FORT LAUDERDALE — Boston Whaler continued Thursday to celebrate its 60th anniversary with the introduction of the 350 Realm, a boat in a new series, and updates to two models in its classic Montauk line at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show.
“You’re going to see a boat that has offshore capability, dayboat capability and offshore capability in one model,” said Jeff Vaughn, the company’s vice president of sales, marketing and customer service.
Highlights of the 350 Realm include two rows of convertible seating. The second row houses a cooler. At the helm the captain has multifunction displays to monitor course heading and on-board systems, and the boat has joystick piloting.
A cockpit prep center includes an electric grill, a refrigerator and a freshwater sink. There’s also seating in the open bow, and belowdecks a cabin that has a convertible V-berth and a private enclosed head.
Additionally, the 150 and 170 Montauk models have been redesigned for 2018. “The Montauk is a blank slate for people to do whatever they want,” Vaughn said.
Lastly, Boston Whaler president Nick Stickler said the company bought 60 acres next to its Edgewater, Fla., facility with the goal of streamlining production.
In the first phase the company will expand parking for its more than 800 employees. Phase two will see new manufacturing facilities, and the third phase will be the construction of new offices.