By Charles Plueddeman
Crestliner 1750 Fish Hawk Boat Test Notes
More details about this seventeen foot aluminum fishing boat from Crestliner.
The boat is rated for up to 150 horsepower, but I was happy with the performance offered by the 115 FourStroke. Seems like a 150 would over-doing it a little. This isn’t a tournament boat.
The boat handles well, taking turns at speed with no trim adjustment.
I’m not sure I prefer the locking port-side rod locker to the open rod holders in the 1650 Fish Hawk. Sometimes it’s nice to be able to just grab a rod.
Fishing electronics, the trolling motor, and the stereo on our test boat are options.
Like most of the vee-bottom Crestliner models, the 1750 Fish Hawk features an all-welded, four-piece hull (two panels form the running surface, and two more form the hull sides) which are joined together with aluminum extrusions with tongue-and-groove channels, which are then welded together. The extrusions double as spray rails and the keel.
These boats do not have additional welded or riveted strakes, but seem to get on plane and handle just fine. Another construction feature I like are the wide gunwale caps, which are big and stout enough to mount accessories, but also have a very attractive, smooth shape. Crestliner says the caps are extruded in a softer aluminum alloy to get that shape, and then heat-treated for hardness. They also have a “J-hook” groove that secures canvas instead of snaps.
This boat comes with a painted ShorLand’r trailer.
- Charles Plueddeman is Boats.com's outboard, trailer, and PWC expert. He is a former editor at Boating Magazine and contributor to many national publications since 1986.