Boston Whaler 320 Vantage

A dual console evolution.

by Gary Reich
Much like the versatility folks find in popular automobile platforms such as crossovers and SUVs, dual console boats are packed with utility.

Specifications

  • LOA: 32'1"
  • Beam: 10'4"
  • Draft: 1'10"
  • Weight: 9,800 lbs.
  • Fuel Capacity: 285 gals.
  • Water Capacity: 30 gals.
  • Power: T-250 hp Mercury Verado FourStroke outboards
  • Price: Contact dealer

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This means that one boat can be used for serious fishing in the morning, followed by family fun in the afternoon. That utility, along with performance and comfort features, is what the Boston Whaler Vantage 320 is all about.

Part of Whaler’s dual-console Vantage lineup, the 320 sits at the top of the heap, followed by its 270 Vantage and 230 Vantage sisterships. Up forward is a large, comfortable, U-shaped seating area with twin chaise lounges. Moving aft, there is an expansive split console. The helm is to starboard with companion seating situated to port, and the console and standard hardtop covers a good chunk of the cockpit. An enclosed head sits under the port console. Farther aft still is the cockpit, which has comfortable seating and plenty of room for angling. There’s even a diving door in the starboard transom that makes fishing easier.

Boston Whaler is known for its clever, transformer-like seating arrangements, and the 320 Vantage does not disappoint. Back in the aft cockpit is a seating unit that can be used as an aft- and forward-facing bench arrangement, but also can be easily converted into an expansive chaise lounge (forward- or aft-facing), or into a wide and comfy sunpad. Other amenities in the cockpit include a wet bar and grill with a sink, a refrigerator and lots of stowage drawers.

Standard power on the Vantage 320 is a pair of 250-hp Mercury Verado FourStroke outboards with hydraulic steering and electronic engine controls. Fitted with base power, the 320 Vantage is good for a top end in the low to mid 40-mph range, with an efficient cruise speed in the mid- 20s. Go all in and opt for the maximum rated power, two 350-hp Mercury Verado FourStrokes, and the Vantage 320 pushes well into the low 50s, cruising efficiently in the low 30s.

With a pedigreed, unsinkable Whaler hull sporting 21 degrees of transom deadrise, the 320 Vantage is equipped for rough waters and serious offshore work. Its 1-foot, 10-inch draft allows anglers to access relatively skinny water for inshore species, too.  

If you’re looking for a boat that performs like a champion in the rough stuff, but is also complimented with great fishing and comfort amenities, the Boston Whaler Vantage 320 should be near the top of your list. 

 

 

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