Captain's ReportThe Complete Bay Package: Laguna B-190By Capt. Rob SmithLaguna’s B-190 sports 360 degree fishability with nearly everything you will need for a day of fishing on board as standard gear. The best part is that the package deal includes the boat, motor and trailer and comes in at a price that competes with others that still lack many of itmes which are on Laguna’s standard list. Premium construction materials are used to ensure a lifetime of fishing without worry: no-wood construction means no worries about rot, vinyester barrier coats mean no-worries about water penetrating the hull, and upright-level flotation means you will be safer and more secure when using this stable fishing machine.Beginning at the Bow The B-190 has a dedicated anchor cleat and anchor locker with hanger and room for plenty of line. The raised casting deck features an aggressive grip surface and plenty of room to work fish. Inside the bow locker you will find it is finished both inside and under the lid and it is also insulated to keep the catch fresh until weigh-in or cleaning for dinner. In the port corner, the B-190 is already wired for adding a trolling motor, so all you have to do is choose your favorite weapon. The recessed bow rails are convenient to those seated as well as truly recessed to prevent tangling with the fishing lines as you move from bow to stern. The 6’’ cleats are 6” pop-up style which also promotes a clean surface on the gunwale tops. The front of the console offers a comfortable seat with seat back on tracks for easy cleaning and a15 gallon aerated livewell for bait up front.The helm has a clear acylic windscreen with great wrap-around hand rails and accent stripe at the bottom. On the working side of the helm, the B-190 features a standard Richie compass on top and moving on down, the deluxe station comes equipped with a Mercury SmartCraft SC1000 digital gauges, lighted rocker switches with push-button circuit breakers, and a 12volt socket for portable gear. To the right is 9” x 11” of space for flat panel gear or other gauges. Steering is a cast stainless 3-spoke wheel with Baystar hydraulic assist. The seat is a typical 5-position flip-flop seat complete with a handy cooler seat that can be removed for filling or cleaning. Inside the helm you can readily see the drain lines for the six vertical rod holders and two stainless drinkholders on the side of the helm. Once you add the trolling motor, the batteries will also go in the trays here as well. The bow navigation light stores in clips on the port door of this compartment.More Fishing FeaturesThe cockpit offers plenty of space to work fish with a raised casting deck across the stern. Gunwale tops are wide with two rod holders to each side. Across the stern, you have an insulated box on the port corner, 28-gallon livewell in the center and the cranking battery in the starboard box. A raw water washdown connection is located in the engine splash-well along with an access panel to the bilges to reach pumps, water cut-offs and other critical gear. If you like to jump in to cool off, you will appreciate the ½ swim platform on the port corner with handy grab handle and three-step telescoping swim ladder so you can easily get back on board.SpecificationsThe B-190 measures 19’6” length overall with a beam width of 8’. She carries 15 degrees of deadrise at the stern and only draws 10” with the engine trimmed out of the water, so you will be able to get into some really skinny water. She is rated for the standard Mercury 115-hp EFI Four-Stroke on the stern and carries 54 gallons of fuel so you can work the bays all day without looking for fuel. She weighs only 1900 lbs dry, so you should be able to tow her with most family vehicles.PerformanceI tested her in the IntraCoastal Waterways of South Florida on a busy day. She handled well, even when crossing some rough wakes from larger boats. I found she was at cruise at about 22.9 mph turning 4000 rpm for a range of 268 miles on a full tank and capable of a maximum 39.3 mph on test day.If you enjoy bay fishing and want to get the most for your money, the B-190 is a total fishing package you have to see.
Test Result Highlights
- Top speed for the Laguna B-190 is 39.3 mph (63.2 kph), burning 10.8 gallons per hour (gph) or 40.88 liters per hour (lph).
- Best cruise for the Laguna B-190 is 22.9 mph (36.9 kph), and the boat gets 5.52 miles per gallon (mpg) or 2.35 kilometers per liter (kpl), giving the boat a cruising range of 268 miles (431.3 kilometers).
- Tested power is 1 x 115-hp Mercury Four-Stroke.
Standard and Optional Features
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