Renaissance Prowler 42: 2019 Boat Buyers Guide

The Prowler 42 is supremely fishing friendly while also offering a soft, stable ride.

Renaissance Prowler 42: 2019 Boat Buyers Guide
LOA: 41'10" | Beam: 12' | Fuel Capacity: 500 gal. | Dry Weight: 9,900 lb. with power | Max HP: 1,600Courtesy Renaissance Prowler

These fast cats know how to fish! Renaissance Prowler knows well the benefits of ­catamaran boat design: softer ride, better fuel efficiency and greater stability.

For more than 20 years, it’s been refining running surfaces, layouts and construction of its offshore cats, all while making them supremely fishing friendly.

Sharper entries — 55 degrees on the Prowler 36 and Prowler 42, even keener on smaller boats — slice through chop, while the tunnel roof structure sheds spray. All aim at the soft, solid-in-rough-water ride that two-thirds of survey respondents called high priority.

Prowlers feature three-piece (hull, liner and cap) construction, adding under gunwale space for rod and other gear storage, plus secure toe holds when working a big fish.

The smooth ride allows cockpit placement farther forward than other cats, creating more fishing room — a top priority of 62 percent of survey respondents.

The Prowler 42 and 36 boast fully flush decks, making fish-fighting a step-free pursuit. Built-in lockers are ice misers.

Renaissance Prowler 42: 2019 Boat Buyers Guide
Ample tackle storage and 850 gallons of storage belowdecks ensure there is room for a big catch.Courtesy Renaissance Prowler

Renaissance Prowler 42
The Renaissance Prowler 42 is a game-changing cat with asymmetrical sponsons inspired by racing boats — an offshore go-fast cat that's also an efficient, well-mannered center-console fishing boat. Pronounced twin-hull steps boost efficiency and flatten running attitude. Twins to quads provide power.

A walk-through transom allows easy, secure access to a large platform between the engines, perfect for working a big fish.

Beneath the flat decks are more than 850 gallons of insulated, locked, lighted compartments for fish, gear and dry storage.

Twin 55-gallon ­aquarium-style livewells in aft corners ­support plenty of bait, handy to the action. That’s important — 90 percent of center-console survey respondents use live bait sometimes or more, and half of them often; 71 percent needed space for larger baits.

Helm seating can be configured with one or two rows, up to six deluxe bolster seats in all. (Think cozy in-home theater.)

The helm is as much command center as dash; the dash easily accommodates three 16-inch screens — well beyond the space for a pair that 62 percent of ­survey respondents requested.

For adventures even farther offshore, you can add another 100 gallons’ fuel capacity to the standard 400 gallons.

Survey Says: On Target

  • Stable, dry ride
  • Unsinkable
  • A plethora (22!) of stainless-steel rod holders, standard
  • Rod holders exceed expectations
  • Livewells are powerful and capacious and conveniently located

Renaissance Prowler Says

  • Unsinkable but maintains plenty of storage space
  • One-week curing time produces the truest, fairest hulls you will find anywhere
  • Wiring, plumbing and fuel systems are highest standard — and accessible
  • Optional aft-facing seating and tackle center, plus a variety of forward seating selections and air-conditioned sleeping accommodations, add comfort for long trips
  • Custom-created with owner