Boat Review by: Rick Layzell
In an era where fishing on a pontoon has become a must for many families, the Sportfisher LX 25 4S blends fishing with functionality in a stylish package that is sure to meet the needs of many consumers.
From the outside this package is tastefully dressed with black rails, bumper and trim with a two tone black and grey finish on the fencing. Entry is easy through your choice of the bow, port side gate or the two stern gates and once on board there’s no doubt that while fishing is the focus any ‘non fishing’ guests will also feel welcome on board.
The bow of the Sportfisher features a pair of foldable, swivel fishing seats and the optional Minn Kota trolling motor leant itself seamlessly to the readily accessible 3 rod holders up front. Both port and starboard sides of the bow feature a storage locker with a couple of cup holders – our test boat also had a conversion kit making the port side storage an aerated livewell.
The fishing ‘piece de resistance’ on this boat has to be the new rear transom fishing station. Beginning with a second pair of foldable, swivel fishing seats we were quickly drawn to the centre station itself. It was here that we found a massive centre storage compartment, multiple cup holders and tucked nicely into the bottom of the station was a pair of well designed trays for our gear. We also were drawn to the starboard side, lockable, rod locker. Roomy enough to securely carry 4 rods up to 7’ length the locker perfectly complements the rear station. Princecraft recognized the need for egress into the area from the docks or on water and have added doors to both sides of the rear platform.
The fiberglass helm featured a molded dash with black pearl woodgrain inserts, lighted rocker switches, sport tilt steering, LED lighting, a quick release windshield and the optional Humminbird Helix 5 graph. The helm seat itself was luxurious and easily swivels and slides – I did feel that a slightly narrower helm seat design would have provided more room between it and the dinette table.
The Mercury 150 features hydraulic steering which I appreciated during our on water tests. Ambient air temperature was 16 degrees C during our test runs and with a light load of 2 guys and ½ tank of fuel we found very acceptable hole shots of 4.19 seconds and a consistent top speed of 33.4 MPH @ 5,200 RPM – I suspect there’s a little more there as the engine should run up another 300 RPM. Cruising speeds were comfortable at 19.8 MPH @ 3,500 RPM and 23.2 MPH @ 4,000 RPM. The boat didn’t need a lot of trim and rarely was I over ¼ of the range. The 150 pulls strong and once you add your crew and gear there’s lots of power there to find your own range.
Our test package was equipped with Princecraft’s ‘Performance Configuration’ which gave us the under deck spray shield, lifting strakes and a center log which also doubles to carry the 110 L fuel tank. Even with limited need for trim the Sportfisher was easily and quickly out of the water thanks to the lifting strakes. At top speed we saw water running from mainly the back 6’ of the logs which is where it belongs and she turned beautifully. Our test lake was quiet so we were sure to whip things up a bit – she was flawless and tracked in turns with perfection no matter how hard we tried to make her fail.
Fishing and pontoons are words that work well together in today’s offerings. Princecraft’s Canadian made packages blend nicely to meet the needs of families and fishing friends of all kinds and for all types of waters.
|Dry weight:||2,245 lbs||1,018 kg|
|Fuel Capacity:||29 US gals||110 L|
|Base Engine / Drive:||Mercury|