John page williams
The following review was written by John Page Williams, Editor-at-large, Chesapeake Bay Magazine. John, senior naturalist for the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, has been a regular contributor to Chesapeake Bay Magazine for 30 years, specializing in environmental issues, nature, wildlife, fishing and boats. He has been testing new and used boats for the magazine's Time-Tested and New Boat News departments since 1998.
SEPTEMBER 2013
 
   
Length overall  22' 3" 
Beam  8' 
Draft  12"
Weight  2,087 lb
Fuel  41 gals
Max Power  200 hp 
Base Price  $31,395

Crestliner and Lowe, two venerable builders of aluminum boats and now part of the Brunswick Boat Group, have jointly introduced a new 22-foot center-console, semi-V bay boat with a self-bailing cockpit that includes a sprayed-in, non-skid deck liner. The formula is standard for fiberglass but new for aluminum. Construction is tongue-andgroove, with the four panels that constitute the hull fitting into extruded chines and keel and then carefully welded in place with continuous seams. The system is reliable enough to carry a limited lifetime warranty.

This bay boat offers a molded fiberglass console with space for in-dash electronics, three vertical rod holders on each side and a forward seat with a 16-gallon baitwell beneath. The helm seat can be either of two leaning posts with rod holders and cooler beneath. Bow and stern decks offer dry storage, plus horizontal rod space in the bow and a 30-gallon livewell in the stern. On either side of the livewell are cushioned jump seats. An optional beverage cooler serves as a step up to the bow deck. The boat is rated for up to 225 hp, but 150 is plenty for practical purposes. Although neither Crestliner nor Lowe offers trim tabs as a factory option, dealer-installed tabs are always useful for a skipper who wants to get the best performance out of a hull like this in sometimes choppy waters. Base price with a Mercury 150 hp EFI Four-Stroke and galvanized trailer is $31,395. Crestliner Boats, Little Falls, Minn. 866-301-8544; www.crestliner.com. Lowe Boats, Lebanon Mo. 417-532-9101; www.loweboats.com.