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2021 Crest Savannah 250 SLS

The Savannah 250 SLS is both attractive and loaded with standard features.

December 2, 2020
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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.

Crest Savannah 250 SLS running on glassy water
The Crest Savannah 250 SLS ran true and steady. Tom King
Crest Savannah 250 SLS bow seating
The forward seat bases are incorporated into the bow modules, each with a lounging backrest at the console. TOM KING

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.

Crest Savannah 250 SLS helm
On our boat, a set of ­Mercury SmartCraft gauges are presented to the left, with a standard 9-inch Garmin multi­function display to the right. TOM KING

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.

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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.

Crest Savannah 250 SLS cockpit seating
An L-shaped lounge with a power backrest at the stern can be adjusted to a fore- or aft-facing seat. TOM KING

High Points

  • 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.
Crest Savannah 250 SLS performance data chart
Crest Savannah 250 SLS Certified Test Results Boating Magazine

Specs

LOA: 26′9″

Beam: 8′6″

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Draft: 1′6″

Dry Weight: 4,426 lb.

Seat/Weight Capacity: NA/2,790 lb.

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Fuel Capacity: 85 gal.

Price: $137,538

How We Tested

Engine: Mercury Verado 350

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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.

More Information

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

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