Crest Caribbean 250 SLR2: A Slice of Paradise

The pontoon boat segment grew 68 percent in 2014, according to the National Marine Manufacturer’s Association. While other segments of the boating market have withered since the Great Recession, pontoon boats today represent one of the most vibrant pieces of the American boating market. There’s a good reason for that: modern pontoons are fast, comfortable, and many handle almost as well as traditional fiberglass hulls—sometimes even better. One pontoon that delivers on that comfort and performance is the Crest Caribbean 250 SLR2.

The Crest Caribbean 250 SLR2 packs a powerful one-two punch -- it's loaded with both comfort and performance. All photos courtesy of Crest.

The Crest Caribbean 250 SLR2 packs a powerful one-two punch — it’s loaded with both comfort and performance. All photos courtesy of Crest.

Crest’s Caribbean model sits near the very top of the company’s trim level lineup, and is available in only a single deck layout. This is good for folks who might get frustrated with the infinite layout possibilities offered by other pontoon manufacturers, but not so good for others who might prefer to customize seating and furniture arrangements. And the layout in the Crest Caribbean 250 SL2 can best be described in one non-word: “lounge -y.”

That relaxing layout includes two forward lounges, two aft-facing chaise lounges, a starboard helm station with a cushy captain’s chair, and an additional single seat adjacent to it, to port. There’s plenty of stowage under the seating, and you’ll appreciate how Crest’s hinging mechanism rotates the seat bottom out of the way for better access. The materials used in the furniture are absolutely top notch. Seats are plush but supportive, and the vinyl feels more like leather than something designed to imitate it.

The lounge-heavy layout will appeal to owners with a lot of guests to entertain, or a family who focuses on relaxing.

The lounge-heavy layout will appeal to owners with a lot of guests to entertain, or a family who focuses on relaxing.

Another thing that sets Crest aside, but seldom gets mentioned in boat reviews, is its use of fiberglass seat bases and modules, which are far more sturdy and longer-lasting than the rotomolded polyethylene bases that many other manufacturers use. Also worth noting is the way Crest stands behind its product—the 250 SLR2 comes with a transferable lifetime deck warranty. Lots of other manufacturers offer 10 years or less.

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The command center has everything right at hand, with lots of easy-to-read gauges.

The standard powerplant for the Caribbean 250 SLR2 is a 150-horsepower Mercury FourStroke outboard. Choose instead Crest’s CP3 Performance Plus triple-pontoon package and a 300-horsepower Mercury Verado outboard, and you’ll enjoy wide-open-throttle speeds in the mid 50-mph range. The triple tubes that are a part of the CP3 package also give you legitimate turning performance, thanks to the larger-diameter center tube. The dash unit that displays all the gauges and electronics is stylistically bold, and everything in it is easy to read and reach.

If comfort and performance are at the top of your new pontoon boat search priorities, the Crest Caribbean 250 SL2 should be on your short list of candidates to investigate.

 

Crest Caribbean 250 SLR2 Specifications

  • LOA: 25’10”
  • Beam: 8’6”
  • Weight: 2,626 lbs.
  • Fuel Capacity: 26 gals.

 

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