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Brief Summary

As pontoon boats have come into their own, they’ve gotten bigger, faster, and more luxurious. Premier’s 310 Dodici is an example of all three of those characteristics. At nearly 12’ (3.66 m), this boat now has possibly the widest beam of any production pontoon. That’s where Dodici comes from; it means 12 in Italian. She has granite tile deck, and plush, easy-chair seating. Regarding speed, we haven’t tested her yet, but with triple 300 Evinrude E-TEC G2s -- an industry first -- we should be seeing speeds in the low 60s. And with the Evinrude Optimus i-Dock joystick controlling the three engines, docking couldn’t be easier.

Key Features

  • 11' Evolution Bimini top
  • Flexsteel built couches
  • Mirage changing room
  • Chaise lounge arms
  • Slim tables in curly maple wood
  • 6 High-performance speakers and Amp with directional mounts
  • Refrigerated Cup holder at helm
  • Curve Porta-Potti
  • Specifications

    Length Overall 33' 5''
    10.2 m
    Beam 11' 10''
    3.61 m
    Dry Weight 3,975 lbs.
    1,803 kg
    Tested Weight 4,940 lbs.
    2,241 kg
    Draft N/A
    - Draft Up N/A
    - Draft Down N/A
    - Air Draft N/A
    Deadrise/Transom N/A
    Max Headroom open
    Bridge Clearance N/A
    Weight Capacity 5,400 lbs.
    2,449 kg
    Person Capacity 26
    Fuel Capacity 120 gal.
    454 L
    Water Capacity N/A
    Length on Trailer N/A
    Height on Trailer N/A
    Trailer Weight N/A
    Total Weight
    (Trailer, Boat, & Engine)
    N/A

    Prices, features, designs, and equipment are subject to change. Please see your local dealer or visit the builder's website for the latest information available on this boat model.

    Engine Options

    Std. Power Not Available
    Tested Power 3 x 300-hp Evinrude E-TEC G2
    Opt. Power Not Available

    Test Results - Change Measurement Unit

    RPM MPH Knots GPH MPG NMPG Stat. Mile NM dBa
    500 3.3 2.8 0.9 3.6 3.1 390 339.1 59
    1000 6.2 5.3 1.8 3.4 3.0 369 320.9 71
    1500 9.5 8.3 3.9 2.4 2.1 263 228.8 77
    2000 14.9 12.9 6.2 2.4 2.1 261 226.8 81
    2500 21.1 18.3 10.4 2.0 1.8 220 191.5 89
    3000 26.6 23.1 16.4 1.6 1.4 175 152.5 82
    3500 31.9 27.7 20.6 1.6 1.3 168 145.8 82
    4000 37.2 32.3 27.5 1.4 1.2 146 127.3 84
    4500 42.6 37.0 33.6 1.3 1.1 137 118.9 89
    5000 47.4 41.2 41.9 1.1 1.0 122 106.3 87
    5500 52.3 45.5 54.2 1.0 0.8 104 90.7 93
    6000 56.9 49.5 72.3 0.8 0.7 85 73.9 97
    6100 57.0 49.5 72.3 0.8 0.7 85 74.0 97
    RPMNMKMKPHLPHKPLdBA
    500 339.1 628 5.30 3.41 1.53 59
    1000 320.9 594 10.00 6.81 1.45 71
    1500 228.8 423 15.30 14.76 1.02 77
    2000 226.8 420 24.00 23.47 1.02 81
    2500 191.5 354 34.00 39.37 0.85 89
    3000 152.5 282 42.80 62.08 0.68 82
    3500 145.8 270 51.30 77.98 0.68 82
    4000 127.3 235 59.90 104.10 0.60 84
    4500 118.9 220 68.60 127.19 0.55 89
    5000 106.3 196 76.30 158.61 0.47 87
    5500 90.7 167 84.20 205.17 0.43 93
    6000 73.9 137 91.60 273.68 0.34 97
    6100 74.0 137 91.70 273.68 0.34 97

    All fuel consumption numbers are the total for all engines in the boat. Speeds are measured with Stalker ProSports radar gun or GPS. Fuel consumption (gallons per hour) measured with Floscan digital fuel-flow meter or by on-board factory-installed diagnostic instruments. Range is based on 90% of published fuel capacity. Sound levels determined using Radio Shack digital decibel meter on A scale. 68 dBA is the level of normal conversation. Time to plane is measured from start of acceleration to formation of rooster tail behind boat.

