A beaut bowrider that’s well worth a close look
Reviewed Oct 2016
The 185SE is more fun than a barrel of monkeys to drive and does it all from quiet idling through gentle cruising to exhilarating speeds and turns. There is smart response to the drive trim, although only the first quarter or so of the range (on the dial) is needed and it’s not critical. The usual practice works best to trim right in to get on plane, trim up slightly for cruising, up a bit more for top speed, then down a little for turning. But if you’re a driver who prefers not to worry about trim, just leave it slightly up and don’t accelerate too hard from rest – you’ll be fine, and so will the boat.
There’s modest bow rise as the hull lifts on plane from rest, but then the ride angle is ideal. The boat holds course easily and banks neatly into turns that can be tightened as much as you like – most crews will give up on turn angles before the boat does. Control inputs on wheel and throttle provoke fast responses and are quite driver-rewarding. It’d be a rare skipper that doesn’t enjoy time at the helm...