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    Posted: 04/11/2012 at 5:00pm
Hello out there, I was wondering if you guys could help me out here. I have a choice I have to make between a South Bay Pontoon 522CR or a Harris Flotebote CX 24? Both of these are tri-toon and have 150 hp outboards (South Bay has a Verado, Harris has new mercuy 4-stroke 150). The South Bay carries 15 peeps while the Harris only 14 peeps. The South Bay has the underskin covered while the Harris is exposed. Both are pretty much the same but the South Bay is about 100 dollars less. Both are brand new, South Bay is dark blue and Harris is sandy brown. I was at the dealer yesterday and could not decide. So, I was wondering if you guys had any expericences with any of these boats, good or bad, please let me know. Thanks...
 
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I am not real familiar with new boats on the market but all else being equal I would go with the underskinned one just for that reason.
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South Bay is my vote
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I think I am leaning towards the South Bay for that underskin protection, also. See what happens tomorrow, thank you...
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Oh I have no experience with either, but if I had the money, South Bay gets it for like you said, all things being equal, underskinning takes the cake. Big smile
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And it has the Verado too..
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 I have looked a both boats extensively. Both are great options.  Personally I like the SL ( split rear lounge) version of these boats for easy access to the rear and better view of towables. 
Of these two choices, I would lean towards the Southbay if you plan to do any towing of the kids.  At 2' shorter, tri, underskin and has the Vorado it will handle better and be a faster boat. Additionally it has a more rugged fence (You would have to  go 2 steps up to the Solstice in the Harris for similar fence) and the playpen area is nearly identical size as the Harris.  I feel that the Southbay has nicer finish and materials.  Also the hull is rated for 225HP in case you ever want to re-Power (the Harris is rated at 150HP).  Only thing I would add is lifting strakes.  SL Layout is an option on the Southbay (not available on the Harris CX).
I recently priced a Harris Sunliner 220 ( 1 Step up), 150Vorado tritoon in Kansas City at $37,368 ($46,714 list).  It was $1000 more than the Southbay 522 with similar spec.  Solstice 230 was $34,336 ($43,507 List) with 2 toon and SL layout with 115EFI.
 
The Harris does Thru-Bolt their floors, which is only slightly better when you are talking about tri-toons. (the motor is mounted on the toon so there is less stress on the chassis)
 
I have spent a lot of time on my buddy's 2007 Southbay 322 CR (2 toon) and prefer it to the new Harris CX.  I reached a similar decision, Narrowed it to thes two brands based on Value (bang for the buck) and plan to buy a Southbay with-in a couple years time.
 
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I am not familiar with the Harris, but I have spent some time around all of the Forest River products and I can tell you they are extremely well built.  I am very impressed with them and would not think twice about making the purchase.  Lando-I believe the 522 CR TT comes standard with stakes now, but I may be wrong.
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I agree with everyone else. Go with Southbay. The Verado is a better motor and the underskinning is a BIG plus.
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I was leaning towards the South Bay too. So, see what happens on Monday when I go to the dealership and find out what deal they can give me.  Thank you all for your responses, I know I can trust you guys...
 
 
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