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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
The 270 Vantage handles the crew with plenty of stability and some enjoyable performance characteristics as well. All boats offer a “dry ride” when properly handled, and on snotty days, there is little one can do to pilot through beam seas and winds without taking some spray. But Boston Whaler’s DNA includes proud chines that deflect spray downward in all but the windiest conditions. The gull-wing-shaped bottom of early model Whalers gave a rougher ride. Today’s refinements retain the stability and give a crisp ride that eliminates pounding. It’s a sharp stem and keel that offer the soft re-entry. Compressed structural foam, for which Boston Whaler has become famous, also unites hull and deck in a single structure that can slam into rogue waves without buckling, creaking, cracking or complaining in any other way. And yes, like all Whalers, this model is unsinkable.
EdgeWater has also entered the world of fun-over-fishing with its 280 Crossover. This dual console with hardtop option is equipped with twin Yamaha outboards and Command Link digital instrumentation, throttle and shifting. It also boasts structural foam-filled construction techniques that make it sturdy… and unsinkable. Its 28-gallon baitwell is a standard feature. It retails for $209,624, but its base power is a pair of Yamaha F250s.
The 270 Vantage’s stellar performance gives credit also to the highly refined Mercury Verado DTS outboards. I clocked more than 52 mph for top speed and cruised smoothly, burning only 13 gallons per hour at 3,500 rpm and 25.1 miles per hour. The boat cornered easily without chine tripping, slipping or blowing out.