Boat Review by: Rick Layzell
Princecraft have been building boats in Canada since 1954 and in 1993 they were one of the first aluminum builders to launch into deck boat designs. The Ventura 190 is the smallest of the 6 models they offer and it is an awesome combination of fun and versatility.
The Ventura series has seen a number of upgrades for 2018 and our test boat was dressed in white hull colour with a beautifully colour matched interior throughout the cockpit. The new fiberglass helm station follows the styling cues and allows consumers to choose from a variety of 7” sonar options. I especially liked the new vinyl floor options and was noticeably pleased with how cool the designs of the floors are on bare feet.
A deck design truly supports consumer demands for versatility and the Ventura 190 didn’t disappoint. For family fun on the water this hull truly does it all. There’s a 174 Litre fuel system built into the floor which will support lots of hours of fun before running back for a top up. Our test boat featured Mercury’s very sexy 115 Pro XS four stroke engine and the hull is rated for up to 150 HP for those who need the speed.
The entertainment standards in this package are endless. There’s a self-draining cooler built into the floor and a 200 Watt Kicker sound system with all the necessary Bluetooth and auxiliary options. For enjoying the sun, the choices are everywhere – we found a very comfortable pair of chaise loungers in the bow section, a full width padded rear sundeck and a huge L shaped seating area in the cockpit close to the very comfortable captain’s chair. There’s even an ergonomically designed snack table here with multiple drink holders.
Mom’s and kids will appreciate the pop up privacy enclosure tucked neatly under the rear sundeck and access into the boat was simple - open a small gate between the starboard side rear platform with telescoping ladder and you are readily back into the interior of the boat. I liked the fact that Princecraft includes the safety of flush mount halogen docking lights as well as a pair of underwater lights as standard.
With a full tank of fuel and powered by the 115 Pro XS the boat was on step in 4.34 seconds and handily found her way to 36 MPH @ 6,100 RPM. We noted cruising speeds on plane at a low of 18 MPH and a mid-range of 26 MPH @ 4,200 RPM.
Overall the Ventura 190 is a solid performer. She will satisfy the needs for family fun, group entertainment and all-around captain satisfaction – she really is fun to drive!
|Length:||19' 2"||5.8 m|
|Beam:||8' 1"||2.5 m|
|Dry weight:||1,868 lbs||847 kg|
|Draft:||2.41 feet||73 cm|
|Fuel Capacity:||46 US gals||174 L|
|Base Engine / Drive:||Mercury Pro XS|