Premier's Flagship 31’ Boundary Waters PTX-- Captain's Report
By Capt. Rob Smith When I climbed on board the 310 Boundary Waters, I was very impressed with the real estate this model has to offer. With an LOA of 31’4” and a beam of 10’2” she has nearly 300 sq. ft. of usable deck space. I have seen apartments that are not much bigger. With all of this room you can do almost anything your heart desires. And best of all, the folks at Premier “get it.” They are used to customizing boats virtually anyway a customer wants. No hassle, no argument. In fact, Premier management tells us that they get their best innovations from their customers. With an attitude like that across the table, prospective buyers can custom design just about anything into this “megatoon” that they want.The patented PTX package has a 12” flat running surface on the center toon, and lifting strakes on each of the outboard toons. These design features are what give the “megatoon” its outstanding performance.
Premier’s pontoons are not merely rolled aluminum that are welded and then slapped underneath a platform. Rather the three toons have a special design and bottom structure that Premier calls its patented PTX Performance Package. Just as fiberglass monohull boats have a carefully calculated dead rise, chines, lifting strakes and often a running pad, so, too, does Premier take this kind of sophisticated approach to bottom pontoon design.Note the stagnation line is about where the strakes start on the insides of the outer toons.
With the PTX system, the center toon has a sharp entry and a 12” wide flat running surface. In a monohull we would call this a “pad” and you find them on all sized boats from 15’ to 50’. They are intended to help lift the boat and make it easier to go faster. On the two outer toons which have conventional rounded bottoms, Premier has designed in a lifting strake on the inside of each of the outboard toons. Strakes like these are also used on monohull boats to help “lift” the boat up on plane by providing a flat surface the length of the boat from the stagnation zone to the transom.With the PTX bottom design the Premiers bank into turns gracefully. This is a freeze-frame from a video of the 31” Boundary Waters put into a high-speed turn. The port lifting strake not only gives the boat both added lateral and directional stability.
The PTX design has accomplished the same thing on a toon. It is because of the PTX design that Premier is able to get such high speeds out of their boats. In this case we tested the 31’ Boundary Waters with twin Mercury 225-hp Verados and recorded 47.2 mph. There is no lifting streak on the outside of the toons because that would keep it from banking into the turn. As designed, the Premier boats with the PTX can turn remarkably tight circles with great stability at high speeds.Look closely and you can see the lifting strakes on the inside of the outboard toons.
Also, on the PTX models, Premier mounts the cross-members on 16” centers, instead of the industry typical 24”. Docking lights and the horn are mounted in the bow cross member to keep them protected and to get the docking lights low where they are needed. Highly polished, rounded corner braces protect the corners from accidental bumps into the dock and handy 6” pop-up cleats allow the proper size lines to be used when docking. Side panel frames are pearl essence media blasted and anodized for a great looking, long lasting finish. Panels are bedded in silicon, then crimped to provide rattle-free service.The cross members holding the three toons together placed on 16” centers instead of 24” which is pretty much standard for many toon builders. The hatch in the center is 7' long and has a 15 cu. ft. capacity.
At the Bow
The bow entry gate has a well-padded back. A large 7’ in-deck locker is located in the bow section and can actually contain all the canvas for this boat, or you can fill it with water toys. Our model also came with a portable coffee table with handy filler center piece to make it even larger when needed. Bow seating was tremendous. Our test model came outfitted with the optional bow filler lounge that fits in the space where the bow gate opens. Even though this prevents use of the bow gate, when you have a large group on board, you will use every seat! Seat bases are roto-molded seats for durability. There is storage under every one, so all of your life vests and beverages can be placed there.Flexsteel recliner seats make cruising on this toon a special treat. Every boat should have them.
Seats are hinged and have Flexsteel seat bottoms for comfort. Portable cup holders are all over the boat. A concealed trash bin fits in the lounger end cap. If you opt for the inverter option, the battery bank fits in part of the lounger seat bottom. Over on the port side are two Flexsteel captain’s chairs with flip arm rests and adjustable backrests for added comfort. A single post table fits between them for an intimate dinner or snacks and drinks. This is a neat design and I have never before seen it on a pontoon boat. I love it as it is just like relaxing in your own home.Premier’s "Command Helm” is mounted on a 6” raised platform for added skipper visibility. This is a terrific idea and more builders of all type of boats should consider the concept.
