Building a Dream
Creating a Custom Harris Sunliner 230 from the Ground Up
By Sue Rodman
The helm is the heartbeat of any boat, and Eric loves the comfort of his UltraLux, high-backed captain’s chair. From here, he can push a button for the power bimini, an upgrade he said is well worth the money. “It makes it so much easier and faster to navigate Lake Hopatcong’s low bridges.”
For Kristine, the best part of the boating lifestyle is sharing it with friends. “Sundays are our boat days,” said Kristine. “Being on the water helps us de-stress, and sharing that joy with others is priceless.”
The Harris Sunliner 230 has ample capacity for up to 14 people. The bow offers a separate cozy conversation area, but most of the action on the Wilsusen’s boat happens at the stern. The family extended the swim platform, which has become a favorite spot for their 15-year-old yellow lab, Bella.
The Wilsusen daughters love to sunbathe on the convertible loungers, which can seat both ways or fully recline. They plug their iPhones into the JL Audio head unit stereo system with Bluetooth technology and six Clarion speakers— two of which are located on the back lounger.
The back speakers face out so when the crew anchors for a swim in Byram Cove, they can listen to music. With controls right next to the speakers, adjusting the volume
or changing the station can be done without going to the console.
The Sunliner’s RGB LED lighting system adds to the aesthetic. With a touch of a button, the girls can illuminate cup holders and seat bases along with areas underdeck and underwater in every color using a multi-zone controller that allows them to customize the color selection, cycling, and more!
Sometimes the couple will cruise mid-week with friends to the Windless restaurant and anchor up with wine and cheese for the Wednesday night Music Under the Stars Concert Series at the Windlass.
Best friends Anthony and Linda Padula are usually with the Wilsusens on these excursions. In fact, once Anthony saw the new Sunliner, he immediately went to MarineMax to talk to David Lewis and buy his own. Anthony made one request: “Whatever horsepower Eric has on his boat, double it for mine.”