Boat Test: 2018 Crest I 220 SLC

Boat Tested2018 Crest I 220 SLC
Price As TestedNot Available
Category Pontoon Boat
Manufacturer Crest
Length23ft 5in / 7.14 m
Beam8ft 6in / 2.59 m
Drive TypeOutboard
Engine MakeMercury
By Jon Blaicher
The Crest I series is considered the entry level line of Crest pontoons by price, but not necessarily by features. The Crest I 220 SLC we tested was no exception. Well
equipped with an impressive list of standard features and added details, driving this boat was a pleasure.

To enhance the ride, the pontoon’s fence panels are insulated to reduce rattling and deck spacers are used to elevate the rails allowing water to freely run off the deck for easy cleanups. The gates are all 90-degree lift and lock with full length hinges, capable of supporting 400 pounds. The navigation lights are mounted to the fence to keep the deck uncluttered. The bimini, four step ladder and mooring cover are all standard equipment, but the coolest feature of all was the captain’s cooled drink holder. Just think of how much ice you’ll save!

The four-lounge layout makes it easy to move around with people on board, while maximizing storage. The simulated wood finish poly vinyl floor is gorgeous and covers the entire deck. It has a lifetime warranty and is very easy to clean, but it’s not as cushy on the feet as the woven SeaGrass vinyl.

The helm seat adjusts easily and is comfortable. The controls are mounted to the console at an angle that line up nicely with the seat. If you plan to do any tubing or skiing, power steering is a must and is always one of the first items on my options list.

Our test boat was equipped with the CPT third log package that includes an aluminum underskin and lifting strakes for adding rigidity and lift. This translates into ride comfort and confidence, but also allows for the horsepower bump needed for water sports fun. Bolted to the transom was a Mercury 150 four-stroke which had plenty of power for skiing and tubing while keeping the fuel budget within reason.

Now if this Crest I is considered entry-level, imagine the upscale Continental or Savannah models.

TEST BOAT ENGINEMercury 150 XL 4S, 3.0L inline 4-cylinder, SOHC, Multi-Port Electronic Fuel Injection (EFI)

DETAILSLength: 23 ft 5 in / 7.14 mBeam: 8 ft 6 in / 2.59 mWeight: 2,450 lb / 1,111 kg Fuel Capacity: N/APrice: $53,875 (as tested) 
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