Boat Review by: Richard Crowder
The redesigned for 2021 Savannah series from Crest boasts five models; four in twenty-five feet and one in twenty-seven feet. Each model offers an unusually large complement of standard features, all of which are practical, desirable and stylish. Even more, most of these features are ticked off from an options list from Savannah as standard equipment.
Crest Marine of Owosso, Michigan, a small town west of Flint and northeast of Lansing, has been manufacturing pontoon boats there since its beginning in 1957. Today, the company offers sixty models in ten series from twenty to twenty-seven feet.
One of the first standard features you will notice on the Savannah series, and specifically on the 250 SLS, are the contoured molded fiberglass bow and stern sections instead of normal vertical aluminum fencing. These molded sections add a sleekness and styling to the profile of the boat. They also house useful storage compartments, accessed internally or externally.
With the 250 SLS you have your choice of six colours each for primary and accent panels. You also get your choice of three standard upholstery colours combined with three additional standard colours of, get this, gelcoated molded fiberglass furniture bases instead of the normal single neutral-colour rotocast bases. You also get your choice of “ultra soft luxury leather” or “sport” upholstery.
Carrying on with unusual standard equipment is that the Savannah 250 SLS comes standard with the CP3 Performance Package which includes a pair of twenty-five inch diameter outer tubes and a twenty-six inch diameter round centre tube with lifting strakes. This package also includes a ribbed aluminum under-deck skirting. The package permits up to 300 horsepower of outboard brand of your choice. Hammer texture powder-coated fence rail is also standard as is a stainless steel rub rail insert. Unusual again is the standard ten-foot powered electric bimini top.
The bow layout consists of contoured and textured three-person couches with stretch-out lounges and flip-up armrests. The portside lounge head rest console is molded fiberglass and contains storage. A huge storage compartment is found within the driver’s console suitable for storage of the standard soft-sided “Crest” cooler bag.
The helm console with windscreen features a modern molded dash with two large diameter and one small diameter chrome rim gauges offering tachometer, fuel, trim, and volt readouts, plus a standard flush-mounted Garmin GPSmap/sonar/fishfinder. A billet aluminum dash and switch panel features digital switching. The captain is coddled with a standard cooled cupholder.
To the left of the sporty standard SeaStar hydraulic tilt steering with EPS (Electronic Power Assist) is the control head for the standard Klipsch Audio System. This Bluetooth compatible system features Bongiovi Accoustics DSP technology with an amplifier, a pair of subwoofers and eight speakers – all standard. Facing the dash is the driver’s twenty-nine inch high back swivel, sliding, and reclining helm chair with flip-up forward bolster and armrests and mounted on a standard raised fiberglass molded platform.
Opposite the helm on the port side is a two person bench seat with a flip forward backrest to allow aft facing seating to create a U-shaped seating area. A standard oval table in your choice of gray or tan serves this area. The stern portion of this seating area also has a flip forward backrest thus creating a double-wide lounge on the stern swim deck. The swim deck offers a polished stainless steel telescoping flip-down four-step boarding ladder and a “deluxe aluminum ‘Junior Beast’ ski tow bar.”
Other notable standard equipment includes a flip-up privacy change room, several choices of poly vinyl or SeaGrass or snap-in Seadek flooring, RGB lit cupholders, a mooring cover, dual battery switch and boxes, battery charger, LED docking lights, RGB lit cupholders, a pair of movable cupholders, wireless charging station, an in-floor storage compartment, and raw water washdown.
The very few notable options include individual seat covers, a “Luxury Cladded Arch” with Klipsch audio and RGB lighting, underdeck lighting, powder coated deck trim, a second table, mid-ship storage drawer unit and/or doggie drawer combo unit and/or entertainment table, upgrade to wider helm chair, powered helm chair slider, ottoman cooler, additional movable cupholders, larger fuel tank, powder coated ski tow bar, plus digital or mechanical pre-rigging options to suit your brand choice of outboard motor.
Your 2021 Crest Savannah 250 SLS will suit most pontoon boat buyers with its considerable standard equipment list, and the available choices of colours and fabrics within that list will help avoid lengthy decision making and pricing adjustments like many other pontoon brands.
|Dry weight:||4,119 lbs||1,868 kg|
|Fuel Capacity:||52 US gal||197 L|
|Base Engine / Drive:||Evinrude,Honda,Mercury,Suzuki,Yamaha Outboard|
|Engine HP:||Max 300|