With its fiberglass design, the Crowne 250 looks like a retro luxury European sedan from the deck level up and she comes with a strong list of standard features. Buyers can choose from a variety of color patterns and they can add a plethora of options.
Choice of Floorplans
Choice of Performance
The Performance III Package.
The PIII Package features a 25” (.64 m) diameter center tube that’s set an inch lower than the outboard pontoons. It also includes lifting strakes on both sides of the center pontoon and on the inboard side of the outboard pontoons plus a full aluminum skin on the underside of the deck. All the pontoons have full-length keels welded to the bottoms. This package improves holeshot, turning, top speed and overall efficiency, says the builder. The PIII Package also comes with a 50-gallon (189 L) fuel tank while the twin-pontoon version of the boat has a 30-gallon (114 L) reservoir.
Twin Engine Platform.
The Twin Engine Platform is designed to maximize the 700 hp delivered from dual 350 HP outboard Mercury engines. The patent-pending design includes a 100-gallon (378 L) fuel tank, Mercury Vessel View 4, and a prop warning system.
Regardless of which floor plan a buyer chooses, the Crowne 250 has the same bow layout. It consists of two lounges in the bow with the longer one to starboard extending to the forward edge of the helm console. The port side lounge is shorter because of the boarding gate on that side of the boat. There are also centrally positioned boarding gates at the bow and stern. The seat bottoms open on hinges to access storage and all the seat bases have integral drains.
The driver operates the 250 Crowne from a high-backed reclining lounge chair. The removable windshield provides good shade for the dash, which comes standard with analog instrumentation that includes a tachometer, a speedometer, an hour meter, and gauges for fuel trim and volts in a panel above the tilt steering wheel. Accessory switches are just above the wheel. For those who like to listen to music, the boat comes standard with a Polk stereo and six Jensen speakers. There’s also storage in the console.
Two of the four layout choices feature alternatives to the lounge adjacent to the helm in the standard SL floorplan. The first is the DLDH that replaces the lounge with another captain’s chair while the DLEB has a wet bar with two seats. The standard lounge has a reclining backrest for one person to stretch out facing forward or two people can sit up facing the helm.
Soak Up the Sun.
Three of the Crowne 250’s floorplans have twin rear-facing chaise-lounge style seats in the boat’s stern with passage down the center. The SL has a large double-capacity sunlounge with powered backrest to port with a companionway to starboard. Both have storage in the seat bases and would provide plenty of space for adults to stretch out and soak up the sun. The boat comes standard with a 12’ (3.66 m) Bimini top and aft to starboard is a five-step fold-down boarding ladder with raised rails.
Power and Performance
We haven’t tested the Crowne 250, so we don’t have numbers on it. Harris offers the boat with 25 outboard motor and pontoon design options. The base motor is a 90-hp 4-stroke outboard either from Mercury or Honda and the most power buyers can get are twin 350-hp Mercury Verado supercharged 4-stroke outboards. Motors above 115 hp come with hydraulic steering and the choice of power dictates design features such as performance packages.
Harris builds the Crowne 250’s pontoons by crimping them before fitting sections over each other, which creates double-layered joints. The pontoons have sealed airtight chambers so the boat can get home if one section gets compromised after striking a foreign object. The bow of each pontoon has a two-piece Dolphin Nose Cone with an integrated splash fin that is higher on the bow so the fin won’t be as likely to strike a dock or trailer. M-shaped brackets run the length of the pontoons to support the deck, which sits atop crossmembers that are 16” apart mid ship and even closer together at the bow and aft.
The Crowne 250’s deck is formed out of 7-ply marine-grade pressure-treated wood with urethane sealant applied between the tongue and groove seams and Butyl rubber tape is used between the crossmembers and the deck. Harris uses more than 100 Tek screws driven into the deck to secure it in place on both sides of the deck seams. The rubrail is 3” thick and the manufacturer’s wraparound corner system is used in place of end or corner caps.
Options to Consider
The Crowne 250 with a 4-stroke 90-hp Mercury 90 ELPT outboard starts at $63,500.
The Harris Crowne 250 is a luxuriously appointed and priced big pontoon boat that should satisfy a variety of wants and needs. The choice of floor plans and pontoon configurations gives owners virtually limitless seating and performance options. With a pair of 350-hp supercharged outboards on jack plates, the boat could be the ultimate sleeper. How cool would it be to send a loud go-fast slinking back to the docks after beating it in a race with a pontoon boat?The automotive-style fiberglass fence enhance the Crowne 250’s luxurious appearance as does the rich upholstery and high-backed reclining captain’s chair. We like that the boat comes standard with a depth sounder, mooring cover and re-usable transportation cover.
Standard and Optional Features
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