Boston Whaler 240 Dauntless Pro: 2019 Boat Buyers Guide

The 240 Dauntless Pro mixes hardcore fishing and ­convenient cruising.

2019 240 Dauntless Pro
LOA: 24'8" | Beam: 8'6" | Fuel Capacity: 90 gal. | Dry Weight: 3,300 lb. plus power | Max HP: 350 | Certifications: NMMACourtesy Boston Whaler

Survey respondents called their top priority an unsinkable boat. Well, that’s been the Boston Whaler way since it introduced the concept six decades ago.

Then Whaler — with more boats represented in our survey than any other brand and at the top of the plan-to-buy list — took it further, merging comfort and fishing features in seven boat lines.

Boston Whaler Sport and Super Sport models are load-and-go ready, family-friendly, easy to trailer and park, and simple, safe and fun to operate.

The classic Whaler Montauk, one of the most popular center-console boats ever, claims shallow draft, quick planing, and dry and stable riding.

Dauntless center-consoles excel at both fishing and watersports. They have pedestal fishing seats, while an optional All-Activity Tower particularly serves watersports fans.

Boston Whalers’ Vantage line features the space and ability for offshore cruising, fishing and watersports and handles rough salt water, whether docked at home or at a five-star restaurant.

Fishing-focused Conquests also offer premium seating that turns the cockpit into a dining space. A cabin with enclosed head, galley and entertainment zone urges overnighting.

The new Realm line offers the open-cockpit versatility of a center-console and the comforts of a cabin cruiser for fishing, diving, entertaining and far-flung travel.

The Outrage family boasts huge livewells, in-floor fish ­boxes and an integrated hardtop.

240 Dauntless Pro
The 240 Dauntless Pro lets anglers step up their inshore or offshore game —generally, as well as onto its massive bow casting deck and elevated second station — without ­sacrificing comfort.

Fishing features include a no-step stern casting deck with storage and 38-gallon center livewell (and removable cushions and pop-in seatbacks). A second livewell — meeting or exceeding the demands of the 34 percent of survey respondents who say one isn’t enough — is beneath the forward console seat.

The stern deck bears four rod holders, meeting the ­minimum demand of 70 percent of ­inshore anglers.

Bow seating features flip-up backrests and underseat storage. A central locker under the foredeck is flanked by two more.

Over the console, the tower design is called the Pro Angler’s Tower, with enhanced visibility for the captain thanks to an upper station. Within the console, a large compartment with easy access houses a head.

Other options for creating your own dream fishing boat include shallow-water anchors, trolling motor and jack plate.

Hardcore fishing and ­convenient cruising abound.

Survey Says: On Target

  • Plenty of bait space within multiple baitwells
  • Abundant cockpit space and fishability
  • Helm seating meets or exceeds expectations

Owners Say

  • Fuel efficient and able to get shallow for inshore species
  • The closest a big center-console could get to a sport-fisher
  • Great for fishing and cruising

Boston Whaler Says

  • Safest, easiest to own, most exciting boats on the water
  • The Unsinkable Legend
  • Consistent awards and accolades from people who know

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