By Steven Bull

The Starcraft Titan 186 is, at once, a compact boat that’s easy to trailer and a full-on fishing machine.

The bow lounge has two easily removable cushions that, when out, reveal a spacious casting platform with dual storage lockers and an 18-gallon livewell. A serious angler will go for the optional trolling motor and enjoy the tilt/trim switch up here, not to mention the cup holders. Fishing is thirsty work after all.

You’ve got an in-floor rod locker, another livewell at the stern, moveable fold-down seats with bases at bow and stern, and the clever tackle boxes built into the port console.

On either side of the stern 25-gallon livewell are flip up jump seats. They’re sturdy and secure running full tilt and provide a solid platform when down for casting too.

The in-floor locker is roomy enough to fit the canvas, the coaming storage is great for jackets and the deep glove box fits a backpack’s worth of stuff into.

The helm is stylish and fully loaded with light-up rocker switches and a high windscreen. And, as tested, the ever-popular Humminbird Helix 5 GPS/sonar unit will help you find fish.

The aluminum Titan is light—only 15-hundred pounds—so it pops onto plane in a flash and quickly hits a top speed of 46 miles per hour.

Rated for a maximum 200 horsepower, the test model had a 150-horse Evinrude E-ETEC G2 on it, which as a nice bonus, can be customized to compliment the colours of your boat. In this case, a stylish and timeless black-and-white design.

Thanks to a 17-degree deadrise and the design of the double-riveted, chined aluminum hull, the 186 handled the chop of our test day like a dream—even when whipping it in and out of turns on a busy lake. It was a dry, smooth and fun ride.

Starcraft has been a big player in the fishing game for a long time and the 2017 Titan 186 is sure to live up to its name.

TEST BOAT ENGINE
Evinrude E-TEC G2, 2.7 L, V6, 150 hp, direct injection with stratified low RPM combustion mode

ACCELERATION (mph/sec)
0-20/3.6; 0-30/5.5
TOP SPEED (mph/rpm)
46.3/5,800
CRUISING SPEED (mph/rpm)
27/3,500; 37/4,500

DETAILS
Length: 18 ft 6 in / 5.64 m
Beam: 8 ft 3 in / 2.51 m
Weight: 1,450 lbs / 658 kg
Fuel Capacity: 27 gals / 102 L
Price: $33,415 USD (base model with Yamaha 115)

Speed Testing by Humminbird GPS

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Steven Bull is an Associate Producer and Host of PowerBoat Television. He grew up boating on runabouts and PWCs on the lakes around Huntsville, while his wife grew up on cruisers. It only took months after getting married for Steve to adopt that lifestyle. Together, they purchased a Sea Ray 380 Sundancer they keep at the Toronto Islands.

A graduate of the University of Windsor’s business school, Steve worked in the front office of OHL and CFL teams before moving to Europe and working as a Ski Guide in the French Alps. He returned to Canada get a Master of Arts in Journalism from Western University (formerly UWO).

Steve’s broadcast experience ranges from the BBC World Service in England, to business reporter with NTV in Kenya, and from 2010-2014 as a multi-platform reporter and host with CBC News.

In 2014, Steve combined his passion for boating with his skills as a broadcaster by joining Lifestyle Integrated where he contributes to Boats&Places Magazine, BoatTest.ca, BoaterNews.ca, and of course, PowerBoat Television.

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