    Performance Chart

    Performance Chart

    Acceleration Times & Test Conditions

    Time To Plane N/A
    0 to 30 6.3 sec.
    Ratio N/A
    Props 19p Rebel
    Load 3 persons, 1/2 fuel, no water, 50 lbs. of gear
    Climate 65 deg., 34 humid.; wind: 5-10 mph; seas: calm
    Elevation 17

    Captain's Report

    Premier 310 Dodici running shot
    This Premier 310 Dodici was powered with a triple set of 300-hp Evinrude E-TEC G2s with the Evinrude Optimus i-Dock joystick.

    Overview

    With a nearly 12’ (3.66 m) beam, the Premier 310 Dodici has the widest beam that we know of in a production pontoon boat. It’s huge. In fact, she gets her name, Dodici from that beam; it means 12 in Italian. All it took was one glance to see that this is, indeed, a big pontoon boat. It’s also loaded with high-end features, such as the latest generation of Evinrude E-TEC G2 engines, i-Dock joystick functionality, real marble tile flooring, and luxury seating throughout. It’s offered in three different versions with the only differences being in the layouts. Choose from the “Cruise” layout with a dining table and bar along with a forward lounge/gathering area, the “Pub” version with a floating watering hole, minus the live band, or the “Cruise CL,” which swaps out the forward swivel seats for wraparound seating.

    Premier 310 Dodici cruise layout
    This is the Cruise layout with the three gathering areas, the center being a bar.
    Premier 310 Dodici pub layout
    With the “Pub” floor plan, the layout begs for an on the water poker night or a garage band.
    Premier 310 Dodici cl layout
    Here is the “CL” version with the forward wraparound seating.

    The Evinrude Effect

    Before we get into the features inspection, it bears mentioning of the many benefits that the Evinrude installation brings to the Premier 310 Dodici. First off, this is the first triple installation on a production pontoon boat, and coupled with this being the widest beam in the industry, this is a big deal. This latest generation of E-TEC engines bring a lot to the table both in terms of reliability and functionality. The new engine design starts with a block and heads that have been reconfigured to maximize combustion, reduce fuel consumption, and effectively lower emissions. All cylinders are fed by direct, in-cylinder fuel injection. Fuel is delivered inside the combustion chamber, rather than in the intake manifold, resulting in more accurate fuel delivery and excellent fuel efficiency

    Key Features of the Evinrude E-TEC G2 300 Engine

    • In-cylinder fuel-injected 2-stroke
    • Revolutionary steering and power trim system
    • Multi-piece polymer engine cowling
    • Internal oil reservoir
    • 81-degree tilt range
    • Auto winterization
    • Beltless magneto electricity generation
    • Starboard/starboard manifold design
    • Customizable shroud design
    Premier 310 Dodici rigging
    The Evinrude E-TEC G2 platform features Dual-Axis Rigging that is comprised of a pair of rotary actuators (one for steering, one for trim) that are built into the outboard's mounting bracket. Designers have eliminated the vulnerable steering rack located in the engine well, in addition to the exposed plumbing.

    Improvements

    At the helm, there are two features that are of immediate benefit to the operator. The iCon display at the panel that allows for selectable information to be displayed so the captain can dial in the readout to fit whatever parameters are felt to be most important. And then there’s the iDock joystick:

    iDock

    With iDock, we’ve had joystick functionality for the Evinrude outboards, and it’s been available for some time for twin installations. This is the first time it has been offered for triples, and it’s really a no-brainer as far as the application goes. Rather than go through complicated programming to dial in the how’s and when’s of the center engine’s operation, Evinrude took a much less complicated, and therefore less costly tack. What it did was slave the center engine to the port engine with a tie-bar, effectively keeping the twin operation that we’ve had for years. The center engine stays in neutral unless more power is called for by either bumping the stick into boost mode or pushing the stick to its limits. Since the throw is progressive, that is to say the further it’s moved, the more power is delivered, full swing brings the center engine into play. During our tests, we were able to maneuver the 310 Dodici with exacting precision in both a crosswind and cross current with little effort and no problem. The system works flawlessly.

