We Say: The 250 Solaris RF is Premier’s most popular pontoon model, which shows you that despite all the innovations in speed, size, shape and handling, many people are just looking for a ‘toon to take on a relaxing ride. The Premier 250 Solaris RF is an excellent choice for that objective.
Our test model sported the traditional twin-tube construction and featured a 115 hp Evinrude outboard. While we did not exceed 30 mph, we enjoyed a comfortable, safe and secure ride. The RF in the model name stands for “rear facing,” which describes the furniture arrangement abaft the luxurious helm and co-pilot chairs. The twin opposing couches both feature rear-facing backrests that create an ideal spot to kick back and relax.
At the wheel, the captain enjoys an expanded view thanks to the fiberglass Liberty Sport helm, which is elevated 4 inches above the deck. The standard in-dash Garmin Striker 5 aids navigation. Both the captain and passenger seats have flip-down armrests.
With three boarding gates — bow, stern and portside midship — invited guests will have no problem climbing aboard. The pearl hammered rails give the 250 Solaris curb appeal, as does the Coastal flooring underfoot. The bow couch and love seat have forward- facing backrests, so the view is good from there too.
Who’d Want One: A family looking for a safe, relaxing pontoon model with a quality build.
Another Choice: Lowe offers the Infinity 250 RFL, which starts at $50,108 with a Mercury 150 OptiMax.
Bottom Line: $50,869 with test power; pontoons.com