Perfect for the Bay & Beach, Fish & Ski
This is the easy and fun for all boat to make all happy. Easy to own and operate. Get right to the beach, fish and restaurants. BIG maximum power with the Mercury 150 4 Stroke, SS prop and Gold WARRANTY to 2018! Garmin EchoMap GPS, optional: bow rail, Swim platform,wash down, bimini top, cooler seat, stereo, bow and boat covers. Original owner.
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When you’re ready to load your boat for a day on the water with family or friends, you will find the 197 Venture has it all. Give yourself the ability of owning a serious fish boat combined with the beauty, grace, comfort, and room of a cruising boat.
This boat is filled with tons of storage, lots of seating, and many of the same features found on our 197 Sportfish. The 197 Venture will satisfy every member of your family’s boating needs.
By Mike Milne
Leisure time, especially on the water, is valuable. So many boaters don’t want to spend any of it cleaning and maintaining. For them, there’s the Pioneer Venture 197.
It’s got good looks, with a touch of Carolina flare in its bow and a sheerline that drops just aft of amidships. It’s also got good behaviour, easy-clean seating and cockpit, plus an easily maintained Yamaha 200 four-stroke outboard. All the boat and motor will need at the end of the busiest day will be a good hose-down, perhaps a touch of the brush and a quick engine flush if you’ve been out in salt water.
With a twin-console and full windshield layout, the Venture 197 has a spacious, well-padded bowrider-style seating forward, a swiveling helm seat, fold-down back-to-back lounger on the companion side and a bench seat aft.
An all-round performer, the 197 comes complete with a livewell aft, an insulated fish-box and four rod holders. Our test boat also comes with a sturdy welded aluminum ski or wakeboard mini-tower over the outboard engine. A small swim deck and boarding ladder provide access to the water.
There’s lots of room to store picnic supplies and water toys along with fishing tackle. The bow compartment, with recessed grab rails, is very comfortable.
The Venture’s 18-degree deadrise hull handles waves easily but also ensures soft landings and stability. With the Yamaha 200 on the transom, performance is assured.
With trim tabs down, the boat is on plane and running at 20.2 miles per hour at 3,000 rpm. It cruises comfortably at 25 mph at 3,000 rpm. You could run effortlessly at that speed all day, or go faster. Top speed in GPS testing is 47.8 mph at 5,800 rpm. Cornering is precise. Trim tabs will likely be needed only to balance loads.
The bolstered seat at the helm is rarely found on specialized fishing boats, but the stainless steel steering wheel has a “spinner” that’s usually only found on southern fishing boats. Like the rest of the boat’s features, they are a welcome and wise combination.
Test Boat Engine
Yamaha F200 four-stroke, 2,785 cc (163 ci), 200 hp in-line four-cylinder, four-stroke gasoline outboard with multipoint EFI, driving three-blade stainless steel prop
0-20/ 4.5; 0-30/ 6.15
TOP SPEED (rpm/mph)
5,800 / 47.8
CRUISING SPEEDS (rpm/mph)
3,000/ 20.2; 3,500/25; 4,000/31.8
We at Pioneer are constantly pushing the envelope in design and construction methods to ensure we deliver the absolute toughest, eye catching products that are sure to satisfy you and your family’s boating needs for many years to come. With the “Pioneering” spirit in mind, we welcome you to inspect our product in person. It is our hope that you will begin to realize how superior our boats are constructed, understand the value our product offers over long term ownership.
Raw Materials - Pioneer boats are constructed with the highest grade raw materials available to the boating industry today. Developed in conjunction with Ashland Chemical Company, we believe in our method of construction so strongly that Pioneer backs each hull with a Limited/Lifetime structural hull warranty.
Laminate - Other boat builders use inferior, cost effective resin systems to mass produce products. At Pioneer we combine the highest quality, Bi-axial, quad axial and iso based resin/gel coat systems to insure each Pioneer is built with outstanding strength to weight ratio. No woven rovens here! Our construction techniques are meant to last a lifetime, save money and allow peace of mind.
Wood free - Pioneer boats are 100% composite. No organic materials at all. Where plywood is the normal method of construction for many, our laminates are cored with structural PVC materials to insure Pioneers are light weight, rigid and absolutely will not ROT.
Flotation - All Pioneers are unsinkable! While utilizing a 2.3 LB density closed cell foam, our flotation foam is 30% more dense than the industry standard. Pioneers are pressure injected with flotation foam to fill filled up to 90% of the vacant air space between the hull and deck far exceeding the U.S. Coast Guards flotation requirements.
Reverse Cap Deck Adhesion - We utilize a reverse cap construction to insure proper hull to deck adhesion. This technique allows each Pioneer a water tight permanent bond of the deck to the hull while the hull is still in the mold. This ensures all hulls are true to form and will not separate. Each Pioneer stays in the mold for no less that 24-hours after the hull is constructed. We do not rush perfection!
Unigrid Hull - Pioneer is the first manufacturer in the industry to utilize high cost, high performance bonding agents throughout the entire lineup. While other builders utilize simple fiberglass or structural bonding putties to bond stringer grids, our “Unigrid” process is proven to be the absolute best way to permanently bond a grid system to a hull with zero possibility of hull stringer separation. Essentially, our bonding agents are scientifically proven to be stronger than the fiberglass itself. Similar techniques are used on larger ocean going and performance boats.
Fit and Finish - All Pioneer boats are crafted with upkeep and appearance in mind. We take our time to make sure each boat is finished inside and out. Try removing a bilge hatch or opening up a lid and inspecting the underside. You will find the same glossy finish underneath each compartment or hatch cover. Where others paint in black or webbed finishes to hide imperfection. Pioneer addresses these issues with molded smooth surfaces inside and out. We take the time to do it right!
Hardware - Our quality shows from the tin over copper wiring, chrome over stainless fasteners, top of the line vinyl upholstery and all stainless thru hulls. At Pioneer, it’s evident that we strive to make sure every Pioneer is delivered with the best corrosion resistant and longest lasting materials available.
Pioneer Boats are exceptional products that are built for you, your family and your friends to enjoy! Pioneers are built by people who enjoy boating and fishing. We continue to develop products to promote a great boating experience that continues to provide precious memories year after year.
Thank you for your interest in Pioneer Boats.
Roy McSwain and Mike Holmes