    Premier 310 Dodici tie bar
    With the center and port engine connected via a tie-bar, the joystick effectively is controlling a twin-engine setup.
    Premier 310 Dodici joy stick
    With the iDock joystick, a press of the “Command” button allows the operator to take control. If more power is needed, press “Boost.” The “A” and “C” buttons are used for initial setup by the installer and are not used by the operator at all.

    Construction Details

    We’ve already said that this boat is the first 12’ (3.66 m) beam in a production pontoon. The previous Holy Grail number was 10’ (3.05 m) beam. But to accommodate this width, Premier couldn’t just make longer cross beams and call it a day. It had to redesign new tubes as well. The center performance, or PTX tube, on Premier boats has traditionally been a 36” (91 cm) tube, where on the 310 Dodici it’s been enlarged to 42” (106.68 cm), still with the PTX features of full length stepped strakes, flat planing surface on the bottom and integrated splash rails. The two outside tubes are 27” (68.6 cm). This combination allows the 310 Dodici to have a capacity rating of 22 people and also accommodate the first-ever installation of triple outboards -- 900-hp combined. During the Miami Boat Show, Premier was giving constant sea trial rides, and with 22 people onboard, they were still able to achieve speeds in the mid 50s.

    Premier 310 Dodici
    We’d be remiss if we didn’t mention the color scheme. This model sports the new Red Atomic color of the fence rails, and Premier matched it with the upholstery trim and, of course, the Evinrude E-TEC G2 engine cowls.

    Features Inspection

    Bow

    We’ll start our features inspection at the bow where in the Cruise layout, we have a pair of swivel chairs flanking a pedestal table to port and L-shaped seating to starboard with another set of pedestal tables in front. One of the lounge seats is in front of the forward gate, and therefore, is movable, but, first, we need to lift the seat and loosen some thumbscrews that secure the seat to the deck. By having this seat secured, it is saved from being blown over, or being knocked loose as the 310 Dodici transitions chop. Of course, it won’t hurt when trailering either. The seats are ultra-cushy, and one actually sinks down into the seat rather than sitting atop of them. It’s a feeling that really needs to be felt rather than described, but suffice it to say that it will impress. Naturally, storage is underneath all of the seats and all are manufactured by Flexsteel, a high-end company well-known for its quality workmanship.

    Premier 310 Dodici seating
    The bow in the Cruise layout makes up one of the three gathering areas on the 310 Dodici.
    Premier 310 Dodici speakers
    Speakers are under the seats, including the large subwoofer. Notice the pull-out drink holder in the center of the couch.
    Premier 310 Dodici speaker
    Under the table is another speaker and cargo net storage just above. Decking is actual granite tile.
    Premier 310 Dodici upholstery
    The seats are upholstered in an upgraded material called Heritage fabric. It keeps the soft feel since it came from the luxury yacht market.

    There are three entry gates to this area, one forward and one more to both the port and starboard sides. The average rail height is 29 ½” (74.93 cm). At the starboard gate, where the L-shaped seating ends, there’s an access door leading to a trash receptacle that can also be accessed by pulling the seatback forward. In this manner, the receptacle can be completely removed for emptying. The starboard gate opening measures 23.5” (59.69 cm), the port gate is a wheelchair accessible 31” (79 cm), the forward gate measures 29.5” (74.93 cm), and the stern measures in at 26.5” (67.31 cm).

    Premier 310 Dodici trash
    The trash receptacle at the end of the seating can be accessed from either a rear hatch or by moving the seatback as shown here.
    Premier 310 Dodici deck storage
    Storage is in the deck and runs back almost to the area of the helm console.

