In the world of boats there used to be a clear separation of power: The family boater picked the bowrider for its open bow, sterndrive power and ability to tow skiers and tubers. The angler opted for the hard-core fishing boat, creature comforts be damned. But something happened along the way: With the rise in crossover cars, boaters began to change their views on boats too. The modern outboard-powered dual console arose, and it presents a serious challenge to bowriders’ family-fun supremacy. Which is best for you? We put the Sea Ray 230 SLX and the Boston Whaler 230 Vantage to the test. Both are owned by Brunswick, obviating favoritism. Here are the facts; it’s up to you to decide.