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Laguna B-190

Starter Kit.

July 11, 2007

They Cast: This boat/motor/trailer package establishes new benchmarks for standards in small fishboats.

We Cast: Want to write a check, turn a key, and go from moocher to Master and Commander in a matter of minutes? The Laguna B-190 fits the bill. With a standard 115-hp Mercury four-stroke and SmartCraft gauges, dual aerated livewells (15 and 28 gallons), six vertical rodracks, and four gunwale mounts, all you’ll need to add is a bag of ice and a box of hooks. The idea was to create a no-hassle, fully equipped rig, and the B-190 meets that goal. The 15-degree deadrise hull has gobs of flare, and the hull-to-deck joint is urethane bonded. Stringers are foam-filled pre-fabs, and the transom is cored with Penski Board. Stowage compartments are foam-insulated to do double-duty as fishboxes, should you fill up the 94-quart Igloo that forms the base of the stainless-steel-framed, reversible swing-back leaning post/helm seat. Complaints? I wasn’t thrilled to see standpipes in the livewells (overflow drains are superior), and the small anchor locker opening means a small anchor.

Who Will Fish It: The bay-loving angler who doesn’t want a short list of standards and a huge list of options to fog up his math.

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Another Choice: Sailfish’s 190 Bay Boat costs about $2,000 more with a Yamaha F115-hp but no trailer.

The Numbers: $26,340 including an aluminum torsion-axle trailer.

Contact: 888/654-3298, www.lagunaboats.net. Test results next page.

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