Boating NZ : FREE TO READ March 2014
T he 285 is the smallest model in Boston Whaler’s premium Conquest range, but with 500hp of Mercury Verado four-stroke power on the transom, it’s still a heck of a lot of boat that works as well for day cruising and weekending as it does for serious blue-water fishing. It might be supplied on a triple-axle trailer, but the solidly built Conquest 285 weighs in at more than four tonnes and, with a beam of 2.90m, it’s not an everyday towing proposition on New Zealand roads – although the trailer is useful when the boat needs hauling out. The boat reviewed here is the second of this model imported into New Zealand by Sports Marine and built to order at Brunswick Corporation’s Boston Whaler manufacturing facility in Florida, USA. The boats are spec’d for New Zealand, including wiring and shore power, fully rigged at the factory and shrink-wrapped for shipping. Sports Marine unwraps the boats and undertakes pre- delivery (PD) on the engines. Mercury power is mandatory since Mercury is part of the Brunswick group of companies, with outboards the only option. Twin 225hp Mercury Verado four- strokes are standard, but this boat has been upgraded to twin 250hp. The first Conquest 285 imported by Sports Marine was sold to an owner in Fiji, and this second boat may head to Fiji as well, though Sports Marine’s general manager Scott Williamson and Auckland sales manager Soren Stewart hope to display it at the 2014 Hutchwilco New Zealand Boat Show. Williamson has two more 285s on order from the factory. OFFSHORE FISHING, OVERNIGHTING AND MORE No one does this style of boat as well as the Americans: they know The Americans know all about large, fast, offshore-capable powerboats – such as the Conquest 285 from Boston Whaler. It has all the home comforts for overnighting. The hull is a dry runner and quiet, thanks...to Boston Whaler's double hull foam construction. “” Scott Williamson of Sports Marine. subscribe online at www.mags4gifts.co.nz/boating-nz 25 subscribe online at www.mags4gifts.co.nz/boating-nz 25 Tested_Boston whaler_March14.indd 25 19/02/2014 7:43:28 a.m.
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