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1 x 250-hp Yamaha VMAX
This is our favorite S-Series Premier, the 250 RF with a full stern platform and center-mounted transom door. There's wraparound seating fore and aft, and side-by-side helm consoles with Flexsteel 7-Star swivel chairs. Top speed with 250-hp is 43.4 mph (69.84 kph), according to Yamaha performance tests.
A Toon for Everyone
Premier builds S-Series pontoons in 235 and 250 models; each is available in RE and RF versions. The 235 RE is 24'4" (7.42 m) LOA, the 250 RE 25'4" (7.72 m); the RFs are a foot longer overall in each model because of their full-beam stern platforms. The basic difference between RE and RF is the platform, or lack of one: The RE has its transom door at the corner with a small swim step adjacent to a ladder; it's fine for swimmers. The RF with the full platform has the transom door on the centerline; this allows facing L-lounges on the aft deck, too.
The RE version of the S-Series has the transom door in the corner, leaving room for a wide sunpad. The swim ladder leads directly through the transom door onto the deck, where there's a lift-up changing room. A DL version of this layout has two swivel chairs and a table forward on the port side, in place of the lounge.
All S-Series pontoons come with an 11' Evolution Bimini top, the 30" tube PTX performance package, 25" tubes, Cayman carpet, Flexsteel 7-star chairs, Signature couches, a dual command helm with walk-through windshield and a Sony stereo with four speakers, two of them pop-ups at the transom. There's a pop-up changing room, too.
We prefer the RF arrangement, with the platform and center-mounted transom door: It has more seating aft, on the wraparound lounge, and we don't do much sunbathing anymore so don't need the sunpad. Again, a DL version has swivel chairs forward. Both the 235 and 250 models have the same layouts, but the 250 is a foot longer.
Premier's patent-pending PTX design takes triple-tubes one step further: Rather than simply adding a third round tube down the middle, PTX technology incorporates a flat planing surface on the middle tube, which, on the 250 RF, measures 30" (76.2 cm) rather than the 25" (63.5 cm) of the outer tubes. (The center tube is mounted differently than the outside ones, so the bottoms of all three are the same depth.) Lifting strakes on the insides of the outer tubes help shorten time-to-plane. Premier found that strakes on both sides of the tubes made the boat run too flat, but adding them only to the inside let the boat bank into turns, reducing radius and making for more agile handling.
This isn't an S-Series, but another Premier pontoon fitted with the PTX triple-tube arrangement. Look closely and you'll see the flat planing surface of the center tube; out of sight are the lifting strakes on the insides of the outer tubes. PTX technology provides better handling than simple round tubes, but requires more horsepower. Hydraulic steering comes standard with PTX, and the central tube allows for a long in-deck stowage locker, big enough for skis, wakeboards or fishing rods.
Premier's tubes are pressure-tested during manufacture, and come fitted with Pals tube vents to compensate for outside temperature fluctuation; the vents will also prevent the tube from filling with water in the event of a puncture, according to the builder. The tubes are attached to the deck with extruded M-brackets and Z-channel crossmembers on 16" (40.6 cm) centers; the company feels putting crossmembers on 16" centers rather than industry-standard 24" (61 cm) makes a stiffer frame. Extra crossmembers support the aluminum transom.
PTX technology lifting strakes let the boat get on plane faster and increase top speed by about 10%, according to Premier. But they only work on the inside of the tubes; adding strakes to the outside as well impairs performance, the company discovered.
The deck is pressure-treated marine-grade plywood, the only wood in the boat. (Even the furniture is wood-free.) It's attached to the crossmembers not with through-bolts, usually the best fastening for marine construction, but with stainless-steel Tek self-drilling, self-tapping fasteners. The Tek fasteners are screwed through the deck directly into the crossmember, generating enough heat to weld the fastener in place, says Premier. The plywood deck is covered with marine-grade carpet or vinyl.
The center tube in the PTX system allows for in-deck stowage. Carpet is standard on all S-Series Premiers.
We haven't tested an S-Series Premier yet, but Yamaha has: They ran a full performance trial on the 250 RF with a 250-hp V MAX SHO four-stroke outboard on her transom. That's max power for that boat with the 30" PTX tube, and we think most folks interested in the S-Series will want as much oomph as possible. The 235 models are limited to 225-hp – but opt for the 36" PTX tube and you can add horsepower to either model.
The results? Top speed was 43.4 mph (69.84 kph) WOT, cruise 17.6 mph (28.32 kph). That was with only two people on board, though – load up your 250 RF with a crowd and she won't be as fast. (The 250 RF is rated for 2950 lbs. capacity; using the wildly inaccurate lbs-to-people conversion factor, that's 15 people. We recommend keeping the party quite a bit smaller.) Range at WOT is about 50 miles (80.5 km), at cruise 68 miles (109.4 km), with a 10% fuel reserve in either case.
The S-Series 250 RE is a favorite of skiers and wakeboarders, who add the optional ski tow bar; it's about the only option necessary beyond standard equipment, in our opinion, and then only if you ski or board. We like the hefty swim ladder leading directly onto the deck.
The Premier S-Series 250 RF comes with not only a lot of features, but also a price tag around $61,330 with the 250-hp Yamaha V MAX. We think this model and power is the best of the S-Series; other configurations will vary from this price. Skiers and wakeboarders will want to add the optional ski tow bar, but otherwise the boat is ready-to-go as standard.
The S-Series dual helm consoles each have a Flexsteel 7-Star swivel chair with adjustable arm rests. A Foletto steering wheel is standard, too. We like the mesh pocket next to the helm, handy for keeping the cell phone and handheld VHF or CB.
For comparison, a 25'8" (7.82 m) LOA Harris FloteBote Grand Mariner SEL 230 we tested recently has an MSRP of $62,430 with a 300-hp MerCruiser 5.7L 350 MAG MPI sterndrive (optional power – smaller engines are available). This 3-tube 'toon has ventilated and stepped tubes to increase performance; it's different from PTX technology, but intended to do the same thing. Our captain measured a top speed of 45.5 mph (73.2 kph), cruise 24.8 mph (39.9 kph). Fuel economy at cruise was almost the same as the Premier 250 RF, but the range of the Grand Mariner is greater because of her larger fuel tank.
The Yamaha V MAX SHO 250 tested on the S-Series 250 RF is a 4.2L four-stroke V-6 that the manufacturer says is the lightest motor in its class, at 505 lbs. (The Mercury OptiMax Pro XS 250 weighs the same, however.) Yamaha also claims the V MAX provides "awesome" hole shot and mid-range acceleration. We'd like to get our hands on one and find out firsthand.
Our opinion? There are lots of pontoons to choose from, but we like the S-Series's outboard power, sporty persona and overall style, especially the 250 RF version. Order it in black to match the Yamaha V MAX, and you'll be about as cool as you can be on a pontoon.
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|Price as Tested||$61,330.00|