Boating NZ : FREE TO READ March 2014
all about large, fast, offshore-capable powerboats. Big outboard-powered express cruisers like the Conquest 285 are often used for offshore sportfishing, as well as general boating and socialising. Unlike some, which are configured purely as day boats, Boston Whaler’s Conquest range has all the facilities for comfortable overnighting. Accommodation includes vee and mid-cabin berths with a comfortable helm deck and a spacious cockpit. Below decks, the cabin is plush, using good quality fabrics, marine vinyls, timber veneers and marine fittings. Hatches, ports, lights and all the boat’s bolt-on bits are from recognised marine manufacturers, not cheap generic parts, and the boat’s overall build quality appears excellent. The cabin layout is conventional for a boat of this style. Wide side decks squeeze the cabin a little at the shoulders, but this is a beamy boat and the hull carries the beam well forward, so the cabin doesn’t lack volume. A vee-berth dinette in the front of the cabin has an in-fill to convert it to a spacious double berth. The all-electric galley on the port side has generous stowage and a good- sized fridge. An HD TV is optional and LED lighting is used throughout the boat, including cockpit floodlight “Unlike some, which are configured purely as day boats, Boston Whaler’s Conquest range has all the facilities required for comfortable overnighting.” The helmstation is well kitted out with 12-inch Raymarine HybridTouch, engine gauges, trim tab and windlass controls. The cockpit has a bait preparation/work/rigging area behind the helm seat comprising a good-sized sink with combination freshwater tap/cockpit shower, knife racks, a 12V power outlet and a storage locker underneath. Note the pull-out tackle tray to port. 26 Boating New Zealand March 2014 Tested_Boston whaler_March14.indd 26 19/02/2014 7:44:07 a.m.
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