Boat Review by: Richard Crowder
The Jazz series of three models from seventeen and a half to twenty-one and a half feet is the youngest series in this Canadian builder’s pontoon fleet. In fact Princecraft Boats of Princeville, Quebec, part of the Brunswick Company Boat Group, offers a huge selection of 38 models of pontoon boats from fifteen to thirty feet in eight separate series. Princecraft also offers aluminum deck boats plus a vast selection of aluminum family, fishing, utility, and cartop boats.
The Jazz 170 at seventeen feet, seven inches length overall on an eight foot, one inch beam is the smallest of the three Jazz models yet offers virtually the same layout and amenities but in a smaller, more manageable, and more affordable package. The beam is even the same on all three Jazz models. The Jazz 170 is rated by Transport Canada to accommodate five persons on board, yet is rated for seven persons in the USA.
You can have your Jazz 170 outfitted with five choices of Mercury four stroke outboard power starting at 9.9 horsepower for those of you who wish to simply “gunk-hole” and explore at a leisurely and very inexpensive pace, and up to 50 horsepower if a need to get from A to B quickly or basic waterskiing is part of your boating lifestyle and requirements. Keep in mind when choosing your power that you can also proceed at a very leisurely pace with the 50 horsepower set at idle or just slightly above. All motor choices include electric start and power trim./p>
The interior layout of the Jazz 170 mirrors that of several larger pontoon boats, but again, simply on a smaller scale. There are three entry gates, all with lift and lock hinges – center bow, center port side, and center stern. There are three wrap-around couches/lounge seats – two facing each other on port and starboard sides in the bow plus one on the portside stern. All three are very comfortable in size to accommodate two persons seated or one lounging.
All furniture is constructed of Roto-Cast bases and backs and covered with “plush and heavy weight upholstery.” Full storage is provided beneath the hinged seat cushions of all three of these lounge seats. Standard flooring material is marine grade carpet which may be optionally changed to anti-skid vinyl floor covering.
The starboard side at the stern is reserved for the driver‘s swivel folding seat facing a rotomolded helm console complete with a molded dash panel with contrasting black inserts and lighted DC switches. The only standard instrumentation is a voltmeter which may be all you want and really need if you opt for the 9.9 hp Mercury outboard. However, if you choose more horsepower, you may want to consider an optional upgrade of the Concert Package which not only provides a speedometer and tachometer but also a horn, smoked windscreen, Jensen MS30BT stereo with two speakers, plus LED docking lights.
You may further enhance your driving comfort with the addition of an option package which includes a tilt steering wheel plus a slider adjustment for the driver’s seat. Or go all out and order the upgraded fancy swiveling Captain’s chair.
Behind the driver’s seat tucked neatly in the curved starboard stern corner is a standard storage module complete with a couple of cupholders on the top surface. This unit may be optionally converted into an aerated livewell with support for three rod holders. Even if you’re not a fishing person, a livewell is a great place to keep onboard drinks like water bottles nice and cool. And the rod holders often double as great boat hook or deck brush holders.
Standard equipment also includes a bimini top and a stern boarding ladder. Other available optional equipment includes three choices of colour accenting, a privacy enclosure, floor-mounted bow snack table, battery switch, mooring cover, double bimini top, full or half camper enclosure, and a trailer. The portable fuel tank has a dedicated placement bracket on the swim deck beside the motor.
Just because the Jazz 170 is relatively smaller and relatively less expensive than most of its other models does not mean that Princecraft has altered its production process for this boat. It is still constructed using 5052-H36 marine grade aluminum alloy with the same cross-channel under-deck support structure, the same 3/4 “ pressure-treated wood deck, V-shaped aluminum engine pod, plus 23 inch pontoons with sealed bulkheads plus full length keels and skirting.
As Princecraft says, the “Jazz 170 is designed with boating pleasure in mind and is as affordable as it is fun!”
|Dry weight:||1,307 lbs||593 kg|
|Fuel Capacity:||Portable US gals||Portable L|
|Base Engine / Drive:||Mercury Outboard|
|Engine HP:||9.9 - 50|