Captain's ReportI sure enjoyed most of my trip up to see Carter McLaughlin from Harris Kayot and his crew during my visit to test some of their latest boats. If only it was warmer! Carter pointed out a floatplane was docked close by and sure enough, about an hour later he flew by. All warm, of course, inside his cabin while Carter and I flew across the top of the water in forty-degree weather and twenty mile per hour winds! It was worth it, though. Carter was proud of the Crowne 270. The one we tested actually was one that belonged to one of the staff at the plant. It seems it is appropriately named, as it is the top of their line. They do have an I/O version of this model, but the outboard gave us a sweet ride. The Crowne 270 was just a concept boat last year, but she outperformed their sales expectations by 100% and earned a full membership to the line.The ride was exceptionally smooth, even in the chop blown up by the wind on a small lake. It felt as if it were a hydrofoil rather than a pontoon. This 270 rode on triple 25” tubes and had planing strakes for a smoother ride at speed. The 270 is standard with only double tubes and U-flex six point steering, and she was guided with hydraulic steering. The fuel cell is positioned in the center tube for better balance and performance. She has a standard rear entry flip out ladder for boarding from the water. The side frames are in a butterfly design that does look better than what you typically see in standard fencing. Nice touch. Decking is ¾ tongue and groove with a healthy warrantee. All corners are fiberglass pods rather than sheet metal for durability and design. The dolphin bow cone has a cross bar bracket welded inside to prevent crushing in case you find something to bang into (like the dock). It also has docking lights that are standard.Topside, she is outfitted for a long day of fun and enjoyment on the water. Up front in the port bow locker is an inflator for those fun water toys, or whatever you want to blow up, along with the 12vdc adaptor outlet so you don’t have wires strung from the helm to the bow. Bow storage bins are double walled for durability. The two bow loungers have a table with a cooler hidden inside. Open up the table and add the insert for a larger table when you need the space. Just remember to remove the cooler if you have it stocked before you stock the table. My test boat had a fully outfitted galley. It had a microwave for the popcorn, refrigerator for the sandwich fixings, sink to rinse off the limes and a blender for the margaritas. Never boat and drink. Let someone else drive, because they are going to like how the helm is set up. It has a roomy captain’s chair, gold bezel Faria gauges, waterproof box for your valuables and a rechargeable flashlight so you can see your money at night. The bench seat at the back concealed the inverter system for powering the galley equipment and other appliances you may have, complete with battery condition meter. It even comes with its own changing station cleverly tucked in part of the stern bench seat. Lift the seat, pull on a bar and you have a changing room.We tested the 270 in some chilly conditions, which you have to keep in mind for a motor that is set up for summer conditions. As I said earlier, it was blowing 20mph and this is a pontoon boat. In ideal conditions, it may give you some better numbers. She seemed to plane at about 3.4 seconds. She was moving along at 20 mph in just 4.5 seconds and we topped out at 27 mph. If you have a need for speed, consider the I/O version. She seemed happy cruising along at 3500 rpms at about 20 mph, which burned about 6 gallons per hour averaging 3.3 miles per gallon. At this cruise speed you can expect to run about 147 miles on the fifty-gallon tank she carries. Top speed was at 5300 rpms and burned 14.4 gallons per hour or 1.9 miles to the gallon. At top speed you can manage 84 miles on a tank. She was a quiet ride never exceeding 85 dBa, even in the wind.If you are looking for a luxurious ride that can entertain a huge group with amenities often only found on cruisers her size, the Crowne 270 from HarrisKayot is certainly worth another look.By Capt. Bob SmithTest Captain
Test Result Highlights
- Top speed for the Harris FloteBote Crowne 270 (2003-) is 26.9 mph (43.3 kph), burning 14.4 gallons per hour (gph) or 54.5 liters per hour (lph).
- Best cruise for the Harris FloteBote Crowne 270 (2003-) is 19.8 mph (31.9 kph), and the boat gets 3.27 miles per gallon (mpg) or 1.39 kilometers per liter (kpl), giving the boat a cruising range of 147 miles (236.57 kilometers).
- Tested power is 1 x 150-hp Evinrude.
Standard and Optional Features
Boats More Than 30 Feet
Full Warranty Information on this brand coming soon!