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BEST BOSTON WHALER BOATS 2021

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Check out as many different Boston Whaler Boats as you can and write reviews of the best.

The result is 11 of the best Boston Whaler Boats on the market today.

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When it comes to excellent offshore performance, fine craftsmanship, and above all, safety—it’s hard to beat a Boston Whaler boat.

Pair those qualities with a solid reputation for being unsinkable and you’ve got yourself a hardcore watercraft. The Boston Whaler is also a name that inspires dreams.

For that reason, we’ve created this complete guide on the best Boston Whaler boats in 2021.

Whether it’s serious fishing, day-long watersports, diving, entertaining, or overnight cruising you’re looking for, you’re sure to find a BW boat that’s not only suited to your lifestyle and needs but that also covers all of these uses incredibly well.

Enough with the praise, here are our top Boston Whaler picks:

Winner of the 2014 NMMA Innovation Award, the 345 Conquest combines all the amenities for a fun-filled day on the water with the features you need for serious offshore fishing—all in a spacious, sophisticated, super comfortable, and reliable layout.

Starting with the fishing features, there are rod holders on top behind the fly bridge as well as 3 at the aft deck. There are dual fishboxes, tackle storage drawers, and an easy-to-reach port insulated livewell for easy to reach bait

Specs & Features:
  • Length: 35’11”
  • Beam: 11’8”
  • Draft: 22”
  • Weight: 14,200lbs
  • Max. hp capacity: 1200 hp
  • Max. person capacity: 14
What we like:
  • The retractable SureShade awning
  • Being able to enclose the cabin for all-weather comfort
  • 4 skylights in the cabin below deck
  • 3 fridges
  • Skyhook autopilot hovering for solo operation
What we don’t like:
  • The ceramic element on the galley below is a recipe for a pan sliding off in rough sea

In addition, well thought-out jump seats that fold away to offer more fishing room as well comfortable leaning posts, which are then complemented by the stainless-steel toe rails.

Also, a nice and convenient port prep station with a fully equipped pull-out prep area, dedicated cooler storage with a 35-quart Yeti cooler, and the best part, an electric grill to prepare warm meals and cook whatever you happen to catch that day right at the spot—it doesn’t get any fresher than this!

The grill is designed to minimize smoke to maximize comfort.

The cockpit cabin boasts comfortable seating as well as starboard cockpit wet bar for added convenience.

Belowdecks, a cozy and roomy private cabin offers pleasant sleeping quarters for long-distance trips. It features the award-winning Dynamic Cabin System that converts a V-berth dinette table into a plush queen-sized island bed with the push of a button.

There’s also a starboard settee that converts to a double berth as well as U-shape seating that can turn into another berth—a great boat for large families and groups of friends. Otherwise, it can be used for more storage.

Plus, a 28-inch flat-screen TV, a DVD player, a fully-equipped galley, and an enclosed head with a pull-out showerhead and VacuFlush toilet.

Regarding her performance, the Triple Mercury FourtStroke Verado engines paired with the Joystick Piloting reward you with outstanding power and control. Also, due to her deep V hull, large foredeck, and a windshield that goes all the way to the hardtop, she can handle anything you throw at her.

The V-Hull in particular makes the 345 Conquest able to rock the blue sea offshore cruising challenges that you want.

Powered by Triple Mercury 400 Verado, the Conquest 345 reached a top speed of 56.4 mph at 6800 rpm. Time to plane was 9.7 seconds.

Price starts at $537,500.

Designed for angling with confidence and comfort with the power and performance avid fishermen desire for offshore adventures, this is the Outrage 250. It’s an affordable midsize beast that’s especially great for live bait fishing.

This 25-feet center-console boat comes with tons of features that will accommodate all your fishing needs, including gunnel- and transom-mounted rod holders, under-gunnel rod racks, stainless-steel toe rails, port and starboard fishboxes with pump-out and drains, a bait prep area, tackle storage drawers, freshwater and raw-water washdowns, and of course, a 30-gallon pressurized livewell.

