Watch the boats.com 2014 Princecraft Vectra 23 Video Boat Review
Concept: Design and build a relatively inexpensive pontoon boat that offers solid performance and a comfortable environment but doesn’t break the bank by adding tons of gizmos and gadgets.
-25” diameter pontoons constructed of 0.08” thick 5052 H-36 aluminum
-Classic edition includes jazzed-up graphics, LED lights under the console, an upgraded steering wheel, chromed fittings, and an uber-comfy captain’s chair (loved it).
-Roto-molded furniture structure is beefy and will never rot.
|Fuel capacity||32 gal|
-Boarding ladder on the stern is very large, strong, and easy to use.
-Cross-channels are 2.5” extruded aluminum.
-Deck is constructed from pressure-treated ply, and is carpeted.
-Third “half-log” in the center helps boost speeds. 115 horses isn’t a lot of power for a pontoon of this size, and we still hit a top-end well over 30-mph.
-Fuel efficiency at a moderate (17 mph) cruise is excellent, delivering over eight mpg.
|Test conditions: Five knot breeze, calm water, one person onboard.
Fuel consumption figures are approximate.
|Power||115-hp Mercury four-stroke outboard with a 13” x 14” 4-bladed aluminum Spitfire prop.|
-Remains mostly flat in the turns, with slight banking.
-Seas were calm during our test, but when we encountered boat wakes the Vectra sailed right through them.
-As tested with the 115 horse four-stroke, in the Classic edition, with options including hydraulic steering, a tilt wheel, the chaise lounge, a table, swim ladder, console door, and a mooring cover, this boat lists for under $30,000. That’s great bang for your buck, especially being this well equipped and with a powerplant this large.
-The center half-log is an unusual design feature, and it helps the boat attain several extra mph.