Captain's ReportSylvan 1600 Pro SportBy Capt. Rob SmithSylvan is known among serious aluminum boat fishing fans for delivering wide casting platforms, rod and tackle storage and fishability beyond expectation. They are also known for building boats that take the punishment of serious anglers who are not afraid to get into the difficult reaches for that trophy fish. The 1600 Pro Sport is no exception.At the BowOur 1600 Pro Sport was outfitted with a Minn Kota PD55 Power Drive Trolling Motor with tethered foot control to help you slip into the skinny water. The full function power panel in the bow had a battery control panel, additional 12-volt connection for a portable GPS or to power a bubbler for an extra bait bucket and a main motor trim switch. The panel also has a courtesy light to illuminate the bow at night or early morning. The anchor locker has the bow light clipped on the lid to make sure you can find it easily when you need it. Your favorite lures can be handy if you keep them in the two tackle boxes stored in the front of the helm. I really like having a cord pass-through in the front of the helm to connect up the charger when I put the boat away at night. The trolling motor batteries were in the centerline locker at the bow, keeping the weight distributed over the keel. You can set up a seat in the bow casting deck. High-tech livewells are in the bow and the stern so two anglers can get their bait without having to leave their casting station.Roomy CockpitMoving into the cockpit, you step through the full-framed windshield with center walk-through. You have lots of seating room in the 1600. Six seat positions mean you can set this one up any way you prefer and make just about anyone happy. Seat backs fold down to keep a low profile in your garage and reduce windage when towing. The companion station is well protected from spray and wind with a high windshield. A deep padded glove box should keep you wallets, glasses and lotions handy and dry. One of the two speakers is in the side panel along with a safety grab handle. The cockpit is designed with good toe-kick space for balance while fishing or moving about the deck. The port side has rod storage and the starboard side has open slash pocket storage in the side.Helm HighlightsThe helm has a padded tilt wheel for maximum comfort when driving. Analog gauges were spread over two tiers for best view and included fuel, voltage, tachometer and trouble lights. A Lowrance X52 fit nicely to the right of the gauge set. The Seaworthy stereo provided nice sounds and also had an MP3 player input so you could bring along your tunes. The charging system fits underneath the helm. At the SternMoving on back to the stern, jump seats make simple work of adding a few more seats for guests. When strictly fishing, leave them behind in the garage for more room and less weight to haul. The vinyl flooring makes quick work of cleaning up after a hard day of fishing, and the snap-in carpet cushions bare feet when just cruising and swimming. Beneath the port seat is the aft livewell and under the starboard seat is the cranking battery. A casting seat post base is in the aft section for a casting chair.Specs and PerformanceThe Sylvan 1600 Pro Sport measures 16’6” length overall and 88” across the stable beam. She tips the scales at 1,080 lbs. dry weight without engine and has a fuel capacity of 24 gallons. She is rated to carry a maximum weight of 1300 lbs. with engine, people and gear. The 1600 Pro Sport delivered a nimble ride with good handling characteristics both around the docks and at various speeds. She is impressively quiet for an aluminum boat. She does have a lot of bow rise out of the hole. With hydraulic steering, she was stiff when turning. Our test boat was powered with a Suzuki DF90TLK outboard. I found her top speed to reach 38.1 mph and her cruise speed to be around 26 mph. At cruise you can expect to get about 158 miles on a full tank of fuel.
Test Result Highlights
- Top speed for the Sylvan 1600 Pro Sport is 38.1 mph (61.3 kph), burning 6.7 gallons per hour (gph) or 25.36 liters per hour (lph).
- Best cruise for the Sylvan 1600 Pro Sport is 26.0 mph (41.8 kph), and the boat gets 7.31 miles per gallon (mpg) or 3.11 kilometers per liter (kpl), giving the boat a cruising range of 158 miles (254.28 kilometers).
- Tested power is 1 x 90-hp Suzuki Outboard.
Standard and Optional Features
|CD Stereo||Standard AM/FM Stereo|
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