Going for largemouth bass today? Maybe walleye tomorrow and then northern pike the next day? A multispecies boat like the Princecraft Amarok DLX WS is just right for you. This 16-foot-6-inch hull maximizes its 7-foot-4-inch beam to create a stable fishing platform with raised casting decks at both the bow and stern. From there anglers have unobstructed 360-degree access to the water for casting to, hooking and fighting fish. If anyone wants to sit down while working the rods (or maybe have a trolling motor on the bow), the twin pedestal seats with flip-down backrests can be mounted in six positions.
Should you want to bring aboard extra passengers — 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 on board will be protected on the ride out to the fishing grounds.
The 5052-H36 marine-grade aluminum alloy hull is almost an inch thick along the keel, and with its 13-degree deadrise at the transom and reverse chines, this Amarok DLX WS can handle that wind chop that always seems to kick up when you’re out fishing. We sliced through unsettled seas on test day and, with a 75 hp Mercury FourStroke outboard, neared 42 mph. We climbed onto plane in a scant 2.5 seconds and hit 30 mph in eight seconds. That windshield deflected any spray that popped up in quartering seas.
Fishing features? The lockable in-floor rod locker in the cockpit lets you store five rods on board even when the boat’s at the dock or on the trailer. It’s rigged to mount a 12- or 24-volt trolling motor. Both the bow and helm offer space to mount electronics — Princecraft offers the option for Lowrance or Humminbird fish finders. A 16-gallon livewell in the bow keeps the bait close at hand. So whatever species you want to fish, go for it, and enjoy the ride.
*Removable 12-gallon fuel tank makes it easy to gas up.
*A galvanized bunk-style trailer comes standard.
*In-floor rod locker holds five rods.
*Six seat bases allow you to switch positions of the dual fishing chairs.
*Optional flip-up jump seats in the aft casting platform create cruising comfort for extra anglers.
*Sixteen-gallon livewell comes standard in the bow platform.
*High-gloss urethane paint and a decal package provide a sleek finish.
How We Tested
Engine: Mercury 75 hp FourStroke outboard
Prop: Spitfire 13.4″ x 15″ 3-blade aluminum
Gear Ratio: 2.07:1
Fuel Load: 10 gal.
Crew Weight: 170 lb.
$25,953 (as tested)
Princecraft Princeville, Quebec, Canada; 800-395-8858; princecraft.com