STARCRAFT SVX 191 OB

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Starcraft’s SVX 191 OB takes aim at both the first-time boater and the bud­get fam­ily buyer with a fa­mil­iar deck-boat lay­out, sta­ble hull and a col­lec­tion of op­tions that al­lows users to out­fit the boat to fit their life­styles. That makes it equally at home pulling your fa­vorite tow sport, bob­bing in the wa­ters of the lat­est fish­ing spot, or just kick­ing back and en­joy­ing a friend-filled sunset cruise.

The SVX cock­pit lay­out puts pas­sen­ger com­fort—and space—front and cen­ter. Com­fort­ably bol­stered seat­ing rings nearly ev­ery avail­able inch of the cock­pit perime­ter, with a wrap­around, U-shaped bench for­ward, L-shaped bench aft and swivel­ing cap­tain’s pedestal at the helm. Seat­ing is in­ter­rupted only for bow and stern walk-throughs and a handy port­side gal­ley with sink and op­tional hand-pump faucet and water tank.

Starcraft’s goal with the SVX is to de­liver what the com­pany deems the ne­ces­si­ties as stan­dard equip­ment. That in­cludes: a fiber­glass helm with full gauge ar­ray; up­scale steer­ing wheel with leather-like wrap; Jensen Blue­tooth-equipped stereo sys­tem with four speak­ers; tele­scop­ing lad­ders both fore and aft; EVA trac­tion mats on bow and stern plat­forms; a flip-up bol­ster for the bucket helm seat; the afore­men­tioned gal­ley; and an over­head Bi­mini. This lets new or cost-con­scious buy­ers fur­ther op­tion the boat ac­cord­ing to their own wants and needs.

An­glers can opt for the fish pack­age with pedestal seats, trolling-mo­tor rig­ging and bow livewell, wa­ter­sports en­thu­si­asts the raised ski pole—and both groups de­cide whether they want to dress up the craft with in­te­rior cock­pit mats, an ex­te­rior ac­cent stripe, or stain­less-steel rub rail.

The SVX 191 rides on an all-new hull for 2020, a di­he­dral V com­ple­mented by a stern pad. Starcraft says the de­sign de­liv­ers less water re­sis­tance to the prop, re­sult­ing in bet­ter per­for­mance and fuel econ­omy. With an af­ford­able Yamaha 115 mounted to the tran­som, our test boat dropped onto plane in 5.6 sec­onds, passed the 30-mph thresh­old in 12.8 sec­onds and peaked at 38.4 mph. At a com­fort­able 25-mph cruising speed, fuel con­sump­tion reg­is­tered less than 5 gal­lons per hour.

(with test power) SPECS: LOA: 18'11" BEAM: 8'6" DRAFT (MAX): 2'2" DRY WEIGHT: 2,250 lb. SEAT/WEIGHT CA­PAC­ITY: 12/1,600 lb. FUEL CA­PAC­ITY: 48 gal. HOW WE TESTED: EN­GINE: Yamaha 115 DRIVE/PROP: Out­board/Yamaha 131/4" x 16" 3-blade alu­minum GEAR RA­TIO: 2.15:1 FUEL LOAD: 39 gal. CREW WEIGHT: 340 lb. Price: $38,346

STARCRAFT MA­RINE New Paris, In­di­ana; 574-831-2950; star­craft­ma­rine.com

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