I started having problems with
the trailer bunk boards. They are attached with lag screws instead of
bolts and they have started to work their way out of the boards. Trailer
is a 2010 so it's not like the boards are real old. Just a cheap and
flimsy way to attach the boards.
There is not an inch of dry storage on this boat. Already had one cell
Going to trade it for a Ranger!
Mrbenchpress - TX
2009 Nitro X5 w/115 Merc
I bought the boat from Florida,
when I first got it, it had a crappy Motorguide on it, changed it to
MinnKota. When I towed it for the first time the trailer bounced like a
balloon. Changed the springs from 3 leaf 1500 lbs to 4 leaf 2000 lbs and
now tows like it was part of the truck, huge difference. Boat is 17.5'
w/115 Merc and will do just about 58 mph trimmed to the max. Love the
boat, next one will have 150 hp.
Butch - MA
2001 Nitro LX750 w/115
Lot of trailer work still in
progress. Major problem with fuel venting into hull with chance of
explosion not uncommon with other Nitros, passenger drink holder under
seat, how did that get by? Been bass fishing many years, won't buy
Magpie - CA
2009 Nitro 898 w/175 Merc
Likes: Great fishing platform,
quite a bit of storage, comfortable ride. Sharp looking, great trailer.
Fast with a 150 (60-66 GPS with tournament load and two people).
Dislikes: No hookup for a radio, hydraulic steering not standard on the
Sreynolds - ME
2005 Nitro NX 882 w/150 Merc
Likes: It is huge, tons
of storage and one of the most stable boats I have ever had in rough
Dislikes: I have none as of now. I have only owned the boat for
about 7 months.
Crawdad18 - LA
2001 Nitro 911 CDC w/225 Merc
Love my boat, storage good,
great in rough water, fishes great. 70 plus gps, 25 stainless prop.
Custom color scheme trailer to match. Even with the new drainage system
some things still get wet if you don't clean drains around boxes. Had
problems with holeshot, pulled 2 plugs out of prop, problem solved. I
noticed that someone stated that Triton couldn't touch his Nitro, well
I've got friends with Tritons and BassCats and they will smoke your butt
any day on the water 78 & 82 gps, 250 Pro XS. My 929 with 250 in BPS
spec book 74 mph. But I don't see where they ride any better, we only
beat them in price other than that they have their faults as do Nitro.
Nitrorick929 - VA
2008 Nitro 929 CDX w/225 Merc
Love the boat, but the livewell
plug does not stop water from entering livewells, will have to get a
different plug that fits properly. Real pain in the butt! You would
think if you had a tourney rig like this that they would have designed
that part better, probably just an oversight. Everything else in the
boat seems very good, fit and finish is nice and has tons of power to
get you there.
Traversx - MO
2008 Nitro Z7 w/150 Merc
I own an '05 Nitro NX882 and it
is an all around great boat. I have not had any problems with the boat
knock on wood. It has plenty of room and storage for a boat just over 18
feet. I fish many tournaments in this boat and keep up with the bigger
boats just fine. The 150 Opti tops out between 63-68 mph with 2 people
and gear. The holeshot is somewhat slow due to the bow rise but the top
end speed is great. I have also found that the porpoising is a pain in
the butt. I plan to install a hydrofoil to eliminate porpoising and
decrease bow lift, we'll see how it plays out.
The Merc Optimax is the stuff. It seems like a tank of fuel lasts almost
an entire season.
So when all is said and done it really is a great boat.
LIPRIPPER - OR
2005 Nitro NX882 w/150 Merc
This was Penny Berryman's
backup boat. Beautiful colors. Lots of storage, deck space, etc.
Top end speed is great, 70.4 gps. Handles rough water fantastic and
fishes great. Accessibility to bilge, etc., is easy. Had trouble with
the '03 Optimax, Tracker in OKC got hold of Mercury and they put all new
05 components in the top. Heads, injectors, everything. Runs great
Dislikes: No holeshot. Running a 25" prop and the holeshot is
awful. Boat is really heavy for a 225. When it rains, get water in one
rod box. Already had to replace the bunks on trailer; wood was already
Fishlips - OK
2003 Nitro 929 w/225 Merc
Likes: Nice clean boat
as far as fit and finish go. Runs well in rough and calm water. Great
storage capacity and good range on the fuel tank. No problems with the
trailer yet - I think they have come a long way in the last couple of
Dislikes: As mentioned by another Nitro owner - Nitro could stand
to tighten up on their quality control when constructing the boat during
the fiberglass process.
Nitro Canada - ON
2001 Nitro NX750 w/115
I love the boat, however I have
many harsh feelings for Motorguide. I think Nitro should stop their
partnership with Motorguide. I have a Digital Tour Series 82# TM. The
motor uses steel cables for a steering system. On the metal tube that
the steel cable runs through on the foot pedal, a piece chipped away and
created a jagged edge which over time caused one of the cables to break.
Motorguide does not cover this in their warranty. The trolling motor is
only 6 months old. I called Motorguide and asked them if this happened
to a trolling motor that is a week old would they fix it, and they said
This is the best boat I have ever fished on, however I think Nitro is
best without Motorguide as a partner.
Llsdjv - VA
2005 Nitro 929 CDX w/225 Merc
Likes: Boat handles
great in rough water. Great top end, Triton, Ranger, Champion has
nothing on Nitro far as speed. Had to replace center seat and driver's
seat, they were coming apart.