Specs & Features:
  • Length: 25’5”
  • Beam: 9’
  • Draft: 20”
  • Weight: 5350lbs
  • Max. hp capacity: 450 hp
  • Max. person capacity: 12
What we like:
  • Great performance in rough seas
  • 9-foot beam makes it spacious
  • Reinforced body gives you confidence to perform in swells
  • Wrap-around seating in the front
  • Leaning posts all around the cockpit for fighting for a catch
What we don’t like:
  • Nothing!

There’s an additional port livewell at the aft too for cut bait fishing, ideal for catching groupers and barracuda.

Functional seating can be found throughout this model including a fold-away stern seat that provides more room when fishing is in action, a forward-console seat with a built-in cooler, and a nice and open seating area in the bow.

At the helm, there’s room to accommodate either two 12-inch displays or a single 16-inch display. Plus, foot-rest and seating adjust for added comfort. Inside the helm console, there’s also an enclosed head with pump-out.

When it comes to performance, the Outrage 250 was very responsive and handled rough seas like a much larger boat. Rigged with Dual Mercury 200 V6 CMS, she reached a top speed of 51.9 mph at 5800 rpm. Planing speed was reached at 5.3 seconds.

Price starts at $128,142.

Multiple social zones combined with amazing comfort, an outstanding performance, and superb fit and finish make this 38-feet cabin cruiser the ideal platform for all-day cruising and long-distance journeys.

The open and vast bow area boasts an enjoyable lounge with seating for three, speaker on the sides, armrests with cup holders, and a built-in 70-quart cooler for easy-to-access drinks. For added comfort, there are a few options such a bow sunshade, a table, and a sun pad filler cushion.

Specs & Features:
  • Length: 38’
  • Beam: 11’8”
  • Draft: 29”
  • Weight: 17,000lbs
  • Max. hp capacity: 1600 hp
  • Max. person capacity: 16
What we like:
  • Tons of space
  • Well thought-out design
  • Multiple social zones
What we don’t like:
  • I would love to see some windows on the private cabin
  • There’s no swim platform

Moving on to the cabin, a beautiful wraparound windshield ensures bow access, protection as well as great visibility. The state-of-the-art helm station houses three display screens together with a wide captain seat with a flip-up bolster.

On the cabin port side, there’s a fully equipped prep center or how BW calls it “a summer kitchen.” It features everything you need for a nice cookout including a grill, a sink, and a stainless-steel fridge.

The aft deck is equally roomy and it comes with a flip-up transom bench seat as well as a wide and comfortable reversible seat, under which you’ll find a massive 260-quart cooler.

Although the Realm 380 was clearly designed with entertaining in mind, as a Boston Whaler boat, she does offer fishing as an option. Apart from the expansive aft deck, which can easily accommodate your fishing needs, there’s a 15-gallon livewell in the transom along with flush-mount rod holders, fishboxes, and fresh and raw-water washdowns.

Belowdecks, you’ll find comfortable overnight accommodation, including a convertible V-berth, an entertainment center, a galley, and a fully enclosed head with shower.

Rigged with a Quad Mercury 300 V8 AMS, the Realm 380 delivered a smooth and dry ride and reached a top speed of 57.3 mph at 6000 rpm. Plane speed was reached at 8 seconds.

Price starts at $732,949.

High level of adaptability, solid construction along with a stable and safe ride are some of the features that make the Vantage 320 the ultimate offshore family boat. It’s really good at a lot of different activities in blue water and coastal cruising locales.

One of the great things about this dual-console boat is her “does it all” layout. So whether you’re looking to fish, dive, entertain, relax, or go tubing with the kids, she will certainly accommodate all that.

Everything on this boat is built to last with a quality that’s quite honestly, maybe unmatched anywhere else.

