Captain's ReportTested by Capt. Bob SmithI know that when most people think of getting away to a place where you can relax, golf and spend time on the water, you generally think of Florida somewhere in the process. Now that I have lived in Florida for ten years, I think about a place that has cool temperatures and low humidity. Lake of the Ozarks in Arkansas fit the bill pretty well when I went there to test Princecraft’s new lineup. They were eager to get rolling and I was just as eager to have the cool air blowing across the bow for a change.Princecraft is a Canadian boat builder with offices in Knoxville, TN. Princecraft builds some of the nicest aluminum boats I have had the privilege to test. The high gloss acrythane paint finish looks like a well polished fiberglass finish from just a few feet away. Very few welded joints or rivets distract the eye with the boat in the slip.The Ventura 191V Outboard is a newcomer to Princecraft’s line fulfilling the trend of deck boats that offer multiple uses. She offers a versatile platform whether you’re fishing or enjoying water toys on the lake. Some of the enhancements you’ll find on this year’s lineup are quick release bimini tops for easily dropping the top when trailering; halogen docking lights for better visibility when docking or landing the boat on the bunkers at the boat ramp; and nice wood-grain inserts in the dash pods. New graphics enhance the view of the boat. A deep-Vee hull and reverse chines are also standard on the Ventura line this year.FeaturesYou can board this vessel easily from either the side door, stern or the bow. The bow area doubles as a space for two to sit on pedestal chairs to fish or relax or you can remove them to convert the entire area for a casting platform. A 44” long livewell is mounted in the bow, which is wired for a 24V trolling motor and includes space to tie down two deep cycle batteries. A small anchor locker up front holds the anchor and rode out of the way when motoring along. Step down into the bow seating area and you have two bench seats on either side with rotocast shell bottoms for storage. Two compartments are in this section with one locking compartment for storing your expensive tackle safely. Helm StationThe helm pod is a fiberglass shell with a removable windscreen that lowers the profile of the boat when towing. The helm has nice wood-grain accents with Faria gauges, and standard instrumentation includes tachometer, speedometer, voltmeter, trim and fuel gauges. Standard fishing instrumentation includes the Lowrance X-51 fish/depth finder so you can find the fish without snagging the bottom with the outboard. The plush heavy weight upholstery continues here with a bolstered Captain’s chair. Moving aft a tilt wheel and Sea Star Hydraulic steering are factory installed options on this model. CockpitWhen snack time rolls around a kidney shaped tray can be installed just behind the helm or can stay stored away for more room. The L-shaped bench seating at the stern offers more storage below. The stern fishing deck offers two more spots for folding fishing chairs on pedestals. My test boat also had a stainless steel ski tow bar mounted above the engine and a telescoping boarding ladder at the stern.PerformanceThe first day I took her out, the winds were howling and the waves were kicking up pretty good for a lake. The Ventura handled them with ease, and the ride was completely dry even as we headed directly into the waves at full tilt. She sliced through turns with a fairly tight radius and maintained good headway in sharp changes of direction. She performed good hole shots out of the water, so the skiers in the group should be happy. She handled smoothly in tight quarters like you might expect to find working the banks for the big fish lurking in the brush along a shore. The Ventura also offered a quieter ride without all the metallic sound you find with many aluminum builders.SpecsThe Ventura 191 O/B is 19’2” at the water line and 97” in the beam. Because this model is so new to the line the weight and draft is yet to be determined. She does carry fifty gallons of fuel and is rated for 150-hp maximum. My test model was powered by a Mercury 115hp Optimax with a 17 aluminum prop. With just two people on board and a ¼ tank of fuel, she was out of the hole in just over 4 seconds. She was cruising along at thirty miles per hour in over nine seconds. At 2500 rpms, she was cruising along at about 8.7 mph burning about 2.7 gph. At 3000 she was running just under 17 mph and burning 3.17 gph and we achieved a top end speed at 5200 rpms running just under 40 mph and burning just under 10 gph. Sound levels were comparable to her fiberglasss competitors with a low end of only 63 dB-A and high end of 90 dB-A.If you enjoy fishing as much as you enjoy cruising and entertaining on the water, the Ventura 191 O/B provides a great combination of features to satisfy this compromising need. She has nearly everything you can think of and still rides, sounds and feels like a boat of much larger design.
Test Result Highlights
- Top speed for the Princecraft Ventura 191 V O/B (Not in Production) is 40.0 mph (64.4 kph), burning 10.3 gallons per hour (gph) or 38.99 liters per hour (lph).
- Best cruise for the Princecraft Ventura 191 V O/B (Not in Production) is 23.0 mph (37 kph), and the boat gets 5.57 miles per gallon (mpg) or 2.37 kilometers per liter (kpl), giving the boat a cruising range of 251 miles (403.95 kilometers).
- Tested power is 1 x 115-hp Mercury Optimax.
Standard and Optional Features
|CD Stereo||Optional Clarion|
|Outlet: 12-Volt Acc||Standard|
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