Boat Test: 2017 Harris 240 Sunliner

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Boat Tested2017 Harris 240 Sunliner
Price As TestedNot Available
Category Pontoon Boat
Manufacturer Harris
Length25ft 10in / 7.87 m
Beam8ft 6in / 2.59 m
Weight3940
Max HP300
Engines1
Drive TypeOutboard
Engine MakeMercury Verado
FuelGas
Fuel Capacity50
By Steven Bull

Harris may not be the oldest name in the pontoon gamerdquo;it’s close, mind yourdquo;butits name isknown for quality. Now, I will preface this with the one detraction people seem to have, and that’s the price tag associated with Harris pontoons. In my opinion, paying for quality isn’t a problem if you actually get it. And boy, does Harris deliver!

The Sunlinerseries is the mid-level offering from Harris, with Omni being the more economical “value” option and Crowne series being the epitome of luxury. So with something like the 240 you’re getting excellent build quality and tradition without breaking the bank.

The rails have unique curves and lines and the floor plansgo beyond the basic forward and aft benches. In fact, there are 11 different layouts to choose from.

The CWDH layout has dual benches at the front and rear and dual helm seats midship for captain and passenger. The high back chairs flank a deep in-floor locker thanks to the optional third tube.

That centre pontoon doubles the maximum horsepower rating from 150- to 300-hp but as tested, a 200-hp Mercury Verado was an excellent option.

A zero to 20mph time of four seconds and a top speed of 40-miles per hour are numbers you historically wouldn’t expect from a pontoon. It’s nice to find it on a classic family-style ‘toon these days.

Cutting back and forth through the wake of our camera boat and the large wake of some 35-40 foot cruisers that booted by, the 240 Sunliner passed the handling test with flying colours. It was solid and sturdy!

Lastly, that centre tube gives some banking in turns, which makes the ride feel as luxurious as the seats. Harris tried to make a pontoon that was everything for everyone and with the multitude of options and the quality build. They may have done just that.

TEST BOAT ENGINE
Mercury Verado, 200-hp, 1.7 L, inline 4, supercharged with charge air cooling and electronic boost pressure control and sequential multi-port electronic fuel injection (EFI)

ACCELERATION (mph/sec)
0-20/4.2; 0-30/7.6
TOP SPEED (mph/rpm)
40.5/6,500
CRUISING SPEED (mph/rpm)
21.4/4,000; 25.3/4,500

DETAILS
Length: 25ft10 in/7.87m
Beam: 8ft 6 in/2.59m
Weight: 3,940lbs/1,787kg
Fuel Capacity: 30-50gals/113-189L(depending on package)

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