We Say: Whatever freshwater fish you plan to chase, a multispecies boat like the Princecraft Amarok DLX WS is just right for you. This 16-foot-6-inch-long hull maximizes its 7-foot-4-inch beam to create a stable fishing platform with raised casting decks at both the bow and stern. If anyone wants to sit, the twin pedestal seats with flip-down backrests can be mounted in six different positions.
The boat is rated for six people — there’s the option to add two additional seats that flip up from the aft casting deck. With the sturdy high-profile windshield spanning the dual consoles, everyone will be protected.
The 5052-H36 marine-grade aluminum-alloy hull, almost an inch thick along the keel, sliced through unsettled seas on test day with a 75 hp Mercury FourStroke outboard and neared 42 mph. We climbed onto plane in a scant 2.5 seconds and hit 30 mph in 8 seconds. That windshield deflected any spray that popped up in quartering seas.
The lockable insole rod locker in the cockpit stores five rods on board even when the boat’s at the dock or on the trailer. It’s rigged to mount a 12v or 24v trolling motor. A 16-gallon livewell in the bow keeps the bait close at hand. So whatever species you want to fish, go for it.
Who’d Want One: Anglers who want to target different freshwater species.
Another Choice: A fiberglass alternative is the new Ranger Z175 ($25,900 with a 115 hp Mercury FourStroke outboard).
Bottom Line: $25,953 (as tested); princecraft.com