Boston Whaler 250 Dauntless Boat Review

This new 25-footer blends family day-boat fun with serious fishing capabilities.
Boston Whaler 250 Dauntless running around mangroves
The new Boston Whaler 250 Dauntless offers sleek lines and a layout that will please serious anglers as well as friends and family that just want a fun day on the water. Courtesy Boston Whaler

At first glance, the new 250 Dauntless from Boston Whaler seemed too pretty to fish, too comfortable, too dandy to get bloody. With all the fine day-boating features, its fishing armaments are nearly concealed, like a professional gambler’s pearl-handled derringer. Never assume this Boston Whaler 250 Dauntless is unarmed.

Boston Whaler 250 Dauntless offshore
Like all Boston Whalers, the 250 Dauntless boasts an unsinkable hull. With a 250 Mercury outboard, it is capable of 51.9 mph. Courtesy Boston Whaler

Whaler had powered my test boat with a Mercury 250 hp V-8 outboard that pushed it to a top speed of 51.9 mph. If it wasn’t propped for speed, it was definitely propped for the hole shot, coming on plane in 2.6 seconds. Anglers with a big crew or fishing skinny water will appreciate that quick acceleration. But Whaler built this boat for more than just bay fishing. With its 25 feet of running surface and that renowned unsinkable status, the 250 Dauntless undoubtedly will find its way offshore.

Boston Whaler 250 Dauntless livewell
Among the many fishing features on the new Whaler 250 Dauntless is a 35-gallon livewell concealed under the aft casting deck. Courtesy Boston Whaler

Serious anglers will appreciate the ample 35-gallon livewell with its blue painted interior, lighted for night fishing. It is hidden beneath a hatch flush in the center of the aft casting deck and flanked by stowaway seats also tucked beneath flush-mounted hatches. For even more casting room, Whaler placed the boarding ladder in the extended aft casting deck and, you guessed it, tucked beneath a flush hatch on the starboard side. The port side hatch provides access to the battery, battery switch, fuse block, pumps and other rigging elements in bilge.

Boston Whaler 250 Dauntless helm seating pod
The 250 Dauntless features drawers and cabinets for tackle storage under the helm seating pod. Courtesy Boston Whaler

Whaler also thoughtfully engineered the rod holder placements. One pair flanks the leaning post and two additional pairs are set in the aft deck, one pair per side. They could be used for shotgun rods or flat lines. Even the leaning post features six rod holders in the sleek pod and beneath them, I found space for utility boxes, tools and gear.

Boston Whaler 250 Dauntless bow seating
There’s an inviting lounger for two on the forward console with rod storage underneath. The forward casting deck can also be converted to lounging space with the addition of upholstery cushions. Courtesy Boston Whaler

The gracious nature of the Dauntless’ cruising features conceals all those fishing armaments. The double lounge molded into the forward console is a luxury first in a fishing boat of this size. Underneath the lounge, I found more rod stowage. Passage between that and the casting deck is generous.

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Remove all the cushions, and your step up to the deck is comfortable, with secure footing, thanks to its non-skid surface. Backrests fold up from under the bow deck cushions, making for a pair of forward-facing lounges. Grab rails recessed into the gunwales provide safety for the seated (there are grab rails for the aft jump seats, too). Storage and an insulated cooler beneath keep the crew organized and refreshed.

Boston Whaler 250 Dauntless helm seating
The helm seat on the Whaler 250 Dauntless features flip bolsters and fold-down armrests. Courtesy Boston Whaler

And the captain gets a dual, thickly bolstered and upholstered leaning post seat that offers ergonomic comfort seated or standing behind the generously sized helm station and beneath the optional hard top. Combine all this with Whaler’s reputation for unsinkability, and you have a boat that each family member can truly enjoy.

Boston Whaler 250 Dauntless helm electronics
The dash of the 250 Dauntless offers room for a Raymarine 12-inch multifunction display. Courtesy Boston Whaler

Hull Specs

LOA: 24 ft. 9 in. (on centerline)


Beam: 8 ft. 6 in.

Transom Deadrise: 18 deg. Draft: 1 ft. 3 in. Dry Weight: 4,740 lb. w/engine

Fuel: 90 gal.


Max HP: 400 hp

Price: $128,153 (w/ engine, hardtop and side color)


Engine: Mercury 250 hp V-8

Load: Two adults, 80 gallons of fuel

Time to 30 mph: 6.2 sec.

Top Speed: 51.9 mph @ 5,900 rpm

Best MPG: 3.2 mpg @ 22.4 mph (3,500 rpm)

Boston Whaler

Edgewater, Florida