Lund Offers Fishy Family Fun

When the entire family wants to go fishing - or not - a Lund 1875 Crossover matched with a Mercury 150 Fourstroke gets the job done.

18th January 2013.
By Charles Plueddeman

Promoting family boating bliss is the mission of the Lund 1875 Crossover XS, which is a notable departure from recent model intros like the Lund Impact Sport 1775 and the Lund 1600 Fury. The Crossover is not some all-things-to-all-people triumph; rather it’s a way for anglers to get in a Lund aluminum fishing boat—still the Cadillac of the North Woods—without being totally selfish and alienating those members of the clan who could care less about the bite. The Crossover name is borrowed from the auto industry, where it’s become a catch-all description for cars that offer some pretense of SUV ruggedness while retaining a good bit of comfort and economy. The Lund Crossover swings the other direction, in that it’s a fishing boat with some accommodations to other on-water activities, such as an available ski-tow pylon, bow cushions, comfortable seats, and a decent audio system.

Lund 1875 crossover

A good choice for a fishing family, the Lund 1875 Crossover XS combined angling features with comfort and sport options, packaged at an attractive price

Lund also gives the 1875 Crossover XS a family-friendly price, at least for the premium end of the aluminum boat market, with a base MSRP of $32,284 with a Mercury 115 FourStroke outboard (trailer not included). The price jumps to $35,155 with Mercury 150 FourStroke on the transom, a more satisfying package and also our test power. Compare that to the Lund Tyee 1900, which is a few inches longer and wider but has a similar lay-out, at $41,400 with the Merc 150.

Compare the Crossover and Tyee side-by-side and note that the Tyee has a fancier dash, covered inwale stowage compartments, a livewell in the bow, extruded aluminum gunwale caps that add two inches of freeboard, and the Lund IPS2 hull, which features spray rails. The Crossover may be missing these mostly fishy details, but that does not detract from its multi-purpose utility. Its foundation is a double-riveted aluminum hull that’s double-thickness from amidships forward, supported by I-beam stringers. Deadrise on the Crossover is 16 degrees at the transom. Its IPS running surface features a pad at the transom to funnel solid water to the prop; hard reverse chines benefit handling and stability.

Cockpit features start aft, with a pair of three-way jump seats that flank the fishing platform. Fold them down and they become part of the carpet-covered platform. Flip the backs up and you’ve got two seats. Flip the bottoms up to reach handy stowage below. Between the seats is a curved kick-out that incorporates drink holders and “trinket trays” with slots for fishing tools. The optional ski pylon ($473) fits dead-center on the aft platform, just behind an 18-gallon lighted live well. A reboarding ladder is standard and hides below a panel to starboard of the motorwell.

Lund cross over fishing boat

Jump seats fold down to create fishing deck, and also cover stowage. Note that sun top stows below the seat base. A fishing seat base is offset from the outboard. A ski pylon is an option.

The Crossover comes with three pedestal seats, including a driver’s seat with fore/aft slider. Inwales are nicely finished in multi-color vinyl even if the stowage compartments are uncovered. The consoles are a new shape, and to port there’s a large locking glovebox. A Clarion audio control mounts on the dash, and there’s a separate MP3 input with a handy little cubby to hold a phone or music player. A large flat on the right side will hold your fishing electronics. The tall glass windshield curves stylishly around the consoles and does a great job knocking down the breeze in much of the cockpit. Lund offers all manner of canvas options for this boat.

The main in-deck stowage compartment does not have rod tubes, which can be added as an option, to keep it open for ski or wakeboard stowage. A dedicated rod locker is located below the bow and accessible through a hatch in the walk-through. It has five tubes for seven-foot rods. Rods up to eight fee long can be stowed in the port inwale compartment.

The bow platform is raised about 11 inches above the main deck. There’s no livewell in the bow, but two large stowage compartments are handy and can be rigged for trolling motor batteries. There’s a spot for a charger below the center rod stowage. Padded backrests are placed on the front side of each console, but the pads required to turn the bow into a sun lounge are a $697 option. A deck insert and additional pad are also available to expand the area. The depth forward is minimal – I would not let passengers ride in the bow while underway – but with the boat at anchor or nosed into the beach the pads will be just the ticket.

bow of the lund 1875 crossover

The optional bow cushions seem pricey but will be a big selling point to some family members. LED courtesy lights like the one in the bow peak are helpful when fishing or cruising after dark.

The four-cylinder Mercury 150 FourStroke is a great match for this boat, combining adequate power with exceptional fuel economy. We saw a top speed of about 49 mph with a light load and a 14 x 19 Mercury Enertia stainless-steel prop on the motor. Note that a stainless steel prop is an upgrade over the standard aluminum Black Max wheel. It was a choppy day on Lake Detroit in Minnesota when I ran the Crossover, and I was impressed with the way the Lund IPS hull tracked in a cross-wind and delivered a smooth, dry ride. Move up to a Tyee model and you get the IPS2 hull, which adds a spray rail, but I did not notice the Crossover ran wet at all when I tested it.

Lund 1875 Crossover XS specificationsThere are all kinds of options for a buyer considering one boat that can serve double-duty as a fishing and family craft. No doubt the Lund Crossover swings the compromise pendulum way over to the fish side; if you are at all serious about fishing, you’ll be much happier with the Crossover than with some “fish and ski” fiberglass bowrider conversion. Another big consideration should be resale value. When it’s time to move on, the Crossover will be desirable precisely because it’s pretty fishy – and because it’s from a brand associated with quality.

Other Choices: Crestliner’s 1850 Super Hawk also has a fishy-family mix, tilting a bit more towards the family side of things. The same is true of Starcraft’s Starfish 176, though this boat’s a hair smaller.

For more information, visit Lund.

- Charles Plueddeman

Power & Performance
Test conditions – Sunny and 70 degrees, lake chop, 20 mph wind.

Power – 150-hp Mercury four-stroke outboard. Prop – 14 x 19 Mercury Enertia stainless-steel. POB – 1
RPM    MPH  GPH   MPG
1000    4.9     0.8    6.1
2000    8.7     2.4    3.6
3000    23.3   3.6    6.5
4000    34.3   6.7    5.1
5000    43.0   10.1  4.3
5610    48.3    13.8  3.5


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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.

2 thoughts on “Lund Offers Fishy Family Fun

  1. I would be interested in your comparison of the Lund crossover and the crestliner 1850 super hawk,
    Especially ride smoothness,dry ride and handling in rough water. If you have any comments on
    Construction quality that would also be of interest.

    I currently have a Lund ProSport but am interested in a possible upgrade to a crossover or super hawk or maybe
    A Lund Tyee.

    Thank you very much.

    Carter Olson

  2. Hi Carter – here’s a reply from Charles Plueddeman, who tested both of those models for Boats.com:
    I would say the Crossover and Super Hawk offer similar ride, although that’s a tough comparison to make without running them back-to-back on the same day in the same water. I will say that with the Merc 150, which is a great motor, the Crestliner generated a lot of bow lift at speed and felt really aired out (remember we are testing with minimal gear in the boat), a feeling that I didn’t get in the Lund. I ran them both in moderate chop and don’t recall either being wet.
    Construction…the old Crestliner vs. Lund, welded vs. riveted discussion. I think these are both premium boats that can take whatever the average angler is going to dish out.
    The Tyee is more expensive, is finished a little better, and is just a little bigger. It also costs more.
    With boats this good your choice may come down the dealer, and what he can offer for service, location, etc

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