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Brief Summary

The Crownline 235 SS is a bowrider designed to give watersports enthusiasts what they have been asking for. She's packed with useful features and lots of standard equipment. While there is nothing major that is different about the boat, every important detail has been well-executed and we are impressed.

Key Features

  • Hot tub style bow seating
  • Anchor rope storage compartment with protective mat & rope tie off
  • Color matched bow and cockpit canvas
  • Depth sounder with outside air and water temperature
  • F.A.S.T. tab, vented hull chine with reversed chines and Delta performance pad
  • Snap-in cockpit carpet
  • Sony upgraded stereo - AM/FM/CD player
  • Vinyl wrapped dash and companion panel with woodgrain inserts
  • Specifications

    Length Overall 23' 5''
    8.53 m
    Beam 102''
    2.59 m
    Dry Weight 5,300 lbs.
    2404 kg
    Tested Weight N/A
    Draft 37''
    93.9 cm
    - 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.

    Engine Options

    Std. Power Not Available
    Tested Power Currently no test numbers
    Opt. Power 1 x 300-hp MerCruiser 350 MAG
    1 x 320-hp MerCruiser 377 MAG
    1 x 380-hp MerCruiser 8.2L MAG
    1 x 430-hp MerCruiser 8.2L MAG
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    Captain's Report

    Captain’s Report by Dan Armitage

    Crownline 235 SS
    Brand new for 2012, Crownline’s 235 SS bowrider model is making its debut at boat shows this month.
    Crownline 235 SS
    The 235 SS features a reverse-chine and has 19 degrees of deadrise at the transom. She is rated to accommodate sterndrives up to 430-hp.


    Like most bowriders, the 235 SS is intended to be a good multi-sport vessels that looks good and goes fast. By offering 6 engine options from 300-hp to 430-hp, the buyer can pretty much select which crowd he wants to play too -- mom and the kids, or the lake's sportboat cowboys. Finally, Crownline wants to "wow" prospective customers with lots of standard features not found on other boats in class, but still stay price competitive.

    Crownline 235 SS
    The open-backed, tri-color passenger seat has a flip-up “booster” bolster and faces a console with adequate legroom below and a lockable, large-capacity glove box above.

    Distinguishing Features

    Hot tub bow.

    That means that the two seats in the bow are purposely designed for one person each facing forward. There is a reclining back rest and then a raised section under where the passengers knees should be, making sitting forward more comfortable.

    F.A.S.T. Tab hull.

    F.A.S.T. Tab hull stands for Fin Assisted Safe Turn which improves time to plane, increases stability in high speed turns and increases fuel efficiency. This is Crownline's designation for its hull which has a reverse chine, which is not unusual, and a pad on the centerline of the keel, which is not so usual.

    Premium features.

    The 235 SS is loaded with features that are often standard on other boats or which only appear on the highest price-point boats. Some of those items are: automatic bilge pump, Bimini top, bow and cockpit cover, depth sounder with water temperature gauge, snap-in carpet, 4-step boarding ladder, 6 Sony speakers, and a wood and aluminum steering wheel.

    Crownline 235 SS
    With gas-assisted supports, the contoured cushions lift to reveal bulk storage areas on both sides of the bow seating area.

    Water tested.

    Crownline says that every boat it builds is water tested on a state of the art test lake behind its factory before it is shipped.

    5-year warranty on the engine and lower unit.

    This is a biggie. Only a few premium builders offer an extra three-year service contract where the engine-maker's two-year warranty stops.

    Lots of stainless steel.

    Again, much like the most expensive boats in class, the 235 SS has virtually all hardware made in stainless steel.

    Crownline 235 SS
    The helm console offers good leg room below and easy-to-read five-inch-diameter, multi-gauge instrumentation above. Two smaller gauges to starboard display trim status, water depth, air and surface water temperature. The vinyl-wrapped dash with wood grain inserts complements the solid wood wheel with polished aluminum spokes.

    The Helm

    Crownline designers have paid a lot of attention to the helm and here they are trying hard to replicate what a consumer might find on the highest-priced boats in class. The dash is covered in stitched vinyl, with wood accents, the instruments are extra-large 5" analog gauges, and the tilt steering wheel is wood and aluminum.

    The Seat.

    The helm seat is one of the most attractive that we have seen in class. It has a barrel design, a flip-up bolster, and is covered in three different shades of vinyl. It turns 360 degrees and slides forward and back. The companion seat to port is the same, which makes it able to also be a spotter's seat when pointed aft.

    Crownline 235 SS
    A feature overlooked by many pleasureboat manufacturers is a designated place to put the boat’s anchor. Crownline not only offers an anchor locker on the bow of the 235 SS, but a cleat for tying off the anchor line.
    Crownline 235 SS
    Crownline takes full advantage of bowriders' signature forward passenger area by offering guests aboard the new 235 SS a comfortable, roomy area in which to lounge.
    Crownline 235 SS
    Passengers in the bow seating area find angled, contoured “hot tub style” lounge seats with pillow headrests and optional flip-up armrests.

