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Boston Whaler 270 Vantage
Draft (max): 1'8"
Displacement (approx.): 5,200 lb.
Transom Deadrise: 20 degrees
Bridge Clearance (with hardtop): 9'1"
Fuel Capacity: 175 gal.
Max Horsepower: 450
Available Power: Twin Mercury Verado outboards to 450 hp total
Boston Whaler’s 270 Vantage rides the wave of boaters buying top-shelf fishing platforms with more on their mind than hooking up. To be sure, fishing is still the main motivator for buying these luxury day boats, but today, the full spectrum of play includes cruising, beachcombing, diving, snorkeling and even water sports like tubing and casual wakeboarding. To accommodate these activities, Whaler softened the hard edges of its core fishing platform and gave a nod to luxury and comfort, while maintaining its fishable DNA.
A dual-console design is the perfect platform for this blending of fish and play because it affords a more protected cockpit that accommodates more seating options with less exposure to the elements. The wraparound windshield protects from spray and so nicely matches its sleek lines that you hardly notice it until it stops wind-driven bow spray on a chilly spring day. The optional hardtop ($14,173) protects from the sun, and instead of the skimpy width found on some center-consoles, this hardtop is nearly as broad as the Vantage’s beam. Laddered aft supports may just be a style point, but hints at the possibility of a small cobia tower but Boston Whaler dismisses that possibility, believing other models are more apt to sport such options.