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Posted by on Mar 20, 2009 in Fishing, News and Events, UK, US |

Most Outrageous Boston Whaler Yet

The banana-styled 370 Outrage is longer than any other Whaler.

The 370 Outrage gets underway early.

The 370 Outrage gets underway early.

Three Mercury Verado 300s get warm.

Three Mercury Verado 300s get warm.

Boston Whaler’s newest model is out there. I’m not sure what to compare it to, because the 370 Outrage has taken the center-console concept to a level at which stylish cruising and fishing can punch it out at full speed. The Boston Whaler company has a multi-purpose philosophy for most of its models, and this boat is no exception, but it’s got a top end. We cruised out of Ponce de Leon inlet on the Atlantic today at 28 to 35 knots in big waves, hit 47 in milder conditions in the morning, and  maxed out at 53.2 mph in flat water as we turned back inside the Intracoastal Waterway on the last run of the day.

Moving forward at idle on the Intracoastal Waterway

Moving forward at idle on the Intracoastal Waterway

Owners only interested in fishing may head to a different boat, but those with a family, a desire for performance, as well as an absolute need to fish, will find the something for all. There’s a great sun lounge station forward, complete with MP3 stereo plug-in forward, plus the two fish wells and two bait wells,  rod storage, and a set-up station farther aft. The cabin, which sits within the center console, is remarkably large and provides a full overnight capability, or at least a good chance for a couple to get out of the sun. And the overall styling appeals to both European and younger buyers who wouldn’t be interested in your a traditional Whaler from the ’60s or ’70s.

This was a photo op, inside the inlet.

This was a photo op, inside the inlet.

I took part in a Boston Whaler media event today that sent me from New Smyra Beach along the Intracoastal Waterway and out of the inlet. The day grew increasingly rough, but the boat handled the waves well. I’ll be writing more about the boat in the not-distant future, but will leave it for now that this new model, a prototype that was introduced in Miami last month and will be in full production by this summer, breaks new ground in several ways. It refines many details found on smaller models in the Outrage line and, because of its scale, offers a boat with passenger accommodations and range capabilities that certainly enter new territory for Whaler and the market.

—John Burnham

Running outside in the waves in the mid-30s

Running outside in the waves in the mid-30s