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Whaler’s Dauntless fleet grows

Boston Whaler has added two models to its Dauntless fleet: the 210 and 240. These boats aim to deliver the goods for multiple inshore boating activities better than any previous Whaler center console, says Lenn Scholz, vice president of development and engineering.

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“The 210 and 240 carry on the feature set and the usage that the Dauntless family has become known for,” Scholz says. “It is a great cross-functional platform for cruising, water sports and fishing.”

Whaler over the past two years has been working to build an all-new Dauntless family, starting with the 17 and followed by the 270 Dauntless earlier this year. Some examples of the 210 and 240’s versatility include an “All-Activity Tower” mounted over the outboard, with a ski pylon and storage racks. (Rod holders can be added.) The transom quarters are canted outboard to direct swimmers away from the prop. Anglers will appreciate the optional reversible pilot seat with a 25-gallon live well. There’s also a forward console live well.

Whaler has designed clever seating solutions throughout, such as the 240’s flip-up backrests, which provide two forward-facing bow seats. The pilot seat’s four-position backrest can be set for forward or aft seating and leaning-post duties. The 210’s full-beam forward fishbox/storage locker stands out as one of its valuable features, Scholz says.

Both the 210 and 240 have a beam of 8 feet, 6 inches. The 240 holds as many as nine passengers, and the 210 takes eight. With a 300-hp Mercury Verado, the 240 retails for $83,719; top speed is 53.4 mph with a 30-mph cruise. The 210 with a 200-hp Verado is $68,465; top speed is 45.3 mph with a cruise of 28 mph.

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December 2013 issue