Boston Whaler 345 Conquest Boat Test Notes

Jeff Hemmel's detailed notes from the Boats.com Video Boat Review of the Boston Whaler 345

3rd August 2011.
By Jeff Hemmel

Boston Whaler 345 Conquest

The Boston Whaler 345 Conquest combines luxury with serious fishing details.

OVERVIEW
A nicely done combination of serious fishing boat and luxurious cruiser, wrapped up in an seaworthy and strong-performance package.

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CONCEPT
• Luxurious amenities of an express cruiser.
• Functionality of a serious fish boat – infloor fishbox, port and starboard bait prep centers, rodholders, downrigger ball holders, tackle drawers, toe rails, fold-out transom bench.
• Integrated windshield and hardtop offer superior weather protection, great visibility.
• Centerline helm, forward-facing passenger seats in cockpit.

CONSTRUCTION
• Unibond construction results in the solid, foam-filled core that gives Whalers their unsinkable reputation, dampens sound and vibration.
• Cleats and deck hardware secured into phenolic blocks, which are tapped to provide a secure hold.
• Extra-large bilge hatch raises on gas struts to offer exceptional access to genset, thru-hulls, tanks, and pumps.Boston Whaler 345 specifications

PERFORMANCE
• Top speed of 49.5 mph with triple Mercury 300 Verado outboards.
• Digital throttle and shift offer smooth, precise control.
• Triples can burn fuel, but .84 mpg @ 32.5 mph is impressive given the boat’s 18,000-plus pounds loaded weight.

HANDLING
• Excellent offshore manners, sharp entry makes for a soft ride in rough conditions.
• Agile hull, banks aggressively in and out of corners.
• Holds its line well, regardless of conditions.
Boston Whaler 345 Conquest performance data

FEATURES
• Centerline helm; plenty of real estate on console for today’s larger electronics.
• Port and starboard forward-facing seats.
• Steps integrated into the hardtop design to reach upper station.
• Island berth offers easy access; power tilt headboard.
• No claustrophobic mid-cabin berth. Open, sunken sitting area great spot for kids to play, rearranges easily to spend the night.
• Passenger cockpit seats slide inboard for more shoulder room, outboard for easier cabin access.

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Jeff Hemmel

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Jeff Hemmel writes for boats.com, Boating, PersonalWatercraft.com, 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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