Stratos 186XT

Following in the wake of the popular 176XT that woke up the fiberglass bass boat market a year ago, the new-for-2008 186XT is another rigged-and-ready fishing boat, but with 15 more inches of deck space.

Following in the wake of the popular 176XT that woke up the fiberglass bass boat market a year ago, the new-for-2008 186XT is another rigged-and-ready fishing boat, but with 15 more inches of deck space. In many ways it sets the standard for this Best Buy list, priced under $17,000 with a 90 hp Yamaha. The 186XT is all fiberglass with no wood, not even in the transom. Thanks to the standard Humminbird depth sounder, Minn Kota trolling motor and aerated livewell, buyers could literally take delivery of the boat in the morning and be fishing before lunch.

Length Overall: 18'9"
Beam: 7'5"
Dry Weight: 1,450 lb.
Max HP: 115
MSRP w/ Yamaha 90TLR: $16,996
Standout Feature: Clean instrument panel makes it easy to focus on the Humminbird depth sounder.