Boat Test Monday: Premier 250 Grand Majestic LTD

Published online: Mar 18, 2013 Boat Test Monday Brady L. Kay
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Our First Impression

It's easy to predict that with the proven PTX package and the new Yamaha 250 SHO engine, the Grand Majestic is going to be a fun boat to drive. But what you may not appreciate until you come aboard are the FlexSteel seat bases and chairs, plus those hidden amenities that truly make this a comfortable and a solid choice for family fun. 

Consumer Test

One of the biggest challenges with reviewing a Premier pontoon is staying under the strict word count. With so many great features and amenities we often run out of room before we run out of praise. Starting with the seating, Premier takes comfort to a new level by incorporating two identical FlexSteel helm chairs on the portside bow that match the actual captain's chair. As for the other seats onboard, we love that they're also made by FlexSteel and include the exclusive Nano-Block vinyl for added durability.

The seven-inch raised platform only adds to the attractive-looking helm that includes easy-to-read Faria gauges, a Humminbird 385ci unit and there is even a spot for a cell phone or iPod with a 12-volt and MP3 jack. 

Just forward of the helm is a well-hidden sink and electric faucet in an enclosed compartment. Next to the sink is a paper towel holder that is also well-hidden. Behind the helm is the optional "Freedom" galley that includes a wine convenience center, a second hand-pump faucet and sink and extra storage below. Speaking of storage, the seven-foot long in-floor locker is a nice touch.

Below the sundeck is a very easy-to-use pop-up changing room that includes a vented window, light, towel holder and even a mirror.

With this rear-entry design there is a swim platform in the stern that includes a five-step ladder, and you can use the tall ski/tow bar as a handhold for easy boarding. Worth noting is the optional synthetic teak flooring in the bow and stern that really help with the luxurious feel of the boat. 

Inspection Test

Below deck the three pontoons with lifting strakes are the base of this 25-footer. But what makes the hull design unique is the PTX package that includes two 25-inch diameter pontoons with a center tube that is 36 inches wide with a 12-inch flat planing surface. This setup explains why the boat turns like a v-hull model. The Z-shaped cross-members are on 16-inch centers throughout and are fastened to the plywood deck. From the welding to the wiring, the undercarriage inspection earned high marks for craftsmanship.

There is over 17 feet of usable space from inside the bow gate to the rear bench.

Performance Test

We've been waiting to get our hands on the Yamaha 250 SHO engine for quite awhile and our patience finally paid off. This Premier with the PTX package was a great match for this new engine. We reached a top speed of 42 miles per hour, but the most impressive stat is just how quickly she reached the 20-mile-per-hour mark-just 4.36 seconds! Turning with this unique hull is like a dream as we banked beautifully and carved up the water. The Grand Majestic LTD earned a perfect fun factor rating based on how well she handles and the fact we couldn't stop smiling.

Who Should Buy It

We sometimes get questioned on why performance is such a large part of our overall Shootout score and the answer is simple: for boats like this. When a pontoon can handle this well and be this much fun to drive, it really needs to be recognized. There are a lot of potential buyers out there who need to test drive this complete package.

Number of Occupants             12

Price As Tested With Power   $75.1K

Maximum Speed:                    42.5 mph

Wild Ponies:                            250hp

No. of Gates                           3

0-20 MPH                               4.4 seconds               

Ladder Measurement:             4' deep      

 Why we love this boat.Performance, luxury and style; this Grand Majestic LTD has it all and it's the little added touches and hidden amenities that we've come to appreciate from this builder.

Just being picky.Inside padding on the gates and rails would hide the exposed rivets that are kind of a turnoff for such a luxurious and high-end model.  


 NOTABLE STANDARDS

Evolution rails, bimini top, Flexsteel furniture, Royal helm w/command view platform, Sony stereo w/4 Kicker speakers and a Humminbird 385ci color GPS.

 OPTIONS ON TEST BOAT

The 36-inch PTX Performance Package, Sedona Berber 36-oz carpet, electric sink, galley with wine convenience center, full enclosure w/double bimini, teak flooring bow and aft, pillow package and optional D/L seating group w/2 bow chairs.

 VITAL STATS

LOA                            25' 4"

Beam                           8' 6"

Hull Design                 PTX Package

Dry Weight                 3,450 lbs.

Fuel Capacity              33 Gallons


TEST DRIVE

Engine                         Yamaha VF250LA

Cylinder Type             V6

Cubic-inch Displacement/Horsepower           254ci/250hp   

Lower Unit Gear Ratio           1.75:1

Propeller                      14 1/4 X 17

 

RPM      vs.     SPEED     vs. D-A    

600                  2.9 mph           82                   

1000                4.2 mph           80       

1500                6.1 mph           84

2000                7.0 mph           85.5                            

2500                8.3 mph           85.5    

3000                11.1 mph         87.5    

3500                18.5 mph         93                               

4000                20.1 mph         89       

4500                25.2 mph         92.5    

5000                29.5 mph         94.5

5500                34.9 mph         97

6000                40.3 mph         101.5

6200                42.5 mph         106.5

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Website: www.pontoons.com

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