Captain's ReportA Worthy PerformerBy Capt. Bob SmithSummertime on Table Rock Lake can be a lot of fun, but testing Crestliner’s new line of boats for 2007 made it even more fun. I always enjoy meeting the crew and it is usually somewhere in the Ozark area. Table Rock proved to be an extremely busy place which allowed us to really test the boats ability to handle rough water. This year, they introduced several new models, including a Fish Hawk 1600. Crestliner has had success with the Fish Hawk 1750 and it only made sense to figure out a way to make the best of it. Well, take the features and the performance and find a way to make it more affordable and offer some other sizes. The Fish Hawk 1600 does just that, and doesn’t cut corners or give up quality or performance to do it. At the BowStarting up front, the 1600 Fish Hawk has an ample casting deck with carpeted flooring and a powder-coated seat base for one of the three standard pedestal seats. A standard 45lb thrust Wireless Motor Guide trolling motor is mounted on the port side. This gives you the option to have the foot control anywhere on the deck without the tether getting in the way. They have cargo netting under both forward in-wales to keep you rain gear and extra life jackets ready. Storage lockers in the bow are large enough for bigger gear and the trolling motor batteries. Lids are vinyl-coated to make it easier to keep them clean as well as providing some noise dampening. Across the aft section of the bow platform is an aerated, divided livewell and baitwell with bait bag. The baitwell has a separate lid so you open the livewell just to grab the next bait.Cockpit FeaturesStepping into the deep cockpit, you find you have 24” of cockpit depth that protects you and keeps you dry in the rough stuff. The wide side box connects with the bow and the stern to give you a great step into the boat from the docks. Safety grab handles are mounted in the sides for each seat position in the cockpit. Running rod straps on located the port side locker lid to hold your favorite stick ready for action. Room for rods up to 8’ long is in the port locker. Across on the starboard side and behind the driver’s seat is another dry box. This one has a drain hole, so you could use it as a temporary ice box if you need it as it has a great sealing lid when it is closed.At the ControlsThe raised helm offers excellent leg room to the driver. A small shelf under the dash holds the fire extinguisher so it is ready for action if you ever need it. Standard steering has a fixed position three-spoke wheel. The typical Crestliner dash has a drinkholder to the left for hot and cold beverages for the driver. The raised dash has the analog gauges up high over the wheel for good visibility. Part of the package is a Lowrance X50DS which is mounted to the right side of the wheel along with lighted rocker switches and a 12volt socket for charging your cell phone or for other portable gear. You can keep your cell phone and wallet in a slash pocket on the front of the dash under the rocker switches.Aft DeckThe aft deck also has room for working fish as well as another powder-coated seat base for the casting chair. The cranking battery is mounted in the port side dry locker in the stern deck while more dry storage for gear and oil is in the starboard side.SpecificationsThe 1600 Fish Hawk measures 16 feet long with a beam width of 87”. She weighs 830 lbs without the engine and can carry up to 5 people or a total of 1200lbs of people and gear combined. The 1600 has a 23 gallon fuel tank. Aluminum gauge on the 1600 is .090 for the bottom, .125 for the transom and .080 for the sides.PerformanceThe 1600 Fish Hawk performed well under difficult conditions with lots of chop and traffic providing very rough waters. She made great turns and handled very well in tight quarters. She is on plane in 3.9 seconds and up to 30mph in 14.3 seconds. She reached a maximum of 32.3mph with the 50-hp Mercury two stroke outboard engine.If you are looking for the performance and features of the Fish Hawk series without the burden of a big payment, look into the Fish Hawk 1600. It has the features of the popular Fish Hawk 1750 at a more affordable price. She is built to perform very well with lower power engine options and should save you at the pumps as well.
Test Result Highlights
- Top speed for the Crestliner Fish Hawk 1600 (2007-) is 32.3 mph (52 kph), burning 6.4 gallons per hour (gph) or 24.22 liters per hour (lph).
- Best cruise for the Crestliner Fish Hawk 1600 (2007-) is 19.1 mph (30.7 kph), and the boat gets 6.70 miles per gallon (mpg) or 2.85 kilometers per liter (kpl), giving the boat a cruising range of 139 miles (223.7 kilometers).
- Tested power is 1 x 50-hp Mercury 2-stroke.
Standard and Optional Features
|Fishfinder||Standard Lowrance X-50|
|Outlet: 12-Volt Acc||Standard|