What do you get when you hang 250 hp off the back of a pontoon with Premier’s triple-tube PTX package? Start with the lifting pad and outer strakes, add in the 30-inch center tube that extends farther forward of the outer 25-inch tubes, and you get a boat worthy of the performance-oriented name that Premier uses, Velocity.
The Premier 250 Velocity handles and corners like a V-hull; we were able to execute crisp hard-over turns at 30 mph and make graceful S-curves on test day while racing to a top speed exceeding 44 mph. As typical of performance-oriented pontoons, we found the 250 Velocity climbed onto plane nearly instantaneously; it reached 30 mph in 6.2 seconds. Underway, the driver gets a stellar view from the Opulent Sport captain’s chair in front of the elevated Liberty helm. Unless there’s an NBA team lounging up front, the view will not be obstructed. A Garmin Striker 5 navigation unit comes standard in the helm console.
Pontoons need to keep the crowd happy in other ways, and the 250 Velocity has the layout and amenities to do exactly that. Note the twin rear-facing lounges in the cockpit that create twin tanning beds or a cruising conversation pit. The portside lounge features a flip-out changing room. Twin high-backed swiveling bucket chairs flank a small table amidships to port of the helm. And the bow features wraparound seating that contours the sleek fiberglass bow component. The ergonomic backrests and grab rails provide comfort and safety.
Stowage? The furniture seat cushions flip out on patented drop-down hinges for easy hands-free access to the roto-molded tubs underseat. Our test model featured the Chocolate color, which is new for 2017. The beautiful fabric on the cushions is plush and durable. When the sun sets, wow the passengers with the LED accent lights, including those in the headrest pillars — just one of the many ways the new Premier 250 Velocity shines.
* Liberty helm elevated 4 inches off the main deck.
* Standard 30-inch center tube in PTX package extends forward in Premier’s prow-bow configuration that improves performance.
* Headrests on seats supported by pillars adorned with LED lights.
* Portside lounge opens up for a flip-up changing room.
How We Tested
Engine: Yamaha 250 VMAX SHO
Prop: 15¾” x 15″ Saltwater Series II 3-blade stainless steel
Gear Ratio: 1.75:1
Fuel Load: 10 gal.
Crew Weight: 345 lb.
$76,698 (as tested)
Premier Pontoons Wyoming, Minnesota; 651-462-2880; pontoons.com