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Boat Reviews By Owners

2004 -- 18' 0" CROWNLINE

Model: 180

Cockpit: The cockpit is average size for a boat of this type but nicely appointed. The fit and finish are excellent and the materials have a high quality feel.

Cabin: No cabin...

Construction: The boat is very well built. At 2400 pounds this is no lightweight, but you are rewarded with a better ride than any boat of comparable size that I've ever been on. The gelcoat is amazing.

Handling: This is definately a lake or inland boat, though I've had her in big water at the mouth of some of the rivers of the Chesapeake. I'm slowly gaining confidence to take her in the open bay on a *really* calm day.

Engine Room: My boat has the 3.0L Volvo engine. Buying the Volvo is absolutely the right thing to do. After piloting a brand X powered boat, the Volvo has a certain feel of quality. The 3.0 moves the boat at about 40 MPH. Plenty fast for mellow old me, but if you have the bucks, opt for the 4.3 MPI Volvo, impress your friends.

General Comments: Other than the family, there are two things I love, my dog and this boat. I promised the dog that he'd always be number one, so I guess that makes the boat second best. It's close though. The Crownie is probably the best out and out deal in small runabouts. When it comes down to it, it's only about 3-4K more than the bargain brands, but it will easily compete with Sea Ray and Cobalt in quality. As an extra added bonus, Crownline has a very active owners group. It's not factory sponsored, but it centers on the Crownline Owners Club section of the Crownline website. Log on to the site and ask questions of the owners there, they'll back up what I say. Come out to one of the get togethers and you'll probably see me there. Bring beer.

Email Address: msminnich@yahoo.com


Date Submitted: 2004-08-30

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