Crestliner VT 17: Boat Test Notes

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

9th May 2011.
By Charles Plueddeman

Overview: An affordable aluminum modified-V bass boat that’s loaded with features.

Filming the Crestliner VT 17 for the Video Boat Review

This is a modified-V style bass boat that’s a notch above entry-level, with a painted hull, matching trailer, Mercury four-stroke outboard and many added angling features.



  • 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

Crestliner VT 17 Performance Data


  • Top speed of 36 mph with optional Mercury four-stroke 60 outboard and aluminum propeller
  • Best fuel economy is 9.1 mpg at 4500 rpm and 26.3 mph


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


  • Step to bow platform is convenient and covers a small, built-in cooler
  • Large locking dry storage compartment in bow platform, and a single rod locker
  • MotorGuide FW 46FB 12-volt trolling motor and on-board battery charger
  • Recessed trolling motor foot control
  • Remote trim switch on bow panel

Crestliner VT 17 specifications

  • Three-across seating
  • 30-gallon livewell aft
  • Dedicated tackle tray storage, and underseat storage
  • Dash-mounted Lowrance X-50 fish locator

For more information, visit Crestliner.

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About the author:

Charles Plueddeman

Charles Plueddeman is'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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