Boat Review by: Richard Crowder
The Solstice series of three models in two lengths and several floorplan layouts is the “Premium” of five series for Harris for 2020. Harris, a builder of pontoon boats for over sixty years, offers twenty-eight models from sixteen to twenty-seven feet. The Solstice series has been reconfigured and revamped for 2020 with a new fence design, more rear deck space, new furniture styles, new vinyl, new colours, and new technology at the helm.
The Solstice 230 SLDH (Single Rear-Facing Lounge; Dual Helm Seats) is one of five floorplans offered in this twenty-three foot model. The bow area is identical on all five layouts with facing plush contoured comfortable two-seater stretch-out loungers with forward rounded sections. The port side lounge is slightly longer providing cozy seating for three.
As the model name implies two helm chairs are provided; one at the helm and one opposite on the port side just aft of the port side entry gate. These chairs are referred to as Ultralux and are gorgeous highback recliners with flip-down armrests. Forward flip-up bolsters and adjustable height seat bases can be added with slider and swivel. Next to the port side helm chair on the inner fence wall is a convenient padded shelf with a pair of built-in cupholders. Cupholders abound on board the Solstice.
Aft of the helm chairs is a three person convertible stern lounge stretching from the port side fence to the starboard side rear entry gate. This lounge provides forward-facing seating or rear-facing lounging. Full storage is provided beneath all seating. An integrated cooler is provided within the aft port side seat of this lounge.
Standard upholstery comes in your choice of Silver Gray, Desert Camel, or French Gray. You may optionally choose the very posh looking Pillow Top design. Four colour choices of upscale Seagrass flooring and three colour choices of vinyl flooring is available or you may optionally want one of the five choices of Woven Teak flooring or one of two choices of Teak Vinyl. You have your choice of eight panel colours, four of which are standard and four optional, six optionally available accent colours, and you may even want the fashionable and optional Black Edition.
The very classy molded helm console provides a standard tilt steering wheel facing an uncluttered dash with two multi-function digital/analog gauges providing all necessary engine readouts including a GPS speedometer, tachometer, fuel, and depth gauge. Centered between these gauges is a standard Lowrance Hook 2-4x plotter/fishfinder. A 12-volt outlet is provided as is a lockable glovebox and storage within the console. The standard soft-sided cooler bag can be stored in there. The tinted windscreen is removable. A molded raised helm platform is optionally available.
The dash mounted standard JL stereo with Zone Control comes with six Fusion speakers. This unit may be upgraded to the JL Diamond or to the very high end JL Audio® Platinum system. Additional notable standard equipment includes a ten foot bimini in your choice of black, blue, red, or tan. A mooring cover, docking lights, stainless steel telescoping boarding ladder, and a removable woodgrain table with molded-in drinkholders are also available.
Two 25-inch diameter tubes with full length keels are standard on the 230 SLDH. These may be upgraded and depending on the size and number of tubes you choose along with the Performance Package you choose, you will have a selection of Mercury or Honda outboards up to 300 horsepower.
You may choose from four upgrade performance packages which progressively add a partial or full centre tube, aluminum underskin, lifting strakes, integrated motorpod, in-floor storage, larger fuel tank, and finally, 27-inch diameter tubes. Notable additional options include a powered bimini, double bimini, full enclosure, a 12-foot bimini, bow jump seat, a classy table upgrade, a Delta tower or EVO power folding tower, a Simrad G07 or G09 chartplotter/sonar, ski tow bar or pylon, hydraulic steering, and Mercury® Active Trim.
You may also want courtesy or rope lighting, flip-up cleats, change room, refrigerator with battery charger, a powered ladder, swim seat, and stainless steel grill. A Convenience Package includes some of the above plus an upgraded steering wheel, portable cupholder, and CZONE digital switching. You may then add to this the Prestige Trim Level Package.
The Harris Solstice 230 SLDH combines luxurious touches and performance capabilities along with flexible accommodation.
|Dry weight:||2,842-3,681 lbs||1,289-1,670 kg|
|Fuel Capacity:||28-63 US gals||106-238 L|
|Base Engine / Drive:||Mercury, Honda Outboard|
|Engine HP:||Max 300|