Boat Review by: Richard Crowder
Boston Whaler’s new 240 Vantage Dual Console retains its deep-vee 20-degree deadrise hull while adding a new flared and sharper entry profile for added ride comfort in the heavier stuff. More versatility has also been added to enhance the enjoyment on the water for the entire family. Let’s explore how Boston Whaler accomplishes this:
The standard equipped model comes with cushions on all available seating with upholstered and well padded backrests, along with a black Mercury Verado V8 250 horsepower outboard with Digital Throttle and Shift (DTS), tilt and hydraulic steering, a SmartCraft deluxe gauge package, VesselView Mobile, recessed trim tabs with indicators, a freshwater system, and a Porta Potti toilet in the head compartment.
For many people, that is all they want or need. Others, though, may want to add some navigation electronics or weather coverings. You can also add individual electronics such as Raymarine 9 or 12-inch Axiom or Axiom Pro screens, both of which are fully comprehensive, and a Raymarine VHF and/or Satellite Weather. You can also go with the Deluxe Helm Electronics Package which customizes both the port and starboard dash panels in black acrylic, and includes not only the upscale Raymarine navigation electronics but also the Mercury VesselView display and Premium audio system.
There are also several optional weather coverings available. The basic is the canvas suntop in black or blue with storage boot. You can also choose a fiberglass hardtop supported by an aluminum frame tower in black or white complete with four rod holders, grab rails, dome light, and courtesy lighting. You may further choose to have the underside of this hardtop colour-matched to your hullside. To either this hardtop or the suntop you can also add a full-enclosing weather curtain set in black or blue.
If watersports is a priority, you may also choose the watersports tower option which adds a suntop and/or wakeboard racks. The weather curtain set is not available for the watersports tower, but whichever of the tops/towers you choose, you can also add a bow and cockpit cover, helm seat cover, and port lounge cover, all available in either black or blue canvas.
The wraparound U-shaped bow seating area is comfortable and roomy with full-height wraparound padded bolsters with backrests, with the exception of the recessed storage areas on each side to house and protect audio speakers and cup holders and both a USB and a 12-volt port.
Storage compartments beneath the side seats are drained and have latched and hinged fiberglass covers. The padded fronts of the two consoles promote stretch-out lounging. Beneath the bow seat is a standard 50-quart cooler. On the large foredeck area is access to the substantial anchor locker to which you may add an anchor windlass and/or a four-step telescoping beach boarding ladder. A bow table is optionally available as is a bow filler cushion.
In the cockpit floor beneath the opening section of tinted windshield is a long, insulated fish box with overboard drain that can also be used to store watersports accessories. Ahead of this is a hinged weather door to separate the bow area from the cockpit. A lockable portside door provides access to the head compartment housed within the passenger console. A sink with freshwater sprayer is standard and the Porta-Potti may be upgraded with a VacuFlush™ toilet with holding tank.
The very cozy double-wide passenger seat has a multi-position backrest to allow forward and aft-facing seating or rear-facing lounging, or will lie flat to allow full stretch-out lounging. Storage is provided beneath the seat or you can opt for the 65-quart insulated cooler with overboard drain. To starboard and aft of the helm seat is an optionally available Utility Center cabinet with Corian countertop. Cockpit courtesy lighting is dual colour blue/white. Interior cockpit freeboard is a deep 26-inches.
A fold-down two-person stern seat completes the fully side bolstered cockpit. To starboard is a walk-thru transom door to the swim platform with concealed four-step telescoping boarding ladder. Facing the helm is a well-upholstered bucket-style swivel chair with flip-up bolster mounted on a hi-lo pedestal. It faces a custom stainless steel steering wheel with almost full-surround urethane gripping. A starboard side windshield wiper is standard.
If you have not already chosen the Deluxe Helm Electronics Package, then you are likely to want the basic Fusion® AM/FM, Bluetooth compatible stereo system with MP3/USB inputs and four speakers, or upgrade this to the Premium system with amplifier and subwoofer. A fishing package is optionally available which includes a portside transom top-mounted 13-gallon livewell, raw water washdown, toe rails, under-gunnel storage shelf, two transom-mounted rod holders, fishbox pumpout, and dedicated lockable rod storage within the helm console.
Other notable options include a Sirius® satellite receiver, Mercury Active Engine Trim, battery charger, bow and stern freshwater showers, bow and cockpit portable sunshades for the hardtop, Seadek EVA flooring, and a custom aluminum dual-axle trailer. Finally, you can choose from four available hullside colours and six choices of graphics colours. If more power is on your list, you can choose a 300, 350, or 400 horsepower Mercury Verado, all with DTS and tilt hydraulic steering and available in either black or white.
Boston Whaler claims its new 240 Vantage is a true do-it-all boat, and it certainly seems to live up to that claim. The basic standard equipped version with only a few optional additions could easily provide you with everything you need for enjoyment on the water. On the other hand, carefully selecting the right options will deliver a boat equipped to your exacting specifications and maximize your enjoyment in many on-water activities.
|Length:||25'6" (With Platforms)||7.58 m|
|Dry weight:||4,360 lbs||1,979 kg|
|Fuel Capacity:||111 US gal||420 L|
|Base Engine / Drive:||Mercury Outboard|