As the smallest member of the Crownline fleet, the 180 BR might be described as the company’s “entry-level” model — provided you understand the context in which the phrase is used.
To many boat salesmen, “entry level” is a euphemism for a low-end product. This is certainly not the case with the 180, as it is built to the same standards, using the same materials, as larger Crownline products.
Realistic pricing combined with strong resale potential provide the first-time buyer with financial incentives, but other qualities of the boat will be equally or more attractive to the new boater. With a dry weight of 2,200 pounds, the 180 is easy to launch and handle, yet it is large enough to accommodate open-water cruising and has the power needed to pull water skiers.
Because new boaters often try a variety of activities, the 180’s interior is configured for maximum versatility. It includes a ski locker, swim platform and towing eye for water-sports, a reclining passenger lounge seat for sun bathing, and removable rear jump seats to provide access to the transom for swimming or fishing. The driver is cradled in an adjustable, swiveling bucket seat and faces an uncluttered dashboard with gauges organized according to their importance and the frequency with which they are used.
Buyers looking for additional seating choices might also want to take a look at Crownline’s 182 BR. Four inches wider and two inches longer than the 180, this step-up model adds a number of additional standard features and also ups the maximum horsepower ante from 210 to 240.