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VIDEO: Vantage advantage

The Boston Whaler 230 Vantage captured a marine industry innovation award in the category of runabout and fishing craft up to 24 feet at the Miami International Boat Show last week, "showing amazing versatility in a small space defined by innovative seating and quality execution," said judge Jason Wood, senior editor at Power & Motoryacht.

The Vantage Series includes a 270 as well. In our April issue, look for my report on the 270 in a feature about dual consoles.

At the boat show I caught up with the designer of the seating arrangement, Boston Whaler's Charlie Foss, who demonstrated the half dozen seating positions of the companion seat.

Click play for a look at the seat design.

The companion seat design could be the best example of innovation on the 230 Vantage and 270 Vantage, says Jeff Vaughn, vice president of sales, marketing and customer service worldwide for Boston Whaler.

— Chris Landry