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
TOP SPEED (mph/rpm)
CRUISING SPEED (mph/rpm)
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