Boston Whaler 285 Conquest

A serious sportsfisher with family credentials

I’ve never been on a boat test that starts off with someone saying “If anyone would rather not do this, we’re more than happy to arrangce for you to catch the ferry across.” Nicolas Bonnin , from Boston Whaler, pauses and surveys the cockpit.

I look at the other two journalists to see who will blink first. Silecnce. Self-preservation battles ego and I say nothing. “Good,” saying Nicolas, “if nothing else, this will definitely confirm to you how good the Boston Whaler is in extreme conditions”.

With that the warps are slipped and it’s too late to back out as twin six cylinder Mercury Verado 225hp outboards are nudged into gear.

We’re in the South of France for a press event trying out the latest models from the Brunswick trio – Boston Whaler, Sea Ray and Bayliner. The event is being held on the beautiful island of Porquerolles, and the only thing standing between us and it are five miles of open water and the small matter of a Force 8 gale bang on the nose.

Pros

  • Build quality, superb ride

Cons

  • More fisher than cruiser, expensive

Verdict

Rock solid seaboat, worth every penny in a Force 8

Details

Beam: 9ft 8in (2.94m)
Engines: Twin Mercury Verado
Contact: www.bostonwhaler.co.uk

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