Fishing in Style!

Boat Test #1608
By Brad Roberts

For 2020, the plentiful array of Princecraft pontoon offerings are spread over eight different model lines (including the electrically-powered Brio line), many available in your choice of four different hull designs: standard, speed, sport and performance configurations. The 2020 Sportfisher line offers five models: from 21 to 25 feet

The Sportfisher line is all about fishing affordably and yet in your way. Choose from two layout options with either four pedestal folding fishing chairs, one in each corner, or two chairs at the stern.

The 21 2RS model features the later layout. Beginning at the bow with a narrow yet useable bow deck to help mates assist with docking (or the kids to jump or dive off of). Inside the forward bow entry gate you’ll find two long lounges extending all the way forward from the helm and port side entry gate. The starboard lounger features a forward-facing backrest against the helm. (The four chair layout truncates these two lounges just enough to add the forward fishing chairs in the two bow corners.) 

The rotomolded helm console features a quick-release smoked windscreen, molded dash panel with black inserts and lighted switches, and a 160-watt AM/FM/Bluetooth Jensen Stereo powering 4 speakers, plus optional storage underneath.  There is room to add your choice of optional fishfinders, and the pontoon log features a standard transducer mounting brackets.  The Princecraft branded gauges are easy to see whether seated or standing, and accessory switches flank the three-spoke steering wheel for easy access.  Right above the well-placed throttle, I found a necessary cupholder for the Captain.

Opposite the helm, you’ll find an l-shaped bench with plenty of storage space underneath in the rotomolded base, surrounds a kidney-shaped table, perfect for a light lunch or no-fishermen to play or colour on while anchored. All Sportfisher furniture bases are made with this rot-free base for years of care-free enjoyment.

At the stern you’ll find the heart of this pontoon – a fishing station located between two folding pedestal fishing chairs.  The fishing station features a filleting table, a 26” long 10 gallon built-in electric-filled aerated livewell, two cup holders and a 12V power outlet. There is rod storage conveniently located well out of the way on the port side. I like that the fishing chairs are located inside the fence for the safety of little fishermen with dreams of becoming pro anglers one day.  The starboard-side stern entry gate lifts up out of its’ locked position to allow access to the swim platform – which affords perhaps a little more space that the bow platform to cast or kneel down to bring in your catch. A four-step stainless steel reboarding ladder reaches well down into the water making it easy to get back aboard.

Performance wise you can outfit this fishing ‘toon with a Mercury outboard ranging from 40 to 115hp, or for the ultimate in versatility for fishing, tubing, skiing and just plain fast fun, I’d suggest upgrading to the 150hp by adding the optional Sport configuration (adds a half-length third log and lifting strakes to all logs) and creates some really fun turns, especially if you’re pulling a water-skier or a tube, and you could expect a top speed of around 32 mph.

With space for up to ten, the Sportfisher 21 2RS is a very towable cruising and fishing minded pontoon that would look great tied to your cottage dock or with you behind the wheel headed off to your secret spot.


Specifications

Length: 21’ 6” / 6.6 m
Deck Length: 20’ 0” / 6.1 m
Width: 8’ 5” / 2.6 m
Pontoon Diameter: 25” / 0.64 mm
Weight: 1,810 lbs / 821kgs
Fuel Capacity: 29 gals / 110 L
Capacity: 10
Max HP: 115
MSRP: from $28,244

For more information:  www.princecraft.com

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Brad Roberts
Brad grew up at the family cottage on Lake Simcoe using both powerboats and sailboats. A veteran journalist with large national daily newspapers, outdoor interest magazines, and syndicated television shows, Brad has entertained and educated readers for over 25 years with his unique family-inclusive perspective. His favorite pastime is teaching others to use their boats to access the freedom and beauty of a Life Afloat. Brad, his wife, and their three daughters have traveled and boated all over North America and the Caribbean, but choose to keep their "floating home" on the fresh waters of Central Ontario.