REVIEW: BOSTON WHALER 370 OUTRAGE

By: JOHN FORD, Photography by: JOHN FORD

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This super-sized Boston Whaler 370 Outrage is biggest in class. We sent John Ford to the Gold Coast to find out if it’s the best.

My admiration for Boston Whalers goes back to the heady days before the GFC when this here publication had a long-term 21ft Outrage test boat. We got to play with it whenever we could pry it out of the hands of the then editor. One awesome fishing trip off Port Stephens is burned into my memory – that thing just ripped up the ocean as we tempted its unsinkable reputation.

 

BOSTON WHALER BOATS

BOSTON WHALER 370 OUTRAGE BOAT

The low profile of the Boston Whaler 370 Outrage makes it difficult to get a feel for the size of the boat until there is a driver at the helm for perspective, and even then it’s hard to comprehend that this walkaround is 37ft LOA. It’s long and lithe and without a full cabin, its bulk is deceptive.

A quick rundown of the specs reveals the true picture. With motors, fuel, water and provisions the boat weighs in at more than nine tons, has a capacity of 16 adults and a 3.5m beam. It’s a big centre console and the biggest in an Outrage range dedicated to hard-core fishos.

Despite its size the 370 retains the deck layout of smaller walkarounds, allowing access to all corners for fishing at the same time creating maximum deck space for entertaining a big crowd.

 

LAYOUT

BOSTON WHALER 370 OUTRAGE BOW

The bow section demonstrates the boat’s dual-nature perfectly. In fishing mode, there is a raised timber and fibreglass casting deck forward of the easily accessed walkways. Soft coamings and a non-skid floor assist in landing monster fish and a huge hatch in the forepeak lifts to reveal ground tackle and an electric anchor winch.

But at the press of a button, the central section of the casting deck lifts on a ram to create a table and with the addition of cushions converts to a luxurious dining area with low grabrails, coaming backrests, stainless steel drinkholders, speakers and a remote for the Clarion sound system. Drop the table and more cushions convert the bow into a comfortable sunpad.

Forward of the console is another lounge with fold-down armrests and inbuilt drinkholders. It lifts to reveal a monster locker for storage of cushions, an icebox, bow cover and dive tanks in dedicated racks.

Walkways either side of the console are wide enough for easy forward access and storage nets in the sidedecks are a handy place for mooring lines and such items. Storage throughout the boat seems to be set into every available space under seats, in lockers along the deck and under the floor.

 

FISHABILITY

BOSTON WHALER 370 OUTRAGE LAYOUT

Aft of the console is Boston Whaler’s Summer Kitchen. This nifty unit is a combination bait station and alfresco entertainer with hotplates, hot and cold water at the sink and two rollout fridge-freezers set low along the sides. It’s a great place to grill some fish fresh out of the water or for a relaxed barbecue as the sun goes down.

A set of six deep drawers handle tackle and kitchen items and a pull-out rubbish bin will help keep the boat clear of clutter. Passengers travelling in the cockpit will be grateful of a sturdy grabrail that runs along the back of the kitchen.

In the starboard corner of the transom is a sturdy, inward-opening door with a large scupper set low to complement the self-draining holes at floor level in the event of the boat being swamped. But with a capacity of 2359kg and a guarantee of being unsinkable, there’s a pretty good margin for error.

To port is a large livebait tank with rounded corners and a blue lining (often seen on American boats) that is claimed to keep the little critters happy. Central on the transom is a folding lounge that provides seating for three passengers or neatly cantilevers out of the way for fishing.

Two large killtanks with macerators to eliminate blockages are set in the cockpit floor either side of a lazarette.

 

CONSOLE

BOSTON WHALER 370 OUTRAGE DASH

With 3.5m of beam for the designers to work with the helm station is a more generous size than on the walkarounds we are used to locally. Three luxurious and wide helm seats are set on moulded storage boxes well above the floor. The driver’s seat is central and has electric movement forward and aft.

The large dash to the right of the sliding door to the cabin is wide enough for two side-by-side 14in Furuno TZ14 screens for sounder, navigation and radar readouts. A lower VesselView screen is an impressive display providing three sets of readouts for the Verados.

