|Length Overall||19' 4''||Dry Weight||2,815 lbs. (package weight)|
|Draft||N/A||Fuel Cap||31 gal.|
|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.|
|Std. Power||1x 115 Mercury ELPTO outboard|
|Tested Power||1 x 150-hp Mercury outboard|
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
|Nitro 189 Sport||Nitro 189 Sport|
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.
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.
= Standard = Optional
|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.|