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whaler ­president’s­letter Keeping the legend growing.

President,­Boston­Whaler

Huw Bower Vice­President­of­Sales,­ Marketing­&­Customer­Service

Jeff Vaughn Manager­of­Content­&­Event­Marketing

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Anna Collins Digital­Marketing­Specialist

Katie Toot

WHALER

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President/Publisher

Douglas Leik Account­Executive

Annie Brown

Appreciation

Editorial­Director

Randy Hess Managing­Editor

Amy Wideman

At Boston Whaler, our appreciation for our customers runs deep. The relationship we share is not a one-sided transaction; it is an ongoing conversation that takes many forms, all of them impassioned and thoughtful.

Whether it’s chatting over conch fritters during the Bimini Rendezvous, debating the merits of a new technology at a boat show, or exchanging a series of lively emails—each conversation with a Whaler owner leaves me feeling energized. To be sure, our customers are a knowledgeable bunch of lifelong boaters, with strong feelings about what works—as well as what doesn’t—out there on the water. When it comes to designing new boats, we believe strongly in the power of listening. And because of it, we’re better equipped to innovate in ways that benefit you. e new 330 Outrage (profiled on page 30) is one of more than 18 new boats introduced in the past few years, and it is a prime example of the core confidence we endeavor to build into every single model. is means thoughtful design, logic applied from the inside out, so that when you step onboard a Whaler you know, 100 percent, The new 330 Outrage is that it will deliver you and your family safely to your next one of more than 18 new adventure and bring you home with indelible new memories. boats introduced in the at core confidence shines on the faces in this issue, like Rick Eslava and his daughter (page 16), or Ken and Kathy Debrowski past few years, and it is (page 42), all of whom share a passion for the Whaler lifestyle that a prime example of the spans generations. core confidence we It’s not only rewarding to see this kind of loyalty; it’s exciting. endeavor to build into Because as strong as the Boston Whaler legend is today, it only every single model. continues to get better.

Huw Bower President — Boston Whaler

Senior­Content­Editor

Elli Purtell Editor­at­Large

Jennifer Chesak Editor­at­Large

Alexa Poteet Editorial­Intern

Monica Park Creative­Director

Russell Duncan Digital­Creative­Director

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Brittany Huisenga Photographers

Jim Barrett, Mike Calabro, Steven J. Conway, Robert Glover, Mark Kellum, Richard Steinberger

Whaler magazine is published two times a year for Boston Whaler by Dino Publishing LLC. Any correspondence should be directed to: Dino Publishing 350 W. Hubbard St., Suite 400 Chicago, IL 60654 Tel: 312-822-9266 Fax: 312-822-9268 email: dleik@dinopublishing.com The opinions expressed in this magazine are not to be considered official expressions of Dino Publishing or Boston Whaler. The publisher reserves the right to accept or reject all editorial or advertising matter. The publisher assumes no responsibility for unsolicited manuscripts, photographs, or artwork. Reproduction in whole or in part of any text, photograph, or illustration without prior written permission from the publisher is strictly prohibited. Printed in U.S.A. Copyright © 2015 Boston Whaler.


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16 Runs in the Family As his daughter heads off to college, an Alabama father discovers a new way to stay connected: through a shared passion for boating.

24 Puerto Rico: Gateway to Adventure A 420 Outrage helps José and Mila Fullana enjoy their island home base to the fullest.

30 Confident to the Core New additions to the legendary Outrage family mean even more possibilities for adventure, both close to shore and far from it.

36 Triple the Fun A family spends quality time together onboard a trifecta of Boston Whalers, exploring Maryland’s Severn River, Florida’s Fort Lauderdale and beyond.

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Navigate Charitable activities, an easy fish dish, swimsuits that won’t rub you the wrong way, a fleet of new offshore champs and much more.

Towing Experience the beautiful states of Kentucky and Tennessee with a Boston Whaler and a sophisticated GMC® Yukon Denali. Plus, a handy trailering checklist.

42 The Next Chapter Cape Cod and a Boston Whaler 315 Conquest provide endless enjoyment for a pair of fun-seeking retirees.

on the cover: José and Mila Fullana cruise around Puerto Rico on their 420 Outrage.

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ONYMOUS WITH BOLD OFFSHORE PERFORMANCE AND CONSIDERABLE ONBOARD COMFORT. Joining the family in

2016 are the new 280 Outrage (shown), 250 Outrage and 230 Outrage. Thanks to Boston Whaler’s precision-engineered deep-V hull and a wide array of cutting-edge features, they’re as well suited to long-distance journeys as they are to casual dinner cruises. Keep your eyes peeled; the 280, 250 and 230 are coming soon to a dealership near you. In the meantime, you can read more about the confidence-inspiring Outrage family, including the all-new 330 Outrage, on page 30.

