Crestliner Boats said its new PT 18 bass boat will make its official debut this weekend at the Bassmaster Classic Expo in Houston.
"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 in a statement.
"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."
John Cox, a member of Crestliner's National Pro Team, recently purchased a PT 18 after winning the 2016 FLW Forrest Wood Cup on his PT 20. Crestliner said that victory made him the first pro angler to win a national professional bass tournament championship on an aluminum boat.
"The aluminum trend is catching on," Cox said. "I'm seeing more and more Crestliners out there every time I'm on the water. They're more durable and give you access to more places to fish. You simply can't ask for a better boat than the PT 18."
The boat will be at booth No. 619 at the Bassmaster Classic Expo, which will open Friday and continue through Sunday. Cox will be there to sign autographs.
Crestliner said 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. The boat is 18 feet, six inches long.
Lockable center rod storage holds 12 rods as long as 8 feet, and a 33-gallon insulated live well in the stern features a dual lid, Venturi recirculator with pump-out, and convenient timer — all to ensure trophy catches stay fresh and lively.
Crestliner said a maximum 150-hp Mercury Marine engine and a 28-gallon fuel tank allow anglers to get on the fish fast; a loaded, easy-access console provides confidence with a molded instrument panel, a 12V power outlet, space for 9-inch flush-mount electronics, multifunction gauges and a windscreen.
Options include a Boss stereo with Bluetooth, a Hot Foot Throttle and a port console with glove box and windscreen.
"We're excited to offer a fully loaded aluminum bass boat in the 18-foot market," said Lori Kneeland, Crestliner’s marketing director. "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."