Crestliner Recalls Fishing Boats For Flotation Upgrades


Brunswick Corp. has recalled a number of its Crestliner aluminum fishing boats which may not comply with Coast Guard requirements for level flotation. The company began informing dealers, boat owners of record and regulatory agencies in both Canada and the United States of the action in August.

“While all Crestliner units meet both US Coast Guard and American Boat and Yacht Council basic flotation standards, the company discovered that a small percentage of boats may not be in compliance with current level flotation standards,” said Dan Kubera, director of media relations and corporate communications for Lake Forest, Illinois-based Brunswick Corporation. “The situation was discovered by Crestliner while performing a proactive, internal audit on a prototype. Crestliner has been in contact with both the US Coast Guard and the Canadian Transport authorities, and has commenced notifying dealers and owners of record.” 

Kubera notes that the process of bringing an affected boat up to current level flotation standards will be accomplished by Crestliner dealers “installing a foam kit, which should take just a few hours.”  

“Kits are being distributed to dealers, who have the expertise to perform this work, and we recommend that owners see to the installation as soon as they are able to do so.”

Models affected include portions of the Fish Hawk series, Canadian series, Kodiak series, the 1850 Sportfish SST, 1650 Sport Angler and 192 Tournament Series in model years 2000 to 2009.

Brunswick Corporation acquired Crestliner from Genmar Corp. in 2005.