Boat Review by: Richard Crowder
Located in Little Falls, Minnesota, Crestliner celebrates over 65 years in business and traces its origins to the Aluminum Boat Company that came to life within the walls of an airplane hangar back in 1946. For 2013, Crestliner offers an incredible fifty-seven models of welded aluminum fishing boats in seventeen series, ranging from ten to twenty feet in length.
Crestliner describes the Super Hawk series as follows, “2013 is starting off bigger and better than ever with four all-new Super Hawk models in the Crestliner family—the 1650, 1750, 1850 and 1950. Boaters of all kind have long loved Super Hawks for their versatility. Increased cockpit space and amenities like auto-style console design, taller freeboards and deep-welled bow storage make the 2013 Super Hawk lineup our strongest ever. The 2013 Super Hawks, newly named as the 1650, 1750, 1850 and 1950 models, boast improved appearance, comfort, safety, convenience and overall fishability.”
“Crestliner’s popular Super Hawk Series is a long-time favorite for its all-encompassing recreation and fishing versatility, but that doesn’t mean it couldn’t be made even better. Key enhancements for 2013 include:
Not all of the above “key enhancements” apply to every Super Hawk model. Let’s explore the smallest of the four Super Hawk’s – the 1650 – in greater detail. All Super Hawk models are designated as “WT” or walk-thru indicating they are dual console and have a full windshield for great protection from the elements with a walk-thru centre windshield section allowing easy access to the bow area.
There are five storage compartments within the bow area, the first being in the floor of the walk-thru intended as a trolling motor battery compartment. Right up front is a small cubby under the trolling motor mounting platform fitted with a trolling motor outlet. On the port side is an optional 9-gallon aerated livewell and to starboard, a large dry storage compartment of the same size. Centred in the floor of the casting deck is another covered storage unit.
Crestliner’s nifty Conversion Bow is included on the 1650 Super Hawk wherein padded backrests are provided on the forward portion of each console and the padded seat bottoms each are attached to hinged storage lids so that when closed, fill in the walking area immediately ahead of the windshield to form a much larger casting platform.
In addition to those two forward seats, two deluxe fishing seats are provided with a total of seven pedestal floor bases, plus a pair of nifty folding stern jump seats (optional) that, when closed, increase the size of the stern casting deck and general storage compartments are located on this aft casting platform. Rod storage is dedicated for up to five rods up to 7-feet long under the port gunwale and additional storage is found under the starboard gunwale.
Both molded helm consoles provide open storage areas. The passenger side console features a glove box, drink holder, and recessed throw tray. The driver’s side console features a normal complement of outboard gauges and rocker switches plus a black composite steering wheel. Floor covering is 16-ounce marine-grade carpet throughout. A ShoreLand’r black bunk trailer comes standard with the 1650 Super Hawk and being a Brunswick Company, Mercury outboard power up to 115 HP maximum is available.
There are literally pages of factory options available to personalize your Super Hawk exactly the way you would like it. For example, choose from several models of Lowrance or Humminbird depth/fishfinder/GPS/sonar units and a handful of accessories for these units. There are three battery charger options and nineteen choices of trolling motors from MotorGuide and Minn Kota.
There are many seating options from which to choose, five canvas options and even upgraded trailer options. You may also want hydraulic steering, a stainless steel steering wheel upgrade and perhaps tilt steering with a slider added to the helm seat. You may also want a removable ski pylon, swim platform with ladder, a washdown system, either a Clarion or Jensen stereo system, and perhaps a removable cooler with designated storage under the port console.
Or, as Crestliner puts it, “Bottom line: If you’re looking for a boat with superior recreation and fishing capabilities and famous Crestliner comfort, the Super Hawk should figure high on your list.”
|Length:||16' 9"||5.10 m|
|Beam:||7' 2.5"||2.2 m|
|Dry weight:||1,230 lbs||558 kg|
|Fuel Capacity:||20 US gals||76 L|
|Base Engine / Drive:||Mercury 60 ELPT Four Stroke Outboard|