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Brief Summary

We think the Crownline 255 SS is a sleek and good-looking bowrider. Large families and those who like to bring a lot of friends to the lake on weekends, will find she has the capacity of a pontoon boat without the frumpy baggage. A standard onboard battery charger and dedicated dock fender storage are among the many unique features on the 255 SS.

Key Features

  • Aft facing swim platform seating with social swim speakers and fender storage
  • Integrated bow cooler
  • In-floor lockable ski and kneeboard storage with hinged lid
  • Interior tri-color platinum interior design
  • ''Hot Tub'' style reclined bow lounge seats
  • U-shaped cockpit with driver and passenger flip-up bucket seats
  • Fusion stereo with AM, FM, VHF, AUX and Bluetooth
  • Soft touch swim platform mat
  • Walkthrough transom, center entry with filler cushions
  • Vinyl wrap dash with woodgrain dash insert and executive solid wood wheel
  • Specifications

    Length Overall 25' 8''
    7.82 m
    Beam 102''
    2.59 m
    Dry Weight 5,300 lbs.
    2,404 kg
    Tested Weight N/A
    Draft 40''
    101 cm
    - Draft Up N/A
    - Draft Down N/A
    - Air Draft N/A
    Deadrise/Transom 19-deg.
    Max Headroom open
    Bridge Clearance 62''
    1.57 m
    Weight Capacity N/A
    Person Capacity N/A
    Fuel Capacity 55 gal.
    208 L
    Water Capacity N/A
    Length on Trailer N/A
    Height on Trailer N/A
    Trailer Weight N/A
    Total Weight
    (Trailer, Boat, & Engine)
    N/A

    Prices, features, designs, and equipment are subject to change. Please see your local dealer or visit the builder's website for the latest information available on this boat model.

    Engine Options

    Std. Power Not Available
    Tested Power Currently no test numbers
    Opt. Power 8 MerCruiser MAG engines from 300-hp to 430-hp
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    Captain's Report

    Crownline 255 SS running shot
    The Crownline 255 SS has a length of 25’ 8” (7.82 m) and a beam of 8'6" (2.59 m). She's designed to carry a large family with plenty of room to spread out. Rated for 12 passengers.
    Crownline 255 SS floorplan
    Lots of seating space, including three-across, aft-facing seats at the swim platform (not to be used while boat is underway), allows plenty of room for the guests to spread out. We think the use of contrasting vinyl upholstery lends an attractive appearance. Optional equipment seen here includes the filler cushions in the bow ($440 MSRP) and the carpet ($500 to $1,460 MSRP, depending on material).

    Distinguishing Standard Features

    • F.A.S.T. Tab hull design
    • Hot-tub style lounge seats in bow
    • Cylindrical dock fender storage
    • Four-step stainless steel boarding ladder
    • Double hull band colored gel coat
    • Stainless steel windshield header
    • ‘’Social Swim’’ transom stereo speakers

    Major Features

    • Integral swim platform with soft mat
    • Pressurized water system
    • Fusion AM/FM/VHF/AUX/Bluetooth/iPod/iPhone/Sirius XM- ready (USA) with 6 speakers
    • 6 Stainless steel 6" pop-up cleats
    • Rear-facing transom seats
    • Bucket-style helm seats with bolsters
    • Dual battery switch
    • Warranty Package
    Crownline 255 SS running shot
    The Crownline 255 SS has a deep cockpit that is particularly welcome when young kids are aboard. Note that the driver is looking through the windshield in the seated position. The faux teak stern platform is optional ($550).

    Hull Design Features

    Bottom Shape.

    Crownline has some interesting tweaks in the bottom design aimed at delivering faster planing times, better fuel economy, more stability in high speed turns, and the reduction of "stern wander" at displacement speeds. All of that is a tall order, and Crownline has designed more hull devices than we have seen on any other boat in its class as solutions. There are 4 major devices employed on this hull that are all a bit unusual --

    #1 F.A.S.T. Tab.

    The company calls the patented bottom shape the ‘’F.A.S.T. Tab’’ hull, but in fact this designation specifically refers to only one aspect of the boat's design. "F.A.S.T." stands for "Fin Assisted Safe Turn." This "fin" is a vertical, wing-like appendage just abaft the port and starboard chine vents and extend down a couple of inches. Crownline says that they ameliorate any loss of turning stability that might be induced by the chine cut-out for the vents.

