By: Scott Way
Boston Whaler have a well-earned reputation for building fine watercraft. 2020 will see them add 3 exciting new models into their already impressive lineup: the 325 Conquest, the 405 Conquest, and the 280 Vantage. Revealed in stages across the New York, Miami, and Ft. Lauderdale Boat Shows, each of these new boats bring something new, and something you come to expect, from the renowned Boston Whaler brand. Let's take a quick look at what you can expect from these industry leaders in 2020:
“Vantage is an all-access pass to everything families want to do on the water,” said Vice President of Sales, Marketing and Customer Service Jeff Vaughn.
The 280 Vantage is a true multipurpose boat with classic BW style. It's designed for boaters seeking a multi-capable open-bow model for a wide range of boating activities like entertaining, fishing, or watersports. It includes a stowable cockpit grill station, an electric cockpit SureShade, roomy lounge seating in the bow, and Whaler’s unique convertible helm seating. Several new features also make it capable fishing boat. The 280 Vantage comes with integrated stainless steel rod holders, a transom livewell, and two large cockpit fishboxes that double as extra storage for beverages. There's also a standard portside dive door that helps with boarding the boat from the dock or water.
The 325 Conquest & 405 Conquest
“The 405 Conquest and 325 Conquest mark the next evolution for the series, bringing versatility, comfort and capability to a whole new level,” said Boston Whaler President Nick Stickler.
The 405 and 325 Conquests, known as "the SUVs of the Sea" according to Whaler, are an well-designed balance between impressive performance and high-end luxury. Both are capable of offshore fishing runs as well as multi-day cruising, and both include comfortable cabins, an impressive seating layout, quality amenities, and notable performance for the category.
The Conquest's new hull is a redesign from the keel up that claims to offer greater stability. It also includes optional Seakeeper gyro-stabilization system that "virtually eliminates boat roll." Power comes from dual standard 300-HP Mercury Verado engines on the 325, and quad Merc's on the 405. Both have optional joystick piloting for better control.
Both the 405 and 325 boast a full-beam windshield and side glass with unobstructed visibility. There's also a dive door with removable ladder to improve access for angler bringing large fish onto the deck, or for swimmers climbing back on board. Some of the best upgrades might be in the comfort department- both have a new portside companion lounge with hidden table, and the 405 has an adjustable bow chaise lounge with its own stereo system. Both are appointed with a helm deck wet bar that includes a sink, refrigerator, and ample storage. The 405 transom can also be highly customized with several options for fishing or entertaining.
The 405 features a private master stateroom and guest sleeping quarters, an enclosed head with separate shower, and a full galley. Luxury touches comes from a rain shower and innerspring mattress. The 325 has a convertible V-berth sleeping/dining area and guest accommodations, while both boats feature a full-height hanging locker.
To find your local Boston Whaler dealer or the model you're interested in, visit BoatDealers.ca.