While checking out the Striper 1905 CC I did see some interesting departures from the typical boats that Seaswirl builds. This boat had much more graceful curves to her form and the bow actually slopes slightly downward, to add a graceful appeal to the more stagnant lines of her predecessors. One notable feature I saw was the high, stainless steel bow rails. Here’s a serious safety feature and one that I’ve seen lacking all too many times. I expected to see recessed rails that were little more than grab rails that protect you from nothing but simply give you something to hold onto when you are sitting. I also like the six cleats instead of the typical four, being a big fan of the spring line.
Not Just Another Pretty Face
There were several indicators that this boat was made for hard action. I always picture a boat offshore and judge how it would handle adverse conditions. If it passes that test, then it’s also a great inshore or coastal boat.
For steering, dual cable is the standard, but if you intend to spend hours at the wheel on an offshore run, you’ll want to check off the hydraulic steering option. We had it on our test boat and you won’t want to be without it. The rub rails are heavy duty with stainless steel inserts rather than PVC typically found in smaller boats. Four stainless rod holders are cut into the gunwales and there is storage for another four under the port and starboard gunwales.
The forward fishbox is insulated and rigged for overboard drains, not macerators, and it makes a raised casting deck that is laid out with a non-skid surface. There are optional bow cushions, but unless you have a family onboard, these can stay on the truck, or at the dealership. The seat ahead of the console sits atop an insulated cooler, the same as most other center consoles, only this boat has an option of adding an aerator for a livewell.
I liked how the stainless bow rails are not only high, but remain apart at the bow. This makes for ease of handling ground tackle in addition to mooring lines.
Here is a study in simplicity, and when a boat is simple, you have more time for fishing and fewer headaches from maintenance. There are three gauges: speedo, tach and fuel. Everything else is left to engine alarms. I loved the stainless wheel with a steering knob, particularly when matched to the hydraulic steering. An optional stereo lies under the gauges and includes an MP3 port. All switches are waterproof rocker type and there are circuit breakers next to each one. No fumbling for a spare fuse in your tool kit. Off to the starboard side is a small vacant space for adding a nav display. You have roughly 10” (25.4 cm) x 7” (17.8 cm) of space.
I typically run offshore and usually in low visibility (thank you New England fog) so the compass is a mainstay of my operations. For that reason, I didn’t care for the compass on the 1905 CC, in the center of the console rather than lined up with the center of the steering wheel hub. Looking at an offset compass can make a difference of several miles in a long run. The helm seat is just right for driving, and fishing. Flipping the seatback forward allowed for a comfortable trolling seat with my foot resting on the curve of the engine well. Once you catch a fish, it gets dropped right into the storage under the seat (unless we’re jigging for cod, then you gut it first).
The aft jump seats are options, and if you fish with more than one other guy they should be high on the must-have list. They pull out easily, and are held in place with a pin and socket arrangement that I found easy to operate. When removed, the padded bolsters, which start at 16.5” and go up to 23.5”, came up to about mid thigh, as usual.The cockpit measures 6'1.5” of the boat’s 8’ (2.44 m) beam. There is 23” of freeboard.
You can get engines from four of the five major outboard makers and horsepower ranges from 90-hp two-strokes to 150-hp four-strokes.Our test boat was rigged with an Evinrude E90, although I would predict the 115-hp Evinrude to be the favored option. With this test power, we reached a top speed of 34.4 mph while burning only 8 gph. Best cruise was at 3000 rpm where we were running 19.4 mph with only a 3 gph fuel burn. That translates to 6.56 mpg and a 207 mile range with a 10% reserve.
The 1905 CC was a dream to handle. Turns were crisp and predictable with just enough slide to keep you comfortable, while being solid enough to carve cleanly. Wake jumping showed that the 1905 throws water nicely off to the sides, and try as I might, I was unable to get water to come over the rails or into the windshield. We reached planing speed in only 3.5 seconds, and cruised through 30 mph in 13.4 seconds with our minimal test power.When Forrest Gump said “simple is as simple does” he sure got it right. The Striper 1905 CC is a basic center console with a lot to offer that does not take away from its simplicity, but certainly adds to looks and functionality. It’s a combination that will save you a lot of headaches in the long run and pay dividends in the form of great fishing in the short run. And with a lifetime transferrable hull warranty, the resale value of this boat should be significantly enhanced.
Test Result Highlights
- Top speed for the Seaswirl Striper 1905 CC O/B (2011-) is 34.4 mph (55.4 kph), burning 8.0 gallons per hour (gph) or 30.28 liters per hour (lph).
- Best cruise for the Seaswirl Striper 1905 CC O/B (2011-) is 19.4 mph (31.2 kph), and the boat gets 6.56 miles per gallon (mpg) or 2.79 kilometers per liter (kpl), giving the boat a cruising range of 207 miles (333.13 kilometers).
- Tested power is 1 x 90-hp Evinrude E90 DPLII.
Standard and Optional Features
|Washdown: Raw Water||Standard|
|Outlet: 12-Volt Acc||Standard|