Boat Review by: Richard Crowder
With a focus on versatility and family fun, Crestliner, a Brunswick Boat Company located in Little Falls, Minnesota, has, for 2014 revamped its Sportfish and Fish Hawk families of Deep-V Fish/Sport series boats as well as the VT Bass & Crappie series models and the Mod-V TC 18. In all, Crestliner offers almost sixty models of welded aluminum boats from ten to almost twenty-two feet in four series of Fish/Sport, Fish, Bass/Crappie, and Hunt/Utility boats for 2014.
There are a couple of all new models as well for 2014, but perhaps the newest of all, in that it didn’t even appear in the initial 2014 Crestliner catalogue, is the brand new and all new 1600 Vision addition to the Fish series. There are a total of twenty-one models ranging from fourteen to twenty-two feet in nine model designations within the Fish series in which this newest 1600 Vision stands alone.
Crestliner calls the 1600 Vision affordable and revolutionary in that, “Every Vision comes standard as a highly-capable fishing machine, but you can transform a base model Vision into a Fish package or Sport package with ease, at any point in time, with one simple dealer or owner-installed package. This gives you the ultimate advantage on the water—customization without compromise.”
The all-welded “Deep-V” hull of the 1600 Vision is completely new but still utilizes Crestliner’s standard 4x hull construction which is a 4-piece all-aluminum hull with tongue and groove channel construction welded on both the interior and exterior. Crestliner is including this 1600 Vision as a member of its Deep-V fishing boat family and indeed while most of the larger boats in this family do have a deadrise of 17° or 18° which, for this type of boat is considered Deep-V, the deadrise on this new boat is a relatively shallow 10 degrees. This hull design has the benefits however of allowing decent get-up-and-go performance with lower horsepower, and thus lower cost, plus it should provide greater stability at rest while fishing, etc. Indeed, maximum recommended horsepower is 60 and the boat is shown with a 50 horsepower Mercury outboard.
Layout of the 1600 Vision is recognizable and practical with a forward casting deck with centre-mounted pedestal seat base and complete with a large starboard covered storage compartment and a smaller such compartment to port plus a portside livewell. Right at the bow is a raised deck with storage within and suitable for mounting the optional 12-volt MotorGuide trolling motor on top. Optional bow side storage nets are available and highly desirable to help keep boating “stuff” in place.
The stern casting platform includes another in-floor base mount for a pedestal seat plus a covered storage compartment on each side. Immediately in front of this platform within the cockpit floor is a lockable in-floor rod storage which holds up to five 9' rods while additional rod racks are located along the inside port hull side.
When it comes to the “flexibility” features of the 1600 Vision, perhaps one of the prime examples lays within the design of the driver’s console. In standard form, this boat is a side console design with a completely new and modern looking reinforced fibreglass console with lit toggle switches, a full gauge package, and tinted windscreen. It may however be reconfigured by your dealer at any time in the future as a dual console or even as a walkthrough windshield configuration! Unique? I think so. Two folding and removable pedestal seats for the driver and passenger are provided. These can be installed in the bow and stern platform mounting bases as desired.
Flexibility also comes with the addition at time of purchase or at any time later down the road of two option packages: a Fish package and a Sport package. The Fish package includes the MotorGuide trolling motor, an additional deluxe pedestal seat, 2-bank battery charger, plus two foldable and stowable jump seats which fit the covers of the two stern platform storage compartments.
The Sport package includes those same two foldable and stowable jump seats, a stern platform-mounted waterski/wakeboard removable pylon, a Jensen stereo system with two speakers, and a starboard side transom swim platform with folding boarding ladder.
Other available factory options include Crestliner’s all-new SureMount gunnel accessory mounting system with integrated J-hooks to secure the optional boat or travel covers, a removable cooler, vinyl flooring, and a butt seat with pedestal.
The 2014 Crestliner 1600 Vision – new, versatile, affordable, and fun.
|Length:||16' 4"||5 m|
|Beam:||6' 9"||2.06 m|
|Dry weight (boat only):||935 lbs||424 kg|
|Fuel Capacity:||12 US gals||45 L|
|Base Engine / Drive:||Mercury Outboard|
|Engine HP:||Max 60|