    #2 Chine Vent.

    Note that Crownline does not call this aspect of the bottom a "stepped hull" as most builders do, but rather simply a "chine vent". (A hull "step" is typically a groove or indentation that goes all the way across the hull bottom from the chine vent to the keel.)In the case of Crownline, the air which is sucked under the bottom is restricted to the outboard surfaces of the hull bottom, according to the builder, and air is not distributed across the entire bottom abaft the vent as it is with conventionally-designed stepped hulls.

    Crownline 255 SS running shot
    The Crownline 255 SS has a sophisticated and complex hull design intended to maximize performance and handling. The black aluminum sport arch with integral Bimini top is optional ($7,000).

    #3 Full-Length "Delta" Keel Pad.

    "Pads" are horizontal sections in a boat's bottom designed into the keel which we often see on center consoles, bass boats, and some other types, but are rarely used on sportboats. They present a lifting surface to the water intended to help the boat get on plane faster, have a higher top speed, and provide better fuel efficiency. The Crownline 255 SS' pad is relatively narrow and extends from about three-quarters of the way along the keel to the transom.

    #4 Vortex Generators.

    According to Crownline, at displacement speeds single sterndrive boats tend to have what it characterizes as "stern wander." A company spokesman says that this is because water fills in the "hole" left in the water by the hull passing through and it is filled by water from one side which pushes the lower unit to the opposite side in an oscillating manner. By molding in small vertical skegs or tabs on the port and starboard stern quarters at the chines, Crownline says "vortices" are created which "spiral" water off the stern of the boat keeping water from "filling-in" from the sides, thus reducing "stern wander".

    Other Hull Details.

    The 255 SS has a 19-degree deadrise at the transom, which is typical for boats in this class, and the forward entry is 39-degrees.

    The swim platform

    is integral to the hull -- not a "bolt-on” -- and it extends beyond the lower unit in the down position. This looks much better than an add-on and should be stronger, as well. Extending beyond the running gear prevents stepping on metal when slipping into the water from the swim platform.Trim tabs are optional ($1,000, $1,250 with indicators).

    Crownline 255 SS swim platform
    The integral swim platform is topped with a "Soft Touch" pad that should be easy on knees and feet, and that will also prevent slipping when wet. The standard four-step boarding ladder trucks into the platform on the starboard corner. Underwater transom lighting is optional ($1,000 MSRP).

    For Watersports

    The stern area of modern sportboats are where the action is and Crownline has risen to the challenge as well as any model in class, in our opinion. The integrated swim platform includes a "Soft Touch" composite mat covering that's easy on feet and knees and should prevent slips. This material is also wisely used on the walkthrough to the cockpit which is on the centerline. The stainless steel boarding ladder, which tucks under the starboard corner of the platform, has four steps rather than the usual three, a big help for those who need a little assistance when getting out of the water.

    Stern Details.

    The pop-up tow eye won't stub toes aft, and looks solid enough to tow a truck. The cushions on the centerline of the three-part aft seating arrangement lift out to provide a transom walkthrough aisle. This is a two-step design and the builder has thoughtfully attached soft mats on the walkthrough. Two of the boat's six standard speakers are ensconced in port and starboard recessed tunnels that look like torpedo tubes. There is also the Social Swim Transom feature.

    Crownline 255 SS rumble seat
    One of the most noteworthy features of the 255 SS is its large and comfortable rumble seat seen here. The swim ladder has 4 steps instead of the usual 3. Shown here with optional middle deck band ($710 MSRP) gelcoat and optional black aluminum tube wakeboard tower with suntop ($7,000 MSRP).

    Premium Aft Seating.

    We particularly like the aft seating arrangement which is not of the "dual-purpose, swing back" design that we often see these days. Rather, it is a purpose-designed and built two-tone bench seat with comfortable cushions for both the seat and back. The seat is wide enough for two or three people and it is an ideal place to put on boards or to launch other watersports activities. With two stainless steel drink holders molded in it will also be coveted seating when at anchor watching kids swimming off the stern -- or as a Romantic spot to have a drink at sundown.

