Nitro 189 Sport
(w/ 1 x 150-hp Mercury outboard)


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The 189 Sport is a great package and a real value in a sport fishing boat. It has features that will appeal to the whole family, even if they are not avid anglers. It’s attractive design, competition-proven on-water performance, along with Nitro’s established comfort and durability should provide years of fun.

Key Features

  • Fiberglass Foam Filled Stringer System
  • Tournament Style Ski Pylon
  • Two Convertible Fishing Seats
  • MotorGuide 12-volt Trolling Motor
  • AM/FM CD Player
  • Trailer
  • In-Floor Ski Storage
  • Aerated Livewell

Specifications

Nitro 189 Sport Specifications
Length Overall 19' 4'' Dry Weight 2,815 lbs. (package weight)
Beam 93.3'' Tested Weight N/A
Draft N/A Fuel Cap 31 gal.
Deadrise/Transom N/A Water Cap none
Max Headroom open Bridge Clearance N/A
Prices, features, designs, and equipment are subject to change. Please see your local dealer or visit the builder's website for the latest information available on this boat model.

Engine Options

Nitro 189 Sport Engine options
Std. Power 1x 115 Mercury ELPTO outboard
Tested Power 1 x 150-hp Mercury outboard
Opt. Power 1x 115 Mercury EFI Four-Stroke
1x 125 Mercury ELPTO outboard
1x 150-hp Mercury XR6 outboard
1x 150-hp EFI outboard
1x 150-hp Mercury OptiMax outboard

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Nitro 189 Sport

Nitro 189 Sport

Nitro 189 Sport Captain's Report

Fish and Ski with No Compromises

Tested By Captain Keith Burton

When it comes to all-out popular fishing boats, the best selling Nitro line of bass boats from Tracker Marine is immediately on most people’s must see lists when shopping for a new boat. Nitro’s are well-known for their performance and extensive standard equipment and represent a real value in the industry.

So when a new Nitro comes around, people take notice. I sure did with the focus of this review, the 2005 Nitro189 Sport.

Design and Layout

These days, most folks are looking for some flexibility in their boats. That is, they want to do more with their boats than what was possible in the past. Folks want to fish and ski without making compromises in performance. That is where the Nitro 189 Sport shines.

This feature-rich boat impresses right away with its sleek Nitro hull and attractive design. Fast and smooth over the water, the Nitro 189 Sport can get you to your favorite fishing hole in a hurry, but this time towing a skier or wakeboarder on the way. That’s because the 189 sport is outfitted for both a great fishing experience, and packed with the stuff you need for skiing.

Feature Rich

As with all Nitro boats, the 189 Sport comes well equipped. At the bow is a standard MotorGuide trolling motor with removable bracket and all the controls. The bow features both in-deck storage and a livewell. There is also a bow pedestal seat mount for fishing. The pedestal seats do double duty as they are part of the main cabin seats when not needed for fishing.

The Nitro 189 Sport also provides bow deck lounging cushions, complete with padded backrests for when just lying out in the sun beats casting for fish. The cushions can be removed for when you need all the walk-around space on the 189 Sport’s broad forward deck. There are also convenient hand holds for the front passengers when the boat is underway.

Behind the Wheel

Behind the full, wrap-around windshield in the main cabin, the helm is sleekly designed and up level in appearance with black on white instruments set in a silver surround. Auxiliary electrics are controlled by sturdy toggle switches and backed up by circuit breakers so no fuses will ever need to be replaced. Both the captain’s and passenger seat are well padded and can swivel.

There are cup holders conveniently located near all the seating positions throughout the 189 Sport. The passenger console features three storage compartments, one that houses a marine-use CD stereo radio. Between the helm and passenger consoles is an in-deck storage compartment large enough for plenty of gear.

The rear seating area includes two pull out seats for use in the fishing positions, and a center bench seat. Throughout the cabin are handholds for the passengers and numerous cupholders placed within reach. The main cabin offers enough space to move around but it is not expansive. Behind the rear seats is a wide, though narrow, compartment that could hold a set of fishing rods.

At the stern is another fishing platform with a through-the-deck ski pylon for towing wakeboarders and water skiers. The pylon can be easily removed with a twisting action for when you want to use the deck for fishing. There are also two hatches for accessing the rear livewell and a hatch to access the boat’s batteries and engine oil reservoir.

Finishing off the stern is a built-in boarding telescoping boarding ladder with its own recessed storage area. There are also two convenient boarding handles and a non-skid surface.

Over the water the Nitro 189 Sport is a fine handling and very swift boat. Its sleek hull performs cuts through waves and wakes like a knife through butter, which means you can move quickly without pounding passengers through even moderately rough conditions on a lake. The boat is also very maneuverable at both low and high speeds with a predictable feel. This is not a boat that would make someone nervous driving at high speeds.

We also really like the remarkable side-to-side stability of the Nitro hull. When moving around fishing, the boat barely moves, which adds considerably to the confidence when standing and casting.

Equipped with a 150 horsepower Mercury outboard, we saw a top speed of 53.3 mph at 5,300 rpm. At that speed the 189 Sport was fun to drive, stable and smooth.

We think you will like the look of the Nitro 189 Sport. The fit and finish was excellent and company’s choice of graphic design and colors will likely draw favorable comments from your friends and other boaters.

The 189 Sport is a great package and a real value in a sport fishing boat. It has features that will appeal to the whole family, even if they are not avid anglers. It’s attractive design, competition-proven on-water performance, along with Nitro’s established comfort and durability should provide years of fun.

Nitro 189 Sport Test Result Highlights

  • Top speed for the Nitro 189 Sport is 53.3 mph (85.8 kph), burning 18.8 gallons per hour (gph) or 71.16 liters per hour (lph).

  • Best cruise for the Nitro 189 Sport is 30.5 mph (49.1 kph), and the boat gets 3.65 miles per gallon (mpg) or 1.55 kilometers per liter (kpl), giving the boat a cruising range of 102 miles (164.15 kilometers).

  • Tested power is 1 x 150-hp Mercury outboard.

  • Time to plane for the Nitro 189 Sport is 3.5 sec seconds.

  • Time from 0 to 30 of the Nitro 189 Sport is 8.1 sec seconds.
For complete test results including fuel consumption, range and sound levels
go to our Test Results section.


Standard and Optional Equipment

Nitro 189 Sport Standard and Optional Equipment

Standard = Standard Optional = Optional

Nitro 189 Sport Warranty

Nitro 189 Sport Warranty Information
Warranties change from time to time. While BoatTEST.com has tried to ensure the most up-to-date warranty offered by each builder, it does not guarantee the accuracies of the information presented below. Please check with the boat builder or your local dealer before you buy any boat.
Hull Warranty
Years 10-Year
Transferable Yes
Link http://www.nitroboats.com/about/index.cfm?fuseaction=home.warranty
Deck Warranty
Years 10-Year
Transferable Yes
Link http://www.nitroboats.com/about/index.cfm?fuseaction=home.warranty
Certifications
NMMA Certification Yes

Nitro 189 Sport Price

Nitro 189 Sport Price
Pricing Range $22,995.00
Prices, features, designs, and equipment are subject to change. Please see your local dealer or visit the builder's website for the latest information available on this boat model.


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