Captain's ReportTested By Capt. Ron Svoboda
Ok, so you want a new fish boat, but the family is demanding a family fun machine for pulling water toys. No problem. Crestliner’s 1950 Sportfish can handle it all without compromising fishability like many of the multi-use runabouts on the market these days.It all starts with all aluminum, rivet-free construction that is guaranteed for life. The wide beamed, deep-V hull incorporates a reverse chine that pops this all purpose machine up on plane in a snap. Of course, our test rig was delivered with the largest out board motor that you can squeeze on it (200 horse power) which helps. Interestingly enough, the folks at Crestliner had two identical 1950’s for our crew to test; each had a different 200 H.P. motor on the back. One boat had the venerable Mercury set-up, the other had power supplied by Evinrude, or should I say Bombardier. What ever you want to call it, the two boats had different personalities, both were good, but before you plunk down your hard earned dough, check the specs, your needs, and if possible sea trial the two flavors, you may be surprised at what you find.Regardless of power plants, the 1950 Sportfish offers plenty of space in the cockpit, accompanied by creative storage areas and seating. The most innovative of all is the optional convertible stern. The way it works is that the aft cockpit bench seat neatly folds forward to change from seating for three, to a large casting platform with a pair of flush mounted chair bases for the removable swivel seats. But use caution as the inventive mechanism is a bit heavy. That’s not the only decision you’ll have to make at the stern. Available for the OB platform is Crestliner’s “SST” or Space Saving Transom. This extended engine well provides added space at the rear and provides the boat with a better running attitude. Think of it as an extended transom bracket with sides.At the other end of the boat, the bow offers a convertible area of its own. A comfortable set of padded seats flank a small casting platform. Fold the two seats inward and you have a roomy casting deck complete with a chair base for easy use of the trolling motor’s control. There is also a 21-gallon aerated livewell up front for quick access to fresh bait.Behind the wheel, the Sportfish provided me with some mixed feelings. The ride was solid and stable with almost a sedan like quality. Acceleration and handling were very good for such a large ‘feeling’ boat, yet the forward hull spray at slow speeds and on deceleration left me a bit wet. Fortunately, the 1950 comes with a massive windshield that deflects most of the spray and does an outstanding job of keeping the wind off of the captain and co-pilot on chilly days.The fit and finish of the helm consoles were also not as detailed as the rest of the boat, but overall this model offers great utility and functionality.The 1950 Sportfish is a versatile boat that does not compromise fishability like many of the multi-use runabouts on the market these days. She can quickly convert from a fishboat that has a nice platform for casting, into a skiboat that offers seating for friends.
Test Result Highlights
- Top speed for the Crestliner Sportfish 1950 OB (2004-) is 52.5 mph (84.5 kph), burning 19.2 gallons per hour (gph) or 72.67 liters per hour (lph).
- Best cruise for the Crestliner Sportfish 1950 OB (2004-) is 34.7 mph (55.8 kph), and the boat gets 3.40 miles per gallon (mpg) or 1.45 kilometers per liter (kpl), giving the boat a cruising range of 153 miles (246.23 kilometers).
- Tested power is 1 x 200-hp Evinrude ETEC.
Standard and Optional Features
|Battery Charger/Converter||Optional Clarion|
|Shore Power||Optional EZ-Loader outlet as well|
|Outlet: 12-Volt Acc||Standard Trolling motor|