Pontoon boats are incredibly popular these days, and the new 2015 Harris Solstice 240 is a great example of why: it's comfortable but rugged, well thought-out but not overly-complex, and with a 300 HP Mercury Verado on the transom, it packs a serious punch. Reviewer Gary Reich spent a day on one shooting this video boat review, to give you an in-depth look at what the Solstice 240 has to offer.

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Boat Test Notes


Concept

Create the all-American pontoon boat: comfortable, strong, and powerful, but not so expensive that it's out of range for the average American.Harris Solstice 240 pontoon boat review

Construction

-Helm and console is molded fiberglass instead of the roto-molded plastic found on average pontoon boats. It includes a raised deck area, improving visibility for the captain.

-Decking is 3/4" seven-ply pressure-treated plywood and includes a tongue-and-groove water prevention system.

-Full-length brackets attach the 25" diameter pontoon tubes to the cross-members.

-Appointments include snap-in Berber carpet, faux-teak or woven-diamond flooring, and soft vinyls.

Performance

-A Mercury Verado boasting 300 HP provides plenty of oomph—top end broke the 50 MPH mark and cruising speeds were in the low 30's.

Handling

-Harris has something special to offer in this regard; the full-length center tube is lowered about an inch below the two outside tubes. As a result, when you crank the wheel over in a hard turn the boat banks inward, just like a V-hull boat would.

-Pontoons have added lifting strakes, which help the Solstice 240 feel light on its feet.

-The boat feels exceptionally solid when striking waves. Harris credits their full-length M-brackets, attaching the pontoons to the deck, which evenly distribute the loads.

Unique Features
Specifications
Length25'4"
Beam8'6"
Draft (hull)2'0"
DeadriseNA
Displacement3,978 lbs
Fuel capacity30/40/50 gal. (opt.)

-Bimini top is built into the tow arch, and is exceptionally easy to deploy thanks to smart design and quick-release supports.

-Seating options allow for up to 16 passengers to ride in comfort.

-Flip-up table is more secure than many removable pedestal-mount tables found on pontoons.

-Accessing stowage areas under settees and lounges is easier than usual, because Harris uses flip-back hinges that swing the seat cushion out of the way, but keep it secure.

If you think the Harris Solstice 240 pontoon boat might be your next ride, you can view listings here.

For more information, visit Harris.

To learn more about pontoon boats in general, read Pontoon Boats: A Box of Fun.

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