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Boat Review: Countess 190

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The Countess 190 is all-new from the water up. Built in South Africa along the Garden Route, this premium brand just gets better with age, like a good wine. So, it’s no surprise then that the Countess namebrand has been reinvented to compete with the build of imported boats. Take for example its three-mould system in which a light-weight internal chassis forms an integral sub-structure to give the hull lateral and longitudinal rigidity, making the boat stronger and lighter for maximum efficiency and a smoother ride. The hull is also completely wood-free, so you won’t
have to worry about maintenance many years down the line.

Deck layout

The Countess 190 is a premium bowrider that ticks all the right boxes. It’s a craft which allows you to take the whole family and make the most of your time on the water. Skiing, tubing or simply cruising, the Countess 190 isn’t just ideal for it, it’s made for the dual use of pleasure combined with watersports. Don’t forget to bring along a camera, you’ll need it to capture the action and the smiles on your children’s faces.

Onboard, look forward to hosting up to 10 passengers when in use on rivers and estuaries. However, since there is a proper bilge and full drainage below the wet deck, you’re probably going to want to travel out onto the high seas – take note that the maximum passengers on this craft gets lowered to six by law if heading out to sea.

At the stern, a port side transom walkthrough makes getting to the water much easier. There is a boarding platform, or swim step if you prefer, on both sides of the motor which facilitates passengers climbing back aboard after a dip in the water, and it allows a nice spot for mum to sit, legs in the water while the kids play at the back.

At the time of our review, this craft was still being worked on, so although not present in the pictures, there is a recessed boarding ladder moulded into the port side platform.


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