    The Bow

    We have already mentioned the "hot tub" seating design which is the major unusual aspect of the 235 SS. These two seats are hinged forward and flip-up to allow access to storage space below. There is also an option for a table which has a pedestal which fits into a fixture at the forward end of the foot well, and the table is forward of the two seated guests.Forward is an anchor locker complete with a mat inside to keep ground tackle from rattling. The bow cleats are located back from the bow, but still forward enough to be safe.

    Crownline 235 SS
    Between the pedestal seats is a sub-sole storage locker with an opening that is wide enough to allow wakeboards to be stashed in a compartment that is long enough to accommodate water skis or fishing rods, and is padded to protect the contents.
    Crownline 235 SS
    The aft bench seat’s cushions are broad underneath, high at the back and deeply padded throughout. Center cushions on the bench seat and sunpad are designed to be removed, as seen, to reveal a padded, non-skid path leading to the swim platform.
    Crownline 235 SS
    Those seat bases flip forward and down on double-hinges to allow access to storage lockers.

    The Cockpit

    The 235 SS cockpit is pretty standard in layout but nevertheless, well executed. The aft bench seat cushions are hinged forward meaning you have to reach over them to access storage below. The sole locker on the centerline also hinges forward which mean it can be easily accessed from either side. There is a mat thoughtfully placed in the bottom. The snap-in carpet is standard. The aft sunpad lifts with the help of two gas-assist struts. In fact, all hatches on the 235 SS have gas-assist struts. There is plenty of storage port and starboard of the engine and the engines can be easily reached for fluid checks.

    Crownline 235 SS
    The integrated swim platform off the stern of the 235 SS features a Soft Touch padded mat, extends beyond the outdrive and is easily accessed from the water by a telescoping ladder offering four steps. Note the aft-facing stereo speakers, two of six offered aboard, with a remote control built into the engine compartment bulkhead.

    The Stern

    We like the proportions of the molded-in swim platform and the way it is designed with the hull sides sloping down to it. The fiberglass surface of the platform is covered with a "Soft Touch" padded mat which your knees will appreciate when getting aboard from the water. Also, it reduces the likelihood of a slip and fall when on the platform. Regular readers know that we like 4-step swim ladders but very few builders put them on, even some premium builders stick with 3-step. On the stern there are two Sony speakers facing aft, making a total of six for the boat. The pop-up stern cleats are well-positioned for both side mooring and criss-crossed lines.

    Crownline 235 SS
    Partitions built into the engine compartment help organize the stowage area, including space for a 48-quart Igloo cooler that comes standard with the 235 SS.


    The Crownline 235 SS comes standard with a MerCruiser 5.0 L 260-hp catalized engine with a Bravo III drive. We like that combination for most family-friendly applications. Those boaters wanting more power can select from five other engine and lower unit combinations going all the way up to an 8.2 L MerCruiser H.O. with a Bravo III X Drive putting out 430-hp. We have not tested the boat, but Crownline says that powered by the 300-hp 350 MAG the 235 SS with a Bravo III drive has a top speed from 49 to 53 mph.


    We have mentioned the unusual 5-year engine and lower unit warranty. Crownline also has a lifetime warranty on the hull, deck, transom, stringers and gauges for boats sold in North America. There is a 5-year warranty against blistering, and a 5-year warranty against seam tears and thread separation on the vinyl and canvas covers. These promises are all important and valuable and better than many builders offer.

    Crownline 235 SS
    The wraparound windshield has a stainless steel header and extends just high enough – and far enough aft on the coaming - to offer the operator and passenger protection from wind and spray. Some builders use aluminum windshield frames, but stainless steel is the way to go.
    Crownline 235 SS
    The bench sun deck/seat back panel rises with the help of two gas-assisted lifts to offer access to the engine. The bench seat base also folds forward for additional access to the engine and bilge pumps.

    Price and Observations

    Rigged with a Mercury 5.0 MPI 260-hp sterndrive, the standard Crownline 235 SS retails for $69,017.00. Crownline is working hard for your business and it needs to, because the competition in this class is keen. We have noted the major features that the builder is offering in the 235 SS and they are impressive. Add a trailer and some options, and we think the price remains reasonable for a boat with this level of amenities and apparent quality.

    Standard and Optional Features


    CD Stereo Standard
    Washdown: Fresh Water Optional

    Exterior Features

    Carpet: Cockpit Standard Snap-in
    Outlet: 12-Volt Acc Standard
    Swim Ladder Standard
    Swim Platform Standard
    Tower: Watersports Optional
    Transom Shower Optional


    Bimini Top Standard


    Hull Warranty

    Deck Warranty
    Engine Warranty
    Blistering Warranty
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