Transformer – Princecraft Quorum 25 RL

The popular rear lounger configuration is taken to a place it’s never been before.

The Quorum lineup was unveiled in 2014 and sits just below the top-end Vogue line in the hierarchy of Princecraft’s fleet. Its mission is to give owners a luxurious ride, with a splash of Canadian DNA at an affordable price — in loonies or greenbacks. But the Quorum 25 RL has an innovative feature buyers can’t even get on the more expensive Vogue series models.


Boat Test Video: Princecraft Quorum 25 RL


Unique Factor

Rear loungers have been a hot trend in pontooning for a few years, and Princecraft found a way to take the trend further, making it possible to create six different seating configurations out of its unique RL design, to give passengers exactly the position they want. The keys to this innovative design are two moveable seatbacks that lock into three different positions and twin benches that take full advantage of this ability. The rear seatback can be flipped forward to provide a great rear-facing seat at the stern when the key is off and the kids are swimming. Flip it rearward, using the integrated stainless steel grabrail, and passengers can face forward with their feet on the deck. Then flip up the lid on the portside armrest that resides between twin cupholders, extract the large rectangular snack table and twin pedestals, install them between the two bench seats and voila: a sturdy dining, gaming or socializing area. The forward seatback and bench can perform the same maneuver, and both seatbacks can be flipped down in the middle — one at a time — to form a queen-size recliner that faces either forward or backward.

Performance

Buyers can dial up any level of performance they want with the Quorum 25 RL. Owners who live on a smaller lake or just prefer the right lane can go mild with the Regular package, which combines twin tubes with a 60 hp FourStroke Mercury and starts at a budget-friendly $31,136. Because Princecraft is a Brunswick Corp. property, engine options are confined to the company Carl Kiekhaefer founded in Wisconsin 75 years ago: Mercury. The next bump comes with the Speed configuration, which includes partial lifting strakes, an aluminum underskin and a 115 FourStroke, for an additional $5,062. Buyers can get this setup with up to a 175 hp engine, but the added performance probably isn’t worth the extra $10,000 or more it takes to upgrade from the 115.

A better choice for enhanced performance is the Sport package. It includes a bow-centric center half-pontoon that gives extra lift and costs $1,650 more than the twin-tube Speed setup, which also starts with a 115 FourStroke. Buyers can take this all the way to a 200 Verado if they choose, but the recommended setup, if watersports are in the picture, is the Performance configuration. It comes with a full center pontoon, a 49-gallon fuel tank, full lifting strakes on all pontoons, an aluminum underskin, an in-tube storage compartment and a 150 FourStroke, for $6,157 more than the Sport configuration.

The latter was our test boat’s setup, and it worked well, considering this is a 25-foot, 8-inch pontoon with an 8-foot, 6-inch beam that can accept up to 300 hp. With six lifting strakes, it got out of the hole quickly, requiring just 3.2 seconds to get on plane. It reached 25 mph in 8.7 seconds and a top speed of 32.4 mph. It’s possible we could have reached a higher top speed with a different prop, since the Mercury 150 only reached 5000 rpm, the very low end of its acceptable range.

Handling

At the helm, the driver holds a tilt sport wheel and sits in a high-backed captain’s chair that matches the one to port. The helm itself is compact but features a sink with a spigot for quick cleanups, something that is found on almost all Princecraft pontoons, in response to dealer and customer input. Our dash also had Mercury’s SmartCraft gauges ($909) that deliver info about all critical engine parameters. With the Performance configuration, all three pontoons have twin strakes, delivering lots of lift and a high ride in the water. With just a little up-trim, the front end pops out of the water, giving bowriders that floating-on-a-cloud ride and providing better fuel economy. It corners very flat. I was able to turn the wheel, assisted by the SeaStar hydraulic steering, all the way to its stops without ventilation.

Best Uses

The Princecraft Quorum 25 RL is well suited for entertaining groups up to 13 people, thanks to its two extra-large rectangular snack tables, the second of which can be placed in the bow to service the twin settees. This pontoon has the most cupholders I’ve ever seen. I had to count several times to make sure I didn’t miss any. The final tally: 21 cupholders scattered everywhere. Our test boat featured the Elegance Edition ($1,812), which includes an upgraded exterior with two-tone paint and special graphics, monochrome upholstery, a Black Pearl bow table, a stainless steel boarding ladder that matches the sturdy stern ski tow, and lighting under the counter, in the cupholders in the console, on the logs and in the speakers, for nighttime ambiance. Sporty black rails are new to the Quorum family.

Preferred Setup

With the full triple tube Performance configuration and Mercury 150 FourStroke, the MSRP is $43,999. Owners who expect to carry lots of people and are into watersports will probably want to bump up the performance. The first jump is the steepest, because it moves from a normally aspirated engine to the Mercury Verado, which has a supercharger and DTS Digital Throttle and Shift. Even going with just 25 more horsepower costs an extra $6,150. Anyone upgrading the power might as well go to at least 250, which will add $13,984, but that cost includes power steering and will push the top speed well into the 40s. Going full-bore to the Mercury Verado 300 is a $16,078 upcharge — get it in Arctic White for $18,219.

The Quorum comes standard with a Jensen 160-watt Bluetooth stereo, which puts out decent sound, but the 200-watt Clarion upgrade, at $274, is well worth it. For skiing, the stout stainless steel ski tow ($834) is a must; plus, it acts as a barrier to keep people from accidentally walking into the engine well. For ski storage, an in-floor locker comes with the Performance tube setup. Given the builder’s Canadian base of operations, Princecraft makes sure owners can extend their season to the max with a full camper option ($3,711) that comes in black or taupe and features clear panels all around, to retain the view. There are no dedicated fishing options on the Quorum or Vogue series, but I’ve never been on a boat that absolutely couldn’t be fished, and if angling is a must, the Sportfisher LX 25-4S has fishing seats in all quadrants and a rigging station that can convert to a snack table.

Owner Review

Purchased by Charlie and Kathy Kraus, Mehlville, Mo.

Purchased at Midwest Boating Center, Osage Beach, Mo.

What we liked

Triple-tube performance/Tall ski tow/Raised helm/Passenger space/Power steering/Quiet and powerful Mercury Verado 300

What we would change

I wish the controls for the great stereo were at the helm.

Why we bought it

I’ve owned many kinds of boats since I was 16, but this is my first pontoon boat. We have two grown kids and two grandkids, so we wanted a boat that could accommodate the whole family, and friends. We live on Lake of the Ozarks, which has a reputation for being a really rough lake, and wanted something that could handle the conditions when it gets choppy. The Princecraft 25 Quorum is very stable and handles well in the chop. We love cruising and taking the family to places like Family Cove in Indian Creek, where we can hang out with other boaters in a more G-rated setting than other hangouts on the lake. We take the grandkids tubing and hope to take them skiing this summer. Although it’s not a fishing boat, I can still fish from it. Steve at Midwest Boating Center took great care of me and made the buying process really simple; he even took care of the registration and found a company to put in a lift on my dock.

Specifications

LOA: 25 ft., 8 in.
Beam: 8 ft., 6 in.
Fuel: 49 gal.
Engine: Mercury 150 FourStroke
Base Price: w/test power $43,999
Standard Equipment:

Bimini top w/quick-release latches, on-deck ski storage (w/3 tubes), RL seating group w/twin reversible seatbacks, 160-watt Jensen Bluetooth stereo

Optional Equipment:

Vinyl flooring, ski tow, lighting options, changing room w/head, 200-watt Clarion Bluetooth stereo, SmartCraft gauges, depthfinder w/water temp gauge

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