Boat Test: 2017 Princecraft Xpedition 200

Boat Tested2017 Princecraft Xpedition 200
Price As Tested$81,199 CAD
Category Multi Species Fish
Manufacturer Princecraft
Length20ft / 6.10 m
Beam7ft 8in / 2.34 m
Max HP250
Drive TypeOutboard
Engine MakeMercury
Fuel Capacity38
By Steven Bull

Princecraft has long been in the fishing game and, in recent years,has become well known for their fish-and-ski models. The family-friendly boats juggle fishing features with comfortable seating, tow-poles and amenities you would expect on runabouts.

The Xpedition line has a solid reputation with the serious angler, but Princecraft is stepping it up a notch with the 200 for 2017.

The bow-casting platform offers 11 more inches than older models, and the stern casting platform offers an additional four inches.

There aremultiple in-floor and gunwale storage lockers. Seats can easily be moved to various bases and you have the option of the bicycle-seat style casting chairs.

We tested the Xpedition 200 with the MotorGuide Xi5 wireless trolling motor, a Mercury 9.9ELPT BF 4S Pro Kicker and a Raymarine A98 DownVisionGPS.

Downrigger supports flank the stern casting deck.Rods will be protected in the lockable 10-rod storage space in the centre walkthrough to the bow and the additional four nine-foot rod storage spacealong the portside. The dual livewells are aerated and roomy. At the bow is a 30-inch, 17-gallon well and at the stern is a 44-inch, 20-gallon one.

At 20-feet long, the length straddles a lot of waves when running, but at less than 1,500 pounds it’s so light that the 250-hp Verado shot us out of the water and up to 40 mph in just seven seconds. That means some significant bow rise to plane, but you get from stop-to-wow immediately.

Perhaps most impressive of all is the factory-installed option of the bow ventilation system. A small scoop, not unlike something you’d see on a classic muscle car, right at the bow funnels air when running on the water or trailer through the bow storage compartments and naturally circulates air to eliminate musty and mouldy smelling gear.

Princecraft wants to be top-of-mind with the serious angler and the Xpedition 200 should do that in a big way.

Mercury 250 XL Verado L6 Pro, 2.6L (159 ci), 250hp, supercharged inline six-cylinder, sequential multi-port electronic fuel injection (EFI), with Spitfire 14” x 17” propeller

0-20/3.3; 0-30/4.7
TOP SPEED (mph/rpm)
33/2,500; 46/3,500

Length: 20 ft/ 6.1 m
Beam: 7 ft 8 in/2.3 m
Weight: 1,463 lbs/ 664 kg
Fuel Capacity: 38 gals/ 144 L
Price: $81,199 CAD (as tested)

Speed Testing by Raymarine
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