the most of your investment, you’ll obviously want to make sure that you know your options. Both brands have a longstanding reputation in the boating industry, and they have always been on the forefront of innovation. When we stack it up, the competition is almost too close to call — that’s where your personal desires and opinions will come into play. In this guide, we’ll cover:

In no time, you’ll be ready to pick your favorite boat and hit the water. 

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Deciding between a Tracker boat versus a Lund boat will not be an easy choice. Photo via Water World Boat and Powersport (top) and Lund Boats (bottom).

Tracker Boat Construction Vs. Lund Boat Construction

Tracker boats are by some measures the number-one aluminum fishing boat in the United States, and that’s in part due to their construction. Tracker uses robotic welding for the transoms and stringers, guaranteeing high-quality manufacturing and a better fit with more durable hulls. These hulls perform better because they are welded into a single system that is much stronger than each individual part. And Tracker is so confident in their quality that they offer a Limited Lifetime Structural Warranty on every new boat they sell. 

In 2019, Tracker added lasers to enhance the production process – two Salvagnini L3 lasers, to be exact. Their job was to fabricate aluminum parts that offer actual laser precision in their machining, which means parts fit tighter and the welds are stronger because the entire quality of the manufacturing process has been upgraded. Tracker starts with a full-length stringer system that runs the entire span of the boat. Then, they add a welded-in box-beam transom, which is robotically welded into the stringer system and the hull. Hull supports, keel supports, and side supports are welded in to reinforce the boat in all the necessary areas, and then the transverse bulkheads are welded into place, creating a base for the installation of the deck. The manufacturing processes for their deep-V hull collection and Grizzly Jon Boats are similar, delivering premium construction and durability. And in the Jon boats, you’ll find thick floors and a seven-degree deadrise deliver a smoother ride and better handling.

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Tracker’s welds are as precise as it gets. Photo via Water World Boat and Powersport.

What about Lund boat construction, though? Well, for starters, Lund engineers are also owners of various boats in the lineup. This kind of regular hands-on use lends itself to continuous upgrades and innovations. These boats are riveted instead of welded, and Lund uses high-quality I-beam construction that provides superior support. Lund also uses new HDP (High-Density Performance) transoms made of composite material so that they’re lighter weight, offering better durability and quality. 

Then, of course, there’s the attention to detail in the finishing touches. From the unique automotive-inspired paint jobs to the customized details in the craftsmanship of each Lund boat, this is a company that takes pride in what they do. They also have a selection of fiberglass boats and use the marine-grade closed-cell foam mandated by the U.S. Coast Guard—but they use it in all Lund boats, not just those up to 20’ as mandated by the Coast Guard. Designed for performance and perfection in angling, Lund delivers exceptional fishability with premium construction, top-grade materials, and engineers who are designing their next boat as much as yours. 

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Lund boats feature a high level of fit and finish. Photo via Lund Boats.

Tracker Design Traits Vs. Lund Design Traits

Tracker boats come in a host of designs that give you the latest in fishing tools and technology. Models are designed ready-to-fish, including an outboard and custom-fit trailer. There are dozens of different models to choose from and Tracker separates its designs into three categories:

  • Mod V Bass Boats
  • Deep V Boats 
  • Jon Boats 

Every Tracker model is made with comfortable seating and all the fishing details. In addition to the stock features in all the models, there’s also the option to semi-customize each model with various options, making it easy for you to get the perfect boat for your style of fishing no matter what you have in mind or what type of budget you’re working with. 

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Even Tracker’s Jon boat models, like the Grizzly 1754, can be equipped with quite a few features and perks. Photo via Emmett’s Marine.

Lund also brings a lot to the table with their design. Hulls include a pronounced center keel that will provide more precision and maneuverability, and the exclusive IPS hull technology is advanced and designed for more efficient performance, quicker planning, and more speed. Lund boats are built by fishermen for fishermen, so feature-wise the design details are meticulously considered to ensure that the boats are ready for casting and catching no matter what type of angling you have in mind.

Lund designs boats using what they call their F.I.S.H. method: 

  • Fit and finish
  • IPS hull performance
  • Storage that’s optimized for tackle and gear
  • High resale value

One of the selling points of Lund boats for many owners is the fact that there is such a well-designed layout that there is no “dead space” on the boat that can’t be effectively used for fishing, boating, storage, or seating. Lund did so well with their designs over the years that several models from way back in the 1970s and 80s are in demand. 

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You won’t find any wasted space, on a Lund. Photo via Lund Boats.

Tracker Performance vs. Lund Performance

When it comes to performance, Tracker can keep up with the best of them. Tracker delivers Mercury outboard motors and Minn Kota trolling motors with every model, with various options for motor size based on the model chosen. 

For premium performance, upgrade to the Pro Team Tournament series by Tracker. While more costly than some of the models lower on the scale, they’re designed for high performance and some, like the Pro Team 195 TXWT Tournament Edition, carry up to 150 horsepower and can hit speeds of about 60 mph. And the Pro Team 190 TX goes into the upper 40s with 115 horsepower.

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Many of Tracker’s high end boats, like this Pro Team 190 TX, offer hat-stripping speeds. Photo via Premier Boating Center.

Those stylish Lund paint jobs aren’t just for show, and on the whole (and depending on the power you opt for, of course), the Lund Boats offer better performance than the average aluminum fishing boat by a longshot. Several models offer absolutely spectacular performance and one of the most impressive is the Baron 2275, which maxes out with a 400 hp outboard and breaks the 60 mph barrier. Even their smaller boats offer very solid performance, though. Take the 1875 Tyee, for example. With a 200 Mercury Pro XS it gets up over 53 mph and easily cruises in the mid- to upper-30s.

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With max power, the Baron 2275 can run at over 60 mph. Photo via Lund Boats.

Tracker Cost Vs. Lund Cost

Tracker is well known for offering relatively low pricing. The lowest-priced Tracker boat-motor-trailer package is right around a $15,000 base price, but there are models that go all the way up to $60,000 or more, depending on the level of customization and high-tech features included. One thing that sets Tracker apart in the cost department is their “No Haggle No Hassle” pricing model. That means base prices are as posted, and if you choose to customize a boat model to suit your needs, the price that you see on the customization quote is the price that you’ll pay.

Lund also does well with their pricing when compared to the general boat market, but their prices are a bit higher than Tracker’s. Many would argue that’s because they also have a slightly better value, and their level of quality is a cut above. Lund does, however, have some budget offering beginning with a 12-footer that will run you a little over $10,000 with a small motor and basic trailer. At the other end of the spectrum, pricing can go all the way up to over $100,000 for a luxury model with all the custom features.

While Tracker focuses more on affordability with high-end features for first timers and those on a budget, Lund is committed to delivering stylish, modern quality with premium performance and features. However, when you compare the models and all that you get, you’ll see that even the high-end boats from Lund are in high demand because people love their reputation and what the brand stands for. You can’t put a price on that. 

The Bottom Line

These two competitors measure up pretty well, offering some impressive high-end features along with some classic, basic models for those who need something simpler. If you’re looking for the leaders in world of fishing boats, you’ve found two of them. The final decision is yours.

Written by: Valerie Mellema

Valerie Mellema is a writer, published author and avid bass angler who lives on the shores of Lake Fork in East Texas — the top bass lake in Texas and the fifth in the nation. For the past 10 years, she and her husband have enjoyed the pontoon boat lifestyle while fishing a lake that not only has bass but beautiful wildlife as well. She holds a BS in Agribusiness/Equine Business and regularly contributes articles to boats.com, YachtWorld and Boat Trader.

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