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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The PTX Hull System
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.
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.
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 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 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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Test Result Highlights
- Top speed for the Premier 250 Solaris RE (2014-) is 43.0 mph (69.2 kph), burning 21.90 gallons per hour (gph) or 82.89 liters per hour (lph).
- Best cruise for the Premier 250 Solaris RE (2014-) is 19.7 mph (31.7 kph), and the boat gets 3.91 miles per gallon (mpg) or 1.66 kilometers per liter (kpl), giving the boat a cruising range of 187 miles (300.95 kilometers).
- Tested power is 1 x 250-hp Yamaha F250.
Standard and Optional Features
|Washdown: Fresh Water||Optional|
|Washdown: Raw Water||Optional|
|Carpet: Cockpit||Optional Snap-in|
|Outlet: 12-Volt Acc||Standard|
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