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Princecraft boats are built across the border in Princeville Quebec, Canada. They’re aluminum boats, which believe me; you have to look hard at in the water to believe that. The high gloss Acrythane finish is so smooth and shiny, it appears to be fiberglass to the untrained eye, especially from a distance. They use techniques that eliminate most of the welding and riveting you are used to seeing when you look at many aluminum boats, and are not the boxy looking boats you saw years ago. Princecraft packs in most of the features you will need for a great day of fun on the water and leaves only four factory installed options and nine dealer installed options to choose and personalize your craft.
You can enter this boat from the bow or stern. My test ride had the factory installed optional fiberglass bow section with halogen docking lights, covered beach boarding ladder and anchor locker. Primary boarding from the water is still from the rear swim platform and telescoping ladder. Plush bench seats on rotocast bases are port and starboard forward and they have storage below the seat bottoms. An in-floor compartment near the center can serve as wet storage or as a cooler for beverages on a long hot day. Just aft of that is in-floor storage for larger items like skis and wakeboards.
Behind the Wheel
The helm station is also fiberglass and sports a quick release windscreen so you don’t have to worry about ripping it off while storing or trailering the boat. A mahogany tilt wheel and thermoformed wood grain dash accents the helm. Faria gauges keep an eye on all the critical functions underway, and seating at the helm is plush and adjustable. L-shaped seating wraps around the port to stern aft side with hinged seat bottoms and more storage under them. The engine hatch serves as part of the beam width sun pad and has lots of room to manage the power plant. The starboard side walk through has a pop-up privacy enclosure for changing out of wet clothes, and the walk-through leads to an easy to board transom with telescoping ladder.
The deep-Vee hull delivered a solid ride that smoothed out nearly all the waves and wakes as we tooled around Lake Ozark. The boat had reversed chines, which delivered a very dry ride even though I could see a lot of spray as we tore through the wind driven waves. During the worst of the breezes, she seemed a bit stiff in the steering, but the next morning she handled very smoothly with no hesitation or feedback in turns. I found I was able to drive this deck boat like I drive many runabouts that are shorter than her nearly 21 feet. Bow rise was not bad and she cut a fairly tight turn without skipping or sliding and losing much of her speed at cruise. I can envision a skier doing very well behind this craft and tubing would be a blast! You would think a metal boat would transmit sound much better and therefore give you a louder, harder ride, but Princecraft has managed the sound well and smoothed the ride with their use of a deep-Vee and reversed chines.
Model: Vacanza 210 Wake Express
Engine: 5.0L M.P.I.
Dry weight: 2,990 lbs
Fuel capacity: 50 gal.
5.0L M.P.I., Wake express edition, upgraded sound system with sub, full camper enclosure and a single axel trailer.