Reviewed by Richard Crowder
For 2011, the Super Sport series from this legendary boat builder is comprised of three models; the 130, 150, and brand new to the series this year, this 170. The entire Super Sport series offers for consumers a different approach to outfitting their new boat in that they can start off with the very base boat and add accessories and options as they need them, or as their boating needs change over the years. They can add more fishing, more comfort, more watersports, or more style options over time, and install many of these options themselves.
Of course, as with all Boston Whalers, the 170 Super Sport maintains the “unsinkable” and “level flotation” trademark legends of the brand, and together with its reputation for durability, provides an elevated level of satisfaction for the safety, stability, and longevity of the boat for its users. A great deal of these Boston Whaler features can be traced to its proprietary Unibond™ construction process which bonds the inner-hull with the deck to create a strong unitized assembly and a stronger transom more resistant to cracking. Boston Whaler claims that no other manufacturer has ever duplicated this construction process.
With the ability to purchase a base boat and add options at any time, the 170 Super Sport becomes a great way for buyers to become a Boston Whaler owner. Even the base boat is sufficiently well equipped that you may never need or want to add anything over its lifetime. Standard equipment on the base boat even includes a Mercury 60 hp ELPT (Electric start, Long shaft, Power Trim) EFI (Electronic Fuel Injection) Bigfoot FourStroke outboard motor. You can option up to a 90 hp Mercury outboard if heavy loads, specific watersports, or blinding speed are part of your requirements. A side-mount Mercury control box comes factory installed.
Following a relatively recent design theme of Boston Whaler, the 170 Super Sport’s gunwale is no longer flat and level as far as the eye can see as in older models, but rather gently curved in a pleasant arc to add a stylistic element more in the current vogue of small boat design. It seems to add a noticeable and instant modern touch to the boat. A starboard side console is standard and it sports the very recognizable stainless steel steering wheel along with storage, drink holder, waterproof pelican box, tachometer, and a 12-volt receptacle.
Next to this console to port is another seat which serves double-duty as a cooler and can be fitted with an optional cooler seat cushion. The helm bench seat is fibreglass and adds two drink holders. A portside molded storage area has a fitted mesh retaining net to keep items both handy and secure. Other notable standard equipment includes a bow locker with fibreglass cover and overboard drain, transom boarding steps, a swim ladder, battery box with hold-down strap, and a 6-gallon portable fuel tank with hold-down straps. A portable 19-gallon fuel tank is optionally available. Most notably included in the standard package, along with of course the motor, is a galvanized, swing-tongue trailer complete with tongue jack.
Among the extensive list of optional equipment that you may wish to consider includes a sun top with storage boot, seat cushions, extra seating, sun lounge, stereo, ski tow or tow arch with or without a sun top, wakeboard rack, carry-on livewell, and a poling platform with two rod holders. Various coloured hull wraps are also available to personalize your boat to your specific tastes. However you choose to rig your 170 Super Sport, whether a base boat or one loaded with every conceivable option, this is one sporty, exciting, multi-purpose boat that will provide hours, days, and weeks of family fun and recreational enjoyment for years to come.
And of course, as an owner of the new 170 Super Sport, or any other Boston Whaler for that matter, you can become a member of the Boston Whaler Owners Club (BWOC) which is free and which offers access to events, rendezvous, various accessory discounts, and a free subscription to Whaler magazine. It’s all part of the Boston Whaler pride of ownership.
|Length:||17' 0"||5.18 m|
|Draft:||0' 9"||23 cm|
|Dry weight:||1150 lbs||521 kg|
|Fuel Capacity:||12 US gals||45.4 l|
|Engine / Drive:||Mercury 60 ELPT EFI Bigfoot FourStroke Outboard|