Boat Review by: Rick Layzell
In a market so often dominated by high end boats jam packed with endless lists of features, Starcraft has made a strong commitment to the entry level consumer and the SVX 191 is a testament to that commitment.
Leaning on decades of experience building fishing and pontoon boats as well as fiberglass deck boats the SVX series hosts a generous list of standards and boasts meaningful features that consumers will use with none of the frills that are so often forgotten.
Let’s take a deeper look;
As a deck boat she’s got a wide 8’ 6” beam and the hull design allows that wide beam to carry forward up into the bow section – for you that means an 18’ 11” length overall boat with a bow and cockpit offering lots of roomy and comfortable seating.
The interior features a full fiberglass inner liner – whether you are an experienced boater or a novice you will appreciate the simplicity of this design that allows simple and quick clean ups (for those moments when one of the kids spills a bag of chips or a guest accidentally upends a beverage). Simply rinse down the floor and the built-in scupper system carries the water into the bilge and away from your feet.
The Captain’s lair – the helm, featuring a full complement of gauges tastefully accented with chrome bezels, easy to see and use toggle switches, access to a very good sound system (with auxiliary port & Bluetooth), comfortable and stylish wrapped and tilting steering and a bucket seat with a flip up bolster.
Access – clearly an area where the engineers spent a few extra moments. The wide bow section features a telescoping four step ladder which tucks neatly into its own storage compartment that will also store your bow anchor. The rear transom features a second ladder meaning you and your family and guests have great access from either end of the boat. Egress into the boat from the transom takes place through a cleverly positioned two step moulded platform on the starboard side – for you it means guests are saved from stepping over your seat cushions as they go in and out of the boat.
Test results – our test boat was equipped with Yamaha’s proven 115 four stroke engine and this combination backed up Starcraft’s commitment that the SVX line would perform well with lower horsepower – meaning – greater affordability for new boating families.
With me running solo on calm waters on a 24 C degree day and with standard safety gear and a full 170 litre fuel tank, I saw consistent hole shots of 5.1 seconds. Not neck breaking but remember, the SVX 191 will take up to a 150 HP engine and we were running a 115. Nothing wrong with those results at all.
Cruising speeds – noting that your own results will vary based on your crew, gear and conditions, were also very respectable. At 19 MPH we were running 4,200 RPM and at 25 MPH we were at 4,850 RPM. Both speeds felt safe and secure and I was able to add a touch of trim at 25 to pull the hull up and out of the water creating less drag and therefore better fuel efficiency.
The top end came through at 37 MPH at 6,200 RPM, again, good results overall. If higher top end is to your liking then look to bump the HP to the 150 max that she’s rated to carry.
Turning was comfortable at a range of speeds and both bow and hull spray were kept to a bare minimum as we ran the SVX 191 through her paces.
Deck boats are designed to be entertainers and experience makers, delivering lots of space and freeboard for friends and family and the new Starcraft SVX 191 does just that. So go make your own experiences with this capable and fun to drive boat.
|Dry weight:||2,250 lbs||1,020 kg|
|Fuel Capacity:||45 US gals||170 L|
|Base Engine / Drive:||Yamaha|