Boston Whaler “Outrage” Turns 50

The legendary Florida-based builder provides a lesson in longevity and a testimonial to keeping boaters happy.
The #001 hull at the Marine Biological Lab in Massachusetts
The 21-foot Boston Whaler Outrage hull #001, still in service at the Marine Biological Lab in Massachusetts. Boston Whaler

Boston Whaler this year celebrates a half-century of production of its perennially popular and iconic Outrage line.

It was 1970 when the 12-year-old company, then based in Quincy, Massachusetts, unveiled the design for its first 21-foot center-console boat, the Outrage.

The Outrage models, in various iterations, have been in production ever since, and some have even been in service that long. The 50-year-old Outrage Hull #001 is still in use at the Marine Biological Laboratory, Quincy, Massachusetts.

The 420 Outrage Anniversary Edition heading out to fish
The 420 Outrage Anniversary Edition. Boston Whaler

To commemorate the Golden Anniversary, Boston Whaler, now based in Edgewater, Florida, has released the 420 Outrage Anniversary Edition, a sophisticated offshore cruiser that’s a far cry from the original in appearance, purpose and performance, yet still carries a powerful legacy and perhaps a promise for the next 50 years.