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Princecraft Vectra 23

The Princecraft Vectra 23 is a simple but comfortable pontoon boat.



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.

 Construction:

-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.






























Specifications
Length23'6"
Beam8'5"
Max DraftNA
DeadriseNA
Displacement1868
Fuel capacity32 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.

Performance:

-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.





























































Performance Data
Test conditions: Five knot breeze, calm water, one person onboard.
Fuel consumption figures are approximate.
RPMMPHGPHMPG
10004.70.411.8
20008.71.17.9
300017.02.15.7
400021.63.87.3
500028.56.44.5
600032.910.23.2
620033.510.73.1
Power115-hp Mercury four-stroke outboard with a 13” x 14” 4-bladed aluminum Spitfire prop.

Handling:

-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.

Unique features:

-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.

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