Tracker replaced the seats, no problems. I love the storage, excellent
fuel capacity. Boat very stable when fishing. I like the wider beam.
Dislikes: The trailer; I have a tandem, the rear axle leaks
grease. They say it is because of the disc brakes generating more heat.
I have had no problems with the tubular trailer, but I live in the
Southwest desert. The last Nitro I had was 10 years old and no problems
with tubular trailer.
If you own a boat, I don't care what kind it is, you better like working
on them because there will always be something. Boats take a lot of
Basswest - AZ
2004 Nitro 901 CDX w/200 Merc
Like the boat, handles water
well for an 18 ft. boat. Dual console is nice, plenty of room between
the consoles. Deck extension is great.
Dislikes: The tube trailer, I will not buy anyone's "Tube"
trailer. The 115 just isn't enough, needs the 150. If you buy a Nitro
put the max motor on the boat. Would buy another.
Red Sled - FL
1996 Nitro 180 F/S w/115
I love everything about the
boat except the poor trailer quality and the drain in the bottom of the
boat is only about 6 inches square, centered up against where the
driving seats are. When it rains a lot of water just pools on the floor
if the boat is on any type of a slant.
Why couldn't the drain be about 1 inch wide and run all the way from one
side of the boat to the other? Seems like a pretty brainless flaw
Justsandm - WV
2000 Nitro 640LX w/Merc
There is nothing that I would
want Nitro to change with my 929 CDX boat. I've owned several
different boats and this one is great on rough water. It weighs
over 2000# and I feel very safe in the roughest water. I have so
much room on the front deck, it is a great boat.
If you are considering a new boat, test drive a Nitro, and if you want
the very best motor on the market, get a Mercury.
I know I fish lots of tournaments and I know it will get me to my
favorite fishing spot. The Optimax saves 45% in fuel. I
almost forget to stop and get fuel. Save money on fuel, plus it
will get you there. Mercury !!!!
JWLures - LA 2001
Nitro 929 CDX w/225 Merc
Likes: Boat handles rough water great for a 18
footer. Boat is small enough for sneaking around tule berms and
veg mats. Has enough get up with the 150 Opti to get off the water
on bad weather surprises! Great amount of storage for gear and
rods. Solid boat for the money.
Dislikes: Wish the 800 LXS had more front deck space for two
anglers to fish from. WE got the solid green color and it is a bear to
C.Mort - NV
1997 Nitro 800 LXS w/150 Merc
Likes: I don't like my boat - I LOVE it!
It's a 1995 Nitro 180 (17'6") with a 115 Merc that I bought new in
Feb. '96. I've used it everywhere from medium-sized lakes to the
Mississippi River in the backwaters of and in the Gulf of Mexico.
I've been on the water when it was glass-smooth to bouncing over 4+
rollers with whitecaps coming up the Mississippi when I was trying to go
down-river! The boat has performed flawlessly! With all the abuse
I've given it, the boat is in perfect shape! The Merc performs
just like all Mercs - never a hiccup!
One of my favorite features is the divided livewell; I fish for all
species and with the divider removed the well easily holds 20+ pound
flathead catfish! (See the picture at the "GrabBag" section at
The 115 simply isn't enough motor for the boat - it deserves a 150.
Then there's the trailer - it pulls straight and loads easily, but....
The bulbs in the Wesbar encapsulated taillights kept going bad on me
during the first few months and at $7 each they're a bit pricey to have
to replace with any regularity. (Once, the bulb was just loose in the
capsule!) The Wesbar license plate holder is also too stiff and
breaks from flexing.
The wiring is run through the tube frame where it corrodes. I
moved it to the outside and mounted it with self-adhesive channeling
available from any hardware store for hiding home light wiring.
The tube frame, although strong, holds moisture and rusts quickly. I
drilled extra holes to aid in drying and so that I could flush the
insides with soapy water when I dunked it in salt/brackish water.
(I bought the combo off the Dealer's lot so couldn't order galvanized.)
The bunks were made of untreated wood and self-destructed after only 2
years. I replaced them with treated wood and indoor/outdoor
carpeting that slides much better. Originally the carpeting was
wrapped completely around the wood; I left the bottom uncovered to aid
in drying. I used stainless lag bolts instead of the galvanized
Finally, the spare tire rack is too low and scrapes on every cigarette
butt. When it broke off I welded it up higher.
Scott - MO
95 Nitro 180 w/115
Likes: Good boat for the price and with a 115
and a 3 blade SS prop would go 56 mph. Pretty good fit and finish, no
real problems other than a fuel sending unit and a trim gauge when new.
Dislikes: Trailer was a piece of rust! With not many hours on the
lake and always garage stored, the trailer was turning into a rust
bucket, no customer support. Will never buy another Nitro because
psig - TX
96 Nitro w/ 115
Likes: Tons of storage for both my gear and my partner's, love
the EFI, kicks over with the first turn, boat handles great in really
rough water. Easy access to the rear bilge area for work.
Nitro added many little extras that make fishing and running this boat
Dislikes: Wish that Nitro offered a c-frame trailer rather than a
tubular one as an option, also wish that there were more choices for the
electronics, I would rather have an LCD built in the bow rather than a
flasher. Lastly, Nitro has to tighten up on its quality
control;there are a few blemishes in the hull and there is water getting
into my storage compartments when it rains hard.
Tom Mac - NJ
2000 Nitro 929DX w/225 Merc