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Boston Whaler 345 Conquest: 2017 Boat Buyers Guide

No comforts have been ­sacrificed in the making of this fishing boat.

January 5, 2017
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Boston Whaler 345 Conquest
LOA: 35’11” | Beam: 11’8″ | Fuel Capacity: 400 gal. | Dry Weight: 14,200 lb. plus power | Max Horsepower: 1,050 | Seating/Weight Capacity: 14/5,580 lb. | Certifications: NMMA Courtesy Boston Whaler

It’s a brand manager’s dream: Spy the distinctive swoosh logo, and one knows how the boat’s going to look and handle. Spot one of the stylish boats — runabout, cruiser or center console — even at a distance, and one knows what name it’ll bear.

Boston Whaler.

Renowned for a half-century-­plus as unsinkable, Boston Whaler has earned an enviable reputation for blending hard-charging fishability with creature comforts — all on a firm foundation of safety. That’s reflected in resale value our survey respondents rank among its top features. (The brand is as widely regarded too, drawing the second-largest number of survey evaluations.)

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Boston Whaler’s foam-filled hulls and yacht-quality hardware, much of it custom-made, are benchmarks. Ruggedness and attention to detail are reflected in touches such as through-hull ­fittings bonded to the hull, hose fittings sealed and secured with adhesive and then ­double-clamped; that avoids through-hull water incursions that most commonly fill boats, which — unlike Boston Whalers — might not be unsinkable. That’s not needlessly redundant — that’s just rugged, Boston Whaler-style.

Where most fishing boats lack comfort and most pleasure boats lack fishing features, ­Boston Whaler proves you can have both. A safe boat — as those who study a Boston Whaler close up or gaze at one from a distance can tell you — doesn’t have to be a stodgy one.

345 CONQUEST

This big walkaround offshore-fishing boat boasts plenty of power and lots of soft-comfort ­touches – and plenty of secure fishing space here – and a self-draining cockpit too. A 48-gallon livewell keeps bait lively and stainless-steel rod holders abound. A pair of ­downrigger weight holders at port and starboard are ­thoughtfully convenient.

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Match your fishing goals ­precisely with options such as radar arch, outriggers and/or upper station. Receptacles can be configured for electric reels and downriggers.

No comforts have been ­sacrificed in the making of this fishing boat. Boston ­Whalers’ Dynamic Cabin System is a ­six-seating dining table that, with the push of a button, converts into a plush queen-size bed. There is elegant living space and detail throughout.

Up top glow blue LED courtesy cockpit lights. A freshwater transom shower offers hot and cold water. Feature-rich starboard cockpit wet bar and port cockpit prep and entertainment center offer a hot/cold faucet, refrigerator/freezer, 120-volt receptacle, and handy work surfaces and storage, plus options beyond.

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The 345 Conquest is powered by a trio of Mercury FourStroke Verado engines, 250 to 300 horsepower, deftly directed by joystick piloting for your fishing and cruising pleasure.

More Info: bostonwhaler.com

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