Captain's ReportThe TS 192 Offers Excellent Cornering and Trolling ControlLast week I traveled up to Brainerd, Minnesota to test out Crestliner’s newest addition to their professional fishing series. It might have been a little cold and rainy, but I hardly noticed because this boat was pure fun to play with. John Janousek, Crestliner’s National Promotional Manager, went out with me to help while I ran the test gear. I quickly found out why his smile was so big.Before he could drop her off the trailer, I noticed the Tournament Series Quick Shot Transom and TruTrac Center Keel. They claim it gives unsurpassed planning, cornering and trolling control. With an overall length of 19’ 2” and beam of 95”, it looks to trailer very well. Weighing in at just 1400 lbs, it should be manageable trailered behind most vehicles designed for towing. Crestliner, who has been building boats since 1948, claims to have innovated the welded hull aluminum. They have been building boats since 1948. Crestliner is so confident of their hull that they have changed from a “20 plus 3” guarantee to a “Lifetime plus three” guarantee this year. Their website has complete details on this warranty. The Tournament Series 192 DC (dual console) is painted using their Baked Armor-Guard process that gives you a finish like you see on many cars today. The wrap-around Dock-Gard gunnel bumper and embedded rope finish will help keep the paint in great shape for years. She comes with a 39-gallon fuel tank and dual fuel line pick-ups.Up front you have a large casting deck and a spot for one of the Pro-Form II fishing chairs on an 11-inch pedestal. These new chairs are called suspension fishing chairs because the use a system of suspension wires connected to springs that give you a great chair for using all day long without pain. In the peak you have a trolling motor connection for 12/24-volt connections and a main engine trim switch within easy reach of the fishing chair. Under the gunnels they have added a cargo net to hold things in place while underway. The navigation light has their Task Light that gives you enough light to see what you are doing in the front without washing out your night vision or interfering with the navigation lights. On the starboard side you have an aerated recirculating baitwell with bait pail for the front casting deck. Crestliner understands the value of weight management, even in placing the batteries. You can place up to four batteries centered over the keel in the forward auxiliary battery locker just in front of the helm seats. Above the battery locker is room for a large assortment of rods protected by the lockable lid. The rod management system handles eleven rods easily and has a light for choosing the best weapon in the dark.Courtesy lights at night can light the helm and companion area. The helm has a tilt steering wheel with “No-feedback” steering system. My test boat was equipped with hydraulic steering. Crestliner also took into consideration one of the pesky problems with using electric gear on a boat. They have a master power switch that kills the power to everything but the automatic bilge pump so nothing gets left on accidentally killing your batteries when you put her away.The stern casting platform sports another aerated recirculating baitwell with bait pail, battery and oil reservoir compartment and two locations for fishing chairs. You also have another trolling motor outlet here at the stern. On the stern you have room for your main engine and kicker. Crestliner recommends using a 200 hp engine for this fishing machine.John and I blasted off from the pier getting on plane in just 2.3 seconds and up to 30 miles per hour in an incredible 4.2 seconds using a MerCruiser 200 hp Optimax. Her best cruise was at 2500 rpm where we saw 21 mph and burned an average 3.7 gph. At this burn rate, we can expect to get about 199 miles per tank. Her top speed was at 5000 rpm or 52.2 mph. She burns 18.8 gph at this speed and will go about 97 miles on a tank. She certainly should give you a great day of fishing before returning to the trophy stage and fuel docks.Whether you plan to fish professionally or just want to fish like the professionals do, Crestliner’s Tournament Series 192 DC will get you over the fish fast and in style. For more information, check out the rest of our website or see one at your nearest Crestliner dealer.By Capt. Bob SmithTest Captain
Test Result Highlights
- Top speed for the Crestliner TS 192 DC (Not in Production) is 52.2 mph (84 kph), burning 18.8 gallons per hour (gph) or 71.16 liters per hour (lph).
- Best cruise for the Crestliner TS 192 DC (Not in Production) is 21.0 mph (33.8 kph), and the boat gets 5.68 miles per gallon (mpg) or 2.42 kilometers per liter (kpl), giving the boat a cruising range of 199 miles (320.26 kilometers).
- Tested power is 1 x 200-hp Mercury Optimax outboard.
Standard and Optional Features
|Battery Charger/Converter||Optional Max Pro|
|Outlet: 12-Volt Acc||Standard|