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|Tested Power||1 x 250-hp Yamaha|
Evinrude BRP 115+
With the addition of a sport arch the Premier 250 Intrigue adds even more elegance to its upscale features.
The mission of the Premier 250 Intrigue is to be a luxury pontoon. Here, even with her 25'5" (7.75 m) LOA we found the 250 Intrigue to present a sumptuous feel that commensurates with some of the larger yachts we've tested.
Electrically Actuated Wine Waiter. Just a push of a button brings up wine bottles and glasses ready in a moment's notice.
Optional Sport Arch. This is the first time we've seen an actual fiberglass arch used on a pontoon boat even as an option, but this is the level of finish that the Intrigue Series presents. It includes side mounted speakers, a custom Bimini top, elevated tow point and a see-through moon roof.
ISO 9001:2008 Certified Construction. Premier is proud of the fact that it was the first pontoon boat builder to receive ISO (International Organization for Standardization) certification. ISO certification means that Premier's boats meet international standards and that the company has systems in place to insure that each unit made conforms to those standards.
5-Step Ladder. Most pontoon boats have 3 or 4 steps on their re-boarding swim ladder, but the 250 Solaris has 5 on its stainless steel ladder. It also has two high hand-holds to help bathers get up on deck, much like those seen in a swimming pool.
Positive Airlock System. Premier's PALS (Positive Airlock System) is a proprietary system designed to keep the champers in its tubes buoyant even if punctured. As water rises to the level of the PALS air vent inside the chamber a valve becomes sealed preventing more water from entering the tube.
Premier's PALS device is a venting system that both reduces condensation in the tubes as well as becoming sealed shut if a chamber is punctured.
5-Year Stem-to-Stern Warranty. Premier's warranty is one of the most comprehensive in the industry for any type of recreational boat. Its warranty states that "Every screw, staple, cleat, bracket, couch, helm, wire, etc. is warranty covered" for 5 years from the date of purchase. In addition there is a limited lifetime warranty on roto-cast furniture frames, Bimini top frames and brackets, welds on tubes, rails and gates, a 5-year limited warranty on carpet, and a 7-year limited warranty on its Durasoft7 vinyl.
Turbo Swing. This is a tow bar that surrounds the outboard. It has a tow point on a roller that allows the towline to slide from one end of the bar to the other. It's a clear indication that although this boat was built for lavish entertaining, water sports were not left by the wayside.
Optional Sea Grass Decking. The sea grass decking has a comfortable feel and rinses off easily. Premier also adds padding underneath and a cushioning effect can really be felt, especially under bare feet.
The optional sea grass decking has padding underneath that creates a remarkably comfortable feel.
Beacon Touch Screen Panel. This innovative touch screen allows complete control of the boat systems as well as a moving map display and video display.
27" Tubes. The base boat comes with two tubes which are 27" (68 cm) in diameter, compared to 23" to 25" (58 to 63 cm) which are used by most of the industry. Three tubes and the PTX system are both upgrade options.
Electrically-powered Bimini. The 250 Intrigue comes with a Bimini that extends a full 11' -- nearly half of the boat's length.
Mirage Changing Room. The arm in the lounge seat opens to reveal a changing room complete with mirror.
RF Galley. A cooler and sink complement the wine waiter in the aft area of the boat.
2 Flexsteel 7-Star Recliners. These armchairs are the ultimate in pontoon boat comfort and will probably be everyone's favorite place on the boat. A conventional settee with chaise-style back is an option.
The chromed reinforced corner moldings have raised grab handles, spring loaded flip up cleats. Navigation and docking lights are recessed into the forward edge.
The Premier 250 Intrigue that we tested has the optional PTX hull configuration with the center tube being 36'' (90 cm). The boat has an LOA of 25'5" (7.75 m) and a beam of 8'6" (2.59 m). With an empty weight of 2,950 lbs. (1,338 kg), full fuel, two people and test power we had an estimated test weight of 4,290 lbs. (1,946 kg).
With a single Yamaha F250 turning a 15.5 x 17 Saltwater Series II SDS prop we reached a top speed at 6250 rpm of 39.2 mph. At that speed we were burning 21.55 gph giving us a range of 87 miles.
Best cruise came in at 3000 rpm and 17.2 mph. That speed reduced the fuel burn to 4.7 gph giving us a range of 175 miles and an endurance of 10 hours and 6 minutes while still maintaining a 10% reserve.
We had a time to plane of 2.5 seconds, reached 20 mph in 4.8 seconds, and continued accelerating through 30 mph in 7.3 seconds.
