The new Premier 270 Velocity has a sleek, sporty look that separates it from most of its boxier pontoon compatriots. How did Premier achieve this? It built fiberglass components fore and aft. The swept-back bow component with built-in recessed docking lights gives the 270 Velocity a sports-car appearance. Inside the boat, it creates sexy yet sturdy seat bases that provide dry stowage underneath. With the aft fiberglass component, Premier constructed twin lounges with rear-facing backrests, so they serve double duty as either sofas or recliners. Plus they are excellent vantage points for spotter duty during a boarding or tubing session. All the seats are covered with Premier’s stylish DuraSoft7 vinyl. Our test model featured the Atomic Red accent package, which serves to amp up the boat’s sports-car feel. The view from the slick helm does too, with its inset gauges and color accents that match the trim.
Thanks to the PTX package, Premier is justified in nicknaming this boat the Velocity. Not so much for its top-end speed — with twin 200 hp Mercury FourStrokes, we topped out at just under 42 mph — but more for the fact that the hole shot was instantaneous, and the boat hit 30 mph in 8.5 seconds. From the raised fiberglass Liberty helm, you can feel the midrange oomph. Premier also improved handling and cornering by extending the center tube in the PTX package farther forward at the bow than the two outer tubes. The PTX system already improves lift with an aft pad on the center tube as well as strakes on the outer tubes. The result is almost like the forward taper of a V-hull, and it helps the boat execute tight turns with inboard heel.
Extended platforms at the bow and stern are great for beaching or swimming at anchor. They also help with boarding, as do the twin boarding gates built into the rails on either side — most pontoons have only one side-boarding gate.
*Molded fiberglass components create a sleek look.
*Elongated center tube that protrudes forward of the outer tubes improves cornering and handling.
*Raised Liberty helm gives the driver a great vantage point of the water.
*Boarding gates built into both sides make it easier to enter and exit at the dock.
How We Tested
Engines: Twin 200 hp Mercury Verados
Drive/Props: Outboards/15¾” x 18″ 3-blade stainless-steel Enertias
Gear Ratio: 1.85:1
Fuel Load: 40 gal.
Crew Weight: 520 lb.
$111,727 (as tested)
Premier Pontoons Wyoming, Minnesota; 651-462-2880; pontoons.com