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Old 01-30-2020, 11:36 AM
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Default Boston Whaler 270 Vantage in rough seas

I am looking at a 2015 Boston Whaler 270 Vantage and wanted to know if there are any insights into how this boat will perform in rough seas. I operate out of Montauk so I am looking at performance in average choppy conditions not during small craft advisories.
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Whalers have never been well regarded for their ride, couple that with the well forward helm position of the Vantage...yeah not a hull for short period chop.
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I've owned a Whaler before but not the model you are looking at. If you want a boat that excels in heavy seas, a Boston Whaler is not my first choice. With boats everything is a compromise and Whalers are very family friendly with comfy seats and are very high quality. I'd go with a heavy deep V boat that is 24 degrees if you want a good ride in the rough stuff.
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I owned a Whaler. Rode like crap, but was well built and quality components. I would say the same for my buddies 27 Outrage that I spent a lot of time on.
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My 98 23 Outrage was not a good example of top-notch craftmanship and ride like shit in short chop, rides nice in flat water or max 1ft chop.
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It’s not really the best choice for Montauk. There is a lot of water out there . When you round the point you are actually 20 miles out in the ocean. The standing waves from tide change are considerable. You will take considerable spray in that boat so be prepared. I would look for a deep v with some protection. It will give you a longer and better season.
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Iíve had one season with the Vantage 270 on the Chesapeake. Itís a big boat and rides great in my experience. Trialed it against Edgewater & Pursuit and went with the BW, fwiw, although those trials were on calm days.

I had it out in various conditions last year and never had a complaint. The bow entry isnít particularly sharp compared to some, which I worried a bit about, but so far, so good. Itís obscenely fast for a true family boat.

We are very happy with it, one season in. Good luck! (and if youíve been on the board awhile, youíll know some folks seem to love to rip BW, yet somehow they seem to sell really well and hold their value)
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Test ride a few different brands. I got my ass kicked on a conquest and outrage on several occasions in calm seas. Both slam really bad.

You may want to consider something with a full windshield up north. Greatly extends the seasons and protects you from spray. June the water is still really cold.
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Would not be my first choice for montauk
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I have a Ď16 Vantage that Iíve put about 400 hours on in Southern California and am happy with it in most conditions. Not great in tight chop bigger than 3-4 feet (havenít been on a 27 that is) and definitely wish I had a full windshield some days. The newer Whalers donít slam like the older models, and when properly trimmed offer a pretty good ride in most conditions (we also have a Ď98 Ventura on Cape Cod that requires a chiropractor visit in anything over 2í so I understand the comments about the Whaler ride). If youíre set on a DC take a look at the Pursuit, the Grady and the Cobia and take test rides. When I hit the lotto my next one will be the Southport 33 DC.



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20 degree deadrise. Not great for "rough seas".
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I testdrove a brand new Outrage 32 back in +-/ 2005
Ride was certainly better due the lenght and weight, but general behaviour was the same on this very windy (approx 50 knots) offshore blowing day inside a protected bay with 1ft chop.
Very hard ride (90% due the very stiff foam filled hull" and very audible noise from the water rushing along the strakes and i guess in more than 2 ft chop the boat will pound ugly.

Yes, my 23 Outrage has a round hull on the transom, can't remeber what they measured, but it's round not V shaped.

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