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DBV posted 04-29-2010 11:20 AM ET (US)   Profile for DBV  
Looking at purchasing a 210 Ventura. Heard that BW has stopped making these boats and if true, I wonder why. Seems like the Dual Console market is growing as GW and Pursuit have introduced new boats.

Any comments on the the 210 Ventura would be appreciated. Have also looked at a Grady White 225 Tournament. Thanks!

TRAFFICLAWYER posted 04-29-2010 04:33 PM ET (US)     Profile for TRAFFICLAWYER    
I had a 2001 21' Ventura with a yam 200 hpdi, it was one if the BEST boats I ever had. Rode nice, good build, comfortable and seaworthy.

Can only speculate why Whaler stopped production,very costly +$65k, lousy economy, not enough sales of this model or poor corporate decision making, probably a bit of all. I prefer Yam power and would take a strong look at the Pursuit.

boatdryver posted 04-29-2010 08:03 PM ET (US)     Profile for boatdryver  Send Email to boatdryver     
If you're not opposed to a used boat I wouldn't give up on a 210 Ventura.

Edgewater also makes in interesting DC boat about 21 feet with a fold down ladder in the bow for beaching.


Portola posted 04-29-2010 10:24 PM ET (US)     Profile for Portola  Send Email to Portola     
I spent awhile last year thinking I wanted a dual console, and I looked at the 210 very closely. It looked like a very sturdy, functional boat. I have to say, though, that the Grady White offerings seemed a little better designed. (And the Venturas were incredibly heavy. Note that the Ventura 210 displaces 3300 pounds, while the Outrage 220, a full two feet longer, weights only 3100.)

My guess is that the Ventura line was getting long in the tooth and updated models were needed to compete with Grady White and others. Unfortunately, we're in a bad patch for the boating industry and it isn't a good time for new models. I hope Boston Whaler gets back in the dual console business as the market improves.

Still, I'm sure the used Venturas are quality merchandise and worth looking for.

mattrix posted 04-30-2010 08:30 AM ET (US)     Profile for mattrix  Send Email to mattrix     
What do you need to know? I love mine, it is a 2002. Here are a bunch of pictures. Many happy owners here can give you lots of input.

bluewaterpirate posted 05-01-2010 11:16 PM ET (US)     Profile for bluewaterpirate  Send Email to bluewaterpirate     
My wife and I have owned our Ventura since 2002 logging over 3700 hours of offshore fishing and cruising. It's a boat that is a jack of all trades that masters them all. Most of our on water hours have been logged running around the deep blue sea in the waters adjacent to NC. It's a big beasty boat .... kin to a battleship that can take what mother nature dishes out. We don't hesitate to take ours 50 miles offshore to enjoy the fruits of fishing in the deep blue. Fully loaded we depart the dock around 5200 pounds of fisherman, gear, fuel, water, and ice.

Videos and pictures are worth a thousand words .....

Big Rock adventure ......

A typical trip offshore about 150 miles of fun and adventure 4892322_2160484_31034318_WebSmall_5/ Image-4892322-31034318-2-WebSmall_0_64957600674f3490fda656003bc57c5b_1

Just having some fun .......

Running for the barn from offshore .....

My wife loves the bow area ..... 4892322_2159800_31012044_WebSmall_4/ Image-4892322-31012044-2-WebSmall_0_cfccdeb8666ea35c7700858e7e638303_1

Easy to trailer and launch 4892322_2160384_31032337_WebSmall_3/ Image-4892322-31032337-2-WebSmall_0_80e51d0951f9af1356240401aefda28d_1

You can use your imagination rigging electronics and setting up for fishing ..... 4892322_2160277_31027468_WebSmall_3/ Image-4892322-31027468-2-WebSmall_0_1be8a486ccbdc18055da9ce4ea61e1e2_1 4892322_2160109_31033741_WebSmall_5/ Image-4892322-31033741-2-WebSmall_0_8f3fbda2a37e4993793389da0e4c5394_1 4892322_2160384_31032179_WebSmall_3/ Image-4892322-31032179-2-WebSmall_0_a9fdb86040d5dc38edca69ec032b25ff_1

It's just a great all around boat.


tonyj1 posted 05-02-2010 10:07 AM ET (US)     Profile for tonyj1  Send Email to tonyj1     
I love mine !

I use it now in the Gulf and mangroves in the 10000 islands of southwest Florida for fishing and day (beach) crusing.

I think if whaler abandons the dual console market it would be a big mistake!!

I've had bowriders, deckboats, cuddys, and center console boats and won't go back now that I have a dual console.

Looked at a Grady 275 Tournament and it is very tempting !!!


Portola posted 05-02-2010 07:40 PM ET (US)     Profile for Portola  Send Email to Portola     
The Tournaments do look pretty nice. It seems that Grady White is successfully selling six or seven different dual console models--they just introduced a new one. Boston Whaler had only two models, and now it has none. I don't understand why Whaler isn't competing in this market, but I really hope it is because they just haven't announced their new line of dual consoles coming next year.
Kencvit posted 05-02-2010 11:25 PM ET (US)     Profile for Kencvit  Send Email to Kencvit     
Bluewater, your posts are certainly some of the best!
I`m sure BW has sold a few Ventura`s based on them.

bluewaterpirate posted 05-03-2010 09:08 AM ET (US)     Profile for bluewaterpirate  Send Email to bluewaterpirate     
Thanks Ken .... have surely enjoyed sharing them with others. Just something a day on water can do for your soul!


tombro posted 05-03-2010 03:18 PM ET (US)     Profile for tombro  Send Email to tombro     
I can echo all Tom's glowing statements, as he nudged us towards our 2005 Ventura. We have the Verado 225 hp, and could not be happier with the rig overall. We splashed ours for the sixth consecutive season at our marina one month ago.
I fish fairly hard in ours, upto 15 miles off the NJ coast. The full canvas and Strataglas makes the deal, as far as I am concerned, for all weather comfort.
tonyj1 posted 05-03-2010 07:15 PM ET (US)     Profile for tonyj1  Send Email to tonyj1     
I noticed Pursuit is introducing a 25 foot dual console as well. Haven't seen one yet but I will if we decide to move up from a 21 footer.
If I were Whaler I'd use the new Outrage 22 and 25 foot hulls and make a DC version....
DBV posted 05-17-2010 08:52 PM ET (US)     Profile for DBV    
Thanks for all of the replies. It sounds and looks like a great boat. Now the problem is finding a slightly used one though. They are really hard to find. Thanks!

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