Design and Construction
The designers at Boston Whaler made some dramatic (for Whaler) changes in the hull of the 220 compared with its antecedents. Look for narrowed chines and a deeper deadrise for a softer ride in a head sea. They've added considerably more flare to the bow to make the ride drier too.
Another truly unique feature finds molded-in notches in the console corners that allow the T-top legs to be virtually flush with the console sides. This couldn't have been an easy feat, considering that the console also had to look equally good to those who don't want a hardtop!
Side benefits of this new design include much-improved aesthetics on the support piping, which also improved aerodynamics. Additionally, because the design has greater inherent strength, the support structure needn't be as beefy as in previous models, meaning the boat lost some weight.
Like other small Whalers, the 220 boasts a top-hatch anchor locker abutting a stainless-steel anchor roller. Thankfully, the hatch sports a notch through which the rode can pass, but Whaler still doesn't line the rode locker with anything to keep the anchor from marring the gelcoat. I'd install some rubber sheeting, myself!
I've also not seen a leaning post with adjustable height before - a very logical feature. And the U.S. Coast Guard appreciates another improvement: Whaler now uses a bungee cord and Velcro closure system on the overhead life-jacket storage net, meaning you'll never be thwarted by a stuck, corroded zipper in an emergency.
As you can tell, Whaler's engineers haven't been napping. I really liked the new stern seat design they created that eliminates support legs and uses polished stainless-steel hardware for an exceptionally handsome installation.
Whaler understands the importance of offshore safety, so you'll find a telescoping swim ladder integrated into the swim platform too.
The helm console can fit two 8-inch electronics displays on either side of the engine gauges. An MP3-player input hides inside the catchall tray at knee level, complete with a handy 12-volt DC outlet. Toe space beneath the helm footrest represents a greatly appreciated addition on a boat this size.
And, of course, like all Boston Whalers, the 220 is unsinkable. The deck and hull molds lock together; then, in a process Whaler calls UniBond construction, the spaces all get injected with foam under pressure, making every Whaler a one-piece boat for all intents and purposes. It's heartening to see an icon so willing to embrace change! Good job, Whaler.
LOA......22 ft. 5 in.
BEAM......8 ft. 6 in.
HULL DRAFT......1 ft. 3 in.
WEIGHT......3,100 lb. (dry, w/o power)
MAX HP......300 hp OB
MSRP......$82,109 (w/ 225 Verado)
Boston Whaler / Edgewater, Florida / 800-WHALER-9 / www.whaler.com