2014 Princecraft Nanook DLX WS Boat Test Notes

The Princecraft Nanook is a boat for serious anglers.

17th November 2013.
By Lenny Rudow

Watch the 2014 Princecraft Nanook DLX WS Video Boat Review

2014 Princecraft Nanook

The Princecraft Nanook is a boat for serious anglers.

Overview: Princecraft’s latest fishing boat designed for the hard-core anglers among us.

Concept: Offer multiple (full windshield or side console) lay-outs in a boat designed with gobs of fishing features.

Construction:
- 5052 H-36 aluminum hull plating, which is doubled at the bow and along the chines.

-Deck is constructed from pressure-treated ply covered in vinyl.
-High-gloss Urethane paint looks as sharp as a fiberglass boat’s finish.

Specifications
Length 16’6″
Beam 7’3″
Max Draft NA
Deadrise NA
Displacement 991
Fuel capacity 20 gal

-Cleats are nylon, and PrinceTrak extruded aluminum allows for mounting accessories on the gunwale.

-Plastic glove box hatch should be beefed-up or replaced.

-Steering system is no-feedback.

Performance:
-Our test boat’s 115 four-stroke provided plenty of pep, with a top-end of 46.9-mph and a cruise of over 30-mph.

- Peak efficiency of 7.3 mpg comes at a fairly fast cruise, of 27.7 mph.

Handling:
-Banks into turns, and throws little to no spray when hitting boat wakes, even at high speeds.

Performance Data
Test conditions: Five knot breeze, calm water, one person onboard.
Fuel consumption figures are approximate.
RPM MPH GPH MPG
1000 4.0 0.4 10.0
2000 6.9 1.3 5.3
3000 17.5 2.5 7.0
4000 27.7 3.8 7.3
5000 36.1 6.6 5.5
6000 43.8 10.4 4.2
6200 46.9 10.6 4.4
Power 115-hp Mercury four-stroke outboard with 12 1/8” x 17” 4-bladed aluminum prop

Unique features:
-Six seat bases between the aft deck, cockpit, and forward deck, mean that you can fish from anywhere on the boat.

-Livewell holds a whopping 34 gallons, has a removable divider, and has an anti-spill hatch cover.

-Rod stowage box can hold rods up to seven feet long.

-The boat comes pre-rigged for a trolling motor and up to three trolling motor battery holders, plus a transom transducer mounting plate.

-With an as-tested MSRP of about $25,000, this boat is priced well below much of the competition.


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