Boston Whaler 325 Conquest Review

If you’re in the market for a family-friendly cabin cruiser boat with versatile offshore fishing ability the 325 Conquest is worth a look. Whaler debuted this new 2020 model along with the new 405 Conquest at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show in late 2019. Excited boaters lined the docks for a chance to hop onboard both of these models and take a closer look. Why all the excitement? Because, as anyone who knows boats understands, Boston Whaler is a legend in the industry for building safe, capable and versatile boats.

Let’s take a look at some of the key features of this vessel.

Boston Whaler 325 Conquest Boston Whaler 325 Conquest. Photo by Boston Whaler.

Overall Boat Design

As Whaler puts it, the 325 Conquest has a “split personality” as both an adventure boat, family cruiser and fishing machine. The new model is a hybrid of many of Whaler’s previous models, and builds directly off the heels of the 315 Conquest but with a keel-up redesign over a brand new hull. Whaler says this rugged hull offers better planing and stability. Overall, the boat is a full foot longer than the 315 Conquest (32.5 ft. vs 31.5 feet, in case you’re confused by the name) which allows for a more spacious layout with 15” added to the helm deck and a large aft deck area. The boat has a 10-foot beam and a 26” draft and is available in both a standard and a pilothouse version, where the pilothouse option adds an aft bulkhead and doors for more protection at the helm (the bulkhead glass also has a slide down section for opening up on nice days).

Propulsion System

The 325 Conquest has three available power options, all provided by outboard engines. The base model has twin Mercury 300-HP outboards, the mid-range option has twin Mercury 350-HP outboards and the most power offered is from twin Mercury 400-HP outboards. With the mid-range power option, the twin 350-HP engines can achieve a top speed of around 43 knots. For those with fuel-efficiency in mind, the base 300-HP engines may be a better option, and those seeking performance should consider opting for the 400 horsepower motors. Regardless, buyers can rest assured the boat has been designed specifically for whichever power package they choose.

Aft Deck

In the aforementioned aft deck we find 28-inch high bolsters on top of the gunwales and a 16” wide transom gate with fold down transom bench. A good-size walk space around the engines makes for easy servicing, cleaning and flush-outs (with an integrated single flush out hose). There is an easily storable aft deck table with some innovative features, dual insulated fish boxes on both sides and a livewell on the rear port side. The addition of an inward opening starboard dive door makes for easy access. Also in the aft deck just rear of the console is a pull out grill, prep center, sink, refrigerator, grab handle and ample aft-facing tackle storage and drawers.

Boston Whaler 325 Conquest Boston Whaler 325 Conquest Aft Deck (standard layout). Photo by Boston Whaler.

In The cockpit

The engineers and craftsmen at Whaler clearly understand that real estate on a boat is precious. The builder seems to have mastered the art of maximizing space. Nearly everything has at least two uses on this model, with dual-purpose features that convert easily to allow reappropriating spaces very well. There are a number of ingenuitive cockpit configuration options available but some highlights are reversible seats that can face aft or forward, a table below the seats that can raise easily for a stow-away helm deck dinette and dual electrically-controlled, independent roof vents that make for a protected but nice and airy ride on a hot day (plus they close easily for a tight seal in inclement weather).

Boston Whaler 325 Conquest Boston Whaler 325 Conquest Cabin. Photo by Boston Whaler.

At The Helm

There’s not only a bigger helm deck but also a larger windshield at the helm, offering increased visibility and line of sight to the water. At the controls, everything feels thought out and well-balanced. The boat’s wheel is mounted to a tilt base making it easy to adjust quickly and dual foot rests below thick padded premium-upholstered seats make it a joy to drive. The model we checked out had JPO joysticks, 16” Raymarine display, 7” Vessel View display, and a premium Fusion stereo along with USB and accessory plugs integrated nicely throughout. The boat handles well and has very responsive control systems. She is easy to drive and handles rough water well for her size (as is to be expected from this builder). The model we were aboard had the optional Seakeeper 3 which would add to the stability and comfort out at sea even more.

Inside The Cabin

The redesigned cabin has a fully-featured galley with a stove top, microwave, refrigerator and storage. An elevated dinette table towards the front of the cabin converts to a berth for sleeping. Optional comfort and entertainment packages are available with a mounted flatscreen TV and sound system featuring JL audio speakers. There is a private, enclosed wet head nicely appointed with ventilation. A mid-cabin berth behind the cabin entrance provides additional sleeping room and has a privacy curtain ensuring a nice rest.

Boston Whaler 325 Conquest Boston Whaler 325 Conquest Cabin Interior. Photo by Boston Whaler.

Bow Area

Moving forward towards the bow, either side of the vessel has 17” wide walkways with grab rails to make passing through safe. Up front there are sun lounge cushions that make for a comfortable area to hang out when at anchor. A standard lewmar windlass with integrated anchor mount makes anchoring easy.

Boston Whaler 325 Conquest Boston Whaler 325 Conquest bow seating. Photo by Boston Whaler.

Summary

In short, just as Boston Whaler claims, the 325 Conquest is indeed a great boat for fishing, entertaining and overnight or weekend trips. Whether you’re planning a trip with the family, heading offshore to catch some fish, or just entertaining friends for a day on the water, the 325 Conquest can definitely help you “go farther and do more”.

Specifications

  • L.O.A.:32’ 3” (9.83 M)
  • BEAM:10’ 8” (3.25 M)
  • DRAFT (HULL ONLY):26” (0.66 M)
  • WEIGHT (DRY, NO ENGINE):10,500 LBS (4,762 KG)
  • WEIGHT (WITH ENGINES, FUEL AND WATER):14,290 LBS (6,482 KG)
  • MAXIMUM WEIGHT CAPACITY:4,300 LBS (1,950 KG)
  • MAXIMUM ENGINE WEIGHT:1,400 LBS (635 KG)
  • SWAMPED CAPACITY:2,300 LBS (1,043 KG)
  • PERSONS CAPACITY:14
  • MAXIMUM HORSEPOWER:800 HP (597 KW)

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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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