2020 Crest Caribbean Platinum 250 SLS

The Caribbean Platinum 250 SLS mixes numerous entertainment features with agile handling.

Overview

There are many examples of Crest showing off on the Caribbean Platinum 250 SLS. Powder-coated perimeter fencing features a dramatic flare aft, with a bold, arrow-shaped accent piece that ties neatly into an optional clad tower overhead. Look closer at that molded accent and you’ll note the logo lights up, as do interior speakers in a variety of shades. The helm features a dash that is a showcase of billet aluminum, with two rows of aircraft-style lighted toggles across the bottom. The captain’s cup holder is actually refrigerated. The vinyl flooring on our test boat had the look of aged teak.

The Caribbean Platinum 250 SLS features agile handling and a spirited ride.Courtesy Crest Marine

Interior and Accessories

Forward, 7-foot parallel lounges invite passengers to stretch out and relax, or buddy up when entertaining a party-size crew. Rather than vinyl-covered roto-molded plastic, seat bases are sleek, molded fiberglass. Cushions hinge up and stay open during loading and unloading on articulating hinges. A pop-up changing curtain is tucked away at the tail end of the port bench. The height of comfort, however, is found in the powered, four-position swing-back seat aft. Part of an L-shaped couch that finishes out the interior, it adds an aft-facing couch in standard position. Pivot the seatback forward to create an aft-facing recliner, or fully flat to form a sun bed at the touch of a nearby toggle.

Engine

The 250 SLS features Crest’s CP3 Performance Package, which pairs twin 25-inch outer tubes around a central 26-inch tube pontoon dropped 1 inch to create a V-hull effect. Other performance-related elements of the package include an aluminum underskin, lifting strakes, and SeaStar electronic power-assist steering. Paired with a 300 hp Mercury outboard, the result was spirited, with agile handling, instantaneous planing, and a top speed of 43.2 mph. Since our test date, Crest has upped the minimum horsepower to 350, which should only improve our performance numbers.

How We Tested

  • Engine: Mercury 300
  • Prop: Mercury Enertia 15″ x 15″ 3-blade stainless steel
  • Gear Ratio: 1.75:1 Fuel Load: 40 gal. Crew Weight: 355 lb.

High Points

  • CP3 Performance Package also adds dual battery switches and battery boxes, a battery charger, aluminum ski-tow bar, integrated transom and oversize fuel tank.
  • Fusion audio system includes head unit, six speakers, 10-inch subwoofer and amplifier.
  • Furniture cutouts include space for multiple cup holders and dual USB charging ports.

Low Points

  • Center-tube in-floor ski locker is narrow and smaller than most.
  • Underhelm wiring needs to be organized and better supported to prevent snags from the cooler or other stowed items.

Toughest Competitor

Like Crest, Manitou’s 25 Legacy SL ($94,700 with Evinrude G2 300) sports its own stylish twist on the traditional fence enclosure, offers dual lounges forward, twin helm seats and a large multiposition aft lounge, and even embraces a small amount of aluminum billet on the dash. Manitou’s model combines 25-inch outer pontoons with a central 27-inch tube for a more dramatic V-hull effect. With the 300 hp Evinrude, it also peaked at 48 mph.

Pricing and Specs

Price: $102,692 (with Mercury Verado 350)
LOA: 26'6"
Beam: 8'6"
Draft (max): 1'3"
Displacement: 3,742 lb.
Bridge Clearance: 4'0"
Fuel Capacity: 85 gal.
Max Horsepower: 350
Available Power: Single gasoline outboards to 400 hp

Speed, Efficiency, Operation

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