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James posted 11-17-2004 10:28 PM ET (US)   Profile for James   Send Email to James  
I received the latest copy of the Boston Whaler Legend Magazine. It contains an excellent article on Dick Fisher and the birth of the Boston Whaler written by Jim Hebert. Within the introduction BW mentions the introduction of new models and enhancements which include the new 205 Eastport and the very interesting 235 Conquest, which is due out this winter. Does anyone know and care to comment on what other models or enhancements are being introduced?


bbrunner posted 11-18-2004 12:30 PM ET (US)     Profile for bbrunner  Send Email to bbrunner     
I got the new product catalog the other day also. I own a '99 Conquest and had the following observations:

1. I really liked the comfort package that included side benches in addition to the rear folding bench. I think that is a very attractive feature for making it more family friendly.
2. The new 23 Conquest is not able to handle twins. I thought this was a big drawback and am wondering why they would do that? What are the benefits? Mine performs fine with a 225, but many people prefer twins. Was it too expensive to accomodate twins?

My $.02

bsmotril posted 11-18-2004 04:48 PM ET (US)     Profile for bsmotril  Send Email to bsmotril     
I've got a 98 Conquest 23. First thing I noticed (after not supporting Twins) is that they totally revamped the helm area doing away with the side storage trays, and dash mounted electronics box. I'm sure that saves them some manufacturing dollars, but those are two of the most used features on my boat.
fno posted 11-19-2004 03:10 PM ET (US)     Profile for fno  Send Email to fno     
Folks, the 235 is in reality a 21 footer. The 255 took the place of the 23 Conquest and includes the bow pulpit in its dimensions. The old 21 Conquest did not have provisions for twins either.
jimh posted 12-04-2004 12:04 PM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
To clarify, the article in LEGEND Issue Three was not written by me, but did include much of the historical information of Whaler's early hull design from my article here on the website. This was acknowledged in the LEGEND article's conclusion.

The 235 CONQUEST currently exists as a single prototype hull. The artist's rendering shown in the LEGEND magazine is a very attractive boat. It fills in a nice spot in the cabin boat line, as it is still trailerable.

With an 8-foot 6-inch beam the 235 CONQUEST will be legal on the highway. If the total weight on the trailer is not excessive, it will be a nice package for trailer boating. Currently the 255 CONQUEST is really too big for trailering, unless you have a monster truck with a diesel. The 235 model will fill the gap between the 205 EASTPORT and the bigger CONQUEST.

With single engine power available up to 275-HP, the need for twin engines may be not as much of a problem as in the past.

nydealer posted 12-04-2004 04:38 PM ET (US)     Profile for nydealer  Send Email to nydealer     
fno The 235 is slated to be 24'9" with the pulpit and the 255 is 26'11" with the pulpit. Definatly not a 21 and a 23'.
Moe posted 12-04-2004 06:27 PM ET (US)     Profile for Moe  Send Email to Moe     
With a Verado, tank of fuel, and tandem trailer, the 235 will be well over 5,000 lbs. Just like the 23 Conquest. Maybe not diesel territory, but I'd sure want at least a 3/4 ton truck.
bluewaterpirate posted 12-06-2004 02:45 PM ET (US)     Profile for bluewaterpirate  Send Email to bluewaterpirate     
I have a Ventura 210 with a 225 Optimax that weighs in at around 4800 lbs fully loaded with gas/water/fishing stuff.

Boat = 3350 lbs
Motor = 512 lbs
Gas (92)= 598 lbs
H20 (10)= 70 lbs
Misc Stuff = 350 lbs
Total = 4880 1bs

Load Rite Trailer (Bunk)
AB22T5200TB2 20' - 22' 5,200 1,140

Grand Total 6020 lbs

I pull with a 2002 Toyota Tundra V8 4x4 rated at 7100lbs. Not an issue. I plan to buy a new Conquest 235 with 250 Verado as soon as available. The new F150's Nissan Titans all have a 9200 - 9500 lb towing capacity. I have no problems pulling with my Toyota. I have single axle disc surge breaks on the Load Rite. Stopping the rig is the real issue. Cheers ......

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