Captain's ReportCrestliner 1750 Sport AnglerBy Gary P. JoyceCrestliner has been in the boat building business for 60 years, and the marque has been synonymous with innovation in the aluminum boat market. While many of these innovations show up on the company’s top-of-the-line models, you’ll always find something unique and innovative across the model line. The 1750 Sport Angler is no different. This boat is designed as a multi-purpose boat to handle cruising around the lake, maybe a little towing and definitely some fishing without sacrificing one specialty for the other; it’s also an ideal family boat.ConstructionThe 1750 Sport Angler features Crestliner’s UniWeld computer controlled hull-building system. The result is a hull that has a solid no-flex feel and comes with a lifetime warranty on the welds for the original owner. The bottom is .100 gauge aluminum, the sides are .090 and the transom.125.Because the 1750 is welded, it lacks those Frankenstein-esque bolts all over the place – which for those of you who transit rough dirt (or potholed city) roads does away with a chance of the hull fastening loosening up. Adding toughness from the inside out, the 1750’s stringer system is interlocking and then welded to the hull and any hull plate features a tongue-in-channel method of connecting before welding. A hidden benefit the design and strength is the way the boat retains its looks: because there is so little flex, the baked-on Armor Guard paint won’t flex and thus the paint doesn’t crack, chip or peel as on riveted boats.Great InnovationAs noted, Crestliner is an innovative outfit. The 1750 Sport Angler comes with two of their Concept DX chairs and seven chair positions including the helm/passenger seats in which to plug them. The Concept seats were ergonomically designed to provide 33 percent better weight support than most marine seats and the seat bottom is 100 percent waterproof. Another interesting aspect of the Concept seats is the integral handgrips under the seat bottom. They fall perfectly to hand and give you a place to hang on when the going gets rough. A clever idea, that.The windshield on the 1750 can also be considered an innovation, because it actually works as a windshield, not as a design feature as on smaller boats. Sit behind this windshield and there’s no need to turn your cap backwards to keep it on your head. It’s high, vision is undistorted, and the frame corners are rounded – if you’ve ever caught the side of your head on the pointed corner of a windshield frame, you’ll really appreciate this.There is plenty of storage and the storage lids are all coated with Crest Liner to knock down noise and assist in preventing corrosion. All the hinges use full-length piano hinges for durability. There is a 27-gallon aerated livewell (which will make a great cooler, too) located on the aft casting deck and there is rod storage on the port side of the cockpit. There is also a livewell on the forward casting platform as well as more storage boxes, one of which can be used to house a battery for an optional trolling motor; the outlet for the motor is already there.Helm FeaturesThe helm is well designed and functional. All the gauges are located directly in front of the driver and there is room for a fish finder to be bracket mounted on the upper right of the dashboard. An AM/FM/CD falls to hand low to the driver’s right and there is a rather unique wraparound switch panel with rocker style switches and circuit breakers leading back to the throttle.The only option you might want to consider is the canvas sun top that folds into its own carrying case. It’s a pretty neat idea, especially for terrain where the sun can do some serious damage.HandlingThe 1750 features a 17-degree variable deadrise design; one thing we noticed is that it got a little squirrelly a top speed. We had a 115-horsepower four-stroke Mercury powering this boat and maybe it was a bit much for it. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing, since it would allow you to drop down some in horsepower. This means a drop in some expenditures as well (and with the cost of a gallon of gas, less expenditure in that department as well). We weren’t able to figure out why it got antsy at speed, although it’s possible the engine could have been the wrong shaft size; the transom is a 25-incher. The rest of the boats behavior however was solid and predictable, so maybe it was the driver. We tested the 1750 Sport Angler on Lake Darling, Minnesota, where our Merc, propped with a 13.25 x 17 Black Max prop, achieved a top speed of 39.9 mph at 5200 rpm. Noise level at top speed was 90 decibels. Cruise speed came in at 3500 rpm and clocked 24.2 mph on the radar gun. At cruise the boat had a 180-mile range. The 1750 Sport Angler is 17 feet, one inch length over all and sports an 89-inch beam. She weighs in at 1,300 pounds and has a 33-gallon gas tank. It has a carrying capacity of 1,305 pounds.
Test Result Highlights
- Top speed for the Crestliner Sport Angler 1750 (2006-) is 39.9 mph (64.2 kph), burning 10.1 gallons per hour (gph) or 38.23 liters per hour (lph).
- Best cruise for the Crestliner Sport Angler 1750 (2006-) is 24.2 mph (38.9 kph), and the boat gets 6.05 miles per gallon (mpg) or 2.57 kilometers per liter (kpl), giving the boat a cruising range of 180 miles (289.68 kilometers).
- Tested power is 1 x 115-hp Mercury 4-stroke EFI.
Standard and Optional Features
|Outlet: 12-Volt Acc||Standard|