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Boston Whaler 240 Vantage

Boston Whaler 240 Vantage

If it’s versatility you’re looking for, put Boston Whaler on your list. The new 240 Vantage dual console design features a hull that delivers a stable and soft ride and has a responsive helm for precise close-quarters maneuvering. Powered by a single Mercury 250-hp V8 DTS Verado, the 240 carries 111 gallons of fuel, which is enough to have a long afternoon of running out to fish, tubing on the way back, and then cruising at happy hour. And that’s the point of this model—it can do everything, so it’s perfect for new boaters as well as those looking for maximum utility.

Boston Whaler dubbed this model the “Swiss Army Knife of Boating” because it packs so much into such a compact platform. Just 24’ 2” LOA, the 240 Vantage comes with power steering, a glass windshield, origami seating, and Whaler's proprietary foam-injected construction that allows them to call their models "unsinkable." A hardtop is optional but definitely worth spec’ing both for functionality as well as aesthetics.

The ergonomics of this design are well-thought-out. The bow is open for seating; in fact, the 240 Vantage is rated for 11 people. Aft is a fold-away seat, and a walkthrough to the small swim platform with a ladder tucked neatly below. There's always something to hold on to, but at the same time, the boat feels open and uncluttered.

You can pack this little model with features that will make it fit your changing needs: Raymarine electronics including a fishfinder transducer, a watersports tower with wakeboard racks, an insulated in-floor fish box to keep the catch fresh, a transom live well, stainless steel rod holders, a rod stowage compartment, a fiberglass prep station for bait or snacks, a windlass and bow boarding ladder, and a freshwater shower at the bow or transom. Phew – this options list is extensive. Of course, an enclosed head and sink are integrated into the portside console and are standard so that you can stay out all day. 

With its single-engine and friendly price tag ($127,264 base), this boat really can do it all and for many types of boaters. It's also low maintenance and can be trailered, so your cruising grounds are nearly limitless. For the family that doesn't know yet how they'll use a boat or for seasoned boaters with high expectations of what a boat should be, the 240 Vantage delivers.

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