Princecraft Xpedition 170 SC

Beamy and rugged, this boat sports clever innovations.

Boats wide for their length often ride rougher than their narrower counterparts. But despite the brawny 7-foot-7-inch beam carried by Princecraft’s Xpedition 170 SC, it blasted through lake chop during our test. The great beam also provides acres of space for fishing or family fun in an easily trailered boat.

It’s also built tough, boasting double-plating from bow to amidships on its H36 marine-grade-aluminum hull. Chines are also double plated. The Xpedition 170 is coated with tough, high-solids urethane paint. And its motorwell is self-draining. All of this adds up to a safe, durable boat that should stay looking great for seasons to come.

Conveniences include a rigging tube, which makes accessory wiring a snap. Furthermore, Princecraft offers the “Princetrack” system: a double extrusion along the gunwales that allows easy, movable and removable accessory installation. Add your own frills or use the company’s full line of Princetrack accessories, including table mounts, cup holders and rod holders. All of this is easy to take to the lake on the standard trailer.

Available in side-console, dual-console and full-windshield configurations, this boat will please Southern crappie anglers as much as it will thrill muskie hunters in the Northern tier.

Key Features
-Jump seats fold out of the aft platform to provide seating for passengers when required.
-It's the beamiest boat this size we've tested.
-Rated for 115 hp, it's best in its class for power choices.