I have a 1980 somethin polarcraft 1648 i bought this year to relieve my war eagle and no leaks or rivets working loose great boat very stable i almost had myself talked into selling my war eagle and just keeping it.
I have a 30+ year old 1648 that I bought used from a boat rental company on the Mississippi River in Lansing, Iowa. I can only imagine the knuckleheaded abuse it suffered as a rental on the big river! I bought the boat about 8 years ago (very cheap) when it was in desperate need of a paint job. I cleaned it up some and it has been an extremely solid boat for me. I've run it with long tails and several sizes of outboards (anything more than an 18 gets it on plane even with gear, dogs and hunting partner). I wouldn't hesitate to buy another, although I probably won't have to in my lifetime as I can't see this one giving out.
I have a 1992 1751 MV Tunnel hull with a center console that I bought new from the factory. I had them install ice runners to stiffen the hull on advice of some long-time Polarkraft abusers. I have a 40 hp Merc. with a jackplate. I have added floatation pods. The hull has been very good and has withstood much abuse. No sign of any rivets leaking or loose.
I am considering removing the center console and going to a tiller handle to get more usable space. I would like to step up to a 50 hp. I don't know if Polar Kraft today is the same but I wouldn't hesitate to recommend them.
I just purchased the 1675DB from Polar Kraft this year. I put a 50 FS Yamaha on it. OUTSTANDING rig!!!! It hanlded the water with ease, hitting 32MPH (unloaded). Gets up on plane with no issues and will easily navigate in inches of water. The V-seat is so easy on the arm vs the standard seating options. It is a bit pricy, but worth every penny IMO.
I've had experience with two Polar-Kraft riveted boats. I bought a 14 ft. used from a boat rental place for $100. Had a big tear in the front which I had repaired. I owned the boat so long the transom had to be replaced, and beat it up so badly that I had to have the hull welded in many places--but it never leaked at a rivet!
I presently own a 1751 PolarKraft (17 ft. long with 51 in. beam) riveted boat, and am really satisfied. It has 20" sides compared to others 22" sides, but I don't think the extra 2 inches would make much difference in rough water. PolarKraft's been good to me.
In December I bought a 1989 Polar Kraft (i have no clue what model). It is 17' with a 1989 25hp 'rude electric start/remote steer. It does not leak at all and handles the big water of SouthEast Virginia very well. I am very happy with my new set-up, as the waterfowl season comes to an end here in the next couple of weeks I will start the modification phase prior to puttin' it back in the water for fishing.
My hunting buddy has a 1648 with a 25 Johnson and it is super strong as fas as hitting stumps and things like that but they weigh a ton so if you ever have to worry about pushing it off mud flats it may not be you boat but if you want to not worry about it breaking this might be your boat
I've had a '95 PolarKraft 1751MVT (modified-V tunnel hull) for about 11 years now. I run a short shaft Johnson 40 with a tiller handle. It is a good, tough boat and I'd recommend it. I haven't vented the tunnel for maximum performance, but I'm thinking about it. With the tunnel, it sits a little stern-low in the water, but that could be remedied with aftermarket pods. You can really get stuck in some shallow places with the tunnel.