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2023 Smoker Craft SVX191 Blue

West Fargo, North Dakota

2023 Smoker Craft SVX191,  STOCK#18286  

The new Starcraft 191 SVX’s elevated sheer brings the boat’s widened beam farther forward than that of previous models, bringing functional and aesthetic benefits, including more space for passengers and stowed gear.

The higher hull sides seem to beg for the bright big-block green graphics we saw on our Sport Package test boat, the detailing carried over to piping and panels on the bench upholstery.

Within the slightly downswept and stylish bow are cleverly embedded dock lights. Upon inspection, the anchor locker proved roomy; its top is a secure step to the bow’s folding boarding ladder. A small but handy baitwell is within the step-up. Abutting corner cushions, facing bow seats offer ­plentiful storage. Courtesy lights illuminate the cockpit throughout.

An L-shaped lounge offers massive stowage. 

The aft swim platform is generously large. Like the cockpit, it’s topped by comfortable, nonslip MarineMat. It offers a second folding boarding ladder, and a step across makes service and access easy.

Ahead of the transom, an L-shaped lounge offers massive stowage, including space formerly reserved for a cooler. Dedicated cooler space is now within the helm; always on the prowl for potential hassles, we stuck our snout beneath the console and found ­rigging and wiring gathered neatly, but we still worried that an over-­exuberant push on a cooler might jar wires or cables.

As for construction, Starcraft starts with 22 mils of ISO-NP gelcoat, followed by a blister-resistant barrier coating to help ensure long-term good looks. For durability, Starcraft fully encapsulates the integral stringer system, using alternating layers of 24-ounce woven roving and 60-mil fiberglass matting. An 8-inch overlap is made along the keel to ensure the boat is the strongest where it needs to be. The deck incorporates Coremat, a nonwoven product that provides bulk and extra stiffness, and prevents print-through, further enhancing the looks and durability of the boat. Our test boat gleamed proudly in the morning sun.

The plush captain’s chair’s bolster provided a great perch. 

The pontoon-inspired console, roomy without hogging space, protects the captain from wind and spray. A panel (maybe a bit too obviously) covers a space perfect for a fish finder. We nested our decibel-reading smartphone in the handy and secure on-dash holder. Four speakers distributed fore and aft seemed plenty, with an entire dash panel dedicated to their feeding.

The tilt wheel adjusted smoothly, and the plush captain’s chair’s bolster provided a great perch for putting the boat through its paces.


And oh, is it fun to run this boat. The 191 SVX snapped onto plane in a sprightly 3.1 seconds, the 200 hp Yamaha four-stroke purring so softly, we could hear few wake splashes and carry on a normal conversation clear up to the 50 mph top-end speed. At no time did we lose visibility forward. A Starcraft designer told us he’d had to consciously slow down when pulling his tubing kids behind the 191 SVX with a 150 hp, so eagerly does this boat seek speed.

Cruising, the 191 SVX quickly and smoothly picks up speed as demanded. It loves 35 mph, and when pushed beyond, it takes on the boost with a cheerful “Sure, thanks for asking!” attitude, for a swift and smooth run-up through the mid-40s. Fifty mph comes with a bit of trim tweaking.


Near top speed, we swept the wheel (hydraulic steering, but very smooth) to rotate the boat with no loss of comfort, let alone control. Its small-pad hull held the line ­securely throughout.


Basic Boat Info

Make: Smoker Craft
Model: SVX191 Blue
Year: 2023
Condition: New
Category: Power
Construction: Fiberglass
Boat Hull ID: STR80435J223
Has Hull ID: Yes


Length: 18'11 ft

Engines / Speed

Engines: 1
  • Make: YAMAHA
  • Model: VF150
  • Fuel: Gasoline
  • Engine Power: 150hp
  • Year: 2023


Stock Number: 18286
Boat Class: Deck Boats


J & K Marine


J&K Marine - Detroit Lakes
24147 Wine Lake Rd
Detroit Lakes, MN, US, 56501

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