We Say: You don’t see many aluminum deck boats, but the Princecraft Ventura 220 WS might leave you wondering why. Its sleek lines, seating for 12, and full windshield offer nearly everything you’re looking for in a deck boat.
When not piloting the 220 WS, swivel the captain’s bucket seat to join the gathering at the L-shaped cockpit seating and pedestal table, then grab an icy beverage from the cooler in the port console. Relax on the sun deck that stretches across the stern beam and enjoy tunes from the Bluetooth-enabled marine stereo system.
Treat the crew to watersports using the ski-tow bar and starboard swim platform with a telescoping stainless-steel boarding ladder — all part of the optional Entertainment Package. You can also order the optional anodized aluminum wakeboard tower.
A V-hull with healthy reverse chines results in a smooth ride and great stability. A Mercury 175 Verado propelled the 220 WS to plane in 4.2 seconds and 30 mph in 7.4 seconds. Top speed was a brisk 44.4 mph. Confident control and predictable handling ensure safety and fun.
This deck boat is also efficient, achieving a maximum fuel economy of over 5 mpg at 21.8 mph (3,500 rpm). With the 46-gallon fuel tank, you can cruise the lake for hours without having to worry about the need to stop and find a fuel dock.
Who’d Want One: Families who love cruising, watersports and entertaining lots of friends without burning a lot of fuel.
Another Choice: Lowe‘s SD 224 ($36,853 with Mercury 115 FourStroke)
Bottom Line: $50,513 (as tested); princecraft.com
How We Tested
Engine: 175 hp Mercury 175 Verado outboard
Drive/Prop: Outboard/14″ x 17″ Mercury Vengeance 3-blade stainless steel
Gear Ratio: 2.08:1
Fuel Load: 34 gal.
Crew Weight: 410 lb.