Starcraft stands as one of the world’s best entry-level boatbuilders, and the SVX 190 shows precisely why. It’s just a great value, with performance and features that belie its price. With max-rated power (a Yamaha F150), it scoots from a dead stop to 30 mph in 6.7 seconds and tops out at 48 mph. At that speed, the Yamaha was buzzing the 19-inch-pitch Reliance stainless-steel prop at 5,800 rpm—just right. It’s quiet too; at best cruise speed, our sound meter showed just 82.5 decibels. That cruise speed was 3,500 rpm and 23.2 mph, where the rig drank 5.9 gph, translating to 3.9 mpg. That’s a 134.5-mile range from its 44-gallon tank, with 10 percent in reserve. Numbers are one thing; feel is another, and the Starcraft just felt alive. With the trim out and running free, it chattered satisfyingly over the lake chop and carved sweeping turns like a slalom skier. BayStar hydraulic steering makes the carving easy and smooth. The hull shows three distinct sponsons at the bow that fold into a single V-hull with a flat pad at the stern. The result is spirited speed, a calm ride even in the chop, and the ability to carry a load without losing much speed.
The layout is boxy, and those boxes fit plenty of crew and gear. At the bow, you can board via a stainless-steel telescoping ladder, and step on the super-comfy EVA traction matting. Two facing loungers provide a cozy bow conversation pit. A full-framed windshield surrounds the cockpit, with standard helm and co-pilot buckets with flip-up bolsters. The dash layout features electronic analog instruments to monitor the Yamaha, with an optional Humminbird Helix 5 display. A JL Audio Bluetooth streaming sound system is standard. Just behind, an L-shaped lounge provides a second gathering place.
Abaft, twin platforms layered with more EVA matting surround the outboard, with another stainless-steel ladder for boarding access. There’s copious in-floor ski storage along with underseat storage. For those who want some angling with their family fun, an optional fishing package adds two fishing seats, a trolling motor plug, rod storage clips, and a livewell in the bow.
- Tops out at 48 mph, and really gets up on the flat pad with lively action.
- Retail price point well under $50,000 gives this Starcraft great value.
- Stainless telescoping ladders bow and stern make beaching and watersports easy.
Dry Weight: 2,378 lb.
Seat/Weight Capacity: 12/2,375 lb.
Fuel Capacity: 44 gal.
How We Tested
Engine: Yamaha F150 four-stroke 150 hp
Drive/Prop: Outboard/13 3/4″ x 19″ Reliance 3-blade stainless steel
Gear Ratio: 2.00:1
Fuel Load: 20 gal.
Crew Weight: 250 lb.
Starcraft Marine – New Paris, Indiana; 574-831-2950; starcraftmarine.com