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When the new Crownline 230 CCR cruises past other boaters, they'll be seeing stars. Not because the boat is so fast (although it is one peppy cruiser), but because of its unique hull graphics that feature stylized smoke-colored shooting stars inside a color accent band. Boaters inside the 230 CCR, however, will be noticing more than its stylish rounded lines and its color accents: They'll be marveling at how Crownline managed to put so much room into a boat that's just 23 feet long. With an exceptionally spacious cockpit and a well-appointed cuddy cabin that is comfortable enough for overnighting, the 230 CCR is full of delightful surprises. It comes packed with numerous standard luxury features, and even more comforts are optionally available. The 230 CCR is an ideal boat for a family on the go -- or for anyone who appreciates good design and excellent construction quality. Chop Chop We tested the 230 CCR off Palm Harbor, Florida on a summer day, in choppy water. It wasn't the best day to Go Boating, but it was an excellent day to put a new boat to the test. Despite the conditions, our 230 CCR handled admirably throughout a variety of maneuvers. It was exceptionally responsive, providing good cornering and excellent acceleration with its optional 280 hp 5.7 GSi DuoProp stern drive. We reached a top speed of 47.8 mph and cruised at around 32 mph. The standard power package, a 250 hp MerCruiser 5.7L Bravo 3 stern drive, provides similarly impressive performance. Our test boat's helm console was thoughtfully arranged for convenient access to all controls and easy readability of all instrumentation. Switches were well organized and the helm's stainless steel-rimmed gauges featured black background discs, to minimize glare. An engine hourmeter is standard equipment, and a compass and a depth sounder are two recommended extras. The tilt steering wheel is attractively trimmed with wood accents, giving it the feel of a high-end sports car. The helm also offers a Sony stereo system. The AM/FM cassette system is standard, but single CD and 10-disc changers are available options. The wrap-around tinted glass, walk-through windshield protecting the helm console has a built-in pair of triangle-shaped quarter windows that open out, to funnel fresh air to the helm and passenger seating areas. Access to the stainless steel rail-protected foredeck is via a fold-down step leading to the windshield's walk-through panel. Below that panel is the door to the 230 CCR's cuddy cabin. The helm is backed by a very comfortable swiveling bucket seat for the captain. Opposite the helm console is an L-shaped lounge seat with room for everyone else aboard to stretch out and relax. (An optional seating package replaces that configuration with a pair of bucket seats and a rear bench-style seat.) In all, there's room for six to seven adults to ride in comfort in the cockpit. Room to Spare The 230 CCR offers one of the biggest-looking cockpits we've seen on a boat of this size. And what's even better is the feeling of safety it provides. The cockpit offers deep sides -- at least waist-high at most points -- for an added sense of security on the water. The engine and battery compartment is roomy, too. It is accessible by lifting the rear seat, which comes with an air-assist lift. Even with the largest available engine package, there is ready access to all sides, making it easy to do regular maintenance. Other onboard conveniences include a color-keyed Sunbrella Bimini top, with boot and hideaway storage; and an ice chest, concealed in the cockpit sole. Adjacent to the rear seat is a transom gate, which opens to a wide molded-in swim platform. Here, you'll find a pull-out shower and washdown system, a fold-out swim ladder concealed inside a compartment in the swim step, a well-placed grabrail for swimmers and divers, and a tow eye for waterskiers. Pop-up cleats and protective stainless steel bow rails offer added convenience along the boat's exterior. Inside, the 230 CCR's nicely appointed cuddy cabin offers a surprising amount of headroom. You can sit up straight and not feel claustrophobic, thanks to a well-planned and remarkably spacious-looking interior arrangement. Our test boat featured a convertible V-berth with wrap-around bolsters, a removable table with built-in drink holders and abundant storage in a compartment in the cabin sole. It was attractively trimmed with Morrocan designer cabin fabrics and was bright and airy, thanks to an opening Bomar deck hatch, rope lighting along the valances, courtesy lighting at foot level and reading lamps near the mini-galley console. Lighting levels are fully adjustable, thanks to an onboard dimmer system. The galley area included a sink, a Corian-style counter, an optional Kenyon alcohol stove and an icebox (or an optional refrigerator) under the counter. On the opposite side of the cabin, the enclosed head compartment had space for storing the table, as well as a portable toilet. With so much room and so many comfort features, the Crownline 230 CCR offers a lot of boat in a compact, easily trailerable package. Its striking appearance, and that of its color coordinated trailer, are certain to make heads turn -- both on and off the water.
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