It’s great for someone who loves fishing, but with the very cool, optional bench seat it easily converts to a family runabout.
By Steven Bull
The Amarok is a brand new edition to the Princecraft line for 2015. It’s another one of their hybrid-style boats that is great for someone who loves fishing, but with the very cool, optional bench seat it easily converts to a family runabout.
At 16.5 feet, it’s compact and easy to trailer. And thanks to the 5052-H36 marine grade aluminum alloy hull it’s very light, so a 75 horsepower engine gives you plenty of punch. All of this, plus a trolling motor, sonar fish finder, high top cover, Bluetooth and USB equipped stereo and, of course, that optional flip-up bench seat for under $27 thousand Canadian – including a trailer!
But easy on the budget does not mean this is a budget boat by any means. From hull to those options this is simply a well-built boat. Princecraft has more than 60 years of experience and they’ve taken cues from their past success and from customer feedback to craft this boat to be as user-friendly as possible.
It’s the same hull design as the popular Nanook, but it’s cheaper. It’s compact, but has a five-person capacity and raised casting platforms at both bow and stern. Tucked away is a surprising amount of storage.
At the bow are two dry storage compartments, right behind the trolling motor mount. Behind that is the 16-gallon bow livewell, perfect to hold the day’s catch. Found smack dab between both is the mount for a removable seat.
Mid-ship is the in-floor rod storage locker that fits five rods and on the passenger side, just beside the seat, is room for two more rods.
The Amarok has the option of single or dual consoles. As tested, we were on the dual console that features a wrap around, walk-through windshield – especially handy in Canada and the northern United States where the start and end of the boating, and fishing, season can get quite cool.
Another useful feature is the Princetrack rail system that runs all around the boat and allows you to order and clip on a number of features like rod holders or cup holders to customize your boat.
Fun comes standard, though. It’s small and light and pops up to 20 mph in just over 5 seconds. With the 75 hp Mercury and spitfire propeller maxing out the power rating you have affordable oomph that pushes this hybrid Princecraft through chop comfortably and cruises nicely at 4000 rpm at 29 mph.
With a test load of two people we topped out at 37.7 mph – an impressive run for this power and this size and at this price.
Overall, the Amarok is a serious fishing boat with serious family fun options that does not have a serious impact on your bank account.