The Boston Whaler 285 Conquest has launched with a number of improvements from the boat it replaces, the 280 Conquest, including better visibility from the helm deck, a full windshield bonded to the hardtop, comfortable and convertible companion seating, and some nifty cockpit bench-seat options.The 285 is a new boat from the keel up, says Ron Berman, Boston Whaler’s vice president of product development and engineering. “We wanted to give the boat more of a rugged, seaworthy appeal,” he says. “We raised the sheer line a bit and lowered the profile of the deck.”
Whaler offers the boat in three helm deck configurations: an open model with the full windshield and low-profile side windows, a version with full side windshields and a drop-down aft curtain, and a pilothouse version with a full hard enclosure.
Customers wanted a comfortable forward-facing companion seat instead of an inboard-facing settee, says Berman. The builder delivered on this — it also converts to an inboard-facing settee — and there’s an aft-facing seat with a slide-out footrest abaft the companion seat. Optional padded benches flip down from recessed areas of the gunwales. The boat has a V-berth, galley, head and midcabin.
With standard 225-hp Mercury Verado 4-strokes, the 285 Conquest gets 1.6 mpg at 31.5 mph, with a top speed of 46 mph. Price is $183,552 ($187,451 with Verado 250s). The boat can be seen Oct. 27-31 at the Fort Lauderdale boat show. Contact: Boston Whaler, (877) 294-5645. www.whaler.com
This article originally appeared in the November 2011 issue.
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