|Brunswick Corporation : Crestliner Unveils New PT 18 Bass Boat At Bassmaster Classic Expo|
OTSEGO, Minn., March 20, 2017 - Expanding on its incredibly popular PT line, Crestliner introduces the new PT 18, a premium bass boat with abundant onboard space and impressive fishing features that will continue to set the standard in bass fishing. This tournament-quality boat will make its official debut at the Bassmaster Classic Expo in Houston, March 24-26.
"Based on the success of the PT 20, we know the PT 18 will also have a positive impact," Crestliner Product Manager Jake Mirabal said. "The PT 18's solid aluminum construction and incredibly spacious bow casting deck represent a much-needed departure from the narrower casting decks and fiberglass hulls of traditional bass boats. To have those features available in an 18-foot boat at an affordable price is huge for anglers."
One angler who's already onboard is John Cox, a member of Crestliner's National Pro Team. Cox recently purchased a PT 18 after winning the 2016 FLW Forrest Wood Cup onboard his PT 20. That victory made him the first pro angler to win a national professional bass tournament championship onboard an aluminum boat.
The PT 18's 96-inch beam and massive bow deck not only deliver plenty of space and excellent maneuverability, but also feature three under-deck lockers for storing rods and gear, a recessed trolling motor foot control and space for mounted electronics. Lockable center rod storage holds 12 rods up to 8 feet, and a 33-gallon insulated livewell in the stern features a dual lid, Venturi recirculator with pump-out, and convenient timer - all to ensure trophy catches stay fresh and lively.
Comfortable seating abounds on the PT 18. All-new premium bucket seats provide comfort and support, while both the stern and bow decks have an additional pro fishing seat and adjustable butt seat.
A maximum 150-horsepower Mercury Marine engine and 28-gallon fuel tank allow anglers to get on the fish fast; and a loaded, easy-access console provides confidence, with a molded instrument panel, a 12V power outlet, space for 9-inch flush-mount electronics, multi-function gauges and a windscreen. Options include a Boss® stereo with Bluetooth(TM), a Hot Foot(TM) Throttle, and a port console with glovebox and windscreen.
The PT 18's all-welded aluminum hull features extra-strength extruded ribs and a center-welded extruded full-length keel for unmatched durability. This impressive fishing machine is as beautiful as it is durable. Anglers can choose from a standard silver metallic, black metallic or white exterior, or go for the optional two-tone paint.
"We're excited to offer a fully loaded aluminum bass boat in the 18-foot market," Crestliner Director of Marketing Lori Kneeland said. "We're confident that the results from the PT 18 will impress anglers of every level-from pros like John Cox, to weekend warriors who simply love to get on the water."
Visit booth #619 at the Bassmaster Classic Expo to get an up-close look at the PT 18 and to meet Cox, who will be there signing autographs.
Crestliner is a division of Brunswick Corporation, a leader in the recreational marine industry, brunswick.com