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Brief Summary

The Princecraft Xperience 188 is a 19’ (5.79 m), all-aluminum fishing boat designed to provide anglers a tough, durable craft with the added benefits of convertible seating for family enjoyment. Numerous outboard propulsion options provide power packages for tow sports or quicker travels to favorite fishing spots.

Key Features

  • 5052-H36 marine-grade aluminum alloy
  • Bow and aft raised casting platforms
  • 2 fold-down seats
  • Electric-filled aerated livewell
  • 16 gal. stern livewell
  • 7' rod storage without support
  • Carpeted bow mounting trolling motor pad
  • 6 floor seat bases
  • 2 deluxe folding seats with no-pinch hinges
  • 160-watt AM/FM/Bluetooth Jensen Stereo with 2 waterproof speakers
  • Specifications

    Length Overall 19' 0''
    5.79 m
    Beam 98''
    2.49 m
    Dry Weight 1,845 lbs.
    837 kg
    Tested Weight N/A
    Draft 33''
    0.84 m
    - Draft Up N/A
    - Draft Down N/A
    - Air Draft N/A
    Deadrise/Transom 18-deg.
    Max Headroom open
    Bridge Clearance N/A
    Weight Capacity N/A
    Person Capacity N/A
    Fuel Capacity 40 gal.
    151 L
    Water Capacity N/A
    Length on Trailer N/A
    Height on Trailer N/A
    Trailer Weight N/A
    Total Weight
    (Trailer, Boat, & Engine)

    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

    Std. Power Not Available
    Tested Power Currently no test numbers
    Opt. Power Six Mercury engine options from 90-hp to 200-hp
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    Captain's Report

    Princecraft Xperience 188 running shot
    The Princecraft Xperience 188 has an LOA of 19’0” (5.79 m), a beam of 8’2” (2.49 m) and a draft of 33” (.84 m).

    Features Inspection

    Princecraft Xperience 188 running shot
    The Xperience 188’s sharp bow entry helps to cut the chop for a smoother ride.



    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.

    Princecraft Xperience 188 rod storage
    Just aft in the cockpit sole is a locking, centerline compartment with room for organizing 10 rods or other gear that needs to be secured.

    The stern

    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.

    Princecraft Xperience 188 bow seating
    Shown here is the flip-up bow seating with a corner bolster pad.

    Family Cruising

    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.

    Princecraft Xperience 188 pedestal table
    An optional pedestal table is available for the bow area, ideal for eating lunch or enjoying refreshments.

    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.

    Princecraft Xperience 188 changing station
    A nice option to consider is the changing station enclosure that can be equipped with a portable toilet.


    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.

    Princecraft Xperience 188 glove box
    The boat’s locking glove box provides secure storage for valuables.
    Princecraft Xperience 188 side console
    The companion side console has a nook for PFDs and a drawer.

    The helm

    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.

    Princecraft Xperience 188 helm console
    Hydraulic steering, along with a tilt wheel, are available as options and are worth considering.

    Construction Considerations

    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.

    Princecraft Xperience 188 pre wired bow
    The bow is pre-wired for 12, 24, or 36 volt trolling motor power.

    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.

    Princecraft Xperience 188 running shot
    A choice of hull side graphics is available for the Xperience 188.

    Standard Equipment

    • High-gloss exterior urethane paint and decal package
    • Anchor storage compartment
    • Storage under casting platform
    • 6 seat mount floor bases
    • 2 fold-down seats (captain and companion)
    • 2 fold-down jump seats
    • Electrically-filled aerated stern livewell (16 gallons)
    • 7’ rod storage
    • In-floor lockable rod organizer for 10 rods
    • Lockable storage compartment in side panels
    • 12V, 24V or 36V bow trolling motor plug and receptacle with wiring harness
    Princecraft Xperience 188 trailer
    Shown here is the Xperience 188 with her standard trailer and optional kicker outboard at the stern.

    Optional Equipment

    • Princecraft special decal package...upgrade exchange
    • Marine-grade carpeted floor covering
    • Tilt steering with slider for captain's chair…upgrade exchange
    • SeaStar hydraulic steering system with tilt wheel and slider for captain's chair…upgrade exchange
    • Co-Pilot system for Minn Kota PD V2 trolling motor
    • Kicker option: Mercury 9.9 ELPT BF 4S Pro Kicker with remote control and connecting rod
    • Chemical toilet with holding tank and pump out (2.6 gallons/9.8 L)
    • 200-watt AM/FM/CD/Bluetooth Clarion Stereo compatible SAT with integrated USB plug and auxiliary input
    • SmartCraft gauges (speedometer, tachometer and trim)…upgrade exchange


    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

    Marine Electronics

    Fishfinder Optional
    GPS/Chart Optional


    Battery Charger/Converter Optional
    CD Stereo Standard
    Head: Fixed Optional

    Exterior Features

    Carpet: Cockpit Optional Snap-in
    Outlet: 12-Volt Acc Standard
    Swim Ladder Optional
    Swim Platform Optional


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