|Max Headroom||open||Bridge Clearance||N/A|
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|Std. Power||Not Available|
|Tested Power||1 x 250-hp Yamaha F250|
Various Evinrude BRP, Honda, Mercury, Suzuki and Yamaha.
The layout of this 250 Solaris includes a large gathering area forward, a smaller gathering area across from the helm and a Bombay Bar in the stern.
The mission of the 250 Solaris is to provide a mid-level pontoon boat to the "masses" while still providing the premium features that Premier Pontoons is so well known for. With a base price of $32,000 for the twin toon version, plus engine, she's competitively priced and therefore appealing to a large group of people. But she can be upgraded to triple toons or even the PTX hull configuration for those who want greater carrying capacity, more power and impressive performance. With all of the options, she can do about anything with as many as 18 people aboard and becomes what is no longer in the mid-price level.
The Premier 250 Solaris has a LOA of 25’5” (7.75 m) and a beam of 8’6” (2.59 m).
Beacon Touch Screen Display. This electronic unit does a good job of presenting an uncluttered panel with a single touch screen providing access to all of the boat's systems. It even includes a GPS moving map display and the boat's owner's manual downloaded on it.
Two Layouts. The 250 Solaris has two different layouts. The standard layout has a sun pad and changing room under the sundeck in the stern, while the optional layout has the "Bombay Bar" in the stern with the "Mirage" changing room in the bow under the couch.
The standard layout for the 250 Solaris with a sun pad and changing room aft.
The optional 250 Solaris floor plan Bombay Bar aft and with DL seating group forward.
Both layouts can have an optional forward area with two armchairs to port instead of a banquette.
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 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 steps 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 chambers 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.
Rubber nose cones and polished corner castings are standard. The LED navigation lights and docking lights are recessed into the leading edge.
The Premier 250 Solaris has a 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 and two people onboard we had an estimated test weight of 4,290 lbs. (1,946 kg).
With a Yamaha F250 turning a 15.5 x 17 Saltwater Series 2 SDS prop, we reached a top speed at 6000 rpm of 43 mph. At that speed we were burning 21.9 gph giving us a range of 94 miles.
Best cruise came in at 3000 rpm at 19.7 mph. At that speed fuel burn was reduced to only 5.03 gph giving us a range of 187 miles and an endurance of 9 hours and 30 minutes while still maintaining a 10% reserve.
The 36” (91.44 cm) PTX tube not only provided a quick 3.3 seconds planing time but also give the 250 Solaris the pivot point allowing it to roll into the turns much like the performance expected from a V-hull boat. It also allowed acceleration from a level attitude, or nearly so.
In cruise attitude the 250 Solaris rides three-degrees bow high and produces minimal spray from the side of the tubes.
The PTX log creates a pivot point for the 250 Solaris to roll into the turns creating a comfortable ride much like a V-hull boat.
The average turn shows the 250 Solaris leaning roughly 8-degrees into the turn.
Helm Response. Water sports are definitely part of the game plan and she responds well to the helm. She maintains a constant turning radius regardless of speed, but obviously the addition of speed will complete the turn more quickly. This is important to remember when coming into the dock -- don't use a burst of speed expecting to kick the stern around. It won't happen. When taking power off she settles back into the water from a level attitude.
Even with the engine in the full trim position the 250 Solaris showed no signs of ventilating the propeller, regardless of how aggressive the turns were.
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 Solaris Hull Configuration has two 25'' logs. A 25'' three log configuration is an optional upgrade. With two tubes, the 250 Solaris 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 Optional PTX hull system used in the 250 Solaris utilizes 25" diameter toons outboard 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 it 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. We can say that our test boat banked in turns like a V-hull, which was due to the large center pontoon.
Through extensive research, Premier’s test pilots tell us that they have found that pontoons perform best with strakes only on the inside of the tubes. Premier’s lifting strakes are sealed airtight, giving the tubes even more buoyancy.
The optional Turbo bar ($1,075) allows the tow rope to slide back and forth across the engine on a roller.
Anyone going into the water, will get back aboard via this five step reboarding ladder. Notice the wide treads and the high grab rails to either side.
The bow consists of opposing couches to either side of a carpeted deck. Seagrass flooring is offered as an option and has padding underneath which makes a noticeable difference. Thanks to the addition of a center log there is an in-deck storage compartment, 7’(2.13 m) long, with the hatch located between the couches. The hatch cover is not lockable, but that is in response to customer feedback. Too many people were losing the keys.
The opposing couches create a comfortable conversational atmosphere. The floating armrests have drink holders on the top and cargo netting to the sides. The plastic pedestal table swivels over the seat to allow drinks and hors d'oeuvres to be passed between two people.
