As much as any other manufacturer in the boatbuilding game, Boston Whaler has staked its reputation on building rugged and seakindly boats. In particular, the company sets itself apart with the bold proclamation that their boats are “unsinkable.” That’s a lofty title to uphold but one which the company’s new 285 Conquest looks to live up to.
Constructed with Boston Whaler’s patented Unibond system, the 285, like her sisterships, is promised to be unsinkable—a nice feature for peace of mind. But she’s focused on more than just safety. Her designers raised her sheerline to give her a muscular look to fit with her rugged reputation and also integrated her hardtop and windshield for increased protection. A large cockpit should delight offshore anglers as it’s got plenty of room to maneuver in, as well as seating for the entire crew and then some. A livewell and twin fishboxes come standard while a slide-out hardtop is available to fend off the sun.
The 285’s deep hull allows her more accommodation room than some other boats in her class, space she uses to her advantage with a convertible V-berth forward that should serve nicely if any fishermen need a nap. After all, the whole reason they make boats this tough is because fishing is a tough business.
Builder: Boston Whaler
Boat Type: Sportfisherman
Base Price: Upon request
Standard Power: 2/225-hp Mercury Verados
Speed: 46 mph