The handling of the 250 Intrigue is exceptional and in no small part thanks to the optional PTX performance tubes. The flat bottom of the center tube provided quick planing times with minimal bow rise while at the same time allowing the 250 Intrigue to exhibit a more comfortable lean into the turns, as opposed to the typical pontoon boat characteristic where the turns are flat, or displaying the more uncomfortable lean to the outboard of the turns. This was more characteristic of a V-hull boat.
The performance tubes allow the 250 Intrigue to lean into the turns much like a V-hull boat does. Notice how the spray is coming from the midships area of the tube right at the helm.
But if you're a test captain and drive it like you stole it, high-performance turns will show that the bow will drop down and allow the 250 Intrigue to better carve into the turn. The turning radius will stay the same, however.
Now regarding turns, the 250 Intrigue takes gentle turns with the spray remaining well back towards the helm as she rolls into the turn. However, in a high-performance turn she will lower her bow and dig in a bit, allowing her to carve through the turn more effectively at high-speed. The turning radius tends to stay the same whether at low speed or high but the speed of the turn will become quicker.
The PTX Hull System
This drawing from the Premier website shows the relative sizes and shapes of the toons used by many pontoon builders compared to the ones used in the Premier PTX system. Standard pontoon diameters used by most builders range from 23" to 27" (58 to 68 cm) with the center toon being larger in some cases, but not in all.
The standard 250 Intrigue hull configuration has logs that are each 27" in diameter and the boat comes in both two log and three log configurations. With two tubes, the 250 Intrigue has a person capacity of 13 people and is rated for a maximum of 150-hp. The three-tube version is rated for 16 people and a max of 225-hp.
The PTX hull system used in the 250 Intrigue that we tested utilizes 25" (68 cm) diameter toons outboard (to accommodate the center tube) and a 36" (90.8 cm) U-shaped center pontoon. This pontoon has a 12" (30 cm) flat bottom. It is not cylindrical but rather is U-shaped, more like that of a log canoe. The 36" center log is 15% larger than conventional elliptical tubes and 27" round ones. This means the PTX system has more buoyancy.
Lifting Strakes. The PTX system has two lifting strakes, one placed on the inside of the two outer tubes. The company says this increases the boat's top speed by 10%, helps in turning and allows the boat to plane quicker.
The PTX system's lifting strakes are large and dramatically improve the boat's performance, according to the builder.
The layout of the 250 Intrigue provides plenty of seating. An optional seating plan replaces the two individual forward seats with a second wraparound couch.
The deluxe nature of the 250 Intrigue becomes much more evident as we do a features walkthrough. Starting at the bow, our test boat had a Flexsteel wraparound couch opposing to individual hi-back bucket seats. Aside from being exceedingly comfortable all the furniture was well-built, and designed for the long haul.
The individual reclining armchairs have a high-rise back, flip up armrests, and they can swivel, slide and recline. They are the most comfortable armchairs I have seen on a pontoon boat, or any other as far as that goes.
The D/L Group seats at the bow flank a pedestal table and lie across from the couch, providing opposing conversational areas.
The couches are all remarkably comfortable and floating armrests include drink holders and cargo netting to the sides. Notice the dual speakers and subwoofer underneath. Because there's a center tube Premier was able to accommodate an in-deck storage compartment.
While the armrests of the seats aren't self leveling, they remain comfortable even in the reclined position. Notice the handrail at the top of the forward gate making it much easier to lift and open the gate.
To the stern, two more wraparound couches and a center filler piece create U-shaped seating that is as inviting as it is comfortable. The center piece blocks the gate to the stern but is easily removable to allow access to the gate. For that matter, it can even be relocated to the bow, or left on the dock.
To the stern is wraparound seating, with even more speakers and a second pedestal table.
The aft facing lounger seat is a comfortable place to watch the wake shrinking in the distance. Notice the pedestal table.
The Mirage Changing room is located underneath the aft facing lounger seat.
The stern wraparound couches includes a center filler piece that is removable to allow access to the aft gate.
Naturally there are accommodations for storage underneath the seats. Thanks to the center tube, additional storage is in the deck underneath a ventilated hatch.
The seat bases are all roto-cast molded no-wood construction. The Flexsteel brand utilizes the crimped steel straps that have a cushioning effect. The hinges allow the cushion to remain open without having to hold it in position.
Aside from being a comfortable platform for gathering, the 250 Intrigue also makes a well executed entertainment platform. Directly across from the helm is a freshwater sink providing much needed water for cleanups and rinsing of food.
