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Renaissance designed the Prowler 42 to be a luxury catamaran that can be set up for offshore fishing, day boating or myriad on-water activities, including diving, cruising or a combination of them all. Thanks to high-tech, weight-saving composite construction, the boat can be powered by as few as two outboards or as many as four like our test model. The added space that comes with a 12’ (3.66 m) beam gives the boat a wealth of space in the bow and cockpit areas.
• Large Catamaran Center Console
• Asymmetrical Sponsons. The twin hulls of the Renaissance Prowler 42 are each asymmetrical between their port and starboard halves, much as we see on racing cats. The sponsons have twin steps, 26-degrees of deadrise at the stern, a 55-degree entry at the bow and strakes placed to provide lift to enhance efficiency.
• Walkthrough Transom. The catamaran design allows for a centrally positioned walkthrough to the stern, which is welcome for diving, snorkeling or just hanging out at the sandbar.
• 55-Gallon (208 L) Livewells. Custom built for the boat, the livewells are in the aft corners of the cockpit and designed with rounded corners, a blue finish inside, and windows in the sides for easy checks.
• Single-Level Decks from Bow to Stern. From the cockpit to the bow, the deck is all the same height so anglers can work a fish anywhere in the boat.
The Renaissance Prowler 42 has a LOA of 41’ 10’’ (12.75 m), a beam of 12’ 0’’ (3.66 m), and a draft of 18’’ (.46 m). Bad timing prevented us from testing this boat, but the Evinrude techs certainly have. With 50% fuel and four people onboard, we had an estimated test weight of 10,235 lbs. (4,643 kg).
Evinrude reports that with quad 300-hp E-TEC G2s turning 15 ¼ x 26 4-bladed props, the Prowler 42 reached her top speed of 66.7 mph at 5700 rpm. At that speed, 98.3 gph was burned for a range of 275 miles.
Best cruise was 28.8 mph at 3000 rpm. At that speed, the fuel burn was reduced to 31.3 gph while still holding back a 10% reserve. The Prowler 42 reached time-to-plane in 4.5 seconds.
The Stern. One of the advantages of the Evinrudes is the clean stern that the motors help create. Evinrude outboards have integrated hydraulic steering pumps and an on-board tank for the two-stroke oil. As a result, there are no hydraulic cylinders, rams or hydraulic hoses to clutter up the stern. The only things visible are the mounting bolts and the protective rigging hose around the electrical cables and fuel lines, which gives the Prowler 42’s stern a squeaky-clean look.
The Renaissance Prowler 42 is available with the 2-stroke performance and efficiency of the Evinrude E-TEC G2 outboard, owing to the technology inherent in these next-generation engines. These outboards use a state-of-the-art direct-injection system that combines an efficient combustion-chamber design with placement of the spark plugs near the fuel injectors in each cylinder.
Built-in steering, trim and tilt simplify rigging and eliminate hydraulic lines and extraneous equipment, while electronic throttle and shift control simplifies rigging as well.
New Design. The new engine design starts with a block and heads that have been configured to maximize combustion, reduce fuel consumption, and effectively lower emissions. The 300 horsepower is from a normally aspirated 3.4l, 74-degree V6 that will rev to 6000 rpm and turns a reduction gear case of 1.85:1. The bore and stroke of the cylinders measure 3.85” by 3.00’’.
All Cylinders are Fed by Direct, In-Cylinder Fuel Injection. Fuel is delivered inside the combustion chamber, rather than in the intake manifold, resulting in more accurate – and more efficient -- fuel delivery. A special electronic oil-injection system squirts lube at the same time to lubricate the engine's internal components. The resulting combustion is fired by BRP’s Fast Rise Inducted Ignition system that produces a higher energy, longer duration spark for improved fuel burn.
The lower unit is more streamlined, but also incorporates larger gears, made possible through a simplified electronic control system that uses a small solenoid to actuate the shift function. These and other elements help make the Evinrude E-TEC G2 engines some of the most fuel-efficient outboard engines, whether compared to other 2-stroke or 4-stroke outboards on the market.
The Evinrude E-TEC G2 300s have no dealer scheduled maintenance for five years or 500 hours, whichever comes first. The electronic oil level indicator is located at the helm and provides visual and audible indicators should the motors built-in 2-gallon (7.57 L) reservoir start to run low.
The maintenance free, magneto-style charging system produces 133-amps with an allotment of 50-amps being directed to the boat's house battery and electrical components. The Evinrude E-TEC G2 300-hp outboard is also equipped with a very handy winterizing engine-fogging feature that occurs at the touch of a button, safeguarding motor storage for next season. Best of all, if a warm day comes along in December, she is ready to go back to work without delay.
