We Say: Comprised of lifting strakes, an underdeck spray shield and a unique central pontoon that is somewhat shorter than the outboard “logs,” Princecraft’s Sport Package provided gutsy acceleration with a moderate herd of just 115 horses running behind the 2014 Vectra 23. We hit 30 mph in eight seconds and recorded a 32 mph top speed. This 23 Vectra provides a confident feel while turning.
The Vectra 23 we tested was a “Classic Edition” boasting monochrome styling that we found attractive: Our eyes sometimes water at the wild patterns that grace the upholstery of some boat cabins and cockpits. We also liked the clean look at the helm, with its metallic black panel, and those who entertain by night will be proud to show off the functional, yet attractive, LED lights we discovered at the helm and elsewhere aboard the Vectra 23. We thought the phone holder on the helm was too shallow, and too close to the rail, but the helm seat’s comfort and adjustability scored high marks. So did the great visibility it provided.
You can buy a Princecraft Vectra 23 for a little less than $20,000 with minimal power, though we’d probably recommend the test-boat power unless your lake is very small or you never boat with a large crew (it’s rated for 11 persons) or both.
Who’d Want One: Boaters desirous of a versatile pontoon at a moderate price.
Another Choice: Sun Tracker Party Barge 22 XP3 ($28,670 powered like our test boat).
Bottom Line: $28,268 (as tested); princecraft.com