I take a belt-and-suspenders approach to boats and boating. that’s why I was pleased to discover that Princecraft not only incorporates double-hull plating of the SE 207 from amidships to the bow, as do a select few other builders, but it takes the extra step of double-plating the chine from amidships aft as well. So armored, you can seek fish feeding amidst boulder fields with greater confidence — or slide up a gravelly beach with less worry.
That fishing/beaching scenario is an apt one for the season-extending, multimission Platinum SE 207. With raised casting decks fore and aft, this boat fishes with the best of them. It features two aerated livewells, both with a removable minnow bucket and lockable stowage for 12 rods. Its full windshield provides protection running to hot spots on windy days, but it also helps the Platinum SE 207 serve as a great family boat.
To that end, the bow converts to V seating and, with the optional cushion, a sun pad. There are six cup holders, a boarding ladder and a four-speaker, satellite-ready, stereo with iPod port. The coolest feature is the changing room, which pops out of the stern to provide privacy, easily accommodating my 6-foot frame. Order the optional head and the ski tow pylon to ensure a smile from all your crew.
Of course, ripping across the lake elicits grins. When I hit the 225 hp Mercury Verado throttle, the Platinum SE 207 took off like a pike after the strike. Princecraft’s double-reverse chine hull turned with aplomb, deflected spray and provided a balanced feel at all speeds. My tester boasted a color-matched trailer, Lowrance HDS-5 highres olution fish finder/GPS, vinyl floor covering and more. So equipped, the Platinum SE 207 is ideal for fishing one day and skiing the next.
A pop-up privacy enclosure, unique for this type of boat, allows for changing of clothes, even in crowded anchorages.
Double, reverse chines provide great initial stability at rest, tremendous dynamic stability at speed and smooth-as- silk turning.
Double-plated bottom and chines thwart dents, dings and discouragement.
Casting platform converts from seating to lounging with ease.
» Test Engine: Mercury Verado 225 HP
» Test Prop: Mercury 13¾" X 24" Three-Blade Aluminum
» Test Load: People (380 LB.); Fuel (50 GAL.)
» Top Speed: 55.4 MPH
» Time to Plane: 2.9 sec.
» Time to 30 MPH: 7.5 sec.
» Most Economical Cruise Speed: 29.7 MPH @ 3,500 RPM, 7.7 GPH, 3.8 MPG
» Length Overall: 20'
» Beam: 8'4"
» Dry Weight: 1,850 LB.
» Seating/Weight Capacity: 10/2,209 LB.
» Fuel Capacity: 60 GAL.
» Max HP: 225
» MSRP: $64,800 (as tested); $45,600 (base)
» NMMA Certified