Capt. Wil Rogers, director of large boat sales, walks us through the Boston Whaler 50th Anniversary Edition 420 Outrage.
To celebrate the 50th birthday of Boston Whaler’s original Outrage fishing boat, the company debuted on Thursday the 420 Outrage Anniversary Edition at Chelsea Piers Marina in New York City. The 42-plus-footer features updated styling, the latest in technology and an array of stellar options.
The original Outrage, introduced in 1971 and now a collectible icon, delivered state-of-the-art fishing features at the time, but the new flagship 420 puts 50 years of innovation on display.
“The new 420 Outrage is a pure expression of boating capability,” says Boston Whaler president Nick Stickler. “For boaters seeking a higher level of luxury, comfort and performance, it’s on a plane all its own.”
Most noticeable at first glance: This edition features three of Mercury’s new 600 hp V12 FourStroke Verados. And with a fuel capacity of 700 gallons, the 420 offers extensive range for traveling and overnighting.
The Skyhook/autopilot keypad at the helm delivers effortless station-keeping, and the Seakeeper gyro stabilizer evens out any boat roll. Combined with a black hardtop-frame package, upgraded bolsters and seating, quality interior finishes and teak accents, the 420 has presence. It also knows how to fish.
The 420 features a deluxe leaning post/bait-prep center, an insulated 40-gallon livewell, numerous rod holders, a freshwater sink, tackle storage drawers, and a solid countertop. An additional 24-gallon well resides in the port aft corner.
An optional flybridge with full helm controls, VesselView screen and DTS throttle-and-shift gives captains a height advantage for fish spotting. Anglers can also choose from radial, premium Gemlux, or competition outriggers.
Whaler will hold a series of kickoff events — the Homecoming Tour — which will stop at locations along the East Coast from now through October. A special reunion is set for Sept. 10-12 in Quincy, Massachusetts, where the first Outrage is still in use by the Marine Biological Laboratory. The Anniversary Edition vessel can also be seen at the Newport, Annapolis and Fort Lauderdale boat shows.