Harris FloteBote Sunliner LS 220 Boat Test Notes

Jeff Hemmel provides detailed notes from our video boat review of this Sunliner pontoon boat.

11th February 2012.
By Jeff Hemmel

Watch the Harris FloteBote Sunliner LS 220 Video Boat Review

CONCEPT
• Layouts focus on cruising, fishing, and all-around family duty
• Speed, handling performance, ability to tow skiers and wakeboarders
• Luxury Series upgrade gives upscale feel over standard Sunliner, still at reasonable price point

CONSTRUCTION
• 25” Aluminum pontoons; individual airtight compartments
• Continuous outboard riser adds strength, also functions as skirting
• Lifetime-guaranteed marine plywood deck
• Cross-members alternate between heavier-duty C channel at the bow and stern for support, with Z-channel through center to reduce weight
• Cross members spaced at 16” intervals

Harris FloteBote Sunliner LS 220 performance data

PERFORMANCE
• PIII Performance Package adds lifting strakes, below-deck aluminum skirting, and drops center tube 1” to mimic characteristics of a V hull
• Top speed: 35 mph w/Mercury 150 Verado outboard
• Low-end acceleration powerful enough for skiing/wakeboarding duties
• Less than 3.5 GPH at 20 mph cruising speed

HANDLING
• Handling characteristics of fiberglass V-hull
• Accelerates quickly onto plane
• Good stability underway, no excessive lean in corners

Harris FloteBote Sunliner LS 220 specifications

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UNIQUE FEATURES
• Luxury Series (LS) upgrade increases helm size, adds upgraded helm seat, seat foam, graphics, vinyl highlight panels, docking lights, styling cues
• Center tube allows for large in-floor ski locker
• Vinyl formulated with Pre-Fixx, resists stains and abrasions
• Optional rear-facing lounger allows passengers to relax, view action aft. Within fenced perimeter, so can occupy underway.


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Jeff Hemmel writes for boats.com, Boating, PersonalWatercraft.com, and Powersports Business. The former Senior Editor at Watercraft World, Jeff is a multi-time award winner as well as a 2008 inductee into the IJSBA Hall of Fame. His first book, "The Anti-Pirate Potato Cannon...and 101 Other Things For Young Mariners To Try, Do, & Build On the Water," received a bronze medal in the 2010 Moonbeam Children's Book Awards. For more info, visit Jeff Hemmel's website.

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