By Steven Bull
Halfway through the 2015 model year, Princecraft launched the Maska DLX. The 18-foot fish-and-ski model fills the gap between the shorter Nanook and longer Hudson.
The rugged reputation of Princecraft fishing boats stays true on the Maska with its 2.5-millimeter thick 5052-H36 aluminum alloy hull and the twin plating at the chine and from the bow to amidships.
For the angler, as tested, we had the optional Minn Kota trolling motor, a Humminbird Helix 5 Sonar/GPS and stand-up high top for protection on those not-quite-ideal days. For the angler’s family, there are the optional bow rider seat cushions, removable ski pylon with secure clips along the starboard side, swim ladder and aft flip seats.
When down, the aft flip seats make way for a huge casting platform, complete with a 20-gallon, aerated livewell, an easy-access battery storage compartment and seat mount floor base. When flipped up, the jump seats are sturdy and comfortable with handgrips and cup holders in the middle.
There is a lockable nine-rod storage compartment with tubes to keep lines from being tangled in the walk-through and room for four more rods on the port side.
Once you unsnap the optional seat cushions at the bow, you have more great fishing real estate. There is another seat mount and more storage in large compartments for tackle or safety gear.
The Prince Trak mounting system is standard on this boat and allows for easy installation of accessories like rod holders, cup holders or other optional features.
The Maska DLX pops onto plane in less than four seconds and can run comfortably as slow as 18 miles per hour and at a top speed of 50 mph. The reverse chines and the SeaStar hydraulic steering means handling is beyond confident.
The Maska is the newest kid on the Princecraft block but its features and handling are as though it’s been here for years.
Test Boat Engine
Mercury 150 hp FourStroke
0-plane / 3.5
TOP SPEED (rpm/mph)
5,800 / 50.2
CRUISING SPEED (rpm/mph)
2,500 / 19.2; 3,500 / 30.9; 4,500 / 40.4
Length: 18 ft 1 in / 5.5 m
Beam: 7 ft 7 in / 2.30 m
Weight: 1,275 lbs / 578 kg
Fuel Capacity: 27 gal / 102 L
Price: $46,407 (as tested, with trailer)
SPEED TESTING by Apple GPS