The front of the boat features a raised casting platform for two people in addition to a single floor mounted seat bracket for using the optional trolling motor. The deck incorporates five, flush mount hatches with quick access to the storage compartments within. Here is space for tackle, an anchor and rode, along with space for the trolling motor’s multiple deep-cycle batteries. The builder integrated locking storage that can be had in the cockpit sole and the gunwale side compartments situated on either side of the cockpit.
also provides a raised casting platform for two, along with a floor mount for a swivel seat. Under the port side flip-up transom seat is a 16 gallon aerated livewell that uses two separate motors to help keep fish fresher longer. One motor manages the intermittent recirculation of the water, while the second motor handles the aeration pump, this configuration ensures redundancy and improved reliability. A pair of aft deck storage compartments provides tackle space for those fishing in the back of the boat.
The goal of the Xperience 188 is to incorporate several seating options for friends and family while cruising, or chilling between water activities. The configuration of the bow platform allows it to be used as a bowrider seating area with corner bolster pads and long stainless steel grab rails fitted to both sides. Storable, flip-up seat bottom cushions arise from the platform and provide sitting and lounging comfort for two.
The same storable seat concept is used in the back of the cockpit, where the casting deck can be quickly converted into a pair of seats for guests while running or just entertaining. Situated between the seats is a built-in, insulated beverage cooler that can also be used for the day’s catch.
The boat’s dual console cockpit configuration provides removable folding seats for the pilot and companion; these seats can be used in any of the six floor mounts found throughout the boat. The high-profile tinted glass windshield with a folding centerline walkthrough provides wind protection. The companion side console offers a glove box situated on top, with a large storage drawer fitted below.
side console is treated to a deluxe dash panel with analog gauges, a 12V outlet, accessory switches and indicator lights. A 160-watt AM/FM Bluetooth Jensen Stereo with integrated auxiliary input and remote control comes standard along with a pair of 6 1/2” speakers. Pilot controls are in the form of Mercury side mount engine controls and a no-feedback, dual cable steering system.
Aluminum boats are typically much lighter than their fiberglass kin; this along with the inherent durability of the material makes for a popular choice among anglers. Princecraft uses 5052-grade aluminum alloy that is treated to a H36 hardness value and then riveted throughout with ¼” solid aluminum rivets. The hull bottom uses a .110” thick sheet, while the hull side incorporates a .072” thick stock, with the keel (twin plating at the chine) and forward sections of the bottom getting an extra layer of plating for added strength.The running surface features double-reverse chines that provide lift and stability at both low and high speeds. A pair of rigging tubes run from the (1) stern to the console and from the (2) helm console to bow for a clean, reliable rigging of wires and cables. Princecraft also incorporates a built-in aluminum 40-gallon (151 L) fuel tank for years of trouble-free service. Finally, the entire deck is covered with a pressure-treated wood floor that is covered with marine-grade vinyl for easy cleaning. These surfaces can be upgraded with marine-grade carpeting for a plusher feel, but will hamper its clean ability.The floor plan shows the Xperience 188’s flexible seating configuration.
Because Brunswick Marine owns Princecraft, Mercury outboard power is the chosen propulsion supplier. Six different packages are available and range from 90 to 200 horsepower. All displacements are clean burning 4-stroke designs and feature the latest in electronic fuel injection and engine computer management for easy starting and improved fuel economy. The base engine group is the Mercury 2.1L in-line four-cylinder EXLPT platform available in 90 or 115 horsepower. A 150 horsepower XL model with 3.0L of displacement is a step up and is claimed by the manufacturer to be the lightest 150-hp outboard on the market.
Those seeking even more power can opt for one of three Mercury Verado engines packages, ranging from 175 to 200-hp. These supercharged, high-tech performance units use a 1.7L, four-cylinder mill. The Verado engine line can also be equipped with the Mercury Digital Throttle and Shift system (DTS) for enhanced user comfort. (However, if you choose one of the three Verado engines available, the DTS is not an option – it’s a standard feature offered only with the three Verado engine packages.)
We have not yet tested the Princecraft Xperience 188.
Note: Base price includes a painted steel trailer.The base price of the Princecraft Xperience 188, equipped with a 90-hp Mercury 4-stroke is $35,475.
Standard and Optional Features
|Carpet: Cockpit||Optional Snap-in|
|Outlet: 12-Volt Acc||Standard|
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