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JOIN ELITE SAILORS ON THEIR OLYMPIC JOURNEY Looking for some compelling programming for when winter’s worst weather keeps you off your Whaler? “Uncharted Waters: In Pursuit of the Olympic Dream” documents the drive, determination and sacrifice of athletes pursuing a spot on the 2016 U.S. Olympic Sailing Team. “Uncharted Waters” unfolds in a series of videos, blogs and social media content focused on the personal stories of 11 athletes showing what it takes to be a top-ranked Olympic- and Paralympic-class sailor—from grueling travel around the world for competitions to balancing college and family life with the demands of an unrelenting training schedule. Get to know these remarkable athletes as they overcome incredible odds on the path to achieving their dreams. Made possible by Sunbrella®. Follow the story at sunbrella.com/uncharted.

PAYING IT FORWARD Boston Whaler’s Edgewater facility recently received the prestigious Chairman’s Safety Award in a program conducted by parent company Brunswick Corporation. During a ceremony held this summer, Brunswick Chairman & CEO Dustin McCoy presented Whaler’s safety committee with the award. Boston Whaler President Huw Bower then announced that Whaler would donate the $10,000 prize received in conjunction with the award to Cudas Unhooked, a local charity organization whose mission is to provide necessary support to financially challenged or at-risk students of New Smyrna Beach High School. Cudas Unhooked Chairman Shawn Lane and his son, Chad, were present to accept the donation and extend their gratitude, explaining that the money would be put toward building housing for students in need.


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trek savvy meets tech savvy e brand-new 2016 Sierra Denali has the power and technology to transport you to far-flung destinations. But just because you’re off the beaten path doesn’t mean you have to be off the grid. A new suite of available technology, including Apple CarPlay1 compatibility and a Wireless Charging Mat2, keeps you connected while on the road. Apple CarPlay links your smartphone to the Sierra Denali’s IntelliLink system3, allowing you to easily send, read and reply to text messages, make calls, and listen to voicemail. Access Apple Maps to chart your path and listen to iTunes radio or your own playlist while you follow it. e Sierra Denali’s convenient Wireless Charging Mat seamlessly charges compatible phones and other compatible mobile devices, so you’ll never run out of power— nor the desire to explore. Visit gmc.com for more information. 1 Vehicle user interface is a product of Apple® and its terms and privacy statements apply. Requires compatible smartphone. Data plan rates apply. 2 e system wirelessly charges one PMA- or Qi-compatible mobile device. Some devices require an adaptor or back cover. To check for phone or other device capability, visit my.gmc.com/learn for details. 3 Full functionality requires compatible Bluetooth® and smartphone. Some devices require USB connectivity.

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“BACKPACKS” MARKS 5 YEARS It wouldn’t be the start of a new school year without Boston Whaler’s annual Boatload of Backpacks fundraiser! For the fifth year in a row, Whaler delivered 50 backpacks to each of three local elementary schools. President Huw Bower and a group of Whaler employees trailered a 170 Dauntless filled with 150 backpacks and overflowing boxes of school supplies to Edgewater Public School, Indian River Elementary and Burns Science and Technology Charter School. (e supplies were donated by Whaler employees, and were then matched by the company to double the donation.) “We love giving back to the community as often as possible,” Bower said, “and sparking excitement in the minds of these young students is a gift in itself. We look forward to doing this for many years to come.”


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A GMC vehicle and your Whaler are all you need to explore sites both urban and natural, like downtown Chattanooga (top leď˜ƒ), the Tennessee River (top right) and Cumberland State Park (right).

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Bluegrass & Honky-Tonk Kentucky and Tennessee provide ample opportunities to savor nature with your Boston Whaler. Story by Monica Park | Trailering photo by Mike Calabro

W Whether you reside in the Southeast region or are looking for a friendly place to visit, the states of Kentucky and Tennessee offer an abundance of opportunities to be fully immersed in nature, to reconnect with both the road and the water, and to go on adventures with loved ones—the memories of which will last a lifetime. Gather your crew and get on the road with these trailering tips and ideas to make the most of your experience. With the winning combination of a sophisticated GMC vehicle and a confident-to-the-core Boston Whaler, your itinerary looks all the sweeter. Ready, Set…Prep Before you hit the road, you’ll want to ensure that your vehicle and trailer are in good working order. use the following checklist, compiled By the experts at gmc, to make sure you’re all set for adventure. (find additional tips at gmc.com/trailering-towing.html or consult your local Boston whaler dealer.)

Hitch: ❏ Receiver locking pin ❏ Bolts ❏ Hitch ball ❏ Wiring harness and plug

Mirrors & Lights: ❏ Mirrors (clean and adjusted) ❏ Brake lights ❏ Head- and taillights ❏ Turn signals ❏ Four-way flashers

Tires: ❏ Tread ❏ Inflation

Trailer: ❏ Safety chains/cables ❏ Springs ❏ Tire inflation ❏ Brakes & brake lights ❏ Wheel bearings ❏ Rollers/bunks ❏ Bow winch

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Lake CumBerland Begin your trip at the beautiful Lake Cumberland, located in south-central Kentucky, which was recently selected as USA Today’s fourth best recreational lake in the country. Located within two state parks, the 65,530-acre lake offers boaters and nature-enthusiasts endless opportunities to explore. Bass, bluegill, crappie, rockfish and walleye are the angler’s targets here. For others, the Lake Cumberland State Resort Park offers watersports, hiking trails and rentable lodges. Nearby vineyards, wineries and local farms also offer visitors a chance to try something fresh and new. Watts Bar Lake Hop on US-127 S and I-40 E to TN-58 S/N Kentucky St and make your way to Watts Bar Lake, which is 72 miles long and located at the northern end of the Tennessee River. Watts Bar Lake is perfect for devoting time to outdoor activities both on and off your Whaler. Fishing is popular year round with schools of large and smallmouth bass, bluegill, crappie, catfish, white bass and striped bass, depending on the season. Watersports, camping and cabin rentals make Watts Bar a relaxing and enjoyable time to reconnect with nature and your crew.