The hardtop is big enough to provide welcome shelter for crew, especially with a sunshade that extends electrically over the cockpit. Unobtrusive supports are powder coated for an immaculate white finish and the windscreen is glued into its surround automobile fashion for a totally waterproof seal.

 

HANDLING AND RIDE

BOSTON WHALER TRIPLE OUTBOARDS

Three sets of ignitions got the motors rumbling quietly behind us, but happily the engines can be synchronised to one throttle control or in the case of the trim to either a single or three individual controls.

Out past the breakwall the 370 Outrage made short work of an ocean that felt menacing in the photo boat. The deep hull performed smoothly and safely in the choppy conditions. A surprise was seeing the GPS indicate that we were doing 30kts through a 1.5m sea on a short 1.5m swell – ringing home the incredibly soft, dry ride of the Whaler in such conditions.

A 23.5-degree deadrise explains the soft ride, while a broad flare at the bow sends spray wide of the hull, keeping things dry. Meanwhile underneath, serious reverse chines keep the hull stable at rest for a combination of ride and stability that has been developed over the years of the Whaler concept.

Landings were soft over some of the sharper waves and in keeping with its nearly 10-ton displacement the Outrage lopes along, slicing through waves rather than jumping every incoming swell. It’s a sporty walkaround but it’s big and it doesn’t need to show-off to maintain rapid progress through the rough stuff.

Across the sea the boat maintained speed with no banging or shudder from the hull and on the run back with the sea there was no sign of broaching. Power delivery from the triple engines was smooth and quiet even when applying extra punch up the back of waves.

For the speed runs we headed back to the smoother Broadwater where we were able to give the Verados a decent run. From rest, the hull jumped cleanly out of the hole and accelerated smoothly to a WOT of 43kts and 5800rpm, a few knots short of the factory figures of 47.5kts. But to be fair we had 1000lt of fuel and a full tank of water as opposed to the bared down factory run. At 26kts the three engines chewed down a total of 124lt/h for a range of 303nm with 10 per cent reserve from the 1609lt tank.

 

THE VERDICT

BOSTON WHALER 370 OUTRAGE HANDLING

With such a range, impressive sea handling and speed those elusive bluefin are well within reach for a safe, comfortable ride well past the shelf and to distant ports along the coast. Anyone want to share the fuel for a run to the Whitsundays?

With a base price of $565,000 including triple 250hp motors, the Boston Whaler 370 Outrage isn’t for everyone. The fully loaded test boat is $625,000 with an extra $50,000 spent on electronics. That’s a fair bit for a walkaround. But what a walkaround!

 

PERFORMANCE

Triple 300hp Mercury Verados

RPM

SPEED

FUEL BURN

1000

4kts

12.6lt/h

1500

6kts

23lt/h

2000

7kts

37lt/h

3000

12.8kts

82lt/h

3500 (planing)

21kts

104lt/h

4000

26kts

124lt/h

4500

30kts

184lt/h

5000

34.5kts

280lt/h

5500

40kts

330lt/h

5800 (WOT)

43kts

340lt/h

 

 

BOSTON WHALER 370 OUTRAGE SPECIFICATIONS

PRICE AS TESTED

$675,000

               

OPTIONS FITTED

Electronics package ($50,000), engine upgrade, sunshade, bow table, Summer Kitchen, outriggers, and more

 

PRICED FROM

$565,000             

 

GENERAL

MATERIAL Foam-filled GRP        

TYPE Planing monohull

LENGTH 11.4m 

BEAM 3.5m        

WEIGHT 6123kg hull       

DEADRISE 23.5°

 

CAPACITIES

PEOPLE (DAY) 16             

REC. HP 750 to 900          

FUEL 1609lt        

WATER 227lt      

 

ENGINE

MAKE/MODEL 3 x Mercury Verado 300 

TYPE Supercharged inline six-cylinder four-stroke outboard

RATED HP 300 (each)     

DISPLACEMENT 2598cc

WEIGHT 288kg

RATIO 1.75:1

PROPELLER 19in four-blade        

 

SUPPLIED BY

Queensland Marine Centre,

Cnr Nerang-Southport Road and Bailey Crescent,

Southport, QLD, 4215

Phone: (07) 5591 7032

Web: queenslandmarinecentre.com.au

 

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