By Jeff Hemmel
Harris FloteBote Sunliner LS 220 Boat Test Notes
Jeff Hemmel provides detailed notes from our video boat review of this Sunliner pontoon boat.
• 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
• 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
• 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 characteristics of fiberglass V-hull
• Accelerates quickly onto plane
• Good stability underway, no excessive lean in corners
• 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.
- Jeff Hemmel writes for 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, recently received a bronze medal in the 2010 Moonbeam Children's Book Awards. For more info, visit Jeff Hemmel's website..