By Mark King
Boat Test #1673
Celebrating 75 years of production with this model year, the Alumacraft brand continues to break the traditional mold, allowing fishing families to continue making memories with family and friends.
BRP (Bombardier Recreational Products) announces the launch of a new Competitor model boat, the Alumacraft Competitor FSX 175/185 (Fish/Ski Crossover) boats. The boats offer maximum flexibility for families who love the being out on the water. Built for all levels of multi-species anglers, Alumacraft Competitor series boats include all the must-have amenities serious anglers crave, like multiple livewells, a built-in cooler and lockable rod storage that allows for quick and secure rod placement when adjusting the boat’s position.
Many fishing families also want flexibility to enjoy other family fun on the water. Whether fishing or enjoying a day of relaxation on the water, owners of Competitor FSX models can easily reconfigure their boat’s platform to accommodate more seating, or a waterski-pylon.
Two added jump seats on the rear platform allow owners to easily configure the boat according to the number of passengers, offering all riders ample legroom.
When fishing, the extra seats can easily be dropped out of the way for more access to the new, extended platform, which sports an additional six inches, allowing anglers more space to cast off the rear deck of the boat.
On days when owners are out with family or friends, this added space gives easy access in and out of the water for skiing or swimming.
The rear-deck comfort mat features a refreshed modern design, providing comfort when kneeling to pull in a fish or assisting swimmers back into the boat.
The Competitor FSX Sport has a walk-through windshield and dual consoles to keep everyone dry in all weather conditions.
The boat is built with Alumacraft’s 2XB hull, which includes bow to stern doubling plates and Aquadynamic shape for greater handling, added comfort at higher speeds and a drier ride.
The new large rear-center livewell holds 22 gallons and offers easy access from both the center access panel and under the friction-hinged jump seat for separation of fish and bait. The divider can also be removed to give anglers a place to stash larger fish.
For skiers, an optional ski pylon can be attached to the built-in base and conveniently stored in the starboard side storage when not in use, with clips that hold it in place. The base also doubles as a pedestal seat base for the comfort of your favorite fishing partner.
Boat Length Overall: 18′ 8″/5.7 m
Beam: 95″ / 2.4 m
Dry Weight: 1500 lbs / 680 kgs
Max HP: 175 Mercury
MSRP Approx: $20,110
For more information: www.alumacraft.com