    The in-deck storage

    for knee boards, skis and the like can be found forward between the helm and companion seat in the cockpit deck. Its hatch is wide enough for an easy fit of broader boards, and it's long enough to hold skis and even fishing rods. A removable rubber mat protects the gear, and the compartment is lockable. The cover is supported with a stainless steel shock for easy access.

    Crownline 255 SS interior
    With plenty of interior depth, the 255 SS welcomes families with young children. A pair of "hot tub" style lounge seats in the bow cockpit will be popular spots to grab a few rays.

    Entertaining

    The Fusion Marine Grade stereo includes six speakers, including two at transom, standard. It has an AM/FM radio, is rigged for an MP3 player and has Bluetooth. The speakers in the front and rear cockpits are tucked away under the back-rests. There are three cup-holders adjacent each aft cockpit speaker, two at the helm, two at the companion seat, four more up front and two more on the swim platform. This may seem like overkill, but considering that many of these will wind up holding sunscreen bottles and sunglasses, the extras will be appreciated. All are stainless steel and drain to the bilge, where the automatic bilge pump is located.

    A standard 36 quart cooler

    tucks under the bow peak seat, and if more space for drinks is needed there's a jumbo built-in, self-draining cooler under the aft cockpit seat to port.

    Crownline 255 SS changing compartment
    The 255 SS has a changing compartment in the port console equipped with an opening portlight with screen for ventilation. This compartment can be upgraded with all of the amenities shown in this image (head cabinetry with high-gloss cherry cabinet and ss sink -- $1,090; Porta-Potti -- $210; or an electric flush toilet with holding tank and pump-out -- $1,340).
    Crownline 255 SS bucket seats
    Both the helm and the companion bucket seats are standard with flip-up bolsters. The stainless steel windshield header, normally an option on some other manufacturer’s boats, is also standard.
    Crownline 255 SS u shaped cockpit
    The U-shaped cockpit seat maximizes seating positions. Storage can be found under the seats which includes an insulated, self-draining cooler. Note the plate aft for the optional side-mounted table ($500). The courtesy lights are standard.
    Crownline 255 SS bow seating
    This is a good view of bow seating. Note the bottom shape of the starboard forward-facing lounge seat which Crownline calls "hot tub” style seating. The arm rests are optional as is a portable table. A 36-quart lift-out cooler stows under the forward seat.

    Seating

    We think the seating is noteworthy in the 255 SS: the stylish, two-tone helm bucket seats are real eye-catchers, and the backs are swept forward to provide added security during active high-speed maneuvers. Bolsters are standard, and the seat backs are vented to reduce perspiration. The handsome Crownline logo on the back of each can't be ignored.

    "Hot Tub" Seats.

    Also interesting are what the company calls "hot tub" sculpted seats in the bow, one on each side, which are chaise-style with elevated knee rests and large pillow-top headrests -- these should be exceptionally comfortable. The bow peak seat has back-rest pads to round out the seating up front.

    Rumble Seats.

    Most families will also enjoy the aft-facing transom seats, likely to be the most popular spots in the boat when some of the crew goes over the side for a swim. There are three seats here, with the center seat removable for an easy walkthrough. (There's dedicated storage for these seat cushions under the aft cockpit seat.)

    Crownline 255 SS helm seat
    The helm seat is a wrap-around style that should provide added security in hard, high-speed maneuvers. A bolster is standard, to make for easy stand-up operation when necessary. Tilt steering is standard.
    Crownline 255 SS helm
    We like the simplicity of the instrument panel. Shown here with the optional black wrap dash and black executive steering wheel with aluminum spokes ($460 MSRP).

    The Helm

    The dash features instrument pods in a somewhat retro look that's cool, and which also provides a sun shield for easy view of the fog-resistant 5" gauges. The standard wheel is a striking solid-wood work of art with a brushed aluminum center. A depth finder with air/water temperature gauge is standard. There is a 12V outlet for charging smartphones or a GPS, and there is yet another one by the companion seat to port.

