Pontoons historically are not known for their stylish lines and sporty looks, but Premier is doing its part to change that perception with boats like the new 275 S-Series PTX.
The first thing you’ll notice is its stylish windshield, with squared-off retro frame evocative of the runabouts of our youth. The second runabout-type feature on board is the dual console setup; Premier calls it the Dual Command View. The driver and co-pilot have matching Signature bucket seats, and both have Beacon displays flush-mounted in the consoles. The Beacon display shows digital gauges, the GPS, stereo controls, accessories and even a backup spotter cam. Scroll through to access the owner’s manual too.
One could argue that the driver has the better seat since he gets to grab onto the curly maple steering wheel and put the boat through its paces. Our tester had the PTX performance package, which includes a wider center tube that flattens aft like a pad on a bass boat. PTX gives the boat tremendous lift, so it rides on top of the water rather than plowing like a traditional pontoon. The boat also leans into turns like a fiberglass V-hull does, giving it superior handling compared with traditional pontoons. With a 300 hp Evinrude E-TEC, our test boat hit 30 mph in just 6.5 seconds before topping out at 41 mph. It also climbed onto plane in 2.4 seconds with almost undetectable bow rise, which is another PTX benefit.
Of course, one of the main reasons people flock to pontoons is for entertainment, and the 275 S-Series doesn’t disappoint. A removable filler couch can be used to create wraparound seating in the bow area or in the aft cockpit. All the cushions lift out on Premier’s easy-open hinge system for access to the stowage beneath. All, that is, except for the couch behind the helm. That one holds the Mirage changing room, which pops open ready to use just by lifting the strap.
Oh, yeah — we started talking about this boat’s looks and we’ll end by saying that the optional hammered rails, “bright tube” technology and slick graphics make the 275 S-Series PTX really shine.
*Liberty II Dual Command windshield has a stylish squared-off retro look. Plus, you don’t often see full windshields on pontoons.
*Dual fiberglass consoles, each with its own Beacon electronic display system, gives this boat a layout that rivals any large bowrider’s.
*PTX center tube allows for a massive 7-foot ski locker under the deck.
Dry Weight: 3,400 lb.
Seating/Weight Capacity: 18/3,345 lb.
Fuel Capacity: 80 gal.
How We Tested
Engine: Evinrude 300 E-TEC outboard
Prop: Rebel 15¾" x 15" 3-blade stainless steel
Gear Ratio: 1.85:1
Fuel Load: 20 gal.
Crew Weight: 175 lbs.
$87,161 (as tested)
Wyoming, Minnesota; 800-815-6392; pontoons.com