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Princecraft Super Pro 188 DLX SE (Not in Production)
(w/ 1 x 150-hp Mercury Optimax)

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Princecraft Super Pro 188 DLX SE (Not in Production)
Princecraft Super Pro 188 DLX SE (Not in Production)
A durable fishing boat that will get you out front and serve up advantages for catching the trophy fish. Her reverse chines help deliver a dryer ride.

Key Features

  • Built with H36 marine grade alloy sheet aluminum
  • Two large storage compartments
  • Lighted livewell
  • Four stations for pedestal chairs in the cockpit
  • Handles well while taking tight turns
  • Tilt wheel and hydraulic steering

Specifications

Princecraft Super Pro 188 DLX SE (Not in Production) Specifications
Length Overall 18' 4'' Dry Weight 1,237 lbs.
Beam 7'10'' Tested Weight N/A
Draft N/A Weight Capacity N/A
Draft Up N/A Person Capacity N/A
Draft Down N/A Fuel Capacity 60 gal.
Air Draft N/A Water Capacity none
Deadrise/Transom N/A Length on Trailer N/A
Max Headroom N/A Height on Trailer N/A
Bridge Clearance N/A Trailer Weight N/A
Total Package Weight (Trailer,Boat & Engine) N/A
Prices, features, designs, and equipment are subject to change. Please see your local dealer or visit the builder's website for the latest information available on this boat model.

Engine Options

Princecraft Super Pro 188 DLX SE (Not in Production) Engine options
Std. Power 1x150-hp Mercury Optimax
Tested Power 1 x 150-hp Mercury Optimax
Opt. Power Not Available

Princecraft Super Pro 188 DLX SE (Not in Production) Line Drawing

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Princecraft Super Pro 188 DLX SE (Not in Production) Photo Gallery

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Hole Shot

Powered by a Merc 150 OptiMax outboard, the Pro 188 jumps on plane in less than 3 seconds, with a 31.4-mph cruise and a top end of almost 44-mph.

Getting’ Down

Wide gunwale covering boards allow mounting multiple downriggers to get your baits into the deep to reach the big ones.

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Triple Play

The Super Pro 188 is set up to run on three diverse power sources, including an electric trolling motor in the bow for stealthy shoreline approaches, an auxiliary outboard for slow trolling big water,



Princecraft Super Pro 188 DLX SE (Not in Production) Captain's Report

Princecraft Super Pro 188 DLX SE

I couldn’t think of a better place to test out Princecraft’s new Super Pro 188 DLX Special Edition fish boat than on the Tennessee River in Knoxville, TN. Even the cool air and cold rain couldn’t put a damper on the excitement they have over this new contender for the trophy fishing. I couldn’t help but appreciate the fall coming when looking at the fall colors in the trees, when the fog lifted.

The 188 is built with H36 marine grade alloy sheet aluminum, not rolled aluminum like most. She has a beautiful high gloss finish with reverse chines for a dryer ride. Cleats are recessed to keep the sides clean when fighting a fish from front to back.

The bow raised fishing platform is pre-rigged for a 36V deluxe bow trolling motor and includes a battery power level gauge, Marinco plug, tilt switch and wiring harness for the optional motor. There are two compartments for storage up front for the anchor and other lines. Cargo netting is fitted under the gunnels up front to keep lose items in control. A lighted live well with minnow bucket is up here for your bow fishing partners and a space for one of the pedestal mount seats in the center. At the back edge of the bow platform is a large in-floor locker. In the lower compartment of this locker is space for the three 12 volt batteries and above them is space for eight seven and a half foot rods in the locking rod locker.

My test boat had a handy companion pod for the fishing partner so they can stay out of the wind and rain underway like the helmsman. This included a cup holder for coffee in the morning and a glove box for loose items. At their feet is a four-drawer tackle station mounted in the front of the raised platform. The helm was outfitted with Mercury SmartCraft 11 function Tachometer and 11 function Speedometer. Very sweet! Tilt wheel and hydraulic steering made getting to the fishing hole much more comfortable. Separate throttle controls are at the helm for the main and kicker engines so you don’t have to worry about adding the cables when you add the kicker. There are four stations for pedestal chairs in the cockpit and another on the stern raised fishing platform. Side compartments on both sides are lockable with toe kick space below for fighting the big ones. The wide gunnel tops have even got pads for the trolling gear built right in so you don’t have to poke any holes in the gunnels after you buy the boat! In the floor in the center of the cockpit is a shallow storage bin for items like life jacket storage. There is another livewell and bait bucket in the back and up on the stern platform is access to the cranking battery and oil well.

