Princecraft Nanook DLX WS: Aluminum Fishing Star

The company has been through a lot of names and corporate incarnations over the years, but Princecraft, of Princeville, Quebec, has been building high-quality aluminum boats for almost six decades. That’s plenty of time to hone your skills. Now owned by the Brunswick Corporation, Princecraft produces three major lines – fishing boats, deck boats, and pontoons.

The Princecraft Nanook DLS WS is rated for 115 horsepower. With the Mercury powerplant shown the boat cruises at over 30 mph. and tops out in the mid 40s.

The Princecraft Nanook DLX WS is rated for 115 horsepower. With the Mercury powerplant shown the boat cruises at over 30 mph. and tops out in the mid 40s.

Among the fishing boats, there’s the DLX series – described by the company as “fishing machines” for devoted anglers. And among those DLX boats is the Nanook, a 16’6” speedster with a 7’4” beam, rated for a single 115-hp engine, with a 20-gallon built-in fuel tank down low on the centerline, and a 5-person capacity. The hull is fabricated from 5052-H35 marine-grade aluminum. The WS version has a dual-console arrangement with a big, protective walk-through windshield, while other versions are offered with dual consoles and individual screens, or more stripped down, with a single helm console to starboard and the midships raised deck to port uncovered.

And a fishing machine it is, in every important way. The beam is carried all the way aft, which provides both casting room and stability. That aft deck and the surrounding stowage areas are uncluttered, with emphasis on space for rods, PFDs, and loose gear on the sides, and a generous aerated livewell aft. While most anglers will prefer to stand and cast in those wide-open spaces, there are three pedestal sockets aft and one forward, so that seats can be moved easily to wherever the action is – or isn’t.

One of the features that active fishermen will appreciate is that the deck is uncarpeted. Instead, the surface is easily-cleaned nonskid that won’t  absorb fish blood, water, mud, or odors.

Lenny Rudow, a senior editor at boats.com, reviews the DLX WS below. You can also read his full review, 2014 Princecraft Nanook DLX WS Video Boat Review and study his Boat Test Notes.

For more information, visit Princecraft.

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