Boat Review by: Richard Crowder
Crestliner offers two series of pontoon boats in twenty, twenty-two, and twenty-four feet. The Rally DX series is an upgraded version of the Rally series which is all-new.
In the case of the 200 Rally, subject of this review, five distinct floorplans are available. The decision on choice of floorplan will no doubt be a reflection of your boating lifestyle priorities be that cruising, fishing, entertaining, watersports, or a combination of all the above.
First floorplan is the 200 Rally CS featuring chaise lounge furniture (CS) – a three-seater on each side at the bow plus an L-shaped with table on the port stern side complete with sunpad, storage and space for an optional change room. Centre bow, port and starboard side entry gates are provided plus a stern entry gate aft of the helm station.
The 200 Rally CW offers a convenient walkthrough (CW) centre aisle from bow to stern entry gates, plus a portside entry gate but eliminates the starboard side entry gate in favour of four full chaise lounge seats; two bow and two stern accomplished by moving the helm forward on the starboard side. The table complete with four recessed cupholders is mounted on the floor between the two bow lounges.
The 200 Rally CWDH is identical to the CW but with the foreshortening of the port side stern lounge and adding a second helm chair in front of it on that side just aft of the entry door and opposite the driver’s helm chair.
The 200 Rally FC (fishing/chaise) is quite different. It has three entry gates – centre bow, port side forward of centre, and stern starboard side. Helm is centre starboard side with the identical large bow lounge ahead of the helm. The port side bow lounge is shorter as is the starboard side stern lounge. Aft of this lounge and aft of the helm chair are two pedestal fishing seats. Centred on the stern fence is a fishing station including a 15-gallon livewell with light and pump, washdown system, four vertical rod holders, tool holder, and two drink holders. An integrated, lockable rod rack system holds four 8-foot rods.
Finally, the 200 Rally FS (fishing seats) offers the identical layout as the FC from the port side entry gate aft on the port side and from the helm aft on the starboard side, including the two fishing seats and the fishing station. But this FS layout replaces the bow lounges with two additional pedestal fishing seats and adds two bow angling stations. The port bow station includes a 15-gallon livewell, tool holder and a drink holder. The starboard bow station includes tackle tray storage with trays, tool holder and drink holder. A fourth entry gate is added on the starboard side just ahead of the helm.
The Integrated helm station of the 200 Rally includes fuel, tachometer, and trim gauges, plus an aluminum polished steering wheel, removable windscreen, drink holders, a 12-volt power outlet, and storage. A swivel helm chair with armrests and slider is standard. An MB Quart stereo with AM/FM, bluetooth capability, USB audio plus charging and auxiliary ports and two speakers is also standard. Helm options include a high back reclining helm chair, upgraded stereo, digital depthsounder, GPS-driven speedometer, tilt steering, hydraulic steering, and active trim.
Other notable standard equipment includes storage under all lounge seats, a 10-foot bimini top plus mooring cover, and a stern swim deck with a four-step boarding ladder.
There are multiple option choices available to personalize your 200 Rally exactly to your liking. The standard boat has two, 25-inch diameter tubes. This setup is rated for 115 horsepower. Add a third centre tube, and the rating increases to 150 horsepower. A Sport Package provides a partial 25-inch centre tube plus lifting strakes plus several reinforcements underdeck and on the tubes.
A V3 Action Package provides three 25-inch or 27-inch tubes plus all of the Sport Package additions plus even more and with an increase in fuel capacity to 37-gallons and person capacity to eleven with the 25-inch tubes and thirteen with the 27-inch tubes.
Express or Full Enclosure Packages offer just that. An interior upgraded lighting package is offered plus many individual options including centre tube in-floor storage, ski tow bar, underwater lighting, LED docking lights, stainless steel grill, porta-potti, a trailer, and many more.
As Crestliner says, “the Rally is equally perfect for family fun or relaxing as it is for a day of fishing with your buddies.” So very true.
|Dry weight:||2,265 lbs||1,027 kg|
|Fuel Capacity:||28 US gals||106 L|
|Base Engine / Drive:||Outboard|
|Engine HP:||9.9 - 150|