Boat Review by: Rick Layzell
The Quorum series of pontoon boats from Princecraft offers a 4 model lineup for families of all shapes and sizes. The renowned Canadian manufacturer also brings luxury, a stylish blend of class and a significant dash of performance. The Quorum 25RL has all of these attributes in spades.
Available in four classic colour combinations of Black, Steel Grey, Ruby Red or Classic Blue, the Quorum pulls your colour choice along the elegant fence lines and into the interior. She’s also available in multiple log package combinations. The Speed configuration adds lifting strakes, reinforced tube noses (dolphin noses) and under deck spray shield. The Sport configuration adds a bow central half log to the lifting strakes, under deck spray shield and dolphin noses. And finally the Performance Configuration incorporates all of the above plus a full length 3rd log.
Our test boat was dressed in the Steel Grey colours with the addition of the Performance Configuration accommodating a Mercury 200 V6 with power steering. Additional factory options included the Elegance Edition, dinette package, convenience package, battery charger and switch, wakeboard tower with bimini, SS waterski tow bar, head package with tank and pump out system, rear seat safety railing, 200W Kicker sound system, and a mooring cover.
On media day the Quorum was deservedly given the outside dock position making her highly visible as we walked down the docks. This left us an opportunity to admire her lines as we moved in and out of the docks conducting various tests throughout the day. In a word she is, quite simply, stunning. The play of colour along the fence lines lends itself beautifully to the array of tones and textures on the interior vinyl. The exterior fence gains from 1 ¼" anodized rails that appear to flow up and out of the water and the Elegance Edition brings in a graphic package with metallic colour accents.
Inside, the Quorum 25 looks and feels like an entertainer at ease. Her forward section incorporates a pair of high back chaise loungers, both of which benefit from Princecraft roto moulded self-draining seat bases. Both loungers feature a forward-facing reclined backrest and cup holders with USB ports. At midship you’ll find a luxurious helm seat that shares all its features with a matching passenger seat. Both are on sliders and swivel. The dinette section is highlighted with a double pedestal table, seemingly endless cup holders, and loads of storage. The magic of the RL model is the absolute monster of a rear lounger on the stern. Simply stow the dinette table in its starboard storage and lift the sturdy and robust backrests to open a massive bed configuration. It’s certainly not hard to envision an afternoon with friends at your favourite anchorage with this lounger, your favourite beverage, catching some rays and enjoying some magical moments. The kids (all of us kids) are bound to appreciate the 4-step stainless steel reboarding ladder and more moments are waiting to be made with the optional SS waterski tow bar. The optional wakeboard tower is designed to take play moments to the next level for all who desire.
After close to an hour dockside reviewing the above, I was eager to get out on the water and without a doubt I was anxious to try the power and the power steering feature on the Mercury 200. Once our cameraman and I were safely away from the docks and other boaters we started playing with hole shots – an average of 3.39 seconds on a 25’ 8” (7.8 m) hull is certainly no slouch. Noting that our built-in 110 litre (29 US gal) fuel was near full made these results even more impressive. We moved on to the ‘flybys’ where one person takes position on the provided camera boat and I have the privilege of running by from various angles at various speeds. This is always a great moment to see how a boat handles in tight turns, and the Performance Configuration on our Quorum 25RL was excellent. She held true in hard turns to either port or starboard and rarely did she want more than ¼ trim angle.
With flyby images collected and our cameraman back on the Quorum, we moved on to testing cruising speeds. Every boater absolutely must take time for this with their own vessel on their own waterway, with full knowledge that your varying payload of crew and gear will create constantly changing results. For us, we were very content with 20 mph @ 3,300 RPM and 1/8 trim, as well as 27 mph @4,300 RPM and ¼ trim. For me, cruising speed results are the most important as these are likely to be your most common speeds with your family and crew. But I never complain when it’s time for our final top speed test. Pontoons are generally not speed monsters since they focus on family, friends, and entertaining, but after the positive cruising speeds and the performance of that Mercury 200, I felt we were in for some great results. She certainly did not disappoint. In the end, and after several attempts and tracking with the on-board gauges and my own GPS app, I recorded a very pleasing 38 mph at top end. That’s 38 mph @ 5,900 RPM and still only ¼ trim. That’s excellent.
There are a lot of choices out there in pontoon boats today, a lot of brands, and a lot of models. If your goals are to proudly own one of the best-looking packages on the water, with space to entertain up to 14 friends, and to savour exceptional pontoon performance with zero compromise, then you must look at the Quorum Series from Princecraft.
|Dry weight:||2,150 lbs||975 kg|
|Fuel Capacity:||29 US gal||110 L|
|Base Engine / Drive:||Mercury|