Boston Whaler 285 Conquest: Video Boat Review

The review team shows us around the new Boston Whaler 285 Conquest, which has been totally redesigned for 2012. According to reviewer Jeff Hemmel, a lot of thought went into the redesign.

Read Jeff’s Boston Whaler 285 Conquest Boat Test Notes

VIDEO BOAT REVIEW TRANSCRIPT got a call last spring that we couldn’t refuse. The exclusive opportunity to review the new 285 Conquest before its official launch. Needless to say, we didn’t shy away from the chance to put this good looking, dual purpose design through its paces.

Something as simple as cockpit seating can tell you a lot about the thought that goes into a boat. Most cabin fish boats in the 28 foot range would put a bench right here. On the Conquest 285, Boston Whaler has put two facing seats. One of the nice things is the passenger can sit and actually face forward. Add an optional table, people could eat, play cards. There’s even a filler cushion to make it a bench if you want.

But one of the coolest parts? Step back and flip this latch, and that backrest pivots forward, and a footrest slides out from below. This gives the fisherman a great spot to watch some baits.

It’s just one of the many examples of a company that understands not only how to build a boat, but also what their owners use them for.

Interview with Ron Berman, Boston Whaler
Now this is a total redesign of the from the keel up. Yesterday I felt a lot of that solid predictable smooth ride. What’s actually been done to the hull?

Ron: Well this boat is keel up new design. It starts with a 20 degree deadrise at the transom which helps with the soft ride, but provides a stable platform. But what really helps, what you noticed, was how we transition from the flat deadrise, the running surface, into the entry.

Any Whaler story starts with the company’s unique unibond construction method. It lays up a hull and a liner at the same time in two adjacent molds. Those two pieces are flipped, put together while the fiberglass is still curing, and high density foam is injected into the resulting void. The end product is a one-piece solid unit that gives Whaler its unsinkable reputation.

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