She handled like a dream and didn’t kick any water up in the boat when taking tight turns or doing hole shots. She is quiet for an aluminum hull. I would like to have seen stainless locker pulls rather than plastic since the carpeted covers are pretty tight and may make breaking the pulls easier. I didn’t have a chance to load the live wells up and see if having them both to the port side would be a problem, but the boat rode pretty stable with them empty.

This 188 is 18 feet 4 inches long and 94 inches in the beam. She comes with a graphics matched trailer. Her weight is approximately 1,244 lbs as was easy to get on the trailer when we pulled her out with a Ford Explorer. Her transom has plenty of room for the main and kicker engines and has 20 inches of height.

The Super Pro 188 DLX SE was out of the hole in just 2.9 seconds and was past 30 mph in just 8.1 seconds going upstream in a rainsquall. She cruised quiet comfortably at 31.4 mph and 3500 rpms burning 5.4 gph for a range of 185 miles. At top speed we were flying along at 43.9 mph burning 14.9 gph for a range of 93 miles.

If you are looking for a durable fishing boat that will get you out front and serve up advantages for catching the trophy fish, take a closer look at the Super Pro 188 DLX SE from Princecraft.

By Capt. Bob Smith

Test Captain



Princecraft Super Pro 188 DLX SE (Not in Production) Test Result Highlights

  • Top speed for the Princecraft Super Pro 188 DLX SE (Not in Production) is 43.9 mph (70.7 kph), burning 14.9 gallons per hour (gph) or 56.4 liters per hour (lph).
  • Best cruise for the Princecraft Super Pro 188 DLX SE (Not in Production) is 31.4 mph (50.5 kph), and the boat gets 5.86 miles per gallon (mpg) or 2.49 kilometers per liter (kpl), giving the boat a cruising range of 185 miles (297.73 kilometers).
  • Tested power is 1 x 150-hp Mercury Optimax.
For complete test results including fuel consumption, range and sound levels
go to our Test Results section.

Standard and Optional Equipment

Princecraft Super Pro 188 DLX SE (Not in Production) Standard and Optional Equipment
Exterior Features
Carpet: Cockpit Standard
Outlet: 12-Volt Acc Standard
Swim Ladder Standard

Standard = Standard Optional = Optional

Princecraft Super Pro 188 DLX SE (Not in Production) Warranty

Princecraft Super Pro 188 DLX SE (Not in Production) Warranty Information
Warranties change from time to time. While BoatTEST.com has tried to ensure the most up-to-date warranty offered by each builder, it does not guarantee the accuracies of the information presented below. Please check with the boat builder or your local dealer before you buy any boat.

Full Warranty Information on this brand coming soon!



Test Results   (Printer Friendly Page)

Test Power: 1 x 150-hp Mercury Optimax
  Range  
RPM MPH Knots Total GPH MPG NMPG Stat. Mile NM   KM    KPH    LPH    KPL   dBA
550 3.3 2.9 0.3 13.2 11.5 416 362 669 5.30 1.14 5.61 65
1000 5.0 4.3 0.6 8.3 7.2 260 226 418 8.00 2.27 3.51 68
1500 6.2 5.3 1.2 5.4 4.7 168 146 270 10.00 4.54 2.27 72
2000 7.6 6.6 2.0 3.8 3.3 119 103 192 12.20 7.57 1.61 75
2500 8.3 7.2 3.0 2.8 2.4 88 77 142 13.40 11.36 1.19 79
3000 20.0 17.3 3.6 5.6 4.9 177 154 285 32.20 13.63 2.39 86
3500 31.4 27.3 5.4 5.9 5.1 185 161 298 50.50 20.44 2.49 84
4000 35.2 30.6 7.1 5.0 4.3 156 136 251 56.60 26.88 2.10 87
4500 39.3 34.1 10.1 3.9 3.4 122 106 196 63.20 38.23 1.65 84
5000 43.9 38.2 14.9 3.0 2.6 93 81 150 70.70 56.40 1.25 88

All fuel consumption numbers are the total for all engines in the boat. Speeds are measured with Stalker ProSports radar gun or GPS. Fuel consumption (gallons per hour) measured with Floscan digital fuel-flow meter or by on-board factory-installed diagnostic instruments. Range is based on 90% of published fuel capacity. Sound levels determined using Radio Shack digital decibel meter on A scale. 68 dBA is the level of normal conversation. Time to plane is measured from start of acceleration to formation of rooster tail behind boat.

Performance Chart

Performance Chart

Test Conditions

Test Power: 1 x 150-hp Mercury Optimax
Time To Plane 2.9 sec.
0 to 30 8.1 sec.
Test Power 1 x 150-hp Mercury Optimax
Transmission N/A
Ratio N/A
Props 3 blade stainless steel 19
Load 2 persons, 3/8 fuel, no water, min. gear
Climate 67 deg., 98% humid., wind: 0-5 knots; seas: calm

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