The banquette to starboard forward of the helm easily seats four and the standard table is large enough for lunch for two.
On the standard layout the couch to port is identical to the one to starboard. An optional DL layout would have two armchairs here facing inboard.
The standard Mirage changing room (standard with Bombay Bar) is located underneath the aft port side couch. Premier even includes a mirror inside.
This is a photo of the Mirage "changing room" module that comes standard on the Bombay bar model. Inside there is room for a Porta-Potti with pump-out. When not in use, the patent-pending unit folds down into a couch with chaise-style recliner.
Ladies love the convenience of the changing room. A Porta-Potti can also be installed here.
The helm console is a separate fiberglass piece laid into position and consists of soft tones and dark colors that do an excellent job of knocking down glare. In the center of the panel is a Beacon touch screen display that gives complete control of all of the boat's systems as well as a moving map GPS.
The Beacon display is quite intuitive, as I was able to navigate my way through all of the functions without ever having glanced at an owner’s manual. Having this display really frees up the panel space and Premier outfitted the panel with only two rocker switches…. one for the helm electrical power and one for the horn.
The helm is on an elevated platform allowing the operator to see over the heads of the occupants in the forward couch.
Helm Console. The Calypso gauges feature white oval faces, anti-fog lenses and chrome bezels. The steering wheel is mounted to a tilt base. Faux curly Maple wood accents are placed around the helm and armrest. Kudos to Premier for mounting the engine control on the horizontal rather than the industry standard of mounting it on a 45-degree angle. The smoked windscreen does a good job of deflecting the wind over the head but it does create a line of distortion across the middle.
The helm is close enough to the forward section of the boat to keep the skipper involved in the conversation.
With the Beacon touch screen display, the panel has a modern uncluttered look.
The horn button is one of the two switches to the left of the wheel. We'd like to see it in red.
Premier is one of the only builders of pontoon boats that mounts its engine controls on the horizontal instead of at a 45-degree angle. This is proof that it can be done.
For a boat designed to appeal to mid-level buyers, this premium Signature helm seat may be all it takes to close the deal. It is remarkably comfortable, swivels, slides and reclines. The armrests are self leveling.
To the stern is a quarter round sofa wrapping around a circular plastic pedestal table. Usual accommodations for storage are underneath as well as mounting points for the speakers. Just ahead is a portside boarding gate.
Quarter-round seating to port wraps around a standard circular pedestal table.
The optional "Bombay Bar", bar seats and wet bar to port create a party-friendly venue on a boat set-up for both entertaining and watersports.
Having the bar mounted up against the aft seating necessitates that the seating be behind the Bombay Bar instead of in front of it. Note the rack for stemware under the bar counter.
These clever holders under the bar, lock stemware in place and keep the glasses from hitting each other while underway.
Behind the bar are two telescoping pedestal seats, but there needs to be a foot rest either attached to the bar, or to the pedestals themselves. Currently there's nothing, which leaves feet dangling. Just ahead is a mirror finished cover over an insulated cooler. To port is a sink with running water and an inverted paper towel dispenser. Behind the barstools is fencing to enclose the area.
A stainless cover with a mirrored finish closes the insulated cooler. Notice the gas assist strut to hold the cover open.
Every bar needs a sink and this one is molded into the fiberglass console.
At the end of the bar is a control head for the premium sound system.
The Premier 250 Solaris in the standard configuration carries an MSRP of $32,143 without engine. Bear in mind that even though this is a boat targeting the mid-level buyer, it’s still a premium brand with premium fixtures and furniture and mid-level still means a cut or two above most pontoon boats. Priced as tested, with the Yamaha F250 XA, the PTX performance hull system, the Bombay Bar and loads of other options she has an MSRP of $77,274. That certainly puts her at the high end in the big scheme of things.
Standard layout for the 250 Solaris has a sun pad aft instead of the Bombay Bar.
Because the 250 Solaris is so buoyant with the PTX pontoons she actually draws very little water making her ideal for fun on sand bars.
Underway and in a hurry the 250 Solaris with PTX makes a good watersports platform.
For people that use their boats primarily for day boating and entertaining, pontoon boats have become a respected alternative to fiberglass express cruisers and large bowriders that can run a lot more money than even the fully tricked out 250 Solaris that we tested. It is in that context that we think this boat should be viewed, rather than as a gold-plated pontoon boat used by Ma and Pa Kettle to ride into the sunset.
This boat with the PTX hull has many of the performance characteristics and functionality of far larger monohulls. And when it comes to entertaining a large group of people, or engaging in active watersports with the kids, we think the 250 Solaris will be hard to beat.
|Washdown: Fresh Water|
|Washdown: Raw Water|
|Outlet: 12-Volt Acc|
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|Pricing Range||$32,000.00 - $78,000.00|