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Old 03-03-2011, 05:20 PM
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Happy BW Outrage 190 owner looking to upgrade to a conquest 255 or 285 (new)....something more practical for offshore fishing and overnight trips. Any advice or thoughts from someone familiar with a the Conquest would be appreciated. Thanks!
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I recently sold my 2003 Conquest 255 to a fella on the forum. It was an extremely nice, family friendly boat that exhibited no issues. Very dry, stable with quality hardware and my wife loved that boat. The layout is well thought out with more than sufficient storage.

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continuouswave.com is an excellent source for Boston Whaler information.
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Loved my 305 Conquest. It is a safe, good riding, family friendly boat made of durable top quality materials. We got caught out in it in some red small craft advisories with 6 ft+ seas and got into port safely and without drama.
It is too big to trailer regularly.
Lots of lightly used ones on the market at fair prices.
I had a 23 Conquest and it was too small to overnight. I suspect the 255 would be small as well.
The 305 had a generator, water heater, shower, vacuflush head and a full galley. We stayed out in it for four or five days at a time--until the ice ran out. The 305 is worth your consideration if you plan to moor it.
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prepare yourself for sticker shock!

I saw a new 25' outrage on sale for $139,000. last week
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I have a 305 Conquest. Great boat in general.

Research the 285 Conquest before buying. Some had major hull problems that Whaler fixed. Make sure the one you are considering either did not have the problem or was fixed.

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I have a 305 Conquest. Great boat in general.

Research the 285 Conquest before buying. Some had major hull problems that Whaler fixed. Make sure the one you are considering either did not have the problem or was fixed.

Good luck!
You are referring to mid 90's to late 90's product.




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Bought my 2001 conquest 260 in the fall of 2008 and I love it. It was the 275 in years after that. It is 28' 8and overnighting with the wife I wouldn't want anything smaller. At 9'9 it is trailerable behind my F250 easily however it was iffy behind my 1500. Gen and ac would be nice but are not needed 90 percent of the time. Probably very dependant on where you live and what you plan on running at anchor. In short as a family cruiser/day tripper it is perfect. Would probably outfit it a little better if I was spending a lot more nights on it. I feel very safe and confortable in anything I have had to take it through. If price is no issue go for it. My bank account dictated going used and thanks to a quality marine survey I have never regretted getting her over a new center console. Good luck and have FUN!i
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I have a 23' conquest and I'm happy with how dry and stable the boat is. It is fast to get up on a plane and has unique, good looks. I would be happier if there was more space between the seats but considering you are looking at larger models I don't think you will be bothered by that. There are lots of access panels and everything about the boat allows for the "do it yourselfer".

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I owned a 2002 255 Conquest. The boat was a BEAST. I still miss it. They run very quiet, no hull noise due to foam, and ran very dry in nasty slop. Fished offshore off Vancouver Island quite a bit. No Fear. I was going to move up to the 285 but went a different direction due to some poor reviews that I ran across. That particular hull handled very well. The boats finish was tops.
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I have the 2001 260 i bought new in 04. It has been a great boat. We spend days on the boat with no problem, I would not go any smaller, i trailer it all over Wa. state and Canada with F350. If i could, I would love to have the 305, you know, not big enough.
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I was just looking through this old thread this afternoon and wanted to say thanks to all that replied. I did end up getting this boat last year as a trade up, and am very happy with it. THT is a great resource!


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Hi, looking for the same boat. Conquest 285.

How is the ride?
How comfortable is it?
What kind of motors do you have?
How is the fuel economy?

Thanks
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Originally Posted by rcruz2525 View Post
Hi, looking for the same boat. Conquest 285.

How is the ride?
How comfortable is it?
What kind of motors do you have?
How is the fuel economy?

Thanks
Look for the redesigned hull post 2002(I think). I had a 2002 295...very comfortable boat(at the dock)with great ergonomics and use of space in the cabin, helm, and cockpit. I say comfortable at the dock because it would beat the ever-loving crap out of you in anything more than a 2' chop. The newer boats have a different hull that corrected the worst part of the terrible ride. A couple more things I can say about it is it was a very dry and stable boat.
All Whalers come with Mercury power from the factory. Brunswick won't have it any other way. There are a few out there with other motors, but those are a result of repowers.
Economy isn't bad...with twin Merc Opti 225's, I burned about 22 GPH cruising at 32 MPH.
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Thanks for the info, and yes I believe the hull was redesign on 2002 and was also redesign on 2012. For 2012 I think they did deeper V and did some improvements to the way it look as well.
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