Boston Whaler is credited with introducing the first center console fishing boat, in the 1960s, igniting a firestorm that has exploded in popularity and resulted in huge models thought unimaginable a decade or so ago.
At the Miami International Boat Show earlier this year, Whaler introduced its newest model, the 360 Outrage, a showcase of design excellence and innovation aimed at the heart of the center console market.
“The 360 started with a clean sheet of paper and is new from the hull up,” says Wil Rogers, director of large-boat sales for Whaler. “It is an integration of cutting-edge technologies in a great-running boat. Our goal was to make the complex simple and create a comfortable environment for the owner and guests. We feel it raises the bar for center console boats.”
The 360 is sleek, thoughtfully laid out and plush enough to make the family swoon, and it’s loaded with smart design cues that show the level of consideration that went into its development. Standout features include a centerline step and hatch for access to the hardtop and tower, and what Whaler calls a “point of storage” concept, which assures there are spots for specific gear close to where the gear will be used.
Whaler went with a battery/inverter setup, rather than a diesel genset, to power air conditioning and other high-draw systems. “The integration of our new Fathom Inverter-based electrical system utilizes lithium-ion batteries capable of operating everything on board for extended periods without shore power or a generator,” Rogers says. “Combined with our digital switching technology and simplified GUI [graphical user interface], the operator can track and control every electrical component and system on the boat through the Simrad MFDs at the helm. This is the future of boating, a totally seamless experience that integrates cutting edge technologies into a package that is intuitive and user friendly.”
The boat has an overall length of 36 feet, 5 inches, with an 11-foot, 3-inch beam, and weighs 18,281 pounds with engines and fuel. It carries 415 gallons of gas, 10 gallons of fresh water and has a 45-gallon gray-water tank. Whaler offers the 360 Outrage with three Mercury power options: triple 300-hp outboards, triple 450s or twin V-12 600s. Joystick Piloting is standard, as is Mercury’s DockSense docking assist system.
Boston Whaler 360 Outrage
The 360 is a bit more plush than earlier Outrage models, with split-bow seating, lounge seating forward of console, three helm chairs, aft-facing mezzanine seating and a fold-down transom seat. The cabin has a double-wide berth that folds up, an electric head with a vanity and sink, and stowage for clothing and sundries.
Fishing features include a 55-gallon pressurized transom live well, port and starboard fishboxes, four bow rod holders, six cockpit rod holders, four across the transom and five on the T-top. The mezzanine seats have fold-down backs that form a table or rigging station, and there is a transom door for engine access, along with a port-side dive door with a removable ladder.
The split seating in the bow allows access for fighting fish or anchoring. The long list of optional equipment includes a tower with a second helm.
The 360 Outrage rides a 23-degree deep-vee hull that cuts a head sea down to size and keeps spray at bay. It incorporates the unsinkable, foam-encapsulated design that made Boston Whaler famous and gives the boat a solid feel and quiet ride when underway.
Check out the new boat in more detail and take a virtual tour at bostonwhaler.com.
LOA: 36’ 5“
BEAM: 11’ 3”
DISPLACEMENT: 18,281 pounds (full)
MAXIMUM HORSEPOWER: 1,350 hp
FUEL CAPACITY: 415 gallons