On the docks, this stunning pontoon quickly earned one-name status. Like Prince or Madonna or Pelé, everyone just referred to it as “Dodici.”
Technically, it’s the Premier 310 Dodici, the company’s new flagship pontoon that packs a lot inside its 31-foot deck length and nearly 12-foot beam. (The beam is responsible for the nickname because in Italian dodici means “twelve.”) It’s a monster pontoon boat with copious amenities and the capacity for serious horsepower. Let’s start there. Premier has long been known for its PTX performance package, which features a wide center tube with an aft pad to generate lift. PTX helps Premier’s pontoons handle similar to V-hulls, with the ability to carve graceful hardover turns at speed. Plus, PTX helps create inboard heel-in turns, which is the familiar sensation V-hull drivers would experience, rather than the startling outboard heel experienced on some other pontoons.
The Dodici features a 42-inch center tube, which is like putting PTX on performance enhancers. Our test model sported triple 300 hp Evinrude E-TEC G2 outboards. With those fired up, we shot out of the hole like a cannonball, climbing onto plane instantaneously and hitting 30 mph in 3.8 seconds. We topped out at 63.4 mph, quite a speed for a boat of this size. With this kind of horsepower, the boat can keep a crowd moving; in a separate sea trial with 22 people on board the 310 Dodici, Premier hit a top speed of 54 mph. Not many boats can hold that many people, let alone move them that fast.
The good thing about the 310 Dodici is it has layout choices to keep the crowd entertained. Premier offers both a Cruise package and a Pub package; the latter is what we had on board. The Pub layout features a full bar astern with a shaded top and four swiveling bar stools. The square high-top table just forward of the bar features four more swiveling bar stools. The two swiveling captain’s chairs sit to port of the helm station and have their own cockpit table with built-in drink holders. The aft sofa features a rear-facing lounger, and the spacious bow holds couches with seating for 12 passengers, with a spot for another table.
Comparable Model: Bennington 30 Club