Roaring along at 40 mph, Premier’S 250 Intrigue took all the power and torque of a 200 hp outboard, plus boat wakes, with little shimmy, shudder or slam. Credit rugged construction. Hefty M-brackets, bolted to Z-channel cross members on 16-inch centers, keep racking minimized. This ensures durability and provides better handling by keeping the tubes in the same plane while turning and negotiating waves. The Performance Pontoon (PTX) package our tester was equipped with also helped, thanks to running strakes on the outboard tubes and a large 3-foot diameter, flat-bottomed center log that also allows for massive in-deck stowage. Order the $8,500 PTX package and you also get hydraulic steering, a tow bar, and the fuel tank mounted on centerline (where it won’t affect trim as you burn fuel). The overall handling is as good as it gets.
The 250 Intrigue looks as good as it runs. Acid-etched tubes effuse a soft, “rubbed effect” patina that looked rich to my eye. Mounted behind the rails, the side panels won’t dent if you ding the dock, and they make the 250 Intrigue more visually interesting. Chromed-stainless nav light housings and rubber nose-cone bumpers also combine function with style.
The 250 Intrigue’s interior is publike. Forward and to port a burl wood table serves a pair of swiveling chairs with armrests. Opposite is a plush couch. The burled helm features chrome-bezeled gauges. The platform-mounted, French-stitched captain’s chair provides visibility over the heads of guests sitting forward. Aft is a sofa that splits into two recliners. A changing room under the broad sun deck, a helm-mounted sink and three boarding gates complete the amenities aboard this top-end tri-log.
• Don’t want the changing room? It’s no charge for an extra lounge instead.
• Party through the night: All lighting is LED for increased longevity and lower battery drain.
• The PTX center log has a flat pad incorporated into its aft end, providing lift at the higher speeds this boat is capable of running.
• You won’t find a garbage bag tied to this boat’s rail: A full-size trash can is built in.
Test Drive * Test Engine: Suzuki DF200 * Test Prop: 16″ X 20″ stainless steel, 3-blade * Test Load: People (380 LB.) Fuel (15 GAL.) * Top Speed: 40 MPH @ 5,531 RPM * Most Economical Cruise Speed: 23.6 MPH @ 3,500 RPM, 6.9 GPH Vital Stats * Length Overall: 24’4″ * Beam: 8’6″ * Dry Weight: 3,200 LB. * Seating/Weight Capacity: 20/3,700 LB. * Fuel Capacity: 53 GAL. * Max HP: 300 * MSRP: $74,999 * NMMA Certified: Yes