Boat Review by: Richard Crowder
The E-1 XS is not only the newest but also the smallest in Crownline’s six model XS series of Cross Sport boats from twenty-one to twenty-nine feet. In all, Crownline offers almost thirty models of Bowriders, Sport Boats, Cuddy Cabins, Cruisers, and Sport Yachts from eighteen to thirty-five feet.
As a twenty-one foot, wide bow, high freeboard, outboard powered bowrider sport boat, the E-1 XS is very well outfitted with the sort of standard equipment you would look forward to having, needing, and wanting for its intended on-water lifestyle. Then the relatively short optional equipment list allows you mostly comfort and stylistic upgrades as you wish.
The white hull comes with a double hull colour band plus a middle deck band. You may upgrade this in several ways: replace the double hull band with a narrow hull band, choose a solid hull colour with a middle deck band, order a full hull band, add an inverse razor, or choose “Triple Threat” with a total of three colours of hull and accenting.
The standard “deluxe colour matched” interior may be similarly upgraded with two new offerings: a Pure Platinum Interior of soft and medium grey tones, or a Royal Champagne Interior of Pearl White vinyl with Camel and Dark Oak accents and complete with an “Executive Wood” steering wheel and Teak-Look swim platform mat. You could also choose the Torino Interior of solid Tan vinyl with a Dark Oak helm plus the “Executive Wood” steering wheel and Teak-Look swim platform mat.
Plush U-shaped seating in the bow is cushioned with full surround padded coaming bolsters including the front of the two consoles to facilitate forward-facing lounging augmented with flip-up armrests. Finished storage is found beneath all of the seat cushions and beneath the bow seat is dedicated carry-on cooler storage.
The stern seat portion of the cockpit L-shaped lounge has a three-way swing-forward double-wide backrest to provide forward-facing seating, rear-facing seating, or full stretch-out sunlounging. Storage is found beneath this lounge seat including a huge trunk storage compartment beneath the sunlounge. More storage is found in a handy transom rope locker, a large in-floor locker suitable for watersports accessories, plus a locker within the passenger console equipped with a trash container.
The driver and passenger are treated to identical adjustable swiveling bucket seats with forward flip-up bolsters and mounted on shock absorbing pedestal mounts. The E-1 XS features a classy two-toned molded “Moonrock Dash” with a double-stitched eyebrow shroud and a “Black Racing Steering Wheel.”
Two large chrome-bezeled multi-function gauges providing all engine function information flank two smaller gauges, one of which is a standard digital depth sounder with outside air and water temperature readouts. This dash panel may be upgraded to accommodate a centre-mounted Raymarine A65 Touchscreen complete with engine readouts to replace the analog gauge cluster.
Additional notable standard equipment includes a Bluetooth compatible and iPhone and iPod ready Marine Audio stereo with AM/FM/WB (Weather Band) plus USB and Auxiliary inputs plus six speakers. Also standard are docking lights, transom shower, plus notably, concealed and covered telescoping 4-step stainless steel boarding ladders not only on the large swim platform but also on the bow within the anchor storage locker.
More standard equipment includes neat pull-out cockpit storage drawers, colour-matched bimini top plus bow and cockpit covers, LED cockpit lighting, ski tow pylon, a side-mount cockpit table, snap-in Highlander carpet, plus a colour-matched tandem-axle trailer with brakes.
Standard outboard power for the E-1 XS is provided by a 150 horsepower Mercury Four Stroke with Sea-Star hydraulic steering standard. This same size engine is also available from Yamaha and may be upgraded to 200 horsepower from either brand. Crownline tests report top speed with the 150 to range between 44 and 47 mph and with the 200, 47 to 48 mph.
The very few additional available options include flooring upgrade with snap-in Berber carpet, Driftwood Woven mat, Moonrock mat, or Teak-Look mat. There are trailer upgrades plus a mooring cover, bow filler cushions, a battery charger, plus a neat electrically actuated option for the stern sun bed seat.
As Crownline says, “Packed with amenities and designed to maximize space and comfort, the new Crownline E-1 XS is built for fun and excitement.”
|Dry weight:||3785-3935 lbs||1717-1785 kg|
|Fuel Capacity:||27 US gals||102 L|
|Base Engine / Drive:||Mercury, Yamaha Outboard|