Charger Boats was founded on the premise that faster is better, but it’s been selling on highly engineered designs that help tournament anglers catch more fish and fish longer in more comfort. The new 210 Elite improves on Charger’s reputation by borrowing from the strongest traditions in bass boats absent since brands like Champion left the building.
The 210 Elite is built for speed and agility. You coax the speed out of it by throttling up fully in a slightly down-trim attitude and lifting the bow gently, gradually allowing the Charger to get its head and step up on pad. The pad is a flat area of the keel, about the dimension of half a water ski. When you have everything running right, the 210 Elite will skim along on just that part of the hull, gliding over wakes and rewarding anglers with the smoothest — and the quickest — possible ride to their next fishing hole.
Once there, lift the bow hatches to reveal an armory for up to 24 rods, all cradled in individual racks so they aren’t banged up or jounced out of shape. Tackle is likewise orderly and secure in custom compartments crafted to keep anglers organized and in a tournament-winning attitude.
Livewells have backup pumps, aeration, recirculation and cooling technology on board to keep catches lively and ready for release at the weigh-in.
The helm has plenty of legroom and a clear view of the instrumentation. It boasts a factory-installed Lowrance HDS 9 Gen 3 touchscreen display with chirp sonar, StructureScan side-vision sonar and GPS for getting you where you’re going. With it, anglers can choose among a variety of lake maps complete with fishing hot spots. And if you don’t find what you want on the GPS charts, make your own with contours as tight as 1 foot with sonar-logging software onboard.
The 210 Elite is a tech-heavy solid fisher, light on its feet from a company proven to make fast boats.
* Infrared night-vision camera adds safety for early-morning or late-night fishing.
* Heated seats keep anglers comfortable and limber on long rides.
* Proven pad hull design is fast and stable.
* Passenger console adds weather protection for fishing partner.
How We Tested
Engine: Mercury Pro-XS 250
Drive/Prop: Mercury 25-inch Fury 3-blade stainless steel
Gear Ratio: 1.75:1
Fuel Load: 25 gal.
Crew Weight: 450 lb.
$68,900 (as tested)
Charger Boats Richland, Missouri; 573-765-3265; chargerboats.com