2021 Harris Cruiser 250

The Cruiser 250 offers a mix of sturdy construction and precise handling.

December 2, 2020

Cruiser models may be the entry point into the Harris Boats lineup, but don’t expect lesser construction from this builder just to reach the price point. Quality build details include full-length M-brackets to resist flex, a sturdy mix of extruded aluminum C- and Z-channel cross members for deck support, and tried-and-true tongue-and-groove marine plywood decking that’s built to last. Three-inch deep aluminum rub rails protect the deck edges and wrap over corners. Marine-grade wiring includes plastic grommets and conduit for protection, as well as water-resistant Deutsch connectors.

Harris Cruiser 250 running across the lake
Handling was precise and predictable. Tom King
Harris Cruiser 250 bow seating
Parallel bow couches span 5 feet, 8 inches to starboard and 4 feet, 6 inches to port. TOM KING

Cruiser series pontoons feature all-new furniture for 2021, with bases fabricated from color-matched, roto-molded composite, and seat cushions covered in soft-touch vinyl. Parallel bow couches span 5 feet, 8 inches to starboard and 4 feet, 6 inches to port, the latter backing up to a wheelchair-friendly 2-foot-10-inch-wide side gate. Aft, another pair of 5-foot couches feature aft-facing seatbacks. Bolsters below the thigh add comfort and security. Items stored below are protected from rain and spray by gutters, with drains to funnel away water. At the stern, rails sweep to the deck in fast-back fashion, revealing a vinyl-covered aft enclosure with integrated speakers and an upgraded four-step, stainless-steel telescoping ladder, perfect for hanging out in the cove.

Harris Cruiser 250 helm
Our test boat featured the upgraded Simrad GO7 display on the dash. TOM KING

The helm is the same fiberglass console you’ll find on the more upscale Sunliner, with an inwardly curved base for added legroom and stowage below. The captain has a great view of the water while underway. For navigation and monitoring, our test boat featured the upgraded Simrad GO7 display on the dash, offset so as not to be blocked from the captain’s vision by the tilt wheel. A 12-volt outlet and dual USB ports sit above a padded tray with a drain, which is a great spot for a phone. Choose the optional wireless charger and eliminate pesky cords.

Harris Cruiser 250 cockpit seating
Aft, another pair of 5-foot couches feature aft-facing seatbacks. TOM KING

Our test boat featured Harris’ Level 2 Performance Package and a Mercury 150 FourStroke outboard, a combination that produced an almost instantaneous plane and a 34.4 mph top speed. Handling was precise and predictable, and just right for the target audience.

High Points

  • Level 2 Performance Package pairs 25-inch outer pontoons with a 25-inch center tube, along with performance lifting strakes, below-deck aluminum skin and a ski-tow bar.
  • Standards include a Bimini top, multiple USB ports and reclining helm seats.
Harris Cruiser 250 performance data chart
Harris Cruiser 250 Certified Test Results Boating Magazine


LOA: 25′10″

Beam: 8′6″


Draft (max): 1′9″

Dry Weight: 3,088 lb.

Seat/Weight Capacity: 15/2,658 lb.


Fuel Capacity: 37 gal.

Price: $45,236 (with Mercury 150, Level 2 Performance Package)

How We Tested

Engine: Single Mercury 150 XL EFI FourStroke


Drive/Prop: Mercury Enertia 15.3″ x 14″ 3-blade stainless steel

Gear Ratio: 1.92:1

Fuel Load: 37 gal.

Crew Weight: 425 lb.

More Information

Harris Boats – Fort Wayne, Indiana; 260-432-4555;