Specs & Features:
  • Length: 33’6”
  • Beam: 10’4”
  • Draft: 22”
  • Weight: 9800lbs
  • Max. hp capacity: 800 hp
  • Max. person capacity: 14
What we like:
  • Sturdy construction of everything
  • Excellent performance in rough sea conditions
  • Handy bow boarding ladder with retractable washdown shower head
  • Extremely customizable for family, fishing, tubing or entertaining
  • Efficient cruising
What we don’t like:
  • It would be nice to have a screen cover for the cabin skylight

The bow is open, comfortable, and spacious. A few distinguishing features of this area are the molded-in insulated cooler underneath the center seat, the convenient boarding ladder—great for island hopping—and the freshwater washdown. There’s an optional bow table for added functionality.

Nestled under the port side console is a cozy private cabin—a great place for an afternoon siesta. And inside the starboard console is a head with a toilet and a shower.

At the helm station, there are two touchscreens with available Raymarine electronics and VesselView display as well as a captain’s seat with electric high/low pedestal.

The cockpit comes with convertible port side seating offering an array of configurations and a utility center on the starboard side featuring a sink, 18-gallon cooler, and prep surface. The grill and fridge are optional in this model.

Over at the aft deck, you’ll find a flip-up transom bench seat, an extended swim platform with a stainless-steel ladder that attaches to a really robust side dive door.

When beach the nose of the 320 Vantage on sand, there is an incredibly robust extendable mounting ladder and a retractable washdown head to remove sand before reboarding.

If fishing comes into play, there’s the insulated 18-gallon livewell/cooler from the utility center as well as transom toe rails, freshwater and raw-water washdowns, fishboxes, and rod holders at the transom and across the hardtop. A Deluxe prep center with another livewell can be added instead of the double convertible port lounge seat.

Equipped with twin 400 Mercury Verado, the 320 Vantage reached a top speed of 54.3 mph at 6800 rpm. Time to plane was 8.4 seconds.

Price starts at $309,963.

Designed for the modern boater who appreciates the finer things in life as well as for the serious anglers who desire a well-equipped offshore fishing platform, the Outrage 380 is a cabin cruiser that delivers comfort, versatility, and performance that you expect from Boston Whaler.

The bow is spacious, comfortable, and remarkably versatile with windlass/anchor/washdown cupboard as well as lounge. It features a wide and comfortable forward-facing sun lounger with customizable back and arm rests. A sun shade covers the whole bow area.

Specs & Features:
  • Length: 38’
  • Beam: 11’8”
  • Draft: 23.5”
  • Weight: 14,500lbs
  • Max. hp capacity: 1600 hp
  • Max. person capacity: 16
What we like:
  • Comfort with a lot of people
  • Weather mitigation with helm a/c, fore- and aft sun shade
  • Solid, solid construction
  • Big fishing area in aft deck
  • Motor room and electronics top notch
What we don’t like:
  • Nah.

Under the bow you’ll find massive storage space and a forward deck wrap-around seating—remove the cushions and you’ve got a nice casting deck.

A cool option for the bow is the teak dinette table with a filler cushion that can be raised and lowered with the push of a button.

Serious fishing can be accommodated in the roomy bow as well as in the cockpit, which offers you plenty of fish-fighting space—45 square feet. Plus, dual fishboxes, strategically placed rod holders, washdown spigots, and a huge 60-gallon transom livewell with divider.

Still at the cockpit, you’ll find a stern bench seat, which just like most Boston Whalers, folds away to give you more room when fishing is in action. Directly across this bench, there’s an aft-facing couch whose back can easily be converted into a bait prep station.

Under the fully integrated hardtop is the air-conditioned center-console helm deck, which comes with customizable seating for the captain as well as two companions.

Belowdecks, the cozy private cabin boasts a settee that converts to a double berth, a compact galley with a sink and a microwave, and a fully enclosed head with shower.

There are some great options available for the Outrage 380 including the notable Seakeeper gyro-stabilizing system, a Deluxe leaning post providing you with a second livewell for serious sportfishing, the Whaler Watch technology ensuring 24/7 security even while away, and the enjoyable Summer Kitchen for added entertainment.

