By Steven Bull
For 2017, Princecraft has re-introduced the 164 Sport and it now boasts better weight distribution. That translates to better holeshots and with the reverse chine hull design, the handling is crisp and responsive.
It’s rated for a max of 115-hp, but the popular 90-hp Mercury with a Spitfire 13.0 x 17 propeller delivered some quality results on test runs. The compact package and lightweight, but durable, aluminum hull means quick acceleration times, with virtually no bow rise whatsoever.
On one hand the on-the-water features are what sells a boat, but in this case, the towing and storing ability are huge plusses in my books. With the length under 17-feet, this is easy to trailer without a big truck and it’s compact enough that you can store it in your garage if you have the space.
The fishing features, too, are impressive for the weekend warrior. The bow casting platform has a 39-L SportFlo electric filled, aerated livewell. Just behind is a seat base should you prefer seated fishing and underneath is open-access storage. For the fishing family that wants to cruise around as a day boat, you have optional filler cushions that transforms this to a bow lounge/sunpad. As tested, there was no trolling motor, but that’s an option.
The walkthrough windscreen is nice and high, always important on a fishing boat for early runs. The helm console features a moulded dash and an optional Lowrance Hook 3x unit, but you can customize this as you see fit.
There is no massive rod locker, but there is plenty of storage space for rods including handy straps along the port side gunwale for great run-and-gun casting. Of course, fishing is a social activity for many, so bring your buds along to ride in comfort with the flip-up jump seats and cup holders in the aft casting platform.
When just seats are down, you have a lot of room to work. There is another seat base here and there’s also the base for the removable ski tow pole. And, perfect for small tackle boxes and that favourite lure, there is a flip out storage compartment in the centre under the casting platform.
Getting a multi-species fishing boat from a high quality and reputable manufacturer with Lowrance fish finder, upgraded stereo, stand-up high top tonneau cover, trailer and a 90-horse Mercury at a phenomenally affordable price point is not only possible, it’s also a ton of fun!
TEST BOAT ENGINE
Mercury FourStroke, 90 hp, 2.1 L, 8-valve single overhead cam, inline four-cylinder with computer controlled multi EFI
0-20 / 4.2; 0-30 / 6.4
TOP SPEED (mph/rpm)
42.6 / 5,500
CRUISING SPEED (mph/rpm)
27 / 4,000; 32 / 4,500
Length: 16 ft 6 in / 5.03 m
Beam: 7 ft 6 in / 2.34 m
Weight: 1,090 lbs / 494 kg
Fuel Capacity: 19 gals / 72 L
Price: $36,022 (as tested, includes trailer)
Speed Testing by Lowrance GPS