Premier builds all its pontoons well, but one thing that sets the company apart is how well it builds its luxury pontoons, like the new 270 Intrigue we had the opportunity to test. One of the many features that stand out aboard the 270 Intrigue is the forward-raked sport arch. It adds an element of style to the boat’s profile, but also raises the tow point for boarders looking to catch air. Add in the integrated stereo speakers, recessed Bimini shade and skylight over the helm, and you can see why the arch is a valuable addition.
We were excited for the chance to test this boat with the twin 300 E-TEC G2s, the cutting edge two-stroke outboards recently introduced by Evinrude. The power package did not disappoint, pushing the boat over 55 mph, with an instantaneous hole shot and a blistering 0 to 30 mph mark clocked at 4.7 seconds. The PTX performance package, featuring a 36-inch center tube, helped the performance numbers and allowed for nimble handling and cornering akin to a V-hull boat’s.
The Liberty helm with boosted command view, which rises an extra 5 inches off the deck, is a great place to work the throttle. The helm features curly maple accents on the steering wheel and around the carbon-fiber dash. Inset into the dash is the Beacon system, which brings push-button access to digital gauge readouts, GPS, stereo and more. The driver has command of all this from the Flexsteel “7-Star” captain’s chair. A matching chair for the co-pilot sits to port.
Overall, the 10-foot-wide option creates a ton of interior space for lounging and recreating, something very easy to do upon the Flexsteel furniture. All the roto-molded seat bases have stowage underneath, except for the one that contains the Mirage pop-up changing room. In my experience, the Mirage is one of the easiest privacy curtains to deploy in the pontoon market. What you’d expect from a boat steeped in amenities.
*Forward-raked sport arch features stereo speakers, a Bimini top, a skylight and an elevated tow point.
*PTX package adds third tube, which allows for the built-in step system off the swim platform.
*Entertainment consoles on the swim platform contain a built-in cooler to port and a sink and paper towel rack to starboard.
*All seating includes a Flexsteel system with innerspring supports.
*New for 2015 is the stone vinyl with charcoal accents.
*Center tube allows for an in-floor 7-foot storage locker.
How We Tested
Engines: Twin 300 hp Evinrude E-TEC G2 outboards
Props: 14″ x 19″ 3-blade stainless steel
Gear Ratio: 1.85:1
Fuel Load: 15 gal.
Crew Weight: 750 lb.
$143,842 (as tested)
Premier Marine Wyoming, Minnesota; 651-462-2880; pontoons.com