Successful boat manufacturers are never content to rest on their laurels, and that maxim certainly applies to Boston Whaler. Over the last two model years, the company has made significant improvements to its line of Outrage center consoles by designing better hulls and adding more fishing features. The Conquest line of cabin boats is next on the upgrade list. The 305 is the first model in the new generation of Conquests. It incorporates many of the angling features I admire on the Outrages, but it has a softer side, too. In fact, I give it very high marks for both form and function.

The 305's variable deadrise hull starts with a 42-degree bow entry and ends with 20 degrees at the transom; the shape of this running bottom offers a soft and dry ride. Like all Whalers, it's built with the company's beefy -and unsinkable- foam-filled construction. Our test boat was equipped with the standard twin 225-HP Mercury OptiMax outboards, which turned in a top speed of 40.7mph. That's impressive, considering we had six big fishermen and 170 gallons of fuel on board when we measured that speed. At a cruise of 32.4 mph (4500 rpm) we burned 30.4 gph. At that rate, the boat has a 251-mile range with a 10-percent fuel reserve, which is adequate for most coastal jaunts, but somewhat limiting for excursions to distant canyons.

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This review/article originally appeared in Motorboating Magazine, January 2004 and is written by Capt. Dave Lear. For more great powerboat reviews, visit their website and subscribe at: https://www.mby.com/subscriptions/motorboat-yachting-subscriptions

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