Boat Review by: Richard Crowder
Legend Boats’ 16 XTR is one of four all-new XTR models from sixteen to twenty feet in Legend’s Full Windshield category of offerings for 2017. Legend also offers a full line of aluminum Utility, Side Console, and Pontoon boats. A 16 XTRs Side Console model is also offered. The 16 XTR is of all-welded construction with injected level foam floatation.
One of the first features you will note when you examine the 16 XTR is that almost everything you would normally need and want in a boat like this is included as standard equipment in Legend’s legendary “All-In” pricing. There are relatively very, very few factory options available from which to even choose and it can be virtually outfitted right from the factory to launch right into the lake or river of your choosing.
Take Legend’s molded “Deluxe Full-Vu” driver’s console for example. Flush-mounted and centred within the woodgrain dash is a standard Humminbird Helix 5 GPS fish/depth finder. To its right is a chrome-bezeled multi-function tachometer with fuel gauge and to its left is the control head for the standard Jensen Bluetooth AM/FM stereo with MP3 port and two speakers. The dash also contains a drink holder, 12-volt power outlet, plus illuminated switches for LED ambient and courtesy lighting, etc. The molded passenger console features a large lockable glove box and molded-in drink holder.
And since Legend is a Canadian company and familiar with early spring and late fall Canadian boating weather, Legend includes a stand-up top and full curtain set with Pull-A-Dot snaps as standard equipment with all of its full windshield models, including this 16 XTR. The walk-thru windshield itself is tall and protective and is a three-piece unit instead of the normal five-piece in that the port and starboard sections are each one piece curving from the forward portion around to the integrated side-wings permitting great unobstructed visibility.
Four in-floor seat base mounts are provided: one each for driver and passenger plus one within the foredeck and one in the stern deck. Two high-back removable swivel seats are provided with a slider on the driver’s seat and storage netting on the backs of both seats. In the bow section, thick, contoured backrest padding is provided around the corners in front of each console to facilitate comfortable stretching out.
Within the bow casting deck is a forward in-floor storage compartment and aft of this, an in-floor standard equipment 30-gallon livewell with integrated bait bucket and overflow protection. Standard also is a bow-mounted MotorGuide W45 48” wireless trolling motor with a handheld wireless remote key FOB.
Within the cockpit are port and starboard in-gunnel lockable seven-foot rod storage boxes. Legend calls its stern casting deck/seating, “The EZ-flip 50/50 extendadeck converta bench.” The full-width upholstered and padded stern bench seat is split 50-50 in width allowing each backrest half to fold down and fasten onto the seat bottom and then the entire unit flips forward onto the cockpit floor to double its deck size. Within this casting deck are storage compartments. Mounted on the outboard starboard transom is a standard molded swim platform with fold-down boarding step.
Standard power for the 16 XTR is a Mercury 40 EL 4-Stroke outboard which Legend rates for around 30 mph. Optionally available is a Mercury 60 or 90 hp EFI outboard with power trim. If your boating lifestyle includes waterskiing or tubing, cruising with friends aboard, etc., then Legend recommends one of these higher horsepower motors.
Also standard with the 16 XTR is a Legend Glide-On bunk trailer by Shoreland’r and complete with a space-saving swing tongue, trailer guides, tongue jack, and Quick Latch tie-downs. Optionally available equipment includes bow filler cushions, waterski pylon, mooring, travel, and motor covers, extra seat bases, upgraded seating choices, electric winch, electric downriggers, sonar, battery chargers, plus trailer accessories.
As Legend says of its 16 XTR, “The days of owning one boat for water sports and another for fishing can be a thing of the past.”
|Dry weight:||995 lbs Boat Only||451 kg Boat Only|
|Fuel Capacity:||11 US gals||42 L|
|Base Engine / Drive:||Mercury Outboard|