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whaler ­president’s letter Keeping the legend growing.

President, Boston Whaler

Nick Stickler Vice President of Sales, Marketing & Customer Service

Jeff Vaughn Director of Customer Experience

Nate Abdalian Manager of Content & Event Marketing

Traci Davis Marketing & Sales Event Coordinator

Anna Collins Digital Marketing Specialist

Katie Toot Marketing Administrative Assistant

Kristin Osweiler





One of the greatest aspects of owning a boat is just how many doors it opens up. Suddenly your enjoyment of the outdoors isn’t bound by land; new hobbies, new passions, new sights and sounds are all within reach.

Douglas Leik

Editorial Director

Randy Hess

Managing Editor

Amy Wideman Senior Editor

Elli Purtell

Editor at Large

Jennifer Chesak Editor at Large

Alexa Poteet

Those possibilities expand exponentially when your boat is as capable as a Boston Whaler. We’ve always been committed to providing Core Confidence: The knowledge that you can trust in the safety, reliability, comfort and capability of your Whaler, 100 percent, so that nothing stands in the way of choosing your own adventure. The stories in this issue of the magazine are a testament to that Core Confidence, and I bet you’ll find commonalities with your own boating story. Flip through and meet generations of families—and a few furry companions—whose shared enthusiasm brings them closer together. Whether your passions include offshore fishing (page 16), wildlife spotting (page 42), or taking new routes to familiar places (page 36), a Boston Whaler is an invaluable tool for achieving We’ve always those bucket-list goals. We’d love to hear how Boston Whaler has opened up new been committed opportunities for you: Share your thoughts and experiences on to providing Facebook, Instagram or Twitter using the hashtag #whalerlife, Core Confidence. or drop us a note at And keep on making the most of every possibility.

Nick Stickler

Creative Director

Russell Duncan

Digital Creative Director

Kraig Devenport Art Director

Justin Goode Graphic Designer

Brittany Huisenga Photographers

Mike Calabro, Steven J. Conway, Robert Glover, 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 email:

President — Boston Whaler 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 © 2017 Boston Whaler.



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All Smiles

A Texas family heads offshore nearly every weekend, using their 350 Outrage to ply the Gulf of Mexico for sailfish, wahoo, snapper, tuna and more.


Colombian Treasures

Embark on a sightseeing tour of Cartagena, where a Boston Whaler provides a front-row view of the bustling port city’s colorful architecture.


Sophisticated Simplicity

The new 380 Outrage uses advanced technology and design to create the ultimate in user-friendly operation, empowering successful fishing runs and memorable social gatherings.


Italian River Adventure

An enterprising boater travels from Venice to Milan by Boston Whaler, taking in the local culture and relishing solitude in between.

A Taste of the Wild



Navigate A major award win in Miami, the latest navigation and audio advances, new paints to protect your hull, expert boat insurance advice and much more.


Towing Acquaint yourself with the lakes of northern Georgia and experience the state’s natural beauty and history with this trailering itinerary courtesy of GMC.



A Taste of the Wild

An Idaho couple incorporates their 170 Dauntless into their adventurous, flavorful lifestyle.


Profile Boaters Will Knudsen and Pam Dawson complete an epic 28-day trip from Wyandotte, Michigan, to Cape Coral, Florida, on their 315 Conquest.

On The Cover: Texans Rick and Rachel Heard with pup Dirby on their Boston Whaler 350 Outrage.

Photo by Mike Calabro

HOOKS, NEWS, GEAR AND INFO volume 8 issue 1

230 Outrage Wins


INNOVATION AWARD Boston Whaler’s trophy case just expanded again: The new

230 Outrage received a coveted marine industry Innovation Award in the Center Console/Walkaround Fishing Boats category. The honor, announced during February’s Miami Boat Show, marks Whaler’s sixth Innovation Award. Standout features of the 230 Outrage include an ingenious convertible leaning post, which conceals a handy flip-down work station and a backrest that rotates 90 degrees to form a comfy aftfacing seat. “We’re honored to receive an Innovation Award for our 230 Outrage,” said Whaler President Nick Stickler. “The 230 demonstrates Boston Whaler’s commitment to delivering Core Confidence, marrying rugged fishing capability and cutting-edge technology with design innovations that enhance comfort, enjoyment and ease of use.”



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THE POWER OF WATER Micron WA (Water-Activated) is the newest addition to AkzoNobel’s Interlux® industry-leading Micron Technology product range. This antifouling paint offers long-lasting, multi-seasonal protection for your Whaler’s hull, all in a water-based formulation. Using a novel paint technology called Water Activated Matrix, Micron WA delivers a crisp, vibrant color and uniform appearance to provide a striking, attractive finish, while at the same time efficiently releasing the active ingredients to



antifouling performance. Easy to apply and with low odor and VOC emissions, Micron WA reduces impact on the environment while leaving you with a smooth, clean hull. Learn more at

Trusted Technology Trusted by Boston Whaler to provide the most reliable, cutting-edge navigation technology on the water, Raymarine® equipment can be found on Whalers around the world— including those produced by Boston Whaler for military and law enforcement uses under the Brunswick Commercial & Government Products Division. Now Raymarine shares a similar endorsement: its parent company, FLIR Systems, Inc., was recently awarded a $50 million contract to provide marine electronics systems under the U.S. Coast Guard’s Scalable Integrated Navigation Systems 2 (SINS-2) program over a fiveyear period. FLIR will provide electronics systems that will be standard fit on over 2,000 U.S. Coast Guard vessels, ranging from small-class boats through large cutter-class vessels. The systems include Raymarine multi-function navigation displays, radars, sonars and autopilots—items with which countless Whaler owners are familiar. For more on the complete lineup of Raymarine offerings, visit

TURN IT UP Confidence in your boat means confidence in every single system onboard. Boston Whaler doesn’t cut corners, and neither does JL Audio®, whose marine loudspeaker systems and components are specially designed and tuned for an openair boating environment. Just like your Whaler, JL Audio products are American-made and rigorously tested to ensure stellar performance.

Throwing Shade We all love spending long, leisurely days out on the water, but we also know the importance of protecting ourselves and our family from excess sun exposure. Boston Whaler is proud to feature top-ofthe-line canvas from Sunbrella®, whose products deliver long-lasting quality and superior sun protection. In fact, Sunbrella carries Skin Cancer Foundation’s Seal of Recommendation, when used as part of your daily skin care regimen. As a bonus, Sunbrella fabrics are low-maintenance and easy to care for, maintaining their beautiful appearance and rich color season after season. Enjoy the sun from the safety of the shade, and enjoy knowing your Whaler’s canvas will keep its youthful appearance too.

In fact, all materials, assemblies and completed systems are tested using advanced salt-fog and UV test equipment, simulating years of exposure to the elements, so they’re guaranteed to last for the long haul. That’s why nearly every Boston Whaler model since 2013 is available with a JL Audio sound system, either standard or as a factory-installed option: Quality components contribute to peak boating experiences. Head to to learn more.

THE CHOICE IS EASY Finding boat insurance coverage for your Whaler doesn’t have to be