Captain's ReportVersatility & Utility- Premier 235 Escapade PTXBy Capt. Bob SmithComfort, space, and performance define Premier’s 235 Escapade PTX. With Flexsteel furniture, your friends will not want to get off the boat and with PTX performance, you will have a hard time getting them back in when they go for a spin on the skis, tube, or wakeboard. DurabilityThe 235 Escapade’s docking lights and horn are mounted in the front edge of the deck to protect them and get them low to the water. Looking underneath this three tube performance model you find a splash guard built into the bottom which will reduce drag and improve performance and the high polished cast corner guards keep the deck in great shape if you bump the dock or slip. Pop-up cleats are large enough to use real dock lines for tying your boat up overnight. Just through the front gate, you find the back side of the panel is padded with the Premier logo molded in. The pearl essence rails are media blasted and anodized and the side panels are siliconed into place, then crimped making this a rattle-free side panel that holds its shape well. Side panels are held securely into place with thick, heavy-duty braces bolted to the floor and panel at the doors. In the center of the floor is a huge 7’ storage locker for skis and the canvas. If you like, you can get a matching portable ottoman that doubles as an ice cooler for the bow. In each corner are Flexsteel Captain’s chairs that are super comfortable and have the same flip armrests and swivel action as the helm seats.At the HelmOn the front of the helm is a handy ice box for cool beverage fixings, a drinkholder and a neat flip-over concealed paper towel holder. At the helm is a tilt four-spoke wheel with brushed aluminum look accents to match the dash panels. A Kenwood stereo is on the left side of the wheel within easy reach of the driver. Faria gauges are across the top section of the dash for easy view and to the right of the wheel the rocker switches are clustered together and protected by push-button circuit breakers. A cargo pocket is mounted on the side next to the helm for keeping magazines and books organized. Aft seating consists of a large L-bench with plenty of room for the family and friends to join you at the helm for the ride. A portable table is easily set up for serving snacks and the roto-cast seat bases make great storage. If you are really into fishing, you can order the optional livewell that can be built-in the lounger seat. Overhead, an 11’ bimini with stainless steel quickly connects and protects you from the sun, and in our case, the rain.Our test model came with a quick setup changing room with room for a Porta-Potti. The engine hatch lifts easily to reveal the engine. Room over on the port side houses the batteries and the 53 gallon fuel tank. Out the rear entry you have a 3 step telescoping boarding ladder and a the full swim platform complete with ski tow ring.SpecificationsThe 235 Escapade PTX measures 23’5” length overall with a deck length of 23’ and beam width of 8’6”. The PTX version weighs 2350lbs, carries 53 gallons of fuel, and is rated for a maximum of 225-hp engine. The two tube model weighs 1980lbs and is rated for up to 140hp while the three tube standard version is rated for 200-hp. Performance & HandlingWe tested on a cold, blustery and often rainy day. The Escapade delivered a smooth, dry ride and made good turns. On test day we reached a top speed of 35.6 mph turning 4500 rpm and a cruise speed of 19.5 mph at 2500 rpm for a range of 168 miles on a full tank. If you are looking for versatility, utility, and entertainment functionality all on the same boat, the 235 Escapade can deliver. She has the performance, looks, and room for all.
Test Result Highlights
- Top speed for the Premier 235 Escapade (2007-) is 35.6 mph (57.3 kph), burning 17.4 gallons per hour (gph) or 65.86 liters per hour (lph).
- Best cruise for the Premier 235 Escapade (2007-) is 19.5 mph (31.4 kph), and the boat gets 3.51 miles per gallon (mpg) or 1.49 kilometers per liter (kpl), giving the boat a cruising range of 168 miles (270.37 kilometers).
- Tested power is 1 x 190-hp Volvo Penta 4.3GL gas sterndrive.
Standard and Optional Features
|Washdown: Fresh Water||Optional|
5-year bow to stern