Boat Review by: Rick Layzell
‘FLAGSHIP’– From the definitions in Oxford Languages– flagship is “the best or most important thing owned or produced by a particular organization.” In boating circles, the flagship is the boat or series of boats that get all the proverbial bells and whistles. For Princecraft the Vogue series is their flagship, and the 25 RL is a stunning example of their commitment to their flagship lineup.
When approaching a dock full of new factory boats there’s always one (ok, sometimes there’s a couple) that catches your eyes first. The Vogue not only catches your eyes, she commands your attention. Dressed in a shimmering Ruby Red exterior with plush white vinyls peeking over the forward lounging area and a sexy white-clad Mercury 300 on the stern the Vogue is absolutely stunning. Even the look of the optional forward-facing mat black wakeboard tower plays with your emotions- it goes without saying that I was salivating over the Vogue 25 RL. This is an adrenalin pontoon designed for those who love the look, feel, and drive of a sports car.
Princecrafts’ designers show their commitment to quality starting on the fencing, which is way kicked up over a standard pontoon. Here you’ll find double walled APS style panels. Exterior logos and aesthetic trim are all raised to cleverly enhance the rugged yet sexy fence treatment.
Quality and innovation exert themselves everywhere. The furniture is some of the most luxurious you'll find with its ultra-plush heavy weight vinyl, and multiple plays on a variety of textures and stitching along with beautifully crafted colour inlays. There’s an abundance of storage under seats, backrests, and under the helm. Your Vogue 25 RL even comes with a removable bow gate seat which shares all the styling cues and quality enhancements of the rest of the interior.
One of the highlights for me was a brilliantly designed foldable cockpit table. No, not foldable so you can stow it out of the way (which is also feasible), Princecraft has designed in-house a table that allows you to fold both sides down while maintaining the 4 built-in beverage holders. Think about the amount of cockpit space this gains– it’s a HUGE increase and it makes so much sense! If it’s snack time you simply squeeze the arms under the table and in seconds you are back to full size. Kudos Princecraft for this awesome, functional, and beneficial design.
The helm station is a thing of beauty with race car styling cues, a SIMRAD Go7 touch screen, 200 watt Kicker sound package, and one of the most comfortable pilots seats you’ll ever have the pleasure of owning. And your co-pilot wasn’t forgotten- their seat is as luxurious as yours.
As you can imagine the array of features are endless. Suffice to say there are beverage holders in abundance, 12V and USB chargers seemingly everywhere, and LED lighting that gracefully enhances the interior in all the right places (think dash, speakers, under seat bases, cup holders and more).
The rear lounger– the moment I accepted that the boat models ‘RL’ initials were not named after me– is still a thing of beauty. There are more viewing options than I can describe– the easy adjust backrest allows you to face forwards, aft, or simply lay it all the way down to create a monstrous interior bed arrangement. There are additional backrests that flip up and are supported by tough and durable backing plates to keep them in place. You’ll find a generously sized, handsomely designed series of stainless steel rails to keep everyone safely on board while you’re in motion, and there’s even a simple to use flip-down feature on the rear rail so you can comfortably join the action on the stern while moored. Under the center section of the rear lounger seating is a full pop up enclosure to which you can add the optional head with holding tank and pump out feature. The rear section houses a self draining cooler and access to the optional battery switch.
Complementing all that stainless steel is a beautifully crafted multi step reboarding ladder, and the optional SS waterski tow bar added even more appeal to the stern of the Vogue. And yes, you’ll even find a standard pair of speakers here for afternoons on the sandbar or time to sing along while lounging in your favourite bay.
Getting to know a boat is one of the most enjoyable parts of testing and with Mercury’s 300 V8 with DTS (Digital Throttle & Shift) our test boat had this test pilot anxious to get off the dock. At a stout 27’ 11” length overall moving the Vogue takes a mindful eye– even more so when the factory boss is standing there watching you pull his baby away from his dock!
Cruising speeds were seemingly endless– 15.5 MPH/23 MPH/25 MPH– all worked perfectly with minimal trim on our calm waterway. Hole shots were dead on at 4.35 seconds, and while top speed isn’t always critical on a pontoon– unless you build it to look and feel like a race car– then 44.5 MPH at 5,300 RPM hits the adrenalin square on the head.
The optional Performance Configuration adds the 3rd log, under deck spray shield, lifting strakes and a 185L / 49 US gal fuel tank. More importantly it delivered on the promise of performance. The Vogue runs on rails at all speeds and in a huge variety of turns and twists.
Fun to drive is an understatement. Easy to handle in all speeds goes without saying. Pride of ownership screams out from every angle. I cannot imagine any owner having any negative words– my short time with the Princecraft Vogue 25 RL left me longing for more and hoping for an invite back in the future. This is simply an incredible work of art.
|Dry weight:||2,545 lbs||1,154 kg|
|Fuel Capacity:||29 US gals||110 L|
|Base Engine / Drive:||Mercury|