As for performance, the Outrage 380 is very responsive even under rough sea conditions. For easy docking and effortless control over this 38 footer, choose the optional Joystick Piloting.

When equipped with Triple Mercury 300 V8 AMS, she reaches speeds over 50 mph at 6000 rpm. Time to plane is around 8.2 seconds.

Price starts at $575,260.

Although not the most versatile and feature-rich boat from Boston Whaler, the Montauk 210 does provide serious anglers with a functional, safe, and comfortable inshore and offshore fishing platform. This is a low-maintenance, safe and solid center console designed for a quick launch, good fun, easy hosing down and go experience.

The flagship of the Montauk line boasts a spacious layout featuring a forward casting deck as well as two rear casting platforms. The latter can be converted into individual seats. Plus, rod holders throughout the boat and a forward insulated fishbox.

Specs & Features:
  • Length: 21’4”
  • Beam: 8’6”
  • Draft: 15”
  • Weight: 2650lbs
  • Max. hp capacity: 200 hp
  • Max. person capacity: 9
What we like:
  • Easy operation and good performance
  • Great casting platform on bow
  • Bow can also smartly convert to lounge with same holes for rods as back rest
  • Cleaning is as easy as hosing down
  • It’s unswampable, just as good as unsinkable
What we don’t like:
  • Torque affect of screws makes the little steering seem small when turning to starboard. A turning knob would help.

Standard features on this model are indeed very few, so in order to fully enjoy this Montauk, you’re going to have to add a package that’s most tailored to your activities.

Some options include the Fishing Package (94-quart cooler seat, rod holders, and tackle drawers), the Deluxe Leaning Post (30-gallon livewell, rod holders, and raw-water washdown), and for added comfort and versatility, an enclosed head with pump-out and a big bow pad.

There’s a little head under the console for a modicum of luxury on this otherwise functional-first vessel.

Rigged with the Mercury 150 FourStroke, the Montauk 210 reached a top speed of 40 mph at 5800 rpm. Planing speed was reached at 5.6 seconds.

Price starts at $56,674.

Known as the SUV of the sea, the 405 Conquest—the largest in the Conquest lineup—is not only a beautiful and massive boat, but it’s also loaded with features that raise the bar in terms of comfort, performance, ease of use, and versatility.

From long-distance cruises and overnight stays to offshore fishing and luxurious entertaining, this 41-foot Boston Whaler will easily meet the demands of family of 6 on the sea. Catch dinner in the morning, put it in the insulated fish box and cook it on the grill on the summer kitchen counter at the back of the ship.

Specs & Features:
  • Length: 41’4”
  • Beam: 13’6”
  • Draft: 31”
  • Weight: 22,400lbs
  • Max. hp capacity: 1881 hp
  • Max. person capacity: 20
What we like:
  • Extremely comfortable salon with climate control and large windows
  • A lot of electronics to make navigating and steering easy
  • Port side joystick for easy docking both sides
  • The aft summer kitchen
  • 2 staterooms and 2 additional berths
What we don’t like:
  • 3 galleys is maybe a little overkill

The spacious rear deck comes equipped for all fishing needs. It features a 19-gallon port side livewell, dual fishboxes, stainless-steel toe rails, and a plethora of rod holders. The back of the boat comes standard with a flip-out stern bench seat or you can choose the optional Summer Kitchen for some nice outdoor cookout.

When you feel like getting out of the weather, head over to the well-appointed climate-controlled salon featuring wide and comfortable multi-position seats on the port side and a wet bar on the starboard side, which will certainly make entertaining a breeze.

The helm station comes standard with two 16-inch Raymarine displays with all the information and controls you need at your fingertips—Seakeeper gyro-stabilizing system is available.

But, one of the best features of this area is, hands down, the second joystick in front of the companion’s seat for easy port side docking. You can steer the boat from both starboard and port!

The cabin below is bright, spacious, and luxurious. It features a private master stateroom as well as two guest sleeping quarters. Plus, an enclosed head with a separate shower and a fully equipped galley.

