Pontoon boats continue pushing the style envelope. Harris FloteBote’s Crowne 250 arguably goes where no ’toon has gone before, eschewing a pontoon’s trademark fencing in favor of curvy, molded fiberglass seating modules both fore and aft. In between, what aluminum the boat does use is solid and painted to match the glass. The result is a near-seamless exterior that blurs the lines between pontoon and fiberglass construction. On our test boat, that look was completed by the optional powered sport arch. A swept-forward design, it incorporates acrylic sunshades, lights and a retractable Bimini. It is a modern, clean aesthetic that separates the Crowne from the pack.
Inside, the Crowne features a mix of both traditional and cutting-edge features. Forward, parallel lounges complete a conversation pit centered around an optional telescoping teak table. Midships, the boat features a reclining high-back helm seat and port lounge. Aft, our test boat featured dual rear-facing loungers, with plentiful stowage below. All of the vinyl upholstery sports an ultraclean, contemporary look, with minimal stitching and simple, contrasting piping. A woven sea-grass flooring option is mixed with teak-look vinyl on the aft deck. A closer look at our test boat revealed a unique optional upgrade at the helm: a touch screen with integrated, GPS-based cruise control.
Below the deck, the Crowne featured Harris FloteBote’s Performance III Package. It consists of triple, 25-inch pontoons with the center tube lowered an additional inch to give the boat some of the cornering ability of a fiberglass V-hull. That center tube gets performance strakes on both sides. In addition, interior lifting strakes are added to the two outer tubes. With a 300 hp Mercury Verado 300 with digital throttle and shift providing the power, the result was confident handling, a quick 3.4-second time to plane, and a peak speed of 47 mph.
*The Crowne 250 is the recipient of a 2013 NMMA Innovation Award.
*Convenient curtained privacy enclosure is located below portside aft recliner.
*Optional lighting package includes lighted cup holders, Bimini and ladder LED lights, courtesy rope lighting, underdeck lighting and underwater lights.
Dry Weight: 3,859 lb.
Seating/Weight Capacity: 16/2,225 lb.
Fuel Capacity: 50 gal.
How We Tested
Engine: 300 hp Mercury Verado 300 Pro
Prop: Enertia 15" x 15" 3-blade stainless steel
Gear Ratio: 1.75:1
Fuel Load: 20 gal.
Crew Weight: 375 lb.
$83,070 (with test power, Performance III Package)
Fort Wayne, Indiana; 260-432-4555; harrisflotebote.com