Boston Whaler 280 Outrage: 2019 Boat Buyers Guide

The 280 Outrage is a big, flexible boat ready for serious fishing, thrilling water-sports or pleasant cruising.

January 1, 2019
2019 Boston Whaler 280 Outrage
LOA: 28′ | Beam: 9’4″ | Fuel Capacity: 186 gal. | Dry Weight: 6,200 lb. plus power | Max HP: 700 | Certifications: NMMA Courtesy 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.


280 Outrage
Boston Whaler’s 280 Outrage is a big, flexible boat ready for serious fishing, thrilling water-sports or pleasant cruising.

Features include a large, open bow with spacious lounge and forward seating that inspires interaction — helping the boat far exceed the boat-wide minimum two- to six-seat capacity that 93 percent of center-console survey respondents requested.

Within the forward ­console seat is a massive storage compartment ready for tons of fishing tackle — or tanks and gear for dive time.


At the helm, behind a tempered-glass windshield, is cutting-edge Mercury ­instrumentation, and available Raymarine navigation.

Anglers and watersports fans both will appreciate a premium hardtop package that includes five rod holders, speakers, floodlights and life-jacket storage. Optional deluxe helm seating includes an adjustable captain’s chair and a stationary companion seat.

Aft, a comfortable bench folds away to make room for fish fighting — something surer to happen thanks to a deluxe leaning post with bait-prep area, 30-gallon livewell, three large fish boxes and more.

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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