Built for bluewater work, one will find safety and a solid feel in the way she handles the seas
Reviewed Oct 2016
Considering how well built this boat is, her inherent safety factors, and the outstanding sea-keeping ability of the 285 Conquest, we think this vessel deserves serious consideration by anyone looking for a cruising or fishing boat in this size range – if only to use as a benchmark. I cannot help but add that Boston Whalers are not only famous for their capacity to resist sinking, but for their longevity as well...
I’ve got a couple of infrequently-used Whalers moored near my boat. Despite their grubbiness, their deck fittings still shine, the gelcoat will lustre after a polish and, with the Merc props raised clear of the water, and the cooling systems flushed, you don’t have to worry about leg issues during long winters.
Aesthetically, Whalers still look good after much (ab)use and the passing of fashion and fads. We think the salty, seaworthy lines of this new 285 will stand the test of time. After all, wheelhouse boats hark back to the halcyon days of crusty old angler putting to sea in pursuit of fish. The 285 is a modern rendition of a timeless fish boat...