2004 Crownline 208
Although the 208 looks like a simple bowrider at first sight, Crownline has done an excellent job of thinking through every part of the boat. For instance, the self-bailing anchor locker at the very tip of the bow not only includes a liner, but also a telescoping ladder that makes it possible to board the boat from the front.
Another one of our favorite parts of the boat is the engine compartment, which is wide open and easy to get to. Moreover, mechanics will really love this boat, because the entire front side of the engine compartment folds completely forward, for unparalleled access. The stern settee flips forward to make this possible — and it’s a terrific idea that is well executed.
The stowage space under that rear settee is generous, and getting to the stowage areas is done in an interesting way: You slide the settee cushion slightly forward and then in hinges up for access. The port side of the settee has a built-in storage place for a 25-quart removable Igloo cooler.
A large sunpad lies atop the engine compartment. A small swim step is incorporated into the back of the boat, and it includes a built-in telescoping ladder.
The flip up bolster seats are attractive and contemporary.
The helm console is decorated with a full set of instrumentation, with stainless steel, bezeled Faria gauges that include a lifetime warranty through the gauge company. Faux burled wood accents are in abundance and give the console some sophistication.
The passenger console has a locking glove box and two cup holders. In fact, two-tier cup holders are conveniently located throughout the boat, and they all have overboard drainage. Now that’s attention to detail.
An in-deck finished lockable ski and wakeboard locker with hinged lids, a drainage channel and a removable rubber pad is located at the center of the cockpit. Diamond skid-resistant surfacing runs throughout the deck, and snap-in carpeting is standard.
A V-shaped bow settee is located up front, and a small cooler is built in under the settee’s center cushion. Stowage takes up the space under the rest of the settee.
When you turn the wheel of the Crownline 208 LX, the boat turns exactly as you expect it to. When you look underneath the fiberglass finish, you find immaculately finished spaces in areas that often go unseen. We go into a boat test with high expectations, and the 208 did not disappoint.
This one is well powered by a 5.0L MPI Mercruiser and propelled by an Alpha drive. It has snap in carpet, snap on covers, shade top, CD stereo, matching trailer, and much more!
*Marine Financing Available WAC