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An ‘elegant’ pontoon from Harris FloteBote

When a sailboat magazine editor raves about a powerboat, it must be something special. Practical Sailor’s Ann Key and a panel of colleagues honored the Harris FloteBote Crowne 250 with an Innovation Award in a marine industry competition earlier this year.

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“The Crowne 250 is an elegant pontoon with real feng shui that’s so comfortable you’ll want to drive it into your living room,” Key said.

The first in a new series of luxury pontoons from Harris FloteBote, the Crowne 250 brings innovative design and technology features to the pontoon genre, says marketing manager Jane C. Schlegel. It’s the first pontoon to integrate GPS-based cruise control and launch control using a touch-screen dash, and its powered Sport Arch raises and lowers with the touch of a button, she says.

Twin Mercury 4-strokes from 90 hp to 300 hp power the Crowne 250. Most leave the factory with 225- to 300-hp outboards, which are part of the builder’s performance packages and call for the addition of a center sponson. This tube is 3 inches lower than the outer two, creating a vee-shape. Lifting strakes on the center tube and insides of the outboard tubes give the boat better control and hole shot, the Indiana builder says.

The deck layout consists of dual aft-facing lounges, a single sit-down helm to starboard and large settees in the bow. Standard equipment includes a forward table, LED deck lighting, a stereo with six speakers and a swim platform. Base price with 90-hp Mercurys is $60,960. www.harris

May 2013 issue