Boston Whaler continues to build upon its 60-year reputation as a pioneer in creating unsinkable hulls, even as it continues to refine its designs to send today’s boating anglers out in solid, comfortable style. It’s among the top two boat brands that respondents would consider purchasing for saltwater fishing, and among the top three our respondents currently own.
Boston Whaler has seven distinct lines, among them the Conquest family: fishing-focused craft that also serve as virtual homes afloat, with dining space, cabin with enclosed head, galley and entertainment zone, and other features to delay the return to port delightfully—and catch plenty of fish while at sea!
Boston Whaler’s new 325 Conquest cabin cruiser goes beyond that designation, with versatile touches that make it ideal for fishing and other on-water activities.
The spacious cabin begs for an overnight stay, with a convertible V-berth sleeping and dining area, full-height hanging locker, and deckhouse windows through which natural light pours. There’s even a skylight. The spacious bow sun lounge has handrails for comfort and safety.
At the helm, a full single-piece front glass windshield provides unobstructed vision, while restyled side glass fosters what the company calls a “greater sense of intimacy” with the water.
A complete hull redesign delivers smooth performance, better planing and increased stability. (Safety underway in rough conditions is one of the most important elements of a walkaround design, survey respondents said. Second was unsinkable construction—-essentially a Boston Whaler trademark.)
Standard on the 325 are a pair of 300 hp Mercury Verado engines, with Joystick Piloting and Seakeeper gyrostabilizer optional.
Fishing? A starboard dive door makes it possible to drag large catches onto the deck. A stern seat folds away to create fishing room. The port seat can face aft to watch fishing action.
Other fishing features include a bait-prep center, two 40-gallon in-deck fish boxes, insulated livewell, and three rod racks within the cabin. On deck are four gunwale-mounted stainless-steel rod holders, plus three shotgun rod holders across the transom—just what our survey respondents said they needed in an offshore boat. Four more rocket launchers stand on the hardtop’s ladder.