Powered by quad Mercury 300 V8 AMS (with gyro) outboards, the 405 Conquest delivers a top speed of 51 mph at 6000 rpm. Planing speed is reached at 9.1 seconds.

Price starts at $1,017,061.

Sleek lines, spacious layout, and effortless operation—they don’t call this Boston Whaler Super Sport for nothing! It’s a performance runabout for fishing, tubing and day trips with low-cost, low maintenance upkeep. With a new hull design it’s more efficient and virtually unsinkable.

The 160 SS boasts a keel-up redesign as well as some cool new features, including dual aft swim platforms and a handy water-resistant lockable storage compartment for keeping your valuables safe and dry.

Specs & Features:
  • Length: 17’5”
  • Beam: 6’10”
  • Draft: 10”
  • Weight: 1060lbs
  • Max. hp capacity: 90 hp
  • Max. person capacity: 6
What we like:
  • Optimized layout
  • Low-maintenance
  • Easy to clean
  • Turning on a dime with little slide
What we don’t like:
  • Its interior is very basic so in order to accommodate 6 people you’ll need to add the bow cushion as well as a cooler seat cushion
  • There’s only one storage compartment

There are two models to choose from, with more HP attached to the bimini/tube tower-armed model.

Her interior is roomy but very simple. There’s a side console, four seating options available, and a convenient removable cooler to keep your crew fed and hydrated.

If watersports are an interest, a ski tow bar can be added. Beaching on the sand is a breeze with just a 10 inch draft!

The 160 Super Sport is fun to drive and gets on plane quickly—3.6 seconds. When equipped with the Mercury 75 FourStroke, she reached a top speed of 37.7 mph at 5500 rpm.

Price starts at $23,826.

Fishermen looking for a sleek, compact, and easy-to-use inshore and offshore fishing boat, should definitely take a look at the Montauk 170. It’s a center console craft that drills down on best practices

Just like the Montauk 210, this model doesn’t come loaded with features. So depending on your on-water demands, you might need to add a few amenities here and there. However, most fishing needs should be covered by her standard features.

Specs & Features:
  • Length: 17’4”
  • Beam: 7’3”
  • Draft: 12”
  • Weight: 1700lbs
  • Max. hp capacity: 115 hp
  • Max. person capacity: 7
What we like:
  • Remove cushions from front lounge and it’s a great casting platform
  • Pressurized foam-filled hull means it’s unsinkable and storage compartments are cooled too
  • Good instrumentation--nav and engine info
  • Aft backrests remove to reveal rod holders
What we don’t like:
  • Only one seat is standard
  • Long list of options that you’d want from the start

This BW center console comes standard with a large forward casting platform, under which you’ll find the new integrated forward fishbox with overboard drain—add the optional bow cushion and turn this area into a nice and comfy sun lounger.

The reversible helm seat is, unfortunately, the only seat that comes standard—the livewell under the helm seat is also optional.

The available Fishing Package includes tackle drawers, console-mounted rod holders, and a 72-quart cooler seat with cushion and backrest.

Apart from the bow cushion and the forward-facing seat with the removable cooler, you can also add an aft bench seat or two separate aft seats with backrest.

Performance-wise, the Montauk 170 is easy to handle, performs amazingly, and her hull design gives her a great ride.

Powered by the Mercury 90 FourStroke, the Montauk 170 delivers a top speed of 40 mph at 5800 rpm. Planing speed is reached at 4.3 seconds.

Price starts at $34,746.

All-new for 2021 is the Dauntless 220, an elegant and versatile watercraft that effortlessly accommodates both serious anglers’ conveniences as well as active families amenities—perfect for the bay and offshore trips.

Starting at the bow, there’s a spacious elevated casting deck with a large fishbox underneath it—the bow cushion in this model is optional.