Tennessee River End your trip at the Tennessee River in Chattanooga, Tennessee, about an hour away from Watts Bar on TN-304 S, TN-302 S and TN-30 W to US Hwy 27 S. e Blueway Trail here was designated the National Scenic River Trail in 2002 and offers visitors a chance to experience local wildlife preserves and camping in the lush forests lining the river gorge. Nearby parks, museums and trails are perfect activities for a day with family and friends. For a more urban experience, Chattanooga also boasts numerous restaurants and other fun attractions, including live music and river events throughout the year. MarineMax Chattanooga, the local Boston Whaler dealership, is close by for any boating needs or questions you may have.


RUNS IN THE FAMILY As his daughter heads off to college, an Alabama father discovers a new way to stay connected: through a shared passion for the Boston Whaler lifestyle

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“I’ve been lucky enough to have a daughter who’s a bit of a daddy’s girl,” Rick Eslava says as he points his 190 Montauk into the breeze-whipped but sparkling Bon Secour Bay, which curves east out of Alabama’s sprawling Mobile Bay.

He glances back to see his daughter, Anne Norris, ably maneuvering through his wake in her own 130 Super Sport. Rick might be understating how much Anne Norris takes after him; they share not only a love of boating but also the outdoors in general, and dirt bikes specifically. And in the fall, as her old man did years ago, she’ll pursue her pre-med ambitions at Mobile’s Spring Hill College. Rick never became a doctor—he wound up with dual degrees in biology and psychology before finding his true calling in the pool business, where he now owns his own company—but he did grow up to be a doting father. When Anne Norris finished high school in the spring, just weeks after he purchased his brand-new Montauk at Breath’s Boats in Bay St. Louis, Mississippi, Rick returned to the dealer to get his daughter the ultimate graduation present: her own Boston Whaler. “I enjoy seeing my 18-yearold daughter behind me driving her own Whaler,” he says, a smirk growing across his bearded face. “You could say the boat was a bit of a bribe.”

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Rick and Anne Norris, with cousins Jessica (18) and A.J. (15) in tow, navigate the bay’s light chop with ease, as dolphins frolic and brown pelicans plunge for fish nearby. They steer toward the placid, tree-lined Intracoastal Waterway to commence the day’s adventure. Exploring the diverse waters and secret treasures of Alabama’s Gulf Coast has become a weekend staple since the springtime Whaler purchases. Some days they poke around swampy bayous, on others they ski and tube, and on others yet they cruise to the famed white-sand beaches that extend in either direction from the Alabama-Florida state line. Rick recently purchased new fishing gear, too, with aims of hitting the rich inshore waters for speckled trout and redfish. Sitting on a cushioned bow cooler, savoring the breeze, Rick’s wife and Anne Norris’s stepmother, Julie, takes some of the credit for sparking this new family tradition. “We were returning from watching a motocross event in Texas,” she says, “and, driving through all the beautiful swamps of Louisiana, I mentioned how nice it would be to have a boat to poke around those kinds of places and spot alligators, that kind of thing.” Julie, like Rick, grew up in Mobile, and she has fond memories of a vintage Whaler her family used to explore the ponds near their property. “All I knew was Boston Whaler,” she says. “To me, there’s no other brand.” Rick grew up crewing on his father’s sailboat. “My dad was Captain Bligh,” he says, joking about his Marine father’s demanding nature. “Try scrubbing teak in 30-knot winds in January.”

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As a nod to her husband’s sailing past, Julie bought Rick a fauxteak Boston Whaler helm mat for Father’s Day. But while Rick appreciates the seaworthiness he gained under his father’s command, he always had his eyes on less-taxing watercraft: specifically, Boston Whalers. “I used to see them and admire them,” he says. “And I love the Montauk—the open layout, the great gas mileage. It’s the easiest boat I’ve ever used. “Plus, Whalers have always had a reputation as a great boat, and when one pulls up somewhere, people always stop and look.” Rick’s assertion is quickly proven as he and Anne Norris tie up their Whalers at the long dock extending from Pirate’s Cove, a locally famous waterside dive and mini-beach tucked in near Perdido Bay. From the other side of the dock a man approaches the Super Sport and, seeming to be speaking to himself at first, says, “What a beautiful Whaler. I love a Boston Whaler.” Anne Norris thanks him, and he replies, “Oh, man, that boat will never quit running. Or sink!” Over cheeseburgers and onion rings, Rick and Anne Norris hatch a plan to cruise to Robinson Island, a popular tie-up spot, and then under the Perdido Beach Boulevard bridge to Perdido Pass at the mouth of the Gulf of Mexico. Anne Norris deftly manipulates the side-mount control to her Super Sport’s 40-horsepower Mercury® engine and weaves through Pirate’s Cove’s thickening lunchtime boat traffic and back out toward the bay. She’s only been piloting for a few months, but the Super Sport’s turnkey operation has made her learning curve notably short.

