A sculpted fiberglass bow module and fiberglass seat bases distinguish the new Savannah series, now the flagship of the Crest pontoon line. And worthy of a flagship, this boat is both attractive and loaded with standard features. The forward seat bases are incorporated into the bow modules, each with a lounging backrest at the console. The smooth seat bases blend nicely with the helm console and look a little more upscale than the typical molded plastic or vinyl-covered bases we see on pontoons. Note how the flowing lines of the bow module are repeated in the side rails, a nice detail.
The helm console elevates the captain’s seat and is trimmed with billet aluminum. On our boat, a set of Mercury SmartCraft gauges are presented to the left, with a standard 9-inch Garmin multi-function display to the right. A wireless phone charger is located in a glove box below the Mercury DTS throttle, and behind that is a refrigerated cup holder for the captain. The standard Klipsch audio system includes two subwoofers, eight speakers, two amps and Bluetooth connectivity.
A fiberglass base also supports the rear seating. An L-shaped lounge with a power backrest at the stern can be adjusted to a fore- or aft-facing seat, or folded flat into a full sun pad. As an option, our boat was powder-coated in graphite ($507) on the aluminum ski-tow bar to match the graphite deck trim and rails ($830). The optional cladded aluminum arch ($20,769) includes RBG LED lighting and two additional Klipsch can speakers.
The triple-tube Crest CP3 Performance chassis features a 26-inch center tube and 25-inch outer tubes, with lifting strakes on the center tube and inboard on the outer tubes, heavy-duty nose cones and an aluminum underskin, plus dual batteries and an onboard charger. SeaStar power steering is standard, as is a center-tube ski locker. A generous 82-gallon fuel tank ($384) is an upgrade from the standard 52-gallon tank, and a good match for the 350 hp Mercury Verado on our test boat. This hull ran true and steady all the way up to 50 mph in our performance trial. A flagship indeed.
- Distinctive fiberglass bow modules and seat bases.
- No more fishing around for seat adjustment levers.
- AquaTread deck is easier to clean than woven vinyl.
- Offered with optional privacy curtain, flip-up table or stowage chest.
Dry Weight: 4,426 lb.
Seat/Weight Capacity: NA/2,790 lb.
Fuel Capacity: 85 gal.
How We Tested
Engine: Mercury Verado 350
Drive/Prop: Outboard/Mercury Enertia 14.5″ x 17″ 3-blade stainless steel
Gear Ratio: 1.75:1
Fuel Load: 43 gal.
Crew Weight: 190 lb.
Crest Pontoons – Owosso, Michigan; 989-725-5188; crestpontoonboats.com