Crestliner TC 18: Boat Test Notes

After putting this fishing machine through its paces for a Boats.com video review, Charles Plueddeman submitted some detailed notes.

10th May 2011.
By Charles Plueddeman

Overview: An aluminum fishing boat set up for pan-fishing with a recessed bow platform, dual livewells, and multiple seating positions.

Test Conditions: light chop; two people and 11 gallons fuel aboard

Reviewer Charles Plueddeman takes a break from running the TC 18.

CONCEPT
An affordable aluminum pan-fishing boat packaged with a trailer and Mercury four-stroke outboard.

Crestliner TC 18 Performance data

VIEW THE CRESTLINER TC 18 VIDEO BOAT REVIEW

CONSTRUCTION

  • All-welded aluminum hull, MIG-welded together down the keel, supported by aluminum stringer structure
  • Wood-free
  • Aluminum deck
  • Aluminum console with molded acrylic cap

PERFORMANCE

  • Top speed of 36.6 mph with optional Mercury four-stroke 60-hp outboard and aluminum propeller
  • Averages better than 9 mpg from 3500 to 4500 rpm, and 18 to 28 mph

HANDLING

  • Tracks well in very rough conditions; ride is good for boat type
  • In smooth water, takes a nice set and turns with confidence

FEATURES/DETAILS

  • Recessed bow platform enhances security and stability
  • Dual live wells with bait buckets
  • Three pedestal seat positions on bow platform enables side-by-side fishing
  • Three-across seating
  • Crestliner TC 18 Specifications

  • Locking rod locker, dedicated tackle tray storage, and underseat storage
  • Dash-mounted Lowrance X-50 fish locator
  • MotorGuide FW 46FB 12-volt trolling motor and on-board battery charger
  • Remote trim switch on bow panel
  • Matching painted trailer

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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.

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