1. Who is Crownline?
At Crownline, we realize that buying a boat is a huge investment. Whether you are new to the boat ownership experience or a seasoned boater, you will want to make the most informed decision possible. In order to assist you in that process, we would like to take this opportunity to provide you with information about Crownline Boats. Crownline Boats is celebrating our twentieth anniversary this year. We have grown from a small start-up boat company to one of the largest, most recognized brands in the industry today. Our success is directly attributed to our commitment to deliver the highest quality boats with styling and design features that ensure total customer satisfaction…and great times on the water!
2. Crownline styling really stands out. Are there special design elements used?
Innovative boat designs that focus on sophistication and exclusivity are the basis of the Research and Development division at Crownline Boats. The sleek sports car styling and lustrous gelcoat will definitely attract attention. The style lines below the rub rail are designed specifically to cast shadows and reflect light. The windshield frames flow into the deck. Crownline offers a progressive alternative to the uninspired styling of our competitors.
3. Why are some features you find optional on competitors, standard on a Crownline?
Crownline builds boats that are loaded with outstanding customer-driven standard features. By listening to our customers, experienced boaters who embrace the boating lifestyle, we have determined which value-added standard features are most important to include in order to make on-board times the best times ever. Crownline provides one the longest lists of standard features in the industry! It’s just one more example of why Crownline continues to be one of the top builders of owner-pleasing stern drive sport boats and a leader in boat owner satisfaction.
4. Why does Crownline have such an excellent reputation for an outstanding smooth and quiet ride?
At Crownline, we encapsulate our stringer systems in fiberglass. Once glassed into place, the cavities are foam filled. Our construction process builds added strength and the foam filled stringer design is a great safety feature with noise absorbent qualities. Our strategic approach to deep-V hulls and fast planing times equals a smooth and responsive ride. The combination gives you a ride without a “hollow sound” and it provides that new and responsive boat “feel” throughout the ownership experience. Additionally, our patented and proven F.A.S.T. Tab® hull is designed to insure planing efficiency and stability in high-speed turns. All of these features combined make Crownline one of the best handling boats on the water.
5. What construction processes allow Crownline to offer a lifetime deck and hull structural warranty for as long as I own my boat?
We use the highest quality products available in our lamination process: Armorcote Gelcoat, for a high gloss finish, premium marine resin during construction for strength and endurance and a Vinyl Ester Barrier coat to all but eliminate blistering concerns. Our highly skilled technicians install hand-laid wovens, bi-directional fiberglass and composite coring materials (Nida-core) to provide uncompromised structural quality. These are all expensive, labor-intensive processes and steps, but they separate a good boat from a great one. Every boat that leaves our facility reflects our commitment to excellence and quality.
6. Major components, like upholstery, canvas and stainless steel look great when they are new, but can I count on superb durability and reliability of these components over time?
Because we have so much confidence in the quality of our boats and the components that we use, Crownline offers one of the most comprehensive warranties in the industry. While most manufacturers offer two years of coverage, Crownline boats come standard with a five year guarantee on stainless steel, five years on seam separation on our upholstery and canvas and a lifetime warranty on our analog gauges.
7. Knowing safety is built-in is always an important consideration. What can I expect in a Crownline?
All Crownline boats are certified by the NMMA. Their certification requirements are based on the ABYC’s “Standards and Recommended Practices for Small Craft.” To be certified, a manufacturer must pass inspections that encompass a range of safety standards. In addition, we are also inspected annually by the Coast Guard and continue to receive exceptionally high marks from them for our boat building processes. Our boats feature an abundance of standard features that support increased safety. Our F.A.S.T. Tab™ hull is designed to insure planing efficiency and stability in high-speed turns. Deep freeboards provide added safety and comfort for little ones. Our audio / visual high water alarms (found in all of our cuddies, cruisers and large bowriders with sleeping accommodations) provide added safety and security. Full beam swim platforms for boarding and exiting security. Features such as pull up cleats, plenty of grab handles, four step boarding ladders with handles – and many, many more.
8. Can a Crownline be custom ordered through a dealer instead of choosing one from stock?
Crownline offers an extensive line-up for every lifestyle, with clever innovations that make your boating experience the best possible. In addition to the seemingly limitless number of standard features we provide, Crownline still allows you to express your unique style and needs by offering you a large variety of engine applications (sterndrive AND outboards) as well as other options such as a large selection of gelcoat colors, graphics, seating arrangements, etc. (Visit the “Build a Boat” section of our website for a complete list for each of our models.)
9. Now that we have decided on a Crownline, can we count on a strong resale value when that time comes?
Throughout the years, Crownline boats have proven to provide a better resale value than just about any other top selling pleasure boat sold. Two factors that drive resale value are quality and scarcity. Boats of lesser quality are much more likely to be put back into the marketplace within a year of the original purchase date. Crownline owners enjoy their boats far longer and when their boating needs change and they are ready to move up to a larger or different Crownline model, there is a waiting list of prospective buyers. Crownline boats are a great value, delivering quality that stands the test of time.