By Lenny Rudow
Sylvan Explorer 1600 DC Boat Test Notes
A detailed list of features on this sixteen foot aluminum fishing boat from Sylvan Boats.
Overview: A dual-console aluminum multi-species fishing boat that’s easy to handle and efficient to run.
-Build a boat that can go for everything from perch to pike, and includes fishing features usually found on larger, more expensive boats.
-0.08 thick aluminum, with double-rivets at the stress points.
-Seven-ply pressure-treated plywood decking (which has a lifetime guarantee) is coated in a rubbery non-skid that keeps its grip when wet.
-Rodbox hatch locks closed, and lifts on gas-assist struts.
- Carpet-lined inner hull prevents loud noises when gear smacks the sides.
-Best cruise (in the low 20’s) with a 50-hp ETEC outboard provides extremely good fuel economy at 8.5 miles to the gallon!
-Mid-range punch is great; slam down the throttle and the two-stroke torque blasts off.
-Handling is awesome, thanks to the “four keel” bottom design. Crank the wheel over hard while running full-tilt, and the boat grips the water like Pirellis on asphalt.
-No need to touch the throttle when turning, as the hull bleeds off speed on its own, in hairpins.
-Go back and see “Handling” again – this is one of the best-handling 16’ aluminum boats we’ve ever tested.
-The pair of gunwale-mounted rodholders are unusual on a boat of this size and nature.
- Lenny Rudow is Senior Editor for Dominion Marine Media, including Boats.com and Yachtworld.com. With over two decades of experience in marine journalism, he has contributed to publications including Boating Magazine, Marlin Magazine, Boating World, Saltwater Sportsman, Texas Fish & Game, and many others. Lenny is a graduate of the Westlawn School of Yacht Design who has won 28 BWI and OWAA writing awards.
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