In the front there is a drink holder for the skipper, an ice box in the center, and a handy flip-over drink holder that transforms into a paper towel holder on the right side. A carry-on cooler fits neatly under the helm or you can store other large items in here. Our test model featured a double Flexsteel captain’s seat at the helm. The Kenwood stereo is located to the left of the wheel and all the instruments are easy to find and read. Since Mercury Verados were mounted on the stern, our test boat was outfitted with SmartCraft instrumentation in the center. I really like those meters! Over on the right is a Lowrance X-52 for bottom and fish finding. The helm is on a platform that has been boosted up 6” which gives the skipper a command view over the bow, especially when you have people on the loungers underway. A 13’ 6’’ bimini with stainless steel quick connects provides protection from the elements. But as I keep saying, Premier will install anything you want.Note the sea rails on the counter – but why don’t they go all around the counter? The microwave and refer are both under the counter.
A Galley with Equipment
Abaft the helm is a huge entertainment center for making snacks, hors d’oeuvres, sandwiches and drinks underway. The sea rails have drink holder rings in the ends, there is a hide-away paper towel holder, sink with soap pump, 12volt, and 120 volt sockets are also on the top. Underneath is a Tappan microwave, NorCold refrigerator/freezerand small storage. Across from the galley is a large L-bench seat with portable table and a flip-up change room. Inside the change room is a mirror, paper towel holder and toilet paper holder. Across the stern you have a stern gate, fresh water wash-down with 8.5 gallon water tank, and a three step walk-up built into the stern between the outboards.BoatTEST has also tested the Boundary Waters with the optional Sky Deck powered by a single Yamaha 350-hp outboard. She seats 25 people! See Capt. John Wenz’s video and Captain’s Report on this version...
The 31 Boundary Waters PTX measures 31’2” length overall with a deck length of 30’6”. She measures 10’2” across the beam and carries 30 gallons of fuel. The PTX version weighs 3600 lbs and is rated for up to an 450-hp engine. The basic 2-tube version weighs 3120 lbs and is rated for 250-hp while the standard 3-tube version is rated for 300-hp.With a boat this fast and this big, there is no reason why all of the girls on the lake won’t want to join your party. Note stability as three gals rush to take a dip.
The 31 Boundary Waters proved a very stable platform capable of hanging with the rest and delivering a thrilling ride. She reached a top speed of 47.2 mph and cruises comfortably 22 mph. But as we mentioned in the intro, at 12 mph the boat gets 6.2 miles per gallon. She was on plane in 3 seconds and up to 30 mph in only 5.9 seconds which is as good as many runabouts of smaller size! This is incredible performance and is one of the reasons that you can tow several skiers at once.
Premier is the Bentley of pontoon boat building in America today. Their list of amenities and options are as long as any toon builder in business. The 31’ Boundary Waters can serve a number of purposes, but if ever there was a party boat for large groups, this is it. Because of its PTX bottom its performance is remarkable, which means it can be used for towing skiers and high speed operation. Finally, if there's something that you would like on the boat that is not there– just ask for it. We suggest you take a test drive on a Premier PTX to fully appreciate the difference between this boat and others. Watch Premier’s video on the PTX advantage
Test Result Highlights
- Top speed for the Premier 310 Boundary Waters (2007-) is 47.2 mph (76 kph), burning 25.2 gallons per hour (gph) or 95.38 liters per hour (lph).
- Best cruise for the Premier 310 Boundary Waters (2007-) is 22.0 mph (35.4 kph), and the boat gets 5.06 miles per gallon (mpg) or 2.15 kilometers per liter (kpl), giving the boat a cruising range of 387 miles (622.82 kilometers).
- Tested power is 2 x 225-hp Mercury Verado.
Standard and Optional Features
|Washdown: Fresh Water||Optional|
5-year bow to stern