    The deck is carpeted with the optional Sea Grass that has an upscale look and feel, as well as being able to shed water and repel heat. However, to the length of the port side of the deck is actual granite tiled decking laid out in a curved pattern that adds a measure of class to the 310 Dodici.

    Premier 310 Dodici bow hardware
    At the front of the bow, we can see how the corners are reinforced. Premier adds 6” (15.24 cm) flip-up cleats and convenient grab handles.
    Premier 310 Dodici bow ladder
    A beach reboarding ladder is at the bow. The foredeck is minimized to add to the useable interior space.

    The Bimini top is electrically actuated and is huge. At 12’ (3.66 m) wide and 13’6” (4.12 m) long, it covers virtually all of the rear and center area of the boat, up to the forward L-shaped couch. Shade being such a valuable commodity on a boat, guests will be lacking none of it here. There’s an option for a second Bimini to cover the forward area.

    Premier 310 Dodici door
    The gates are held open with door stops fixed to the deck. Here, we can see the transition between the Sea Grass carpet and the granite decking.

    Helm

    The helm is on a 4 ½” (11.43 cm) elevated platform. As discussed, the top of the line of what Evinrude has to offer is well represented at the panel. The helm seat, like the bow seats, is a 10-star Flexsteel with the same high-quality upholstery.

    Premier 310 Dodici panel
    A Garmin 7” (17.78 cm) display and the Evinrude display are the main focal points of this panel. The stereo is all the way to the right.
    Premier 310 Dodici controls
    The digital engine controls have a host of features that enhance operation. Regardless of whether the engine controls or the joystick are being used, the color Can Trac display shows the status of the engines, thrust, and trim at a glance.
    Premier 310 Dodici controls
    On the control head, we can trim the engines individually, sync the engines, start in neutral, and adjust the cruise setting incrementally.

    New, Remarkable Drink Holder

    While the rest of the panel houses the usual cast of features, one standout is clearly not in that category: the drink holder. No, that’s not a typo, this drink holder is anything but ordinary. It’s refrigerated. Put a cold drink in it, and it will get colder, almost to the point of forming ice. Put a warm drink in it, and it will chill to a refreshing temperature in short order. This is a new feature from a third party, and Premier is among the first to implement it as it accompanies the luxury theme so well here. But it looks just like any other drink holder.

    Premier 310 Dodici switches
    Rocker switches are neatly arranged, and where so many fail, Premier separates the horn switch, so it’s easily identified.

    Bar

    The bar is just behind the port entry gate and opposite the helm. Premier calls it their Bombay Bar, and it’s more of a bar to sit at rather than stand behind and serve guests. Swivel bar stools are on pedestals that are fixed to the deck. The two end stations have fold-out purse hooks. At the aft end of the bar is an electric sink with an internally lit ice chest alongside. This makes it easy for guests to serve themselves at this bar and keeps the social atmosphere flowing as well.

    Premier 310 Dodici bar layout
    Here, we can see the layout of the Bombay Bar with the fixed barstools. A stereo remote is at the end. Notice the curving pattern of the granite decking.
    Premier 310 Dodici bar features
    The bar has a sink connected to a 30-gallon (114 L) tank. The silver cover is over the ice chest.
    Premier 310 Dodici corian
    The bar surface is Corian. The grab rail and drink holders are stainless steel.
    Premier 310 Dodici sink
    Next to the sink is a drink holder that, when inverted, conceals a paper towel holder.

    Aft Lounge

    At the stern is a wrap-around lounge surrounding a triple pedestal table with stainless drink holders in the middle. As with the bow, the seats are incredibly plush, and the same high-end upholstery is utilized. Again, storage is underneath.

    Premier 310 Dodici aft table
    The aft table is the third gathering area, and it affords great views, as well as remaining within conversational distance to the helm.
    Premier 310 Dodici drink holders
    The drink holders are removable in the event that more table space is needed.
    Premier 310 Dodici fridge
    Across to starboard and just behind the helm is a small serving area with Corian counter, a drink holder, and a paper towel dispenser. Underneath is an electric refrigerator and storage.