All Prowler 42s are custom-built to order, so some items were missing from our test model because the owner didn’t want them. For example, the owner didn’t want the padded filler cushion that fills in the 21” (.53 m)-wide opening from the stern into the cockpit. Normally, it would fill in the opening and have padding that matches the coaming panel that rings the cockpit. Additionally, the walkway between the transom and the motors is 2’4” (71.12 cm) deep so there’s space to stand and move about.
Once in the cockpit, we measured the area from the transom to the prep station on the aft side of the helm seats at 7’3” (2.21 m) fore to aft and 11’3” (3.43 m) wide. We’ve seen another that measured 10’6” (3.20 m) fore and aft. Hatches in the cockpit deck lead to mechanical components and just ahead on each side are 500-quart (473 L) self-draining, insulated fishboxes. Deck height at the stern is 2’1” (64 cm).
Heading Forward. Our test boat was equipped with the prep station abaft the helm seats. If an owner wants more seating, Renaissance offers a second set of bolsters for three passengers. Twin hatches open on tension hinges to reveal 30-quart (28 L) coolers. Below there are drawers on each side of dedicated slots for tackle trays.
At the Prowler 42’s helm, there are three individual captains’ seats with fold-up bolsters and armrests. The batteries are stored in the base of the leaning post, and are easily accessible via a hinged hatch.
The dash area has space for three 16” (40.6 cm) multifunction displays (our boat had Simrad touchscreens) beneath a recessed brow. Up top there is a centrally located compass. Just ahead of the steering wheel is the Evinrude ICON Touch engine display and, to either side are rows of flush-mounted accessory switches that illuminate when turned on. The trim buttons are in a smart location on the Evinrude binnacle just ahead of the digital throttle controls so the driver can adjust the motors individually with his throttling hand.
iDock. Just to starboard is the joystick for the Evinrude iDock system. It’s when she approaches the dock where she really shines, thanks to the E-TEC G2’s integrated steering working in conjunction with the iDock joystick to allow effortless docking. The system is dialed in, and everything moves exactly as expected.
Overhead, the hardtop on our boat is supported by a stout frame that provides plenty of grab points and our test model had rocket-launcher style rod holders and LED lights.
Forward Thinking. One of the benefits of a 12’ (3.66 m) beam is the space between the console and the gunwales that make it easy to move forward on the boat. They were 2’4” (.71 m) wide on both sides. Fresh and raw-water washdowns are driven by 5.2-gpm (19.68 lpm) pumps. There are rod holders on the starboard side of the console and the entrance to the console is to port.
Inside, there was a private head area with plenty of seated headroom and we were impressed by the clean rigging of all the helm components. Things can get complicated with four outboards, but Renaissance made everything easy to follow.
The Bow.The front of the console on the Prowler 42 can be set up with two comfortably reclined chaise lounges that have folding armrests and elevated leg supports. Underneath the seats are two 950-quart (900 L) boxes for keeping the catch fresh. There are also 612-quart (579 L) in-deck fishboxes on each side. Larger coffin boxes are available as options. A full bolster and recessed powder-coated grab rail wrap around the bow area.
The Foredeck. All the way forward, there are three hatches and 10” (25.4 cm) pull-up cleats. The outboard lockers have enough space for 1’8” (51 cm) round fenders and the forward hinged hatches have stainless gas struts to hold them up. In the center, the anchor locker hatch is hinged from the side and opens past vertical so it will stay open on its own.
Construction. To keep the weight at a svelte 8,400 lbs. (3,810 kg) without power, Renaissance builds the Prowler 42 with high-tech composite foam, quad-axial fiberglass mat and vacuum-bagging for proper resin distribution. It is one of the few cat builders in class to do so.
The Prowler 42 should appeal to a wide variety of buyers looking for a big boat that feels even bigger and has tons of space for fishing, chartering, diving, etc. The efficient catamaran design can be powered with as few as two outboards or as many as four, which provides for plenty of options. The quad installation of the Evinrude E-TEC G2 300 outboards seemed to be an excellent match for this boat, in the acceleration, the clean rigging at the transom, and digital throttle, shift, and steering control, and the color-matched panels on the outboards, which allow a custom look.
Standard and Optional Features
|Washdown: Fresh Water||Standard|
|Washdown: Raw Water||Standard|
|Outlet: 12-Volt Acc||Standard|
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