2023 Crest Continental 270 SLRC Twin

The Continental NX mixes luxury with performance.

Crest Continental NX rocketing across the lake
With twin 400 hp Mercury Verado outboards the Continental NX exceeds 65 mph. Courtesy Crest Marine

The Continental NX is Crest’s most luxurious line of pontoon boats, and it shows in the level of fit-and-finish. Crest offers three floor plans in the Continental family: a portside captain’s chair with opposing sofas in the stern, a Swingback mini lounge that wraps around the port side and the transom, and a layout with opposing rear-facing chaise-style lounges. All three versions feature a fiberglass helm and matching fiberglass port console adorned with a full wraparound windshield for protecting passengers from the elements. The raked fiberglass bow features inset integrated docking lights that give the Continental a sleek, sports-car look. Also, the full windshield keeps the wind noise down in the cockpit so it’s easier to have a conversation underway.

You want performance? You can rig the Continental NX with a single 300 hp or 400 hp Mercury Verado outboard, or opt for the twin-engine package featuring two 400 hp Mercury Verado outboards. With the latter package, the boat exceeds 65 mph, which is serious speed for a pontoon boat. 

Crest Continental NX helm
The captain has a great view of the water and can easily access the rocker switches and Garmin display inset above the steering wheel. Courtesy Crest Marine

With the triple 26-inch tubes with dual-performance lifting strakes underneath, the Continental exhibits V-hull handling characteristics and provides a stable platform for lounging or entertaining at rest. The captain has a great view of the water and can easily access the rocker switches and Garmin display inset above the steering wheel. The adjustable high-back captain’s chair has a flip-up bolster and swivels so the captain can join the conversation at rest. The same goes for the portside passenger chair. The standard Klipsch audio package provides fantastic sounds on the water so your crew will never want to step back onto the dock.

Whichever layout you choose to please your crew, the Continental NX features plush furniture with SoftTouch upholstery that is easy to clean and doesn’t pink. There’s plenty of storage underneath the furniture to hold all the gear you want to bring aboard for the day as well as built-in coolers. A wireless phone charger at the helm ensures you can always stream your music and call ahead to your favorite dockside restaurant for reservations.

Crest Continental NX interior
The SoftTouch upholstery is easy to clean and doesn’t pink. Courtesy Crest Marine

High Points

  • With the twin 400 hp Verado package, the boat hits top speeds over 65 mph.
  • Twin-engine version allows for a massive 120-gallon fuel tank.
  • Full wraparound windshield protects the cockpit passengers underway.
  • Stylish inset docking lights in the fiberglass bow components give the boat a sports-car feel.

Pricing and Specs

Price:$149,155 (base)
Dry Weight:4,944 lb.
Seat/Weight Capacity:14/1,175 lb.
Fuel Capacity:120 gal.
Available Power:Twin outboard engines to 800 hp

Crest Marine – Owosso, Michigan; 989-725-5188; crestpontoonboats.com

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