2021 Boston Whaler Dauntless 250 Walkthrough Review

Join Boat Trader and boat reviewer Marilyn DeMartini in Sarasota Florida for a full walkthrough video of the 2021 Boston Whaler 250 Dauntless bay boat in the video below.

Vessel Overview

The next level of bay boat has arrived from Boston Whaler, and she really raises the bar in smooth-riding performance with a sleek redesigned hull and great amenities for fishing, cruising and more. In 2021 Whaler has replaced their 21 and 24 models with the new 22 and 25-foot Dauntless models, making two great bay boats even more seaworthy while providing each of them with a bit of extra space as well. Both models also feature higher gunnel height and a redesigned hull.

Power And Propulsion Options

The max rating for the new Dauntless 250 is 400 HP, which delivers amazing performance for a bay boat of this size. The model we tested came rigged with a Mercury 300 HP outboard, which had her cruising in the 30s and topping out around 50 MPH.

Aft Deck

There is a lot of space in the aft deck, for a relatively small family bay boat. Jump seats mounted forward of the transom have easy-to-use magnetized cushions that fold flat, transforming the area into a perfect size casting deck. There is also a 35 gallon livewell and a convenient starboard dive door off the rear swim platform. A great tackle station makes up the rear of the center console.m

At The Helm

As is typical with a Whaler, everything at the helms feels right in place and where it should be. She features Raymarine electronics, a fusion sound system, overhead bungee/mesh storage area and a convenient mobile charging port. Above your head there are great T-top options including rod holders, ski tow pole and more. A double-wide helm seat has the popular fold-down leaning post bolsters.

In The Bow

The bow area on the Dauntless 250 provides a lot of space for sitting in the sun on a cushioned-sunpad, and there is a lounger in front of console with a large storage compartment below. Recessed handrails are optional or they can be raised for that classic whaler look and added safety, if desired.


Length: 24′ 9″ (L.O.A. on centerline, from engine to bow mounting location, 25’ 8” L.O.A. with platforms)
Beam: 8’ 6”
Draft: 15”
Max HP: 400

Written by: Ryan McVinney

C. Ryan McVinney is a film director, writer and producer. As an experienced boater he regularly produces and directs on-the-water video shoots for major boat manufacturers, yacht brokers and dealers, as well as independent film and media companies. He is president of the National Soho House Film Club with chapters in Miami, FL, Manhattan, NY and Los Angeles, CA and regularly contributes content to YachtWorld, boats.com and Boat Trader.


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