    The windshield

    is curved safety glass with a walkthrough center section, and a stainless steel header which adds a definite up-scale look to the boat. The stainless steel supports on this windshield are braced near the top of the frame, rather than on the side -- good engineering that avoids putting all the impact loads on the screws alone.

    The walkthrough door

    below the windshield is standard, and tucks away to flush mount against the console.

    Crownline 255 SS running shot
    Though we have not tested the 255 SS, the company says she has a top speed of 47 to 50 mph with the standard 300-horse MerCruiser 350 MAG and Bravo III package.

    Performance and Handling

    We have not tested this boat, so do not have performance information to report. However, the company says that when the boat is powered by the 300-horse Mercury 350 MAG turning a 24’’ pitch prop she reaches 20 mph in 6.7 seconds, 30 mph in 8.4 seconds, and tops out at 47 to 50 mph, depending on load.BoatTEST.com hopes to be asked by the builder to test this boat in the near future in order to provide specific and detailed performance information, including fuel consumption, noise levels, and range. At such a time our captain can also give an evaluation of the boat's handling characteristics.

    Propulsion System

    The base package includes the 300-horse MerCruiser 350 MAG sterndrive with Bravo III drive. Options include lots more power, all the way up to the 430-hp MerCruiser 8.2 L MAG H.O. Hot shots will probably want this latter option and should be prepared to pay $18,010 more for the 430-hp catalyzed engine over the 300-hp mill.

    Crownline 255 SS stereo
    A Fusion stereo with four speakers is standard, but the sky is the limit on sound packages in the 255 SS. Note the abundant stainless steel drink holders which can be used for other things as well.
    Crownline 255 SS bimini top
    Every boat should have sun protection of some type and here we see an integral Bimini top in the optional towing arch ($7,000). Note the standard midships spring line pull-up cleat.

    Options to Consider:

    Watersports.

    For families heavily into watersports, an optional tower, $7K depending on extras, will likely be on the list. Watersports and great -- and loud -- sound systems seem to go together. Crownline offers a full quiver of sound upgrades, as well, up to the Full Monty with amplified tower speakers and all sorts of other goodies, adding about $6K to the bottom line -- not counting the tower.

    Class Act.

    If having a one-of-a-kind boat is important, consider the Torino package--absolutely striking in tan and composite teak -- it's $1,160. Colored hulls make sportboats look like a million bucks and we would consider the teak mat for the swim platform ($550), underwater lights ($1,000), and the LED lighting package ($500).Other options we would consider include --

    • One of eight hull colors (no additional cost if you get the standard double hull band)
    • A side-mounted table (portable with two positions in the boat) for entertaining ($500)
    • Bimini top ($1,130)
    • Automatic engine room fire suppressant system ($660)
    • Windshield wiper ($520)
    • Battery charger ($500)
    • Trim tabs with indicator ($1,250)
    • Handheld shower at stern ($500)
    • Porta-Potti ($210)
    • Head cabinetry with sink ($1,090)
    • Bow cover ($580) and Cockpit Cover ($1,160)

    Price for the Crownline 255 SS

    The Crownline 255 SS is priced at $71,930, MSRP, powered by the 300-hp MerCruiser 350 MAG with BIII drive. The next step up is the 320-hp 377 MAG which is $76,380. The MerCruiser 8.2 L 380-hp big block will increase the boat's price to $83,160, and $89,940 for the 430-hp version. All prices quoted are for catalyzed engines.

    Observations

    We think this is a good-looking boat, particularly in some of the more exotic color combos. Her cockpit is also deeper than the typical runabout in class, which is always good for improved security for young kids as well as keeping the guests dry. It is clear that the builder is trying hard to build not only a competitive boat but also one a notch or two higher than others in its price category.

    Standard and Optional Features

    Marine Electronics

    GPS/Chart Optional

    Systems

    Battery Charger/Converter Optional
    CD Stereo Standard
    Head: Portable Optional
    Head: Fixed Optional
    Trim Tabs Optional

    Exterior Features

    Carpet: Cockpit Optional
    Swim Ladder Standard
    Swim Platform Standard
    Tower: Watersports Optional
    Transom Shower Optional

    Canvas

    Bimini Top Optional
    Cockpit Cover Optional
    Full Canvas Optional

    Warranty

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