Crestliner 1750 Bass Hawk Review

The 2017 1750 Crestliner Bass Hawk is an all new model that bass anglers have got to know about.


This article originally appeared on boats.com. Reprinted by permission.


We have a pretty healthy selection of Crestliner fishing boat reviews on boats.com, but most of them share one thing in common: they’re multi-species boats, designed for general fishing as opposed to being focused in on any one species or style of fishing. Crestliner does, of course, have pure bass boats in their PT and VT lines. What would happen if you took a bass boat and melded it with the multi-species Hawk line? The 2017 1750 Bass Hawk is your answer. Join us for an in-depth look at this all new model, in this video boat review.

One of the important things about this boat which we weren’t able to examine in detail during the video review is construction. It’s important to know that Crestliner uses a four-piece hull design with formed-in strakes in the aluminum hull and an extruded, full-length keel. The seams are all welded, and feature a tongue-and-groove interlocking system. Gunwales are also extruded aluminum, and have the SureMount mounting system designed in. Decking is aluminum, and the boat is wood-free. The transom gets double-welded and reinforced. Crestliner backs up this construction method with a limited lifetime warranty on all main-seam welds, and a three-year bow-to-stern warranty.

Blasting across the lake at speeds in excess of 50 MPH, the Bass Hawk felt plenty solid underfoot.

Blasting across the lake at speeds in excess of 50 MPH, the Bass Hawk felt plenty solid underfoot.

Another thing many people don’t realize is just how long Crestliner has been building boats, and just how much experience they have at it. Their history goes all the way back to 1946. You can see it the knowledge that comes with this sort of experience in details like that rod box we liked so much. Not only does it lock, have tubes to protect the rod tips, and have oodles of capacity, it also has a pair of gas-assist struts that hold the hatch up. Notice the use of nylock locking nuts, of their attachment points. And notice the hinges, which run the full length of the hatch.

Another place experience shines is at the helm station. Many small aluminum boats like this one don’t plan ahead for an electronics installation, and a chartplotter/fishfinder has to be binnacle-mounted. But Crestliner dedicated a flat in the center of the helm, so you can have flush-mounted electronics. Same goes for the foresight shown in including the electronics flat at the bow, something serious bassers demand.

How many 17-foot aluminum fishing boats have flush-mounted electronics at the helm? Not many.

How many 17-foot aluminum fishing boats have flush-mounted electronics at the helm? Not many.

As we mentioned in the video, aluminum wont’ be the first construction material choice of all bass anglers. Its light weight does mean the boat gets blown around more easily than a fiberglass boat, and foot for foot fiberglass tends to ride better. But between the easier trailering, lower initial and repair costs (note—even with maximum power and a trailer this rig barely breaks $32K), and the faster speeds with similar horsepower, for many people, a boat like the 1750 Bass Hawk is going to be exactly what they’re looking for. Is it the ideal boat for you? There’s only one way to find out for sure—get on board one, nail the throttle, and take that test ride for yourself.


Other Choices: For a model that’s a bit less bassy and a bit more multi-species, check out the Tracker Pro Guide V 16 SC. Or, if you want the protection of a full windshield, a boat like the Smoker Craft 162 Pro Angler might be of interest.

 

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