Oftentimes the most unassuming people in the world are some the most successful. Tom Brady still goes around to all of the rookies every year and introduces himself by saying, “Hello, I’m Tom” as if these star-struck 21 year olds have never heard of the greatest quarterback of all time. Warren Buffett still lives in a house in Omaha Nebraska that looks like a young dentist would have bought. Bill Gates has enough money to buy every major sports team in the country and make them all wear dresses if he really wanted to, and yet he still dresses like a shoe salesman. The point being here is that all of these very successful people don’t try to be flashy. They don’t scream for attention because they have an innate sense of confidence.
So how does that relate to an article that is about boats you might ask? Well, in the case of a one such as Pioneer Boats’ 180 Islander , there is proof that you can feel successful, while still maintaining a very unassuming profile.
The 180 Islander is a wonderful package of just the right amount of space and features to host a lovely day out on the water for up to six people. With a length overall of 17’ 10”, a beam of 7’ 7”, a draft of 11” and a dry weight of just 1,100 pounds, this vessel will not be a burden to two to the water for most basic SUVs. No need for a monster eighty thousand dollar F-350 diesel to muscle your way down the highway … nope, a simple Ranger or Wrangler will do just fine.
In terms of standard equipment, the 180 Islander comes stocked with everything you might need to enjoy your day, however you want to spend it. A 12 gallon live well, a total of eight rod holders, a dedicated anchor locker, as well an insulated fish box and a large bow casting deck allow for plenty of fishing fun. If fishing isn’t your thing that day, that casting deck up front can transform with ease. The bow is decked out with a large seating area with firm but comfortable bolsters, and what used to be a casting deck can be made into a lovely sun pad. There is also a huge 80 quart cooler that comes with a seat cushion and back rest to offer up more seating space. The pilot seat is fully reversible so the captain can enjoy the party even if it’s behind him. The cockpit is self bailing, and the flooring is fitted with a very useful non-skid liner.
The 180 Islander also has a long list of optional equipment too. Things like a removable ski tow, a tackle center, additional rod racks, an upgraded Polk Audio system (highly recommended), a 12/24v trolling motor plug, a bimini top, t-top, cargo net and even a casting chair kit. There are also seven hull colors to choose from to further personalize it to your tastes.
Power comes from a range of engine choices. The standard Yamaha F90LB produces 90-horsepower, while the max power comes from a Suzuki DF140TLW that cranks out a solid 140-horsepower. Whichever power and options you choose, Pioneer offers up a seven year fully transferable structural hull warranty.
For a base price of just about $33,000, the 180 Island from Pioneer Boats is the perfect example of how to be able to have fun without looking like your starving for attention. It has the ability to allow friends and family to enjoy a great day on the water without secretly harboring (no pun intended) some latent jealousy for all your success. We’re not sure what kind of boat men like Tom Brady, Warren Buffett or Bill Gates own or might have owned in their time, but if their unassuming personalities hold true, then the 180 Islander would be a perfect fit.