In front of the center console, you’ll find a super comfortable double lounge seat—unique on a boat of this size. The center console also houses a head with a removable porta-potti along with the helm station featuring SmartCraft gauges and the optional Fusion stereo. The helm seat is reversible with locking backrest and it comes with an integrated cooler.

At the transom, you’ll find two casting platforms as well as three rod holders—additional rod holders can be found in the bow. Across the transom, there are two seats with folding backrests together with a swim platform with a telescoping ladder.

Notable options for the Dauntless 220 include a hardtop for securing some shade, a reversible pilot seat with livewell, a ski pylon for watersports, a bow pedestal fishing seat for added comfort, and a trolling motor panel for enhanced fishing capability.

As for the test numbers, when powered by the Mercury 250 V8 CMS, the Dauntless 220 delivered a top speed of 51.3 mph at 6000 rpm. Planing speed was reached at 3.6 seconds.

Specs & Features:
  • Length: 22’
  • Beam: 8’6”
  • Draft: 15”
  • Weight: 3040lbs
  • Max. hp capacity: 250 hp
  • Max. person capacity: 9
What we like:
  • Easy to handle
  • Fast
  • Elegant colors
  • Good instrumentation for ease of operation
  • Plenty of rod holders
What we don’t like:
  • Nothing

A Quick History of the Boston Whaler

The first Boston Whaler boat was a styrofoam and epoxy-built v-shape hulled boat constructed in 1956 after years of tinkering with design changes. The goal was to make a light vessel that could run fast and safe, inspired by the Hickman Sea Sled, which had an inverted vee planing hull that has also given rise to the catamaran designs.

Richard “Dick” Fischer and his friend, naval designer C. Raymond Hunt took advantage of polyurethane composites that were lighter and stronger than classic wood designs. In 1958 the Boston Whaler was sold as an affordable, high-performance vessel that became quite popular quite rapidly.

Since 1958 different types of Boston Whaler models have been produced, always with quality and performance at the forefront of their ethos. The company has a commercial section that manufactures boats for the U.S. Coast Guard and supplies vessels to naval customers worldwide.

But their recreational models continue to show a company that can innovate and inspire boaters, cruisers, fishermen and families alike.

FAQ – Frequently asked questions about Boston Whaler Boats

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    What is the best Boston Whaler boat?

    The answer to this question depends mainly on your budget as well as your intended purpose, which in turn will determine the layout and standard features of your boat.

    It’s never easy to pick one specific best Boston Whaler boat and that is why we’ve created this thorough guide on the best Boston Whaler boats in 2021.

    However, at this very moment, these are our own favorites:

    (read full reviews of each on DIVEIN.com – click the links above)

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    How much does a Boston Whaler cost?

    A Boston Whaler boat can cost you from $23,826 (Super Sport 160), $34,746 (Montauk 170), and $56,674 (Montauk 210) to $309,963 (Vantage 320), $575,260 (Outrage 380), and over $1 million (Conquest 405).

    Looking to explore more cabin cruisers? Check out our complete guide on the best cabin cruiser boats in 2021.

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    Are Boston Whaler boats any good?

    Boston Whaler has long been associated with high-quality workmanship and boating excellence.

    So yes, Boston Whaler boats are quite good and generations of boaters will easily vouch for them.

    If you’re a serious angler, you might also enjoy our guide on the best Lowe boats in 2021.

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    Are Boston Whaler boats unsinkable?

    Because of their innovative Unibond construction—where a buoyant closed cell foam is poured between the hull and deck to form a single unbreakable unit—Boston Whaler boats possess exceptional strength, buoyancy, and the legendary unsinkability.

    This heavy-duty foam core construction is what allows these vessels to remain afloat even when sawed in half or completely swamped.

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    What is a Boston Whaler?

    Boston Whaler is an American boat manufacturer based in Edgewater, Florida. It was founded by Dick Fisher in 1958.

    They produce a variety of vessels that meet any style and need, including side consoles, center consoles, dual consoles, and walkarounds.

Now, we’d like to hear from you!

Do you own or have you ever owned a Boston Whaler boat?

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