Boat Review by: Rick Layzell
If you’re ready to graduate from the old tinny at the camp or your first 16’ fishing side console; if having all the right amenities in all the right places matters to your fishing strategy then the only mistake you’ll make is if you fail to check out this all new weapon from Starcraft.
The new 188 DC was designed from the bottom of the hull to the top of the helm to meet the needs of today’s avid angler who wants it all. We know that what’s underneath the boat – hull design – has a significant impact on how she runs, how we get to the fishing grounds and how much our guests enjoy the ride. Underneath the 188 DC is Starcraft’s all new VPS system -their Vertex Performance Strake hull. While it may sound like a mouthful, VPS delivers in spades where it matters – on the water.
Awesome hole shots – paired with Yamaha’s 150 VMAX SHO four stroke we were up and on plane in an average of 3.67 seconds – with a huge smile on our faces!
High dry ride – the 188 DC rode tall, safe and secure in the water at multiple cruising speeds and at the rocking 48.3 MPH top end. Note we had 2 guys on board, safety and camera equipment and a full tank of fuel.
Great stability – there was abundant boat chop and about 2’ waves as we were pushing the 188 through deep turn tests and speed trials. She held firm to the water, tucked in perfectly on some aggressive turns and even at the upper end the hull never wandered.
To max or not to max – Starcraft claims that the VPS system allows owners to us less HP on the transom, the 188 is rated for a max of 175, Yamaha’s 150 convinced me that running to the max really wasn’t necessary on this hull.
Inside moments – all the right pieces in all the right places.
I genuinely appreciated the toughness of the lockable centre rod storage compartment which readily stowed 8’ rods while neatly accommodating battery storage for trolling motors and accessories.
The helm of the 188 DC is beautifully laid out, fully loaded with the right gauges and more, leaves lots of room for your choice of electronics and sits in behind a tall and tough ‘Canadian look’ windshield which will confidently extend the fishing season for any serious angler.
The cockpit is enhanced by a newly designed in floor drainage system throughout the entire cockpit, an idea long past due – Kudos to Starcraft for making this happen.
Flip up jump seats on the stern, deluxe fishing seats, multiple seat bases and a very cool dual mount on the transom for either a seat pedestal or a ski tow bar add to the well-rounded versatility of this package.
I appreciated the fact that the engineers considered bimini storage in the design process. Whether trailering or simply running with the bimini in the lowered position, the full standard top fits inside the cockpit under the flip up jump seats and the frame tucks perfectly along the floor drains on either side.
Integrated Gunnel Track System – from stern to bow on both port and starboard sides the IGTS affords anglers quick and easy access to rod holders, accessories and more. Put your gear where you want so you can maximize your time on the fishing grounds.
Livewells – 24 gallon stern and a 15 gallon on the bow.
Warranties – Limited lifetime on hull and structure, lifetime on all double riveted seams, 6 years on components, carpet, upholstery and electronics AND it’s transferrable to the second owner.
|Dry weight:||1,890 lbs||857 kg|
|Fuel Capacity:||38 US gals||143 L|
|Base Engine / Drive:||Yamaha|