Captain's ReportPolar Kraft's Rugged V 186 T Outlander is Built for FishingBy Capt. Bob SmithWe tested several boats on Lake Lanier just north of Atlanta, Georgia recently. They all had Honda outboards on them and each had a different application. The V186T is targeted at the sportsman who enjoys fishing and hunting and includes features to make it easier. Our test boat included Mossy Oak camouflage paint that reminded me what the cool morning air was bringing-- hunting season.Designed for FishingThe V186T is designed for durability in a harsh environment of serious fishing and hunting. The V-Force hull with Torque Control Design uses reverse chines and lifting strakes to push water out and down for lift and dry ride. Next Wave Plug-and-Play wiring harnesses simplifies the wiring system and makes it easy to add electronics while keeping them practically water tight at the connections. This system is routed through flexible conduit and is 10-gauge wire for reliable power.At the BowThe 186 has a heavy-duty rubber rub rail to protect the sides at the dock. Gunwale tops feature an aggressive grip surface and the Versa-Snap rail system so you can rig up cover on a duck blind. All the surfaces on our test model were vinyl coated for durability and noise dampening. Over on the port side our test model had an optional Minn Kota 55 AT 52” Edge 12 volt trolling motor with tethered foot control that tucks away nicely in a cubby in the bow when not needed. The bow light is kept where it can be found in clips. One of the two fishing seats is located in the bow and has matching cammo. To the port side of the bow seat is a baitwell with lift-out bucket and trim ring which makes it very easy to clean. Just across from the baitwell is a matching storage box on the starboard side. A large in-floor locker in the center has room for long items and canvas covers to store neatly away.More Features AftJust aft the locker on the port side is another large storage locker for life jackets and more. These locker lids are well reinforced so you don’t damage them by stepping or standing on them and have a coating on the bottom of the lid for noise dampening and durability. The stern light clips into storage in the toe-kick space under this box. Further aft is a 44” aerated 18.8 livewell that is big enough for large game and will keep it fresh while you continue to work the fish. Across from this livewell on the starboard side is a locking storage box where you can store up to six rods. Control StationThe control station is situated in the starboard aft corner. Rocker switches are on the facing panel protected by push button circuit breakers and a 12volt receptacle for portable gear. Our test boat had a Lowrance X-57 mounted on the top of the control station box as well as Honda’s digital gauge set over on the top of the port box.At the stern, the trolling motor battery tray is kept under the port side. The bilge pump is in the keel well at the center and the cranking battery is under the starboard side of the stern.Specifications & PerformanceThe V186T from Polar Kraft measures 18’6” length overall with a beam width of 92”. She weighs about 1124 lbs without the engine and carries 27 gallons of fuel. I found the 75-hp Honda 4-stroke easy to handle with the tiller control. For durability, fishability, and hunting action, the V186T has a package with half a decade of proven performance.
Test Result Highlights
- Top speed for the Polar Kraft V 186 T (2007-) is 37.7 mph (60.7 kph), burning 7.2 gallons per hour (gph) or 27.25 liters per hour (lph).
- Best cruise for the Polar Kraft V 186 T (2007-) is 21.8 mph (35.1 kph), and the boat gets 8.07 miles per gallon (mpg) or 3.43 kilometers per liter (kpl), giving the boat a cruising range of 196 miles (315.43 kilometers).
- Tested power is 1 x 75-hp Honda 4-stroke.
Standard and Optional Features
|Outlet: 12-Volt Acc||Standard|