2020 Princecraft Platinum SE 186

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Boat Review by: Rick Layzell


When a company builds a total of 9 unique series of fishing machines, taking a flagship model and raising the bar is no simple feat. But clearly Princecraft management respected the importance of the Platinum SE 186 in their line and for 2020 they clearly gave the research and development teams free reign. Our test boat was a testament to the success of their passion.

We arrived at the Lac William test site on a cool September morning with light winds making the not so balmy plus 8 C temperatures feel pretty darn fresh. Making my way to the docks knowing full well that my first test of the day was a premium model had me doing a two step all the way down the docks. First impression – WOW, WOW, WOW. The new paint schemes are simply stunning. The play of urethane paint greys interwoven with metallic blacks on the hull side down the gunnel and continuing through the interior with added touches of red is beautiful. A standard 52” 3D chromed Princrecaft logo pulls it all together. This layout will be a winner in showrooms and a stunner on docks for years to come.

The Princecraft team does a remarkable job engaging with us to ensure we are made aware of what’s new, what’s standard and what’s optional. My pen scribbled as fast as I could while my excitement simply wanted to get out on the water.

Let me start with a short list of incredible interior features that highlighted our test boat:

  • Frameless windshield, tall, sporty and rugged with a new snap free design for attaching your mooring cover
  • Heated captain’s seat – Awesome! And yes, you can add this for your Co-captain
  • Simrad Go7 multifunction touch screen with Vessel View – standard!
  • ACS – air circulation system for your lockable rod locker
  • Pop up privacy enclosure and yes you can add a head option
  • PrinceTrak System – add your gear wherever you need it
  • Coaming pads
  • LED lighting on docking lights, 4 of the 8 cup holders, interior lighting

Storage compartments of varying sizes are scattered throughout the interior – if there was room, the engineers gave you storage. The rear casting platform features a pair of generously sized jump seats, beverage holders, seat base, optional ski tow base and cockpit wash down system as well as a 64 L ProFlo Plus electric filled aerated livewell. Similar treatment can be found on the bow with another 64L ProFlo Plus livewell, an ice chest, storage, seat base and plenty of space for your choice of MotorGuide or Minn Kota trolling motors.

On the water the Platinum SE 186 is a driver’s dream. Mercury’s 150 Pro XS was the right decision on her transom along with an Inertia SS prop and she consistently delivered blistering 4.31 second hole shots. With a full 140 L of fuel on board, 2 guys and associated safety and camera gear, we were treated to a broad range of cruising speeds. At 21.2 MPH the 150 purred at 3,170 RPM, cranking her up a little we settled in nicely at 30.8 @ 4,070. Top end speeds of the 1,651 lbs (748 kg) fishing machine were a delightful 48.7 MPH @ 5,830 RPM. Given the time to play I am 110% confident this is a legitimate 50 MPH package. As always, every captain needs to know the load and conditions to find your preferred range.

The hull design features a double reverse chine and where that matters most is in the creation of an incredibly dry ride. Our waters were relatively flat and calm and it was when we were shooting a variety of running and tight turn footage that I was able to truly appreciate this design.

The standard features list is long and generous while the options allow you to outfit your Platinum SE 186 to fill your specific needs and desires. If your ready to take fishing to the next level, if features that equal benefits matter then get into your local boat show or your local Princrecaft dealer and check out this incredible new machine. You won’t be sorry you did!

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Length: 18'6" 5.6 m
Beam: 7'11" 2.4 m
Dry weight: 1,651 lbs 748 kg
Draft: 2'9" 80 cm
Fuel Capacity: 37 US gals 140 L
Base Engine / Drive: Mercury
Fuel Type: Gas
Deadrise: 17
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