Captain's ReportLaguna C-180 – “Built-to-Fish”By Capt. Rob SmithWith this turn-key boat, motor, and trailer package, Laguna has pressed the market into a new level of expectation for what is standard on a center console fishing rig. This model is built with plenty of Carolina flare for delivering a wave slicing smooth ride, upright level flotation for safety, and 19.5 degrees of deadrise for a great handling rig. A vinylester barrier coating helps prevent moisture intrusion and helps insure years of fishing fun. Laguna is so sure of the durability of the C-180 that it carries a limited lifetime transferrable hull warranty. Peace of mind is also built in to this “built-to-fish” model.Starting at the BowStandard features start with a dedicated pop-up cleat and anchor locker. The locker features a hanger for the Danforth style anchor and plenty of room for anchor rode. Just aft the anchor locker is a raised casting deck with aggressive grip surface and large insulated fish box to store your catch while fishing and to store your gear when you wish you were fishing. A useful feature for a fishing family to consider is the optional cushions on the bow, which add more seating. Laguna uses recessed bow rails and pop-up cleats to keep the gunwales clear when working fish and there is plenty of room next to the helm so you aren’t crowded when passing through. The console sports a bench seat with removable cushions for easy cleaning and care and inside the seat base is a 15 gallon aerated livewell for bait when working the front of the boat.Helm FeaturesThe helm features a frameless wrap around windshield with a sturdy grab bar that surrounds the windshield and provides another handhold for when things get bumpy. All Laguna models include a standard Richie compass on top of the helm. For instrumentation, the C-180 is equipped with Mercury SmartCraft SC1000 digital gauges, and the deluxe instrument panel also features lighted rocker switches with push-button circuit breakers, and a 12-volt socket for portable gear. To the right of the standard gauge set is a 9” x 11” space for adding more electronics such as a graphing fishfinder or chartplotter. Each side of the helm features three vertical rod holders and a stainless steel drinkholder which are connected to drains into the bilges. Below the helm is a space for the bow light which is stored on the port door and there is access to the drains as well as the electrical races with pull cords for adding more electronics with ease. The helm seat is a typical flip-up seat with five positions and a cooler seat base that fits neatly into a stainless steel frame and can be easily removed to stock or clean.One of the things that stand out in addition to the plethora of standard items, is the multiple access portals for working with the plumbing and the electrical lines. The self-bailing cockpit has wide gunwale tops with two trolling rod holders in each side. The anchor light fits into convenient clips on the starboard wall under the gunwale. Across the back is a center fold-down bench seat, the starboard box houses the cranking battery, and on the port side is an 18 gallon aerated round livewell. In the engine splash well is a raw water washdown connection and a large access panel that give access to the bilge pumps and water shut-offs as well as other critical bilge gear. For those who like to cool off in the water, there is a port side ½ swim platform with grab bar and telescoping three-step swim ladder so you can easily get back on board after a dip.Specifications and PerformanceThe C-180 measures 18’6” length overall with a beam width of 8’0”. She weighs only 2000 lbs and carries 60 gallons of fuel. This model is rated for the 115-hp Mercury EFI outboard on her stern and only draws 14” with the outboard trimmed out of the water.We tested the C-180 on the IntraCoastal Waterway in South Florida and found her easy to handle and responsive. Crossing boat wakes yielded a smooth dry ride. Equipped with a 115-hp Mercury EFI engine, I found she was at cruise at about 26.6 mph turning 4500 rpm and at cruise she will provide a range of 290 miles. Her top speed for the day was reached at 38.9 mph, she is on plane in 4.9 seconds and up to 30 mph in 12.2 seconds.The C-180 certainly fit her “built-to-fish” moniker and is truly outfitted to pull out of the lot and head out fishing.
Test Result Highlights
- Top speed for the Laguna C-180 is 38.9 mph (62.6 kph), burning 11.0 gallons per hour (gph) or 41.64 liters per hour (lph).
- Best cruise for the Laguna C-180 is 26.6 mph (42.8 kph), and the boat gets 5.37 miles per gallon (mpg) or 2.28 kilometers per liter (kpl), giving the boat a cruising range of 290 miles (466.71 kilometers).
- Tested power is 1 x 115-hp Mercury EFI.
Standard and Optional Features
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