JAVELIN 190 DC
The Javelin 190 offers the same layup and construction as the more expensive Stratos, built in the same factory. The difference in the lines is primarily in standard equipment, but most of the stuff you want is there on the Javelin. Performance was impressive with only 175 horses, which delivered a top-end 67.3 mph. Hole-shot time was about in the middle of the pack at around 3.1 seconds and we rated driving ease near the top of the fleet; the standard hydraulic steering helps.
The seats are some of the most comfortable in any boat at any price. Seat frames are rotocast, rotproof composite. The Javelin is a good-looking boat; there are no unfinished edges showing around the consoles or anywhere else. The construction is wood-free, with stringers and transom all composites.
The storage boxes have deep-gasketed aluminum lids. The boxes themselves are rotocast plastic and strong enough for storage of most fishing gear, though it wouldn’t be wise to throw a prop or an anchor down hard in them as you could with fiberglass boxes. The legroom under the consoles is exceptional; there’s a 34-inch span between the front edge of the seats and the footrests.
Contact: Javelin Boats (Dept. OL, 880 Butler Road, Murfreesboro, TN 37127; 800-676-3196; www.javelin boats.com).
PROCRAFT SUPER PRO 200
Procraft delivers a turnkey boat that’s complete right down to such usually extra-cost items as fire extinguisher, Zercom depth finder, 10-inch jackplate, Dual-Pro battery charger and hydraulic tilt steering. The livewell is a real Jacuzzi, with a 45-gallon capacity, four pumps and “Max-Air” induction to keep the system oxygenated. The boat offers a combination of good looks and sturdy construction; stringers are all-glass, transom is laminated composites and hatch lids are reinforced aluminum. The dash and the bow control panel have neat burled-wood composite finishes.
A couple of nice extras include an anchor-line reel and an aluminum measuring stick (for making sure fish are of legal size) inside the compartment lids. The care applied to detail work shows in the plastic drain hoses attached to the seat mount brackets; rather than letting rain drip into the storage areas, they pipe it into the bilge.
All compartments, including the livewell, are lighted-an unusual feature in a mid-priced boat. This is a heavier hull than most of this length, and consequently it was a bit slower, turning up about 65.7 mph with the 200 Merc. Hole shots were also a little slower than for some, averaging about 3.6 seconds, but the bow never rises high enough to block forward vision.
The Procraft is a pussycat to drive, showing little tendency to chine-walk. It’s quick to respond and very controllable at all speeds.
**Contact: **Procraft Boats (Dept. OL, 2500 E. Kearney, Springfield, MO 65898; 417-873-5900; www.procraft boats.com).