We literally thought the Raptor at our test dock belonged to a professional fishing guide who just stopped in to pick up some customers from the adjacent resort. It wasn't just the hull wrap with the Crestliner logo that got our attention. The boat was so loaded that, when we realized it was for us to test, we wondered if it might be overpriced for recreational fishing families (this was before we saw the retail price, which was a good $5,000 less than we anticipated).
In the TE (trolling edition), the consoles are positioned farther forward to free up more space in the deepest part of the boat, and to give the family breathing room. It was a good move to attract recreational boaters who like to fish, instead of catering the design entirely to tournament anglers. Yet the Raptor is up to buddy fishing events, with its tackle drawers, dual rod lockers, two livewells and a baitwell. Our ride followed several tests of fiberglass boats, and the instinctive bias toward aluminum after such tests was nonexistent. Only at our minimum planing speed could we feel the four-stroke weight, as compared with a lighter OptiMax.
Crestliner's traveling team told us at the start of the day that the Raptor might be the best fishing rig they've built and tested. By the end of the day, we were on board.
MSRP $34,151 (w/ optional hull wrap and 150 hp Mercury Verado)