2014 Princecraft Sport 177 Boat Test Notes

Princecraft’s newest fishing boat will also please the watersports lovers in your family.

1st December 2013.
By Lenny Rudow

Watch the 2014 Princecraft Sport 177 Video Boat Review

Princecraft Sport 177

The Princecraft Sport 177 is fun for an entire fishing family.

Concept: Provide excellent performance, 100-percent fishability, and water skiing or wakeboarding abilities in a relatively small package.

 Construction:

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

-Deck is constructed from pressure-treated ply, and is covered in rugged, easy to clean vinyl.

-High-gloss Urethane paint looks as sharp as a fiberglass boat’s finish.

-Drop-in ski pylon is heavy-duty, and locks in place via a sturdy pull-pin.

-Steering system is no-feedback.

Performance:

Specifications
Length 17’5″
Beam 7’6″
Max Draft 2’6″
Deadrise NA
Displacement 1,330
Fuel capacity 26 gal

-With the 150-hp Mercury on the transom, this one’s a screamer – we came darn close to hitting 50-mph.

- 5.5 miles to the gallon at a speed of 36-mph is excellent efficiency.

Handling:

-Between the speed and the no-feedback steering, this one makes you feel like you’re in a sports-car at the helm.

-Seas were calm during our test, but the 177 handled boat wakes nicely and threw little spray (thanks to reverse chines).

-At wide-open throttle (and with little gear and just one passenger on board) the boat goes so fast it can chine-walk a bit when over-trimmed; keep the engine tucked in a hair.

Performance Data
Test conditions: Five knot breeze, calm water, one person on board.
Fuel consumption figures are approximate.
RPM MPH GPH MPG
1000 5.4 0.9 6.0
2000 10.1 2.3 4.4
3000 25.1 3.3 7.6
4000 36.0 6.6 5.5
5000 43.5 10.9 4.0
5800 49.2 13.8 3.6
Power 150-hp Mercury four-stroke outboard with a 14 5/8” x 19” 3-bladed SS Tempest prop.

Unique features:

-Bow double-plating provides extra piece of mind.

-Aft jump seats are well-designed, sturdy, and fold down into a casting deck.

-Handholds are everywhere, and no matter where you sit down there’s one close by

-The big dual windscreen was much appreciated in our chilly test conditions.

Princecraft’s newest fishing boat will also please the watersports lovers in your family.


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