Boston Whaler 285 Conquest Boat Test Notes

Jeff Hemmel provides an in-depth look at Boston Whaler's 285 Conquest.

21st September 2011.
By Jeff Hemmel

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  • Consumer-driven remake focuses on space allotment and weather protection while retaining fish-and-cruise personality.

Boston Whaler 285

  • Hardcore fish boat amenities, including bait prep area, dual in-floor fish boxes, 31-gallon livewell, and plenty of rod storage.
  • Integrated windshield and hardtop offer superior weather protection, greater visibility.


  • Unibond construction results in the solid, foam-filled core that gives Whalers their unsinkable reputation, and also dampens sound and vibration.
  • Cleats and deck hardware secured into phenolic blocks, which are tapped to provide a secure hold.
  • Unitized transom offers strength to support multiple four-stroke outboards.

Boston Whaler 285 performance data


  • Top speed of 43.8 mph with twin Mercury 225 Verado outboards.
  • Digital throttle and shift offer smooth, precise control.
  • Best cruise of 1.3 mpg at 34.9 mph; peak fuel consumption of 46.9 gph at just shy of 44 mph.


  • Soft, secure, utterly predictable ride in tough offshore conditions.
  • Agile hull rivals smaller boats in calm waters.
  • Digital throttle/shift allows syncing of dual controls into one single lever.Video Boat Review graphic

Boston Whaler 285 specifications

  • Dual port cockpit seats replace typical bench, allowing passengers to face forward when running and face each other for socializing.
  • Seat backrest pivots forward to provide good spot to watch baits; footrest slides out from below.
  • Cockpit sink kept shallow to serve double duty as convenient storage spot.
  • Cabin space reflects usage; galley space has been reduced slightly; microwave now standard rather than stove.
  • Simple conversion of forward berth; no searching for filler cushions. Mid-cabin berth open, not claustrophobic.

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Jeff Hemmel

Jeff Hemmel writes for, Boating,, and Powersports Business. The former Senior Editor at Watercraft World, Jeff is a multi-time award winner as well as a 2008 inductee into the IJSBA Hall of Fame. His first book, "The Anti-Pirate Potato Cannon...and 101 Other Things For Young Mariners To Try, Do, & Build On the Water," received a bronze medal in the 2010 Moonbeam Children's Book Awards. For more info, visit Jeff Hemmel's website.

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