Promising more speed, space and versatility, Boston Whaler has introduced a third model - a 17-footer - to its Super Sport line."We saw an opportunity to bring a simple skiff to the market that people could customize like you can with the 130 and 150 [Super Sports] but on a bigger platform with a bigger engine," says Ron Berman, Boston Whaler vice president of product development and engineering. He says the builder also wanted to keep the 170 Super Sport's price low. "Compared to a 17-foot Montauk, it gives a customer a way to get into a 17-foot Whaler for much less money," he says.
Base prices with a 60- or 90-hp Mercury 4-stroke and trailer are $20,662 and $22,549, respectively. A 170 Whaler Montauk with a 90-hp and trailer is $29,076.
The 60-hp engine will push the 170 Super Sport to a top speed of 33 mph, while the boat tops out at 47 mph with the 90-hp 4-stroke. "The 60 provides adequate performance, but if someone wants to seriously wakeboard or water ski, I would have to recommend the 90 because it gives you that much better holeshot," says Berman. Some customers, however, prefer a slower boat. "Super Sport owners let their children or grandchildren use the boat and run around in it, and they don't want a boat that's going to go super fast," he says.
The 90 provides excellent fuel economy - more than 8 mpg at 20 to 30 mph. With the 60-hp engine, the boat gets 3.5 to 4.2 mpg at 20 to 27 mph. "The 60 has to work much harder to achieve those speeds, which accounts for the efficiency differences," Berman says.
Standard features include a dash compartment and watertight Pelican Case, an anchor locker, molded fiberglass side console with storage, and a port-side storage shelf with a storage net below. Options include a towing arch, poling platform, sun top and a bow rail. Contact: Boston Whaler, (877) 294-5645. www.whaler.com
This article originally appeared in the September 2010 issue.
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