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Brief Summary

Crownline has recently launched their latest bowrider for the 2012 model year. It's the 215SS, and if looks were the only selling factor, they'd be out the door as fast as they make them. But we have to go a little deeper than that. Let's take a look at the details and see how they've done.

Key Features

  • Anchor storage compartment
  • Automatic bilge pump
  • Canvas - color-keyed bow and cockpit canvas
  • Cockpit carpet - snap-in
  • Dual battery switch
  • Full instrumentation
  • Fully integrated oversized swim platform
  • Lockable glovebox
  • Walk-thru transom
  • Specifications

    Length Overall 21' 5''
    6.5 m
    Beam 102''
    2.59 m
    Dry Weight TBD
    Tested Weight N/A
    Draft N/A
    - Draft Up N/A
    - Draft Down N/A
    - Air Draft N/A
    Deadrise/Transom 19 deg.
    Max Headroom open
    Bridge Clearance N/A
    Weight Capacity N/A
    Person Capacity N/A
    Fuel Capacity 45 gal.
    170 L
    Water Capacity none
    Length on Trailer N/A
    Height on Trailer N/A
    Trailer Weight N/A
    Total Weight
    (Trailer, Boat, & Engine)

    Prices, features, designs, and equipment are subject to change. Please see your local dealer or visit the builder's website for the latest information available on this boat model.

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    Captain's Report

    By Captain Dan Armitage

    Crownline 215 SS
    With a LOA of 21'5" (6.5m) and an 18-degree deadrise at the transom, this should prove to be a comfortable boat at the dock and on the water.

    Bottom Shapes for Added Performance

    As we look at the Crownline 215 SS out of the water, we can see the boat incorporates the usual lifting strakes leading up to a hard chine. But Crownline goes a little further than that to tweak peak performance out of the 215SS. Low speed performance is enhanced with vortex generators that negate the sterndrive boat's natural tendency to wander, according to the builder. By creating a vortex to either side of the hull as it goes through the water, the wander is eliminated and the hull tracks straight and true, says Crownline. We haven't tested the boat so we can not attest to the effectiveness of the generators, but it sounds compelling.

    Crownline 215 SS
    Aside from the matching painted trailer that this boat is sitting on, our attention is drawn to the chines at midships. Notice the vented chine right over the front wheel. To ensure that this doesn’t affect turning performance tabs, just behind, aid in the turning ability.

    Additionally, Crownline uses vented chines to add to the top end. This is a little different than a stepped hull, but the result is the same. Air is injected into the running surface, which reduces drag, and increases speed. Most builders tell us that this design features adds fro 1 to 1.5 knots to the boat's WOT speed.

    F.A.S.T. Tabs

    A possible downside to the vented chines is a poor turning characteristic. Crownline handles that possible trait with their F.A.S.T. tabs. The acronym stands for Fin Assisted Safe Turn. "Tabs" are molded into the fiberglass just abaft the chine vents offset the space in the chine that is given up for the vents and help turn the boat better, the builder says. I haven't tested this boat yet as it's a new launch, but you can believe that it'll be the first thing on my mind if and when testing day comes around.

    Crownline 215 SS
    Crownline does a nice job with this swim platform. First, it extends way beyond the outdrives, even when they're tilted up. The rubber matting is a nice touch and also adds to the classy look of the 215SS. The reboarding ladder is well off to the side, clear of the outdrive, and in line of sight of the helm. Notice the stereo remote and aft mounted speakers.

    Internal Liner

    The layout of the 215SS is typical of a bowrider but the quality is important. A single piece deck liner is used and it is chemically bonded to the hull to create added rigidity. You can see this better by opening a hatch and looking inside. The inner compartment is enclosed and gelcoated. This is not the bilge of the boat, as you might find with a deck that is simply laid in place. Keep in mind that some price-point sport boats in this size range do not have internal fiberglass liners. This is a good build feature.

    Crownline 215 SS
    Notice how the inside of the storage compartments are finished and gelcoated. Stainless piano hinges add to the strength so even after years of openings, they shouldn't fail. It's also worth noting the raised edges to channel water away from the opening.
    Crownline 215 SS
    A centerline walkthrough from the swim platform allows easy entry whether the dock is on the left or right side. Notice the latches under the cushions to access the storage gull-wing style.
    Crownline 215 SS
    Here you can see inside the gull-wing storage. Notice the gas struts for both the storage hatch, and the engine hatch inside. Raised edges channel water away from the opening. This is an important detail that you will not find on all boats in class.
    Crownline 215 SS
    Once in the cockpit, the seats allow for storage underneath. You can see the non-skid step that is one step down from the sun pad walkthrough. Drink holders are stainless.


    Crownline offers what I think is a very sporty helm for their 2315SS. Large gauges in the center are covered nicely with both individual and a collective sunshade. Depth and trim gauges are off to the right side and Crownline thoughtfully provided for a stereo, rather than a remote control, at the helm. The windshield supports are mounted to the sides of the consoles and that gives pause for concern that the screws will stay secure for the life of the boat. I'd rather see the supports mounted on a horizontal surface as opposed to this vertical one. People -- particularly kids -- tend to rest a lot of weight on the windshield frames when passing fore and aft. When underway everyone holds on to the windshield for support, so this is an important detail.

    Crownline 215 SS
    There is a power outlet to the left of the panel. We'd like to see it near a storage space, so why not utilize the space just beneath to let you drop your MP3 player into?
    Crownline 215 SS
    To port, your companion gets two drink holders. We like to see that as one always gets used for holding anything but a drink. The glove box allows for storage of larger items. Note that there is another 12V supply, which is a bit unusual in this size of boat. The stainless grab handle is placed forward as it should be, and not to the side as many builders do.
    Crownline 215 SS
    Bow seating is comfortable, functional, and typical in this size of boat. The raised edge cushions keep you tucked in place when lounging, and when sitting add support under the backs of the legs. A lengthy grab handle, such as this, is much better than a smaller one on the bulwark. It is handy to have two drink holders per seat, as one can be used for stuff. Notice the courtesy light at the walkthrough.

    Have It Your Way

    Crownline offers the 215SS in a variety of colors so making your boat "yours" is a snap. Aside from the color choices, they also offer a snazzy "Inverse Razor Package" that includes eye-catching graphics, which can complement to the wakeboard tower and wet sounds speakers. There are also options for a transom shower, a cockpit table, thru-hull exhaust, and a bow boarding ladder to name a few.

    Crownline 215 SS
    Just a hint of the customization that's available from Crownline.

    Overall, it's hard not to like the 215SS. Crownline has done a good job of dialing in details to aid performance to this boat, and tells us that with a 260-hp 5.0L MPI she reaches speeds in the 48-52 mph range with a B-III outdrive.

    Standard and Optional Features


    CD Stereo Standard

    Exterior Features

    Carpet: Cockpit Standard Snap-in
    Swim Ladder Standard
    Swim Platform Standard


    Hull Warranty
    Lifetime warranty

    Deck Warranty
    Lifetime warranty
    Gelcoat Warranty

    Five year

    Blistering Warranty
    Five year
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