A sink and counter lie just across from the helm, and while the counter provides work room for making lunches it also serves a second purpose…
...as a wine waiter.
Just below the sink is a rocker switch that actuates an electric lift to the wine waiter located next to the sink. It brings up bottle storage as well as inverted storage for two wineglasses.
In between the D/L Group seats was a simulated curly maple pedestal table with two drink holders. A floating armrest with additional drink holders can be moved to any of the couch positions. It even has cargo netting to the sides for holding smaller items.
The Toon's Tunes. Sound is provided by an upgraded Polk audio system with the ability to stream Bluetooth audio from an MP3 player. This is a particularly attractive feature to smart phone users as it allows for controlling the music from anywhere on the boat. It also includes speakers that are practically everywhere and a sub woofer is under the lounge seats. Just remember not to upset the people in the next slip or mooring.
Fiberglass Sport Arch.
The sport arch is a unique feature on the 250 Intrigue. In fact, it is the first instance we've seen of utilizing this feature on any pontoon boat. It not only provides necessary shade, but a mounting point for the navigation light, a custom Bimini top and any additional antennas that might be added to the boat. Being a sport arch, it also has a tow point located at the top which can be accessed through a zippered flap at the front of the top. Premier also took it to another level by providing a smoked glass insert in the center to serve as a moon roof of sorts and is quite attractive.
The sport arch certainly adds class to the 250 Intrigue. Two speakers are mounted to the insides of the upright supports.
Looking up from the smoked glass of the moon roof the elevated tow point can be seen. It is reached through the zippered access point just behind.
The stern is another functional area with two molded consoles built into the quarters behind the couches. To port is a lengthy insulated cooler with a hinged solid surface hatch and two drink holders. To the starboard side are two more drink holders, an oval second sink with running water, and a paper towel holder that can get recessed into the console in the upside down position keeping the paper towels from getting wet while underway…all this surrounding a flexi teak deck that only adds to the attractive upscale look of the 250 Intrigue.
The stern deck is another functional area of the 250 Intrigue located behind the main seating areas.
A cooler to the left side of the transom is self draining overboard and recessed into a solid surface counter and hatch cover.
To the starboard side is a second sink. The switch to activate the pressure water is just below and to the left.
Next to the sink is a paper towel holder that stores inside the console. Flipped upright, it rests in the same space.
Below the sink is a control head for the premium stereo and a door leading to the water tank for the sink.
This functionality of course is outside the seating area but lends itself to becoming an addition to the seating area itself. There's one argument for leaving the center seat out of its position blocking the gate but it's also an argument for adding rails around the aft deck.
The Turbo Swing surrounding the engine provides a lower tow point and allows the towline to slide back and forth on a roller along the bar.
The Liberty II Helm
The Liberty II helm is on an elevated platform allowing the operator to see over the heads of the occupants in the forward seats. Notice the subwoofer just ahead of the helm console.
The 250 Intrigue, Liberty II helm is on a raised platform allowing the captain to see over the heads of the occupants in the forward couch. A smoked plexi windscreen does a good job of deflecting the wind over the operator's head but does provide a line of distortion across the middle. In the center of the panel is a standard Beacon touch screen display that allows intuitive access to all of the boat systems in addition to a moving map display.
Faux wood accents can be seen throughout the helm that provides an eye-pleasing match to the hickory wood trimmed steering wheel. To the right side of the panel are the typical MP3 and USB inputs as well as a video input which can be displayed on the touch screen panel.
This picture pretty much sums up the comfort level and ergonomics at the helm. The flip down armrests remain comfortable even in the reclined position.
Unlike nearly every other pontoon boat on the planet that has the engine control mounted at a 45-degree angle, Premier mounts its controls much more comfortably and closer to the horizontal.
In the center of the panel is a touch screen display that provides control of all of the boat's systems as well as displaying a moving map and inputs from video accessories. The steering wheel is made of hickory wood.
When we think of the trouble we've had from forcing snaps together when covering boats, we can really appreciate this J-channel located under the rails with the optional pearl hammered fencing.
The boat cover has J-clips that hook underneath the rails for easy installation and removal of the boat cover.
Luxury is something that is very difficult to put into words. We've done the best we can here but the simple fact is, it's something that needs to be felt and experienced. The sumptuous indulgence revolving around the layout and accommodations of the Premier Pontoons 250 Intrigue are something that really needs to be appreciated in person. The PTX pontoon system provides remarkable performance that is simply the frosting on the cake to the luxury that this premium entertainment platform presents.
|Washdown: Fresh Water|
|Washdown: Raw Water|
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