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Baja 192 Islander

1 x 220-hp MerCruiser 5.0L

Brief Summary

The 192 Islander is the new entry point in Baja's line of performance bowriders. This fast, versatile boat can be rigged either as a ski or wakeboard boat or simply as an entry-level performance boat.

Key Features

  • Fiberglass dash
  • 34 oz. vinyl upholstery
  • Padded sundeck w /manual lift & release
  • Integral swim platform with textured surface
  • CD system with 2 speakers
  • Stainless steel ski tow eye
  • Fully framed walk-thru windshield
  • 3-step swing down stainless steel ladder

Test Results

650 3.7 3.2 0.4 9.25 8.04 308 268 78
1000 5.7 4.9 1.1 5.38 4.68 179 156 84
1500 6.6 5.7 2.2 3 2.61 100 87 86
2000 7.2 6.2 4.1 1.77 1.54 59 51 84
2500 19.7 17.1 4.8 4.14 3.6 138 120 85
3000 28.9 25.1 7.1 4.07 3.54 136 118 86
3500 35.7 31 8.4 4.24 3.69 141 123 94
4000 42 36.5 9.9 4.26 3.71 142 123 97
4500 48.5 42.2 13.9 3.49 3.03 116 101 106
4800 52 45.2 15.9 3.28 2.85 109 95 106


Length Overall 19' 2'''
Beam 7'11''
Dry Weight 2,850 lbs.
Draft 2'10''
Deadrise/Transom 20 degrees
Max Headroom open
Bridge Clearance N/A
Fuel Capacity 37 gal.
Water Capacity none


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Acceleration Times & Conditions

Time to Plane 3.5 sec.
0 to 30 7.4 sec.
Ratio 1.8:1
Props 23
Load 2 persons, full fuel, no water, no gear
Climate 81 deg., 77% humid, winds: 10 knots; seas: 1 foot

Engine Options

Tested Engine 1 x 220-hp MerCruiser 5.0L
Std. Power 1 x 190-hp MerCruiser 4.3L Alpha One
Opt. Power 1 x 220-hp MerCruiser 5.0 MPI
1 x 260-hp MerCruiser 5.0L Alpha One


Deck Warranty Extended 5-year Limited Warranty
Engine Warranty Extended None
Gelcoat Warranty Extended 3-Year Limited Warranty
Hull Warranty Extended 5-year Limited Warranty

Captain's Report

An Entry-Level Bowrider for the Whole Family
The 192 Islander is the entry point in Baja’s line of performance bowriders, and she’s one of the more versatile sportboats we’ve seen. She can be ordered fully rigged as a ski or wakeboard boat as was our test boat, or as a true entry-level performance boat without the watersports bells and whistles. Either way, speed is a big part of the package.
The extended platform is an option but it’s really required for easy wakeboarding. Skiers can simply hook up to this standard ski tow eye and boarders will hitch their towlines atop the optional tower. The tower itself comes with mounting racks for 4 boards, and these massive aft-firing speakers will keep your athletes on their toes back there. When its time to reboard, the platform has a deep 3-rung ladder.
Power Plant
You can reach the 5-liter MerCruiser easily with one hand by lifting the hatch which is supported by 2 gas assist struts. There’s a fiberglass liner in here for a clean finish, so you’re not looking directly down into the bilge.
It is easy to get to all required fluid fills too, and it is just as easy to close it down when you’re ready to take off.
The cockpit is traditional with an aft bench seat for three, with molded in fiberglass footrests and stowage for cockpit cover underneath, and stainless steel grabrails along the inwales.
Just forward and to starboard is the helm featuring bucket seating. At the helm is a good line-up of red backlit Livorsi gauges including tach, speedo, fuel, and depth gauge. And while this really is a sit-down helm as there are no seat bolsters, the helm chair does slide way aft to accommodate even the tallest drivers.
Baja never ceases to amaze us with good ideas, and here’s another one. This optional igloo cooler slide out, in, and locks very easily and it never even so much as ratted around on our test boat. This is just below the JBL stereo and 12 volt adapter for your cellphone or watertoy’s air pump.
At the Bow
The forward cockpit area is fairly straightforward with twin forward facing lounges with self-draining storage below. All together, there’s seating for 3 or 4 , with good stainless steel grabrails.
And of course there’s a deep insole locker here to store your skis and boards. It’s a basic lid that’s strong, but so light-weight that it does not require support struts.
And finally, if wakeboarding is not your thing, there is a standard version of the 192 Islander in a straight bowrider configuration.
Specifications and Performance
With a dry weight of 2,850 pounds and a slim 7’11” beam, the 192 will be at home in many garages and is easily trailerable with a standard SUV.
Out on the test track, we got a top-end speed of 52 miles per hour with a 5 liter MPI MerCruiser, and a best cruise of 142 miles doing 42 miles an hour. With economy like that, you’ll be able to make several trips to the skiing grounds before heading in to the fuel dock.
Available as a basic sportboat or a tricked out watersports boat, this 192 Islander is sure to speed up your family boating experience.

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