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Boston Whaler 240 Dauntless Pro

Boston Whaler's 240 Dauntless Pro is a great mix of hardcore fishability and family-friendly boating amenities.

Boston Whaler 240 Dauntless Pro

LOA: 24'8" | Beam: 8'6" | Draft: 1'2" | Displacement: 3,300 lb. (without power) | Transom Deadrise: 16 degrees | Bridge Clearance: 8'1" | Fuel Capacity: 90 gal. | Max Horsepower: 350 | Available Power: Single Mercury outboard to 350 hp | More Information: bostonwhaler.com

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Debuting in the 60th ­anniversary year of Boston Whaler, the 240 Dauntless Pro puts a greater emphasis on fishing than any of its five Dauntless sister ships.

How so? For starters, this is the only Dauntless model with a tower, and it’s standard. Featuring an elevated second station, the tower melds seamlessly with the new center console. Steps on the port side offer an easy ascent, and a SeaDek pad atop the console provides cushioned nonskid footing.

Boston Whaler 240 Dauntless Pro

Boston Whaler 240 Dauntless Pro

Boston Whaler

An expansive forward casting platform measures 86 inches long by 65 inches wide. A huge central locker under the foredeck is flanked by two equally ­cavernous lockers.

An optional jack plate, trolling motor and Power-Pole shallow-water anchor enhance the fishing mission. There’s a 38-gallon livewell under the spacious aft deck. A second livewell resides under the forward console seat.

Boston Whaler 240 Dauntless Pro

Boston Whaler 240 Dauntless Pro

Boston Whaler

Boston Whaler 240 Dauntless Pro

Boston Whaler 240 Dauntless Pro

Boston Whaler

Seat cushions and backrests can be fit on the aft deck to create a pair of seats. The 240 Dauntless Pro rides on a 24-foot-8-inch unsinkable hull, which sliced smoothly through 1- to 2-foot rollers. Driving from the tower station puts a smile on your face. The cutout and leaning pad in the hardtop are contoured. A bench-style seat lets you sit down and use a cross brace as a footrest. But be careful not to rest your feet atop the console windshield.

Boston Whaler 240 Dauntless Pro

Boston Whaler 240 Dauntless Pro

Boston Whaler

Handling proved precise. The single Mercury 350 ­Verado outboard pushed the 240 Dauntless Pro to a top speed of 48 mph at 6,200 rpm. The Verado ­power steering made turning ­fingertip-easy. An optional flush-mounted Raymarine 7-inch Axiom Pro offered ­access to sonar and chart plotting in the tower, while an ­optional flush-mounted 9-inch Axiom Pro and a pair of Merc SmartCraft multi­function gauges were installed at the lower helm. A helm bench-style seat with a backrest features two flip-up bolsters and a foldout footrest on the powder-coated aluminum frame. A Yeti Tundra 65 cooler stows underneath.

Boston Whaler 240 Dauntless Pro

Boston Whaler 240 Dauntless Pro

Boston Whaler

Inside the console, accessible from a companionway on the starboard-side, is a step-down compartment with a port light and plenty of room for a portable marine toilet.

High Points
* Piloting from the tower station is a blast. It’s also great for spotting fish from afar.
* Expansive aft and fore decks are ideal for fishing.
* The 16 vertical rod holders let you take plenty of sticks.

Boston Whaler 240 Dauntless Pro

Boston Whaler 240 Dauntless Pro

Boston Whaler

Low Points
* Be careful not to rest your feet atop the console windshield when riding aloft.
* No gunwale rod holders means you’ll need to add these if you want to troll.
* Replacing standard cleats with pull-ups would eliminate snags when cast-netting.

Toughest Competitor
Everglades’ unsinkable 243cc ($116,788 base with a Yamaha F300) is also available with a tower, but it’s an option. It has a larger central cockpit but smaller casting decks fore and aft.

Boston Whaler 240 Dauntless Pro

Boston Whaler 240 Dauntless Pro

Boston Whaler

Price: $113,433 (base with a Mercury 225 Verado)

Available Power: Outboard

Boston Whaler 240 Dauntless Pro

Boston Whaler 240 Dauntless Pro Certified Test Results

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How We Tested
Engine: Single 350 hp Mercury 350 Verado
Drive/Prop: Outboard/Mercury Enertia 14" x 18" 3-blade stainless steel
Gear Ratio: 1.75:1
Fuel Load: 80 gal.
Crew Weight: 800 lb.

More Information
Boston Whaler - Edgewater, Florida; 386-428-0057; bostonwhaler.com

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