    Aft Deck

    Behind the lounge and table is an elevated sun pad that conceals the usual head and changing room with privacy afforded by a pop-up screen. Just behind is a platform, slightly larger than the bow, but still modest to afford more interior space. A fuel fill is fixed to the center of the deck, and since this area is bound to be trafficked in bare feet, we’d like to see this moved to a better location. Further aft another platform surrounds all three engines making daily checks handy.

    Premier 310 Dodici head
    The head/changing room is concealed by a zippered curtain. A fair compromise for something that will likely be used sporadically.
    Premier 310 Dodici aft deck
    The aft deck has a modest platform and then another work platform for getting around the engines easier. We’d like to see the fuel fill moved out of the trip zone though.
    Premier 310 Dodici sun pad
    The elevated sun pad makes a good place to relax at any time the 310 Dodici isn’t underway.

    Performance

    The Premier 310 Dodici has a LOA of 33’5” (10.19 m) and a beam of 11’10” (3.61 m). With an empty weight of 3,975 lbs. (1,803 kg), half fuel, and three people onboard, we estimated our test weight at 4,940 lbs. (2,241 kg).With a triple set of 300-hp Evinrude E-TEC G2s powering our test boat, we reached a top speed of 57 mph. With a pontoon boat, there really is no best economic cruise per se; she’ll get better mileage the slower one goes, and the fuel consumption is linear, so this is more of a boat that is run according to the boater and their guests’ comfort level. But keep in mind, just because this boat pushes nearly 60 mph, not all guests will feel comfortable with that speed. Sometimes a slow cruise up the lazy river is more enjoyable. Especially when there are drinks on the bar and cheese and cracker platters on the tables. It’s all about what one wants to do and how one wants to do it.

    Handling

    With that said, this boat does give exciting performance. There’s no surprise that triple 300s will get her moving along in short order, so either be gentle on the throttle or tell everyone to hang on. She’ll launch right off and pass 30 mph in just over six seconds. She’s got the PTX performance tubes, so her handling is equally sporty and the driver can expect flat turns when coming around.

    Docking

    Of course, where she really shines is in her comfort level, and nowhere does that manifest itself more than in her handling around the dock. With the Evinrude joystick, she can be maneuvered with ease, regardless of the usual cross winds or cross currents. If more power is needed, one can simply use boost, but, for me, I just activated in boost mode normally. The joystick is progressive, so when less power is called for, just use less stick, it’s as simple as that.

    Observations

    Overall, the Premier 310 Dodici represents a lot of firsts in a luxury package -- first 12’ (3.66 m) beam production pontoon, first triple outboard pontoon, first Optimus Joystick handling triple engines, all new color packages -- all adding up to an impressive boat. When it was introduced at the Miami boat show, it was constantly underway, providing sea trials for boaters who came from all types of vessels. And since it holds 22 people, virtually no party is too big for this boat. With multiple layouts offered, the 310 Dodici will be able to satisfy a more diverse crowd that can dial in the boat to their specific use. But regardless of how it’s used, there’s no denying that this versatile pontoon boat is among the most luxurious on the water.

    Test Result Highlights

    • Top speed for the Premier 310 Dodici (2016-) is 57.0 mph (91.7 kph), burning 72.3 gallons per hour (gph) or 273.66 liters per hour (lph).
    • Best cruise for the Premier 310 Dodici (2016-) is 31.9 mph (51.3 kph), and the boat gets 1.6 miles per gallon (mpg) or 0.68 kilometers per liter (kpl), giving the boat a cruising range of 168 miles (270.37 kilometers).
    • Tested power is 3 x 300-hp Evinrude E-TEC G2.

    Standard and Optional Features

    Systems

    CD Stereo Standard
    Head: Portable Standard
    Washdown: Fresh Water Optional

    Exterior Features

    Ice Chest Standard
    Wet bar Standard

    Canvas

    Bimini Top Standard

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