Reviewed by Richard Crowder
Crestliner, a Brunswick Boat Company located in Little Falls, Minnesota, is celebrating its 65th year with even more new models to add to its extensive lineup of aluminum boats. It calls its new for 2011 1650 Fish Hawk one of its “Brash Newcomers.” Crestliner Product Manager Steve Rock explains. “Not every fisherman likes to fish the same way. By opening up the cockpit, you really give them flexibility to maneuver and react to the situation at hand.”
With over 7-feet of maximum beam, the 16-foot, 8-inch Fish Hawk maximizes its interior room with loads of flexibility and storage galore. Its two standard deluxe fishing seats swivel 360 degrees on six standard mounting bases. Additional Pro seats or pedestal butt seats or even power pedestals are available. Generous dedicated storage compartments for assorted tackle boxes, tool boxes, life vests and everything else you need for a day of fishing can be found on the stern platform (optionally convertible to a baitwell) and two on the raised bow platform. The stern platform can be optionally extended further into the cockpit to offer even more storage plus lots more casting room.
Flexibility and capacity of rod storage is always high on a fisherman’s priority list and in this the 1650 Fish Hawk shines. A total of five rods up to 8-feet long fit neatly and close at hand along the portside under the gunnel. Another seven rods up to 7-feet long store in a dedicated lockable compartment beside the helm within the forward raised casting platform. And with all those rods come a lot of fish. These are readily taken care of in the standard large 24-gallon livewell built into the stern platform.
The 1650 Fish Hawk offers flexibility in itself with three basic configurations to choose from depending on the type of fishing you do and where and when you do it. Standard is the SC (side console) model that Boatdealers.ca recently tested on Otter Tail Lake near Crestliner’s Minnesota factory. But you can choose a DC (dual console) or even a WT (walk-thru) which provides a full walk-thru windshield and optional full curtains for extra protection during those early spring/late fall fishing expeditions.
Regardless of which configuration you choose, you’ll enjoy Crestliner’s 65 years of experience perfecting its welded aluminum four-piece hull design with tongue-and-groove channel construction. A slider helm seat base and tilt steering in front of full outboard instrumentation is standard on a newly designed and very functional dash which is complete with a personal storage compartment and a Lowrance X-50 depthfinder. A 54-inch MotorGuide W55 wireless trolling motor is also standard.
The SC we tested that day was fitted with its maximum-rated horsepower Mercury 90 OptiMax outboard with power trim and tilt. The 1650 Fish Hawk is solid and responsive and plenty quick. 3000 RPM produced a comfortable 24 mph while 4000 quickened the pace to 32 mph. Somewhere in between you’ll find an efficient and comfortable cruising speed to suit your passenger load and water conditions.
Minimum planing speed was found to be 11 mph at 2500 RPM while WOT (Wide Open Throttle) gave us a rock-solid, comfortably quiet, and very reassuring 43 mph at 5300 RPM. The 1650 Fish Hawk’s modified deadrise hull and solid construction offered no surprises during tight figure-8 turns running back and forth through its own highly disturbed wake and was thoroughly predictable and confidence inspiring.
Personalize your own Fish Hawk from nine available colour options plus two optional graphic packages.
|Length:||16' 8"||5.1 m|
|Dry weight:||1060 lbs||481 kg|
|Fuel Capacity:||20 US gals||76 l|
|Engine / Drive:||Mercury 90 OptiMax|