Boat Review by: Rick Layzell
Pontoon boats have taken the recreational boating market by storm. They have consistently posted the highest category sales increase and this trend has been repeating itself for over a decade. While consumers from all walks of life are shopping for pontoons, new boaters, cottagers adding to their existing watercraft, or families trading in other styles of boats for the versatility of pontoon boats, many manufacturers have overlooked smaller sized boats.
Enter Canadian made Princecraft boats who have been marketing the Jazz series for several years. Until now the, Jazz lineup has focused on models from 17’-21’. For 2023, Princecraft has made a commitment to families who have desire to be on the water without the need for a 20’ boat. Enter the Jazz 140 2RS.
Let’s start with the manufacturing process, which is all done in Princeville, Quebec since Princecraft began building boats all the way back in 1954. The story and the legacy of the brands history is worth a read and will give confidence to any potential buyer.
Princecraft uses 5052-H36 marine grade aluminum alloy in all their models. The Jazz 140 shares the same 2 ½” heavy duty extruded Z aluminum cross channels and 1 ¼” anodized aluminum rails as her larger siblings. Her sealed pontoon bulkheads use a top mounted air plug – the tubes on the Jazz 140 are 23” while larger models commonly use 25”. The Jazz 140 simply doesn’t need larger tubes. You’ll also find a V-shaped aluminum engine pod, extruded aluminum full length pontoon keels and skirting, stern molded corners, and a stainless-steel bow eye. Again, just like her larger siblings. From here forward in this review, unless I note that ‘this is unique to the Jazz 140’ then everything in manufacturing is indeed just like the larger models.
Her full interior features pressure treated wood flooring covered with anti-skid marine grade vinyl floor. I was pleasantly surprised to find a total of three gates incorporated into the design of the Jazz 140 – walk thru gates at bow and stern sections as well as a port side gate. All gates feature lift and lock hinges.
The Jazz 140 2RS (2RS stands for 2 rear seats), features a pair of comfortable loungers in the bow section which you could reasonably expect to seat four adults. The helm station is rotomolded for durability and our test package included the optional Concert Package which adds a 160-watt Jensen sound system with four speakers, speedometer, tachometer (voltage gauge is standard), as well as LED docking lights and in dash USB plug and a smoked windscreen. The two rear seats are the captain and co-captain seats which both swivel easily and fold for travel.
The rear fishing station includes a ruler, livewell (pump is optional) which can also be used as an ice chest and two beverage holders. Unique to the Jazz 140 is the optional bimini (tops are standard on all other Princecraft pontoons). The logic here is that on small lakes where the Jazz 140 is the ideal solution, a bimini is simply not always required – making the choice yours to decide. If you do order the bimini, Princecraft built in an extension arm on the rear supports. Your benefit is that when fishing/casting the raised height will keep the bimini out of your way. Clever innovation.
What the Jazz 140 2RS is all about is simply getting off the dock for a slow cruise around the lake. Our test boat had a 25 HP Mercury outboard mounted on her transom and we found she cruised along at 13 and 17 MPH with no issues. Hole shots and top speed (17 MPH was showing 5,850 RPM so that just about the top) really aren’t relevant to this model.
What I immediately noticed was a sense of calm while driving the Jazz 140. Because there were no expectations of performance with our hair blowing in the wind, we simply eased off the dock and calmly went for a little boat ride. I have to admit, it was an peaceful experience and I thoroughly enjoyed it.
If you are at the cottage on a small lake or simply looking for an easy to run small boat for calm waters, then the Princecraft Jazz 140 2RS might be just the ticket.
|Dry weight:||1,130 lbs||513 kg|
|Base Engine / Drive:||Mercury|
|Engine HP:||25 ELPT|