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(Left) Rick and Julie get cozy in the bow of their 190 Montauk. (Below) Anne Norris masterfully takes to the helm of her 130 Super Sport while cousin A.J. rides shotgun.

“I’m really confident with it,” she says, and notes how its versatility is ideally matched to southern Alabama’s varied waters. “I can take it up in the Dog River or Fowl River, which is basically the woods, or I can come out this way toward the beach and Gulf.” “Alright, sweetie, follow me,” Rick says through Anne Norris’s radio as he guides her past the crowded beach of Robinson Island and toward the bridge. Jessica sits next to Anne Norris on the captain’s bench, people watching, while A.J. stretches out on the portside bow cushions. “My dad taught me everything I know about boating,” Anne Norris says, as she throttles back and pulls parallel with Rick near the inlet’s eastern beach. Like her father, Anne Norris knows she’s only scratched the surface of her new boat’s potential. Starting school in the fall means she’ll have the opportunity to share her love of boating with even more people. “I’m probably going to make a lot of new friends,” she says, laughing. “The fact that it’s ‘The Unsinkable Legend’ makes me feel safe,” she says, “but it also makes me feel proud. It’s The Unsinkable Legend.” Father and daughter confer again and decide to cruise back inshore to Ingram Bayou, and then back to the ICW and the dock. The buzz of the open bay fades to a hush once the pair of Whalers enters the tranquil bayou. Longleaf pines shroud the inlet and suffuse the air with a fresh scent. “You remember this, Anne Norris?” Rick asks as he steers the Montauk astride the Super Sport. “This is where you learned how to ski.” Nostalgia is thick here, but so is the anticipation for what comes next. Rick takes the lead out of the bayou and heads toward the setting sun over a now glass-flat Mobile Bay. “You give a kid a boat, he or she won’t get into any trouble,” he says, wearing the bittersweet smile of a father about to send his only daughter off to college. Rick radios to Anne Norris as he hits the open water of the bay. “Y’all having fun back there?” “Yeah!” the three call back in unison. Rick cheerfully draws out his 10-4. “Alriiiight!”

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A traveler heading to Fajardo, Puerto Rico, from San Juan faces a choice: Take Google Maps’ advice and follow a combination of heavily trafficked toll roads and expressways; or take the 187, a rougher stretch of road that arcs along the northeastern coast of the island. Choose the latter and plan on testing your defensive driving skills, as the pavement winds precariously through a series of small towns where two opposing lanes feel more like one and a half. But the adventurous choice has its rewards. For one thing, this path to the coast is lined with the island’s best kioskos, humble cinderblock structures selling hot empanadillas overstuffed with camarones swimming in molten red sauce. They’re undeniably delicious, but the best part is that they can be enjoyed while strolling a beautiful expanse of unoccupied beach that lies just off the road, hidden by a row of palm trees. Ta-dah—you’ve just proven that the road less traveled can, indeed, make all the difference.


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José and Mila Fullana understand this principle well, although the paths they frequent most often don’t involve roads in the traditional sense. The Fullanas, who live in San Juan and boat out of Fajardo, are the proud owners of the very first 420 Outrage ever sold. In just eight months’ time, they’ve put an impressive 290 hours on the mighty Whaler’s quad Mercury Verado® engines. Who needs roads when the ocean is your playground? No strangers to the sea, José and Mila grew up in Puerto Rico and both prefer to be on the water as much as possible. They met as teens when their families had neighboring beach houses. “He was always in love with me,” Mila smiles. It wasn’t exactly an instant match; at one point she actually moved away to Spain, intent on becoming a nun. José’s patience was rewarded when she eventually moved back home. Soon enough, love won out. These days, José’s position with a prominent construction company occupies a great deal of his time and focus, but come the weekend or a lull in the action, the couple can usually be found boating. There’s another vessel in the family, a 72-foot yacht they playfully refer to as “the limo.” However, the Whaler is where the real fun happens. “The 420 is the sports car,” Mila explains. “José prefers to drive it.” The Outrage’s powerful performance and soft, smooth ride are so sports car-like, in fact, that the 3-hour trip to the British Virgin Islands sails past like so much asphalt under the wheels of an Aston Martin. The couple makes regular trips to Scrub Island, where they own a vacation property. Nearer to home, they recommend Pasaje Medio Mundo, the waterway between Puerto Rico and Isla Piñeros, for its calm, photo shoot-friendly conditions. They settle into the soft bow seats and recount the day Boston Whaler Director of Large Boat Sales Wil Rogers first introduced them to the 420. “We saw the boat in the factory when it was still wrapped in cardboard and went, ‘Yeah…’” José says with a slow nod and a raised eyebrow that speaks volumes. The flagship Outrage had found its owners, no question. Its name was also a no-brainer: They christened it Mila. “Like two music notes,” she winks. “Mi-La.”

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(Top) José lifts the leaning post’s work surface to reveal a handy grill and sink. (Right) Mila strikes a pose. “I feel like Ava Gardner!” she laughs.


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(Top left) El Yunque National Forest draws hikers from around the world with its lush beauty and wildlife, including (bottom right) the coqui frog. (Above) JosĂŠ captains the 420 with ease.

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Long familiar with the Boston Whaler brand, the Fullanas previously owned a 370 Outrage, and their son a 270—both purchased with guidance from Wally Castro, whose eponymous dealership hosts an annual “Christmas in July” boating extravaganza that draws thousands of attendees as boisterous as the owner himself. Conveniently, Wally Castro Marine has a headquarters in Marina Puerto del Rey, where the Fullanas keep their boat. Back at the helm, José confidently scans his three Raymarine® screens, monitoring the course back to shore. “It drives very well,” he says, leaning back against the captain’s seat’s flip-up bolster. Beside him, Mila adjusts her stylish broad-brimmed sunhat—one of several she keeps onboard—to deflect some of the morning’s rays. Puerto Rico’s climate is steamy, she confirms, which is all the more reason they appreciate the Whaler’s easy operation. “When it gets too hot, we get on the boat, we go,” she says. The couple has three adult children, two sons and a daughter, and eight grandkids. “Our kids live two minutes from home,” Mila says. “In Puerto Rico, we’re like this—” she adds, throwing her arms wide and then wrapping them close in the gesture of a giant hug, her glittering eyes emphasizing the point: Family stays together. When they do leave home, they often do that together, too. The list of places they have visited is long, and the trips all classify as exciting. Alaska, Costa Rica, Switzerland, Vermont… The world is a big place, and the Fullanas are determined to see as much of it as possible— ideally from onboard their Whaler.

Mila recounts one of the first times she and José slept on their 420 Outrage. The night was so beautiful, they opted to forgo the cabin’s V-berth and instead slept outside on the bow’s sprawling forward lounge. “It was the best sleep,” Mila says. “Every time we woke up, we saw the stars.” In Puerto Rico, they don’t have to venture far to find natural beauty. El Yunque National Forest, the only tropical rainforest in the U.S. national forest system, lies mid-island. An estimated 1.2 million visitors a year take in its dramatic waterfalls, lush foliage and diverse animal inhabitants. Among them, the beloved coqui frog can be heard from dusk ’til dawn chirping the call for which it gets its name: “Co-qui! Co-qui!” El Yunque contains two dozen species of trees and plants found nowhere else and is the only place in the world to spot the endangered Puerto Rican Amazon Parrot. To the west, the picturesque beaches of Rincón lure surfers from all over, having gained international recognition through the 1968 World Surfing Championship. The pace on this side of the island is generally said to be more laidback and it is far less populated, with areas so remote they feel undiscovered. The villages filled with friendly locals, the crystal-clear water and the Caribbean sunsets combine to make it an irresistible destination. It’s easy to see why the Fullanas choose to reside in Puerto Rico; as often or as far as their adventures take them away, there’s always something to draw them back—to their family, to their Whaler’s homeport, to roads less traveled and more colorful.


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It’s a glorious thing, that feeling of being unshakable, of knowing that no matter what a situation throws at us, we’re ready to handle it. Whether it’s a first date, a first marathon, or a career-defining presentation at work, confidence makes all the difference between muddling through and sailing through. True confidence—the kind that’s more than fleeting, the kind that powers us to do great things—comes from deep inside. It’s something we build, slowly at first but with gaining momentum, through hard work and thoughtful preparation. It involves knowing our strengths and using them to our advantage, whether that means honing a knack for storytelling or embracing a flair for PowerPoint. Fully developed, just about any strength can form the backbone of a success story. And, as it goes in life, so it goes for boating. Boston Whaler believes in the fundamental importance of confidence, because it is what empowers boaters to achieve their boating goals—to explore new and beloved destinations, to return home with full fishboxes and sparkling Instagram feeds, to log memories that will last a lifetime. Every Whaler is designed to deliver the softest, safest, driest ride imaginable and to provide a comfortable, intuitive user experience: Because when your footing is sure, your possibilities are endless.

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(Clockwise from top left) The 330 Outrage’s aft-facing couch easily converts into a handy work surface; the bow’s ample seating lifts to reveal equally generous storage; optional shades provide extra sun protection in the bow and cockpit.

The newest additions to the legendary Whaler lineup boast precisely this measure of confidence. The 330 Outrage made its debut at November’s Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, leading the way for the coming 250 Outrage and 280 Outrage. All three models embody the serious offshore performance and just as serious comfort displayed by their larger and smaller siblings, which include the NMMA Innovation Award-winning 370 Outrage and the flagship 420 Outrage. President Huw Bower stated it well at the 330’s introductory press conference: “Boston Whaler designs every boat to be confident to the core, and the new 330 Outrage exemplifies this focus. It is impeccably constructed, balancing stability and softness in a way that no other boat manufacturer has achieved.” Each new Outrage model features a precision-engineered variable-deadrise V-hull, with full-length hard chines and lifting strakes, creating a noticeably smoother ride and beautifully predictable handling. And thanks to a purposeful array of features, every Outrage is as well-equipped for epic fishing trips as it is for leisurely offshore cruises. Consider the particulars of the 330: In the bow, a large forward-facing lounge with flip-down armrests is a prime perch, especially for watching the horizon while underway. Lift the seat to reveal a cavernous storage garage below, which comfortably stows large items like buckets, fenders and dive tanks. Plush bow seating opposite the lounge makes this a terrific social zone, and conceals

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extra storage space for PFDs, ropes and towels. Anglers will appreciate the bow’s gunnel-mounted rod holders, too. After all, fishing with confidence includes having your arsenal at your fingertips. “Everything in this boat is intentional,” explains Jeff Vaughn, vice president of sales, marketing and customer service. “Storage compartments right where you want them, walking space right where you need it, performance that never disappoints. Our customers are incredibly savvy and have told us what their boating lives demand. Customer feedback has been instrumental in shaping the 330 Outrage.” The cockpit further demonstrates Boston Whaler’s attention to detail and dedication to comfort and functionality. An aft-facing couch converts to form a leaning post, and houses an optional 40-gallon livewell. And, in one quick motion, the seat back slides up and flips down to reveal a large work surface. Additional features include a wide, convertible aft bench, which folds completely out of the way to provide extra fish-fighting real estate; an optional teak cockpit table, which also stows neatly away when not in use; and a standard 50-gallon livewell behind the aft bench seat. Another standout feature in the cockpit is a new portside dive door, which provides easy dock access or, with the removable ladder in place, makes entering and exiting the water a breeze. For sportfishing, it offers increased accessibility for hauling a trophy catch up onto the deck.

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Other amenities lend comfort on all-day outings, like a molded footrest and fold-down helm standing platform to suit the captain’s ergonomic preferences, and a private head in the console for when nature calls. An optional YETI® cooler with dedicated storage and an optional summer kitchen with electric grill are also available for added entertaining capability. (Every consummate boating host knows the importance of having cool beverages and fresh snacks at the ready.) When it comes to captaining, an intuitive helm station is invaluable. The 330 Outrage features an array of cutting-edge navigation and display technology, providing easy control of the boat’s powerful, efficient Mercury® outboards—dual 300-horsepower FourStroke Verados® with hydraulic power steering come standard, with options up to 350 horses. State-of-the-art Joystick Piloting and Skyhook station-keeping, two popular features on larger Outrage models, are also available. Similar confidence-bolstering attributes can be seen across the Outrage lineup, as advancements made in one model inform the next. For Whaler’s award-winning design and engineering team, innovation is equal parts strategic and inspired. “Boston Whaler boats have always delivered unsinkable safety, thoughtful design and confident performance, which form the core of a satisfying boating experience,” Vaughn says. “The 330 Outrage, like the rest of the Outrage family, is a clear demonstration of Whaler’s ongoing commitment to advancing comfort and seaworthiness.”

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EVERYTHING IN THIS BOAT IS INTENTIONAL. STORAGE COMPARTMENTS RIGHT WHERE YOU WANT THEM, WALKING SPACE RIGHT WHERE YOU NEED IT, PERFORMANCE THAT NEVER DISAPPOINTS.

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Morris Weiss might be a Whaler addict. He has two at his weekend home on the Severn River in Maryland and a third at his condo in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Of course, craving time on the water with his kids could hardly be considered a vice.

“The kids love boating,” he says of Esther (15) and Shane (13). “Although, my daughter is going to be 16 soon, so she’s getting a whole new life, but it’s great bonding time.” In Maryland, Morris has a 370 Outrage he uses for cruising, entertaining and fishing, and a 170 Super Sport he uses for tubing, kneeboarding and water-skiing. “It’s perfect for that,” he says. “It’s got a lot of power, and with the ski pylon, it’s just wonderful.” When it came time to choose a boat—or in this case, boats—that his kids would be on, there was no other choice for Morris than the Boston Whaler brand. “I always knew they were a top-quality, top-made boat,” he says. “I always like to buy the best that is available so that I am never second-guessing myself. And the Whaler fit and finish and the ride are so much better than other brands. It’s second to none.”

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School has already started for Esther and Shane, but thankfully that doesn’t mean an end to boating time. When the kids visit Morris and his girlfriend Stacey on weekends, they make it a point to head to the river. Morris readies the boats while the kids haul their gear down the dock on Sunday morning. The kids might be teenagers, but they’ve yet to be bitten by that bug that makes them deem adults uncool. Instead, they exude a sense of peace and happiness the minute they step onboard the 370 with Dad and Stacey. Sure, they probably have plenty of electronic devices to occupy their attention, but it seems they’d rather peer out at the scenery whizzing by. Esther’s cellphone makes an appearance to snap the occasional picture and lock in the moments. What she may not realize now—but it’s certainly something that Morris gets—is that years down the road she won’t need a picture to take her back to her teenage years sitting in the cockpit with her family. For Shane, boating might be a bit more about that hit of adrenaline

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he gets when being whipped around on the tube. But his wide grin indicates there’s no other place he’d rather be even when just sitting onboard the Outrage. Family togetherness is what Morris remembers about his own childhood spent on the water with his parents, who always had boats. “Every Friday we’d go to the boat and stay there until Sunday evening,” Morris says. “That was my life from about 6 or 7 years old through adolescence. Then I got my first boat when I was 19. It wasn’t a Whaler, so we won’t talk about that,” he adds with a laugh. Stacey remembers crabbing with her dad on the bay. “When you grow up in Maryland, it’s a part of you,” she says of boating. She moves in closer to Morris at the helm seat, and it’s clear that these boating trips, big and small, mean a great deal to them as a couple. With the 370 Outrage, Morris, Stacey and the kids enjoy catching rockfish in the bay or taking day trips. St. Michaels, on the eastern shore of the Chesapeake, is a favorite for its laidback

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atmosphere, quaint shops and great restaurants. Closer to home is the Annapolis area, rich in maritime tradition and fun nightlife. Morris likes to moor nearby and just relax. “Taking the boat down Back Creek or Spa Creek, it’s so peaceful and charming,” he says. “It’s a lovely area.” Sometimes a simple cookout onboard using the cockpit grill is all it takes for a great day on the water. The 370 Outrage has been perfect for entertaining with its ample bow seating and roomy cockpit. “The layout is so great for large parties, groups or gatherings,” Morris says. “It’s a comfortable boat to be on.” Adding to the comfort is the cockpit’s optional canvas enclosure, which allows the family to enjoy the Whaler all year round. Morris says Maryland gets frequent nice days throughout the winter, and they often find themselves wanting to get out on the water even in the colder months. “The enclosure blocks the wind,” he says. Down at his condo in Fort Lauderdale, Morris keeps a 270 Outrage, which was moved there from his river home in Maryland after the purchase of a 320 Outrage. Later, he traded in the 320 for his current 370 model. He’s also owned a 210 Outrage and a 240 Outrage, both of which he kept in Maryland. He bought all of his Whalers from Chesapeake Whalertowne, which has locations in Annapolis and Grasonville. “They’re a family-run business and very customer oriented,” Morris says. “You make a phone call, and it’s done. They are very proactive. Their sales and service departments truly look out for the best interests of their clients.” He raves about how the dealership will monitor the weather for him and, if there’s going to be a storm, they’ll call and ask him if he wants the boat pulled out. “That’s great because I don’t have time to always be thinking about that,” says Morris, who manages a forklift sales and service company, a family business his father started. Chesapeake Whalertowne’s dedication allows Morris to focus on his business and his family. Morris is quick to point out that he rarely has to call upon the dealership for anything since his Whaler boats and their Mercury® engines are so dependable. “With the six Whalers I’ve owned,” he says, “I’ve never had a failure or a breakdown or needed anything other than an oil change. Nothing has ever broken on them. They are unbelievably reliable.” His three Whalers sport Mercury FourStroke Verados®—with triple 300s on the 370 Outrage, twin 225s on the 270 Outrage and a single 90 on the 170 Super Sport. “I love the fact that they are so quiet,” Morris says of the Verados. In Florida, Morris uses the 270 for cruising as well as fishing near shore and offshore. “It handles the ocean wonderfully,” he says. “They’re hardy boats. They take a pounding. Even in 5- or 6-foot seas, the 270 gives a great ride. Really, I can’t say enough kudos about the boats and everything that goes into them.” On the Severn River, Morris maneuvers the 370 back toward the dock at his vacation home. The kids have all those last-minute Sunday to-dos to prepare for going back to school. At the slip, Morris cuts the engine and lets out a sigh. He’s clearly wishing he could rewind the clock to Friday and do it all over again. Esther and Shane look a little bummed, too, but they give Morris tandem nods and grin as if to say, “Same time next week, Dad?”

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It handles the ocean wonderfully. They’re hardy boats. They take a pounding. Even in 5- or 6-foot seas, the 270 gives a great ride.

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Ken Debrowski gets right to the point about living on Cape Cod. “If you can’t find something to do that interests you, it’s your own fault or you are an extremely dull person,” he says with a laugh.

He and his wife, Kathy, are prepping their Boston Whaler 315 Conquest at Little River Boat Yard in Mashpee, Massachusetts. The plan is to get in some early-morning fishing and then cruise around for a bit just enjoying the day. That versatility is one of the primary reasons they chose the Conquest model. The cabin space and amenities make for great overnighting, and the overall size of the boat is perfect for their needs. “We are small enough that even in the summer at most destinations you can find a spot on short notice,” Ken says.

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Kathy hangs close to her husband in the enclosed cockpit as he navigates down the short stretch of Little River and out onto Waquoit Bay. The bay is home to Washburn Island, a large, undeveloped swath of land that’s a favorite for campers, hikers and beachgoers. The Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation manages the island, which is only accessible by boat. Ken heads across the bay and out of the cut toward Vineyard Sound. They stop at one of the shoals between Cape Cod and Martha’s Vineyard to see if any fish pop up on the sonar. For bottom fishing, Ken and Kathy typically use a five- to six-foot conventional setup with braided line. “The braid lets you hold the bottom with less sinker weight and is much better for feeling the fish hitting the baits,” Ken says. He and Kathy like soft plastic baits or squid strips. And they usually keep a six-foot spinner setup handy for when they spy surface fish. “There’s water everywhere,” Ken says. “In addition to the bay, sound, ocean, there are freshwater ponds all over the Cape that are stocked with fish.” He hasn’t done any freshwater fishing himself, but rumor has it, he adds, the catching is pretty good. The sun has just barely perched in the sky when Kathy hooks up with the morning’s first black sea bass. She pulls it over the gunnel for a couple of quick pictures and then tosses it back into its salty home. Ken and Kathy catch a few more bass and one fluke before

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calling it quits on the fishing and heading towards Oak Bluffs on Martha’s Vineyard for more leisurely sightseeing. The Debrowskis enjoy Oak Bluffs because it has a very quaint feel. The town is famous for its stunning, colorful Carpenter Gothic architecture. These “gingerbread cottages,” as they’re often called, owe their history to a Methodist camp at Wesleyan Grove, which began as a tent community in the 1830s. As the camp grew each year, the beautiful cottages replaced the tents. A wrought-iron Tabernacle, built in 1879, provides the centerpiece of the community’s historical charm. With places like Oak Bluffs a short ride from their house in Mashpee, it’s easy to see why the Debrowskis have made the Cape their full-time home. They moved in the spring of 2013 after Ken retired from Citibank, for which he used to commute to New York City from northeastern Monmouth County in New Jersey. Ken’s only complaint about living on the Cape is that he’d heard one could golf year round, but he says with a laugh, “I’m still waiting for it.” He attributes that factor to two recent wild winters, and he’s sure that this year, he and Kathy will be on the green in January. The Debrowskis are no strangers to inclement weather. They were living in New Jersey when Hurricane Sandy struck in October of 2012. At the time, they had a Boston Whaler 290 Outrage. Ken likes to tell the story of how his Whaler lived up to its unsinkable reputation: The marina had hauled all of the boats out before the

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They were looking for something low-maintenance, unsinkable and safe that also had good performance. That Whaler was a great boat for water-skiing and fishing.

storm and had removed the drain plugs, as per normal procedure. After the storm, they found the boat on a salt marsh one mile west of the marina on the opposite bank of the Navesink River. Despite a 13.3-foot storm surge, the boat had very little damage. That strong Whaler reputation is what Ken remembers of boating as a kid after his parents bought a 13-footer to use at their summer home on Barnegat Bay in New Jersey. “They were looking for something low-maintenance, unsinkable and safe that also had good performance,” Ken says. “That Whaler was a great boat for waterskiing and fishing.” The Debrowskis bought a 23-foot Conquest in 1997, the first year they came out. That was back when their three children (now all in their 20s) were still little, and the cabin proved very useful for naptime. “It was a great day and fishing boat,” Ken says. “The head was essential for the female boaters in our house, and the hardtop was great if you wanted to get out of the sun for a while.” When the family started getting into fishing a bit more, they opted for a 290 Outrage, and then the move to the Cape prompted the switch to the 315 Conquest. The Debrowskis purchased their Conquest from Nauset Marine in Orleans, which Ken calls a “class operation.” He adds, “If there is any problem, they will make it right. When you buy a boat from them it’s like joining their family.”

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One of the best things about living on the Cape for Ken and Kathy is the easy access to so many great ports of call, including Newport, Block Island and Boston. They recently even took a trip up to Kittery, Maine. Of course, places right on the Cape hold their interest, too, like Provincetown, at the tip of the peninsula’s famed hook. “P-town” is known for its arts and culture scene, with many galleries, theater companies and writers’ and artists’ colonies. Curiously, the hook is actually considered to be on the “Lower Cape” even though it is north of the rest of the peninsula, which is considered the “Upper Cape.” The terms are thought to do with prevailing winds, but Ken and Kathy laugh at how it took some time to adjust to the idea while first exploring. After browsing around Oak Bluffs for a bit, the Debrowskis are ready to head back out across the sound for home. They note that Martha’s Vineyard is always a favorite for them, especially when their kids visit. Brian lives in Dallas, Lauren in New Jersey and Lisa in Boston. “Brian is still looking for his Cape Cod tuna…I think he may need a better captain,” Ken jokes. Because of proximity, they see Lisa a bit more than the others, but Ken and Kathy are glad their kids have found their wings. “They are all single and sort of doing their own thing,” says Ken, “which is what they should be doing at this stage in their lives.” Thanks to the Conquest, Ken and Kathy are excited to be out searching for their own fresh horizons.

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Whaler Volume 6 Issue 2  

The lifestyle magazine for Boston Whaler enthusiasts.

Whaler Volume 6 Issue 2  

The lifestyle magazine for Boston Whaler enthusiasts.