Boston Whaler 230 Outrage: 2017 Boat Buyers Guide

This smaller sibling of last year’s 330 Outrage likewise is comfortable either fishing or for ­entertaining.
Boston Whaler 230 Outrage
LOA: 23′ | Beam: 8’6″ | Fuel Capacity: 110 gal. | Dry Weight: 3,800 lb. plus power | Max Horsepower: 350 | Seating/Weight Capacity: 10/3,100 lb. | Certifications: NMMA Courtesy Boston Whaler

It’s a brand manager’s dream: Spy the distinctive swoosh logo, and one knows how the boat’s going to look and handle. Spot one of the stylish boats — runabout, cruiser or center console — even at a distance, and one knows what name it’ll bear.

Boston Whaler.

Renowned for a half-century-­plus as unsinkable, Boston Whaler has earned an enviable reputation for blending hard-charging fishability with creature comforts — all on a firm foundation of safety. That’s reflected in resale value our survey respondents rank among its top features. (The brand is as widely regarded too, drawing the second-largest number of survey evaluations.)


Boston Whaler’s foam-filled hulls and yacht-quality hardware, much of it custom-made, are benchmarks. Ruggedness and attention to detail are reflected in touches such as through-hull ­fittings bonded to the hull, hose fittings sealed and secured with adhesive and then ­double-clamped; that avoids through-hull water incursions that most commonly fill boats, which — unlike Boston Whalers — might not be unsinkable. That’s not needlessly redundant — that’s just rugged, Boston Whaler-style.

Where most fishing boats lack comfort and most pleasure boats lack fishing features, ­Boston Whaler proves you can have both. A safe boat — as those who study a Boston Whaler close up or gaze at one from a distance can tell you — doesn’t have to be a stodgy one.


Boxing fans give powerful heavyweights plenty of respect, but often thrill at the agility of fighters whose big performance erupts from smaller packages.


Punching above one’s weight, it’s called, which is just how Boston Whaler describes its 230 ­Outrage. This smaller sibling of last year’s 330 Outrage likewise is comfortable either fishing or for ­entertaining.

The key to big things in smaller packages, of course, is making sure space is used deliberately. Anglers see that in a roomy cockpit with a new multifunction leaning post that comprises both a handy work station and ­extra aft-facing seating. A fold-out stern seat has a backrest ­bolster for crew rest breaks.

Anglers are almost certain to opt for the Fishing Package, with its fish-box pump-out, fishing station, raw-water washdown and transom-mounted rod holders.


Up front, the bow area has plenty of space and seating, with in-floor and underseat storage. Standard is a bow cooler with cushion and backrest.

The 230 Outrage is fishing ready off the line, but you can dress it up with touches such as a fiberglass hardtop, premium navigation and fish-finding electronics, JL Audio speakers, and more.

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