Tested By Capt. Bob SmithMy friends at BoatTest decided to give me a change from the heat and rain in Florida and sent me to Tennessee to test some boats from Princecraft out of Canada. Flying up to Knoxville, I noticed how the colors were already changing. The next morning, the weather changed with it. Cold and rain, but beautiful colors along the river banks of the Tennessee River next to the offices of Doug Sexton, Sales Development Manager for Princecraft. We stayed busy for the first morning trying to get a few hours of dry time and finally gave it up. I put on the rain gear and headed out to do some testing and he headed back to the warm dry environment of an office. Persistence pays off and now you have some information on an excellent all aluminum deck boat.The broad bow has docking lights for approaching your slip or trailer after returning from a long day on the water. In the center of the bow is a cover over the bow swim ladder. Step on in and you can install a table for the bow passengers sitting at the comfortable bench seating. The storage underneath is monstrous and has a rotocast shell to keep items off the floor and in better shape. The deck drains into a shallow locker in the sole that you can slip a pair of skis or wakeboard in. In the center on either side are additional entries into the boat. Be careful as the top “step” is really just a threshold and not easy to use as a step. The helm pod has a place to install the required fire extinguisher and inside the storage compartment, a five-gallon container is attached to the sink in the galley above. Next to the helm is another floor compartment that can be used as a cooler, which drains into the bilges. The large area in the back provides plenty of seating for entertaining lots of friends or a great place for the little ones to play while the rest play in the water. High freeboard does make this a safer boat for little ones to ride in. The L shaped bench seating back here has tons of storage, all with rotocast shells. A kidney shaped table can be installed back here so everyone can keep their beverages close. The helm seat swivels out so the captain can talk with the rest of the crew at anchor. Faria gauges with in-dash depth and speed gauges compliment the three-spoke tilt wheel with power steering. The stereo is within easy reach of the captain. Step toward the stern access and this part of the sun pad lifts up to expose an optional changing station. Step on through and you get to the stern swim ladder with full-length handle to assist boarding from the water. Step back aboard and lift the rest of the sun pad to expose the power plant and battery. The Vacanza 240 I/O I tested had a Mercruiser 5.0 MPI 220hp sterndrive power plant, but she can handle up to 300 hp power plants. This deckboat registers 23 feet 11 inches in length and 8 feet 4 inches in width. She only weighs 3192 pounds even though it is all aluminum. She can carry up to 50 gallons of fuel.She handled quiet well. She cornered with ease with little drop in power, although I did not try any top speed changes in a narrow river area. She backed down like a pro, so maneuvering with the water toys should be safe and easy. Visibility remained excellent throughout the speed ranges and she was plenty stable with three adults and all the camera gear we carried. When I tested her, she continued to impress. I found she could jump out of the hole in only 3.6 seconds. She could easily be passing 30 miles per hour in only 6.7 seconds. I found her comfortable cruise to be at 3000 rpms. At cruise her speed was 29 mph and she was burning only 7.6 gph. At this speed I can expect to go for about 171 miles before fueling up again.Top speed had me zipping along at 44.3 mph and burning 17.5 gph for a range of 114 miles on a tank.If deck boating is in your future, the Vacanza 240 from Princecraft has a great one for you to consider. She is sturdy, sporty looking and has plenty of pep to power your fun all day long.
Test Result Highlights
- Top speed for the Princecraft Vacanza 240 (Not in Production) is 44.3 mph (71.3 kph), burning 17.5 gallons per hour (gph) or 66.24 liters per hour (lph).
- Best cruise for the Princecraft Vacanza 240 (Not in Production) is 29.0 mph (46.7 kph), and the boat gets 3.81 miles per gallon (mpg) or 1.62 kilometers per liter (kpl), giving the boat a cruising range of 171 miles (275.2 kilometers).
- Tested power is 1 x 260-hp Mercruiser 5.0 MPI.
Standard and Optional Features
|CD Stereo||Standard Clarion|
|Outlet: 12-Volt Acc||Standard|
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