Boston Whaler will introduce at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show the first two boats in a new series of dual-consoles called Vantage, and this comes on the heels of a half-dozen new-model launches during the past 12 months, including the 210 Montauk and the 285 and 315 Conquests.
“These boats are multifaceted boats,” says Jeff Vaughn, vice president of sales, marketing and customer service for Boston Whaler worldwide. “Many of the people buying dual-console boats are looking for a multitasking boat. Our center console boats are fishing boats that are very comfortable for recreational boaters, while our Vantage boats are recreational boats that are very fishable, whether it is fishing in Florida or striped bass in the Northeast or salmon fishing out West.”
Vaughn says the Vantage Series boats are new from the keel up, not existing models with redesigned decks or superstructures.
The companion console stands out as the 230’s best example of seating comfort and convenience. It folds into a variety of positions so that passengers can ride facing fore or aft, partially or fully reclined, or it can even be used as a leaning post for offshore fishing, Vaughn says.
The transom seats on these vessels illustrate the builder’s innovative design, too, he says. “Boston Whaler began putting foldaway transom seats into our boats back in 1998,” Vaughn says. “We were the first saltwater boat company to do that, and over the years we have evolved the design and engineering of these seats.”
The seats on the Vantage boats are 4 to 5 inches deeper, and when they are unfolded the backrest pops up, Vaughn says. “It is truly sofa-like,” he says.
The 230 and 270 will be powered with Verado 4-strokes from Mercury. With a 300-hp Verado, the 230 gets 2.6 miles to the gallon at 34 mph. And at 31 mph, the 270 Vantage gets 2 miles to the gallon with twin 225 Verados.
“We have boats that plane really quickly,” Vaughn says. “Both boats’ top speeds are in the 50-mph range. The main thing is not necessarily the mileage, but the way the boats feel when you run them — and you’ll have to run them. Mark my words, this will likely be a best-in-class boat.”
The 230 Vantage with a single 225-hp Verado 4-stroke is $92,357. Pricing for the 270 Vantage is not available yet. The 230 Vantage will be on display this wekend at the Annapolis Powerboat Show, and the 270 Vantage will debut at FLIBS. Both boats will be in the water at the Fort Lauderdale show.
— Chris Landry
This story has been updated to reflect a correction regarding the shows at which these boats will be displayed.