Saltwater Fish Boat: Nautic Star 190RG
About This Boat: The 190RG is a no-frills, easy-to-keep center-console design that makes an ideal fishing platform for anglers in any inshore saltwater fishery. Constructed with a rolled-edge hull, the 190 does not use a fiberglass liner, reducing both cost and weight. It makes use of splatter paint on the deck, which hides scuffs and nicks, and it offers nice fishability, thanks to its forward flush deck. Back-splashes, meanwhile, do not easily enter the cockpit because of the boat’s 25-inch transom. A 35-gallon fuel tank, cradled and glassed beneath the cockpit floor, provides good range to reach the fish anywhere they lurk.
Fun Factor: Even with two 200-pounders aboard and a full tank of gas, we hit 39.6 mph with the Yamaha F90 at wide-open throttle. Time to plane was 3.9 seconds, and we achieved 30 mph in 11 seconds.
You Get: All the fishing amenities you’d expect, including three vertical rod holders on each side of the console, a 20-gallon baitwell and a molded 72-quart cooler seat that rests under the leaning post.
Price: $16,195 (with Yamaha F90TXR; trailer not included)
Specs: LOA: 18'8" Beam: 8'0" Draft: 11" Displacement: 1,275 lb. Deadrise: 16 degrees Fuel Capacity: 35 gal. Max. Horsepower: 115
Contact: Nautic Star Boats; Amory, Mississippi; 662-256-5636; nauticstarboats.com
Test Data: Nautic Star 190RG
Photos: Nautic Star 190RG
Not Only That! Another option for the inshore saltwater angler is Mako’s 18 LTS Inshore. Packaged with a trailer and a Mercury 60 ELPT four-stroke outboard, the LTS is an excellent buy for $19,995.