2023 Skeeter ZXR19

The ZXR19 is a total fishing machine.

Skeeter ZXR19 running fast
The ZXR19 is a rocket-ship-like bass boat. Courtesy Skeeter Boats

The state of Texas is steeped in the history of the aerospace industry, which has definitely rubbed off on Skeeter Boats. Skeeter is known for its rocket-ship-like bass and bay boats. The new bass boat is equipped with the latest power and technology to fit right into its high-performance, total fishing machine lineup.

The ZXR19’s composite-fiberglass hull is designed to maximize speed and safety. A flat center pad provides lift and helps the boat glide effortlessly as it accelerates to speeds over 70 mph. The hull also features a combination of primary and secondary reverse chines, as well as turning chines and lifting strakes that provide stability and prevent the chine-walking tendencies that can intimidate novice drivers. Skeeter touts the ability to make 90-degree turns at speed without slippage, though we didn’t try that. 

Skeeter ZXR19 helm
The ZXR comes ­standard with a Humminbird Helix 12 at the helm. Courtesy Skeeter Boats

Skeeter marries the hull to a lightweight yet structurally rugged aluminum deck and stringer system; the boat is solid and secure underway or when standing on one of the casting platforms during a tournament. The Aluminum Torque Transfer System adds strength and rigidity to the transom, which has no problem carrying the standard Yamaha VMAX SHO 225. A 12-inch manual jack plate comes standard, but you can upgrade to a hydraulic jack plate for $1,820. 

Ready to fish? The ZXR comes standard with a Humminbird Helix 12 at the helm and a Helix 9 up on the bow so that you can scout while working the standard Minn Kota Fortrex 112 trolling motor with a 45-inch shaft. There’s oodles of bow and tackle stowage hidden in the bow casting deck, as well as a recirculating, aerated livewell for your baits and catch. Two bike seats come standard for casting off the bow and stern of the boat.

Skeeter ZXR19 trolling motor
At the bow there’s a standard Minn Kota Fortrex 112 trolling motor. Courtesy Skeeter Boats

If you’re choosy about how your boat looks, Skeeter offers eight different standard color choices for the hull.

Oh yeah, you know what else comes standard with the ZXR19? The Skeeter-built tandem-axle trailer with dual disc brakes. You can drive the ZXR19 off the dealer lot, straight to the lake, and get right down to bass fishing. So get going.

Skeeter ZXR19 fishing at dawn
The ZXR19 is packed with fishing features. Courtesy Skeeter Boats

High Points

  • Standard Hot Foot Throttle gives you foot-pedal control of your speed and acceleration.
  • Aluminum Torque Transfer System adds strength and rigidity
  • Minn Kota Fortrex 12 trolling motor comes standard.
  • Eight total color-scheme options to choose from, so your boat will look sharp to your specifications.
  • Huge list of quality standards make this boat ready to fish right out of the gate.

Pricing and Specs

Price:$76,140 (base)
LOA:19’10”
Beam:8’1″
Draft (max):1’4″
Dry Weight:2,100 lb.
Seat/Weight Capacity:5/737 lb.
Fuel Capacity:44 gal.
Livewell Capacity:36 gal.
Available Power:Yamaha outboards to 225 hp

Skeeter Boats – Kilgore, Texas; skeeterboats.com

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