We Say: 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? By installing fiberglass components fore and aft. The sweptback bow component 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 can serve double duty as sofas or run recliners. All the seats are covered with Premier’s stylish new Heritage fabric. Our test model featured the Atomic Red accent package, which amps up the sports-car feel.
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 maxed out at just under 42 mph — but because 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. This helps the boat execute tight turns with inboard heel.
Extended platforms at the bow and stern are great for beaching or swimming at anchor.
Who’d Want One: Boaters looking for a ‘toon with a cutting-edge design.
Another Choice: The Harris Crowne SL 250 ($93,035 with a 300 hp Mercury Verado) has fiberglass parts.
Bottom Line: $111,727 (as tested); pontoons.com