The 21-foot version of Princecraft’s venerable Vectra line of pontoons has some notable new features for 2020; first and foremost is the Rear Lounge. Responsible for the “RL” designation in the model name, the rear lounge sports an easily adjustable backrest so you can face forward and join the conversation or face aft and watch the wake.
The optional stainless-steel safety railing allows passengers to utilize the lounge while under way, and it features not one but two flip-down sections for easy access. It’s a great way to add even more family friendliness and sociability to this pontoon.
The stainless-steel ski tow bar is another new feature for 2020. It’s curved to create more walk-around space at the back of the boat. Interior space is also optimized with an optional dinette package. In place of a matching bucket seat to accompany the captain, this configuration features a dinette table between a transom sofa and love seat lounge that also has an adjustable backrest.
Should crewmembers opt to face forward and serve as cocaptains, they’ll appreciate that the portside boarding gate is hinged to swing away from that seat. The seatbase underneath serves as a draining cooler. Opposing couches in the bow round out the seating that can hold up to 10 people, which is a good crowd for a pontoon that you can trailer.
Our test boat came equipped with the Triple Tube Sport package, with lifting strakes on the outer 25-inch-diameter pontoons as well as the inner half-tube. With the 115 hp Mercury Pro XS, we experienced smooth cornering and handling and could easily accelerate to a top speed of 36 mph. We climbed onto plane in 3.5 seconds, but with a pontoon like this there’s minimal squat and no loss of vision out of the hole. The 115 proved a fine match for fulfilling this boat’s family duties, but if you crave more hp, you can opt for the bigger Mercury 150 Pro XS.
The ruby-red fencing on our test boat really popped and turned a lot of heads at the dock. The Vectra is also available in black or steel grey. No matter what styling or options you choose, you’ll be able to entertain a crowd in style.
⋅The Rear Lounge has an adjustable backrest that can face forward or aft under way.
⋅Plush vinyl is durable, easy to clean and soft to the touch.
⋅The bow gate is spring-loaded so that it shuts automatically.
Draft (max): 6″
Dry Weight: 1,747 lb.
Seat/Weight Capacity: 10/1,969 lb.
Fuel Capacity: 29 gal.
Price: $20,655 (base)
How We Tested
Engine: Mercury 115 Pro XS
Drive/Prop: Outboard/14 x 17 4-blade aluminum
Gear Ratio: 2.08:1
Fuel Load: 20 gal.
Crew Weight: 360 lb.
Princecraft Boats – Princeville, Quebec, Canada; 800-395-8858; princecraft.com