Harris was one of the very first manufacturers to veer away from the traditional, fence-enclosed perimeter that has long defined pontoon boats. The Crowne SL 270 continues to showcase the manufacturer’s cutting-edge style while mixing in luxury and performance.
Key to that style is the Crowne’s sleek exterior design. Rather than fencing, the Crowne opts for fiberglass, molded into four separate modules that simultaneously form the majority of the cockpit enclosure and interior seating. Forward, they angle away from the deck to give the craft angular bow lines and incorporate eye-catching LED running lights. Aft, they flow toward the stern before giving way to an inviting open rear swim deck. There is aluminum present that links the modules, but it is cleverly disguised. The result is a nearly seamless exterior.
The Crowne’s interior focuses strongly on passenger comfort, with large 6-foot-4-inch parallel lounges forward and an L-lounge aft that encourages socializing. Plentiful stowage is found below in all of the roto-molded seat bases. Cushions pivot into the cockpit on articulating hinges for easy access. Gutters and drains ensure contents will stay dry. The aft-most section of bench is mirrored behind by a 4-foot-8-inch-by-3-foot-6-inch sun pad. Tilt the electronically operated backrest forward to create a rear-facing lounge. The minimalist stainless-steel fence that spans the width of the rear deck ensures passengers can enjoy the seats while coving or underway.
Harris has reworked its performance packages for 2019. Our test boat’s Performance Level 2.5 features a trio of 27-inch-diameter tubes, with the center tube lowered by one inch to enhance handling. In addition to performance-oriented strakes, the package also adds an aluminum under-deck skin, in-floor storage in the space provided by the center tube and an aft ski-tow bar. The lowered center tube gave the Crowne just a hint of inside lean as the boat smoothly powered through precision turns. The Mercury Verado 400R, meanwhile, pushed this pontoon to 30 mph in just under 9 seconds before peaking at 50.7 mph.
- Standard JL Audio stereo system with six Fusion Speakers.
- Upholstered interior gates, multifunction digital gauges, and Bimini.
- Options include touchscreen dash, JL Platinum sound, Evo watersports tower.
How We Tested
Engine: Mercury Verado 400R
Prop: Mercury Enertia 14.7″ x 16″ 3-blade stainless steel
Gear Ratio: 1.75:1
Fuel Load: 25 gal.
Crew Weight: 345 lb.
Harris Boats – Fort Wayne, Indiana; 260-432-4555; harrisboats.com