By Jeff Hemmel
2012 Boston Whaler 320 Outrage Boat Test Notes
This open-ocean fish boat has many nice creature comforts and a stable, dry ride when cruising.
• Hardcore, open-ocean fish boat.
• Deep-V hull, Mercury Verado horsepower.
• Exceptional protection from integrated hardtop/windshield enclosure.
• Does double-duty as yacht tender.
• Whaler is able to claim an unsinkable construction thanks to hull and inner liner, which are bonded fresh from the mold and resulting gaps filled with foam.
• Foam naturally insulates coolers, fish boxes, dampens vibration and sound. • Hardware bolted into tapped blocks of phenolic.
• Unitized transom offers secure mount for pair of four-stroke outboards.
• Digital throttle and shift, power steering mean captain won’t be fighting the boat, but controlling it with ease.
• Deep-V hull produces confidence-inspiring ride in tough offshore conditions, agile handing in smoother waters.
• Twin Mercury Verado 300 outboards delivered peak speed of 50.8 mph, burned 1.4 mpg at a best cruise just shy of 28 mph.
• Predictable manners in toughest of offshore conditions, although the occasional wave reentry can produce a jolt.
• Aggressive handling when desired, stable, dry ride when cruising.
• Integrated hardtop/windshield design provides protection from elements, keeps captains view free of zipper/canvas clutter. Frame sleek, and eliminated tubing and stanchions that could trip up angler as they move fore and aft along the console.
• Optional jump seats flip out of inwale, offer good view aft. Transom bench folds out for comfortable seating, tucks away for fishing.
• Bait-prep station, abaft helm, features 40-gallon pressurized livewell, sink, cutting board; 20-gallon livewell in aft port quarter. Port and starboard fishboxes.
• Leaning post/seat offers exceptional comfort, includes automotive-inspired flip-down armrest with storage.
• Forward, ample seating with stowage below. Cushions can be removed for nonslip casting deck.
• Roomy head with VacuFlush toilet and shower, but also great for storage. Rod rack big enough for offshore rods, access to distribution panels and seacocks.
• Time to Plane: 5.3
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- Jeff Hemmel writes for 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, recently received a bronze medal in the 2010 Moonbeam Children's Book Awards. For more info, visit Jeff Hemmel's website..