Captain's ReportCrestliner 1600 Angler By Gary P. JoyceCrestliner has been in the boat building business for 60 years, and the name 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 1600 Angler is no different. Crestliner describes this boat as a “meat-and-potato model”. It’s light, tough and durable, and perfect for small lakes and rocky rivers. It’s available in a tiller version as well as the helm version that we tested, the 1600 SC (side console).ConstructionThe 1600 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 of the 1600 is constructed of .090 gauge aluminum; the sides are .080 and the transom .125.Because the 1600 is welded, it lacks those large bolts all over the place – which for those of you who transit rough dirt roads does away with a chance of the hull fastening loosening up. Adding toughness from the inside out, the 1600’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 won’t crack, chip or peel as on riveted boats.Nice TouchesAs noted, Crestliner is an innovative outfit. The 1600 Angler comes with two of their Concept DX chairs and four chair positions in which to plug them. You get the extra seat mounts on the fore and aft casting platforms. 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.The side console has the jet fighter nacelle-looking windscreen and a nifty, well-designed instrument panel. The console on our test 1600 Angler had storage immediately below the instrument panel as well as more at the base of the console. The brushed silver dash is good looking, and there’s a cup holder for the driver. The tachometer and speedometer are centrally located, other engine gauges are tilted to the driver and all switches are rocker style with circuit breakers. The optional Lowrance fishfinder is placed correctly for easy use underway.For a 16-footer there is a good amount of storage. Lids are coated with Crest Liner to knock down noise and assist in preventing corrosion. The hinge on the portside rod storage locker uses a full-length piano hinge for durability. There is a 19-gallon aerated livewell forward and the boat comes pre-wired for a trolling motor. There are little storage cubbyholes and whatnot in various places throughout the boat.The 1600 features a 12-degree variable deadrise and will handle to a 75 horsepower engine on the SC model and 60 in the tiller version.PerformanceWe tested the 1600 Angler at Lake Darling, Minnesota. Our test boat was powered by a 40 horsepower, four-stroke Mercury outboard and reached a top speed of 27.6 miles per hour. It registered 86 decibels while doing so, and it took 9.1 second to reach plane. The 1600 Angler is 16 feet length overall, has an 84-inch beam and draws two feet, 10 inches of water. It weighs 880 pounds and has a carrying capacity of 1,200 pounds and fuel capacity of 17 gallons. This boat is your classic small water boat, ideal for near shore fishing, or just fooling around for the day on the lake. It has every amenity you’d expect and more on a 16-footer, and delivers a good stable ride.
Test Result Highlights
- Top speed for the Crestliner Angler 1600 SC (2006-) is 27.6 mph (44.4 kph), burning 3.2 gallons per hour (gph) or 12.11 liters per hour (lph).
- Best cruise for the Crestliner Angler 1600 SC (2006-) is 24.3 mph (39.1 kph), and the boat gets 10.85 miles per gallon (mpg) or 4.61 kilometers per liter (kpl), giving the boat a cruising range of 166 miles (267.15 kilometers).
- Tested power is 1 x 40-hp Mercury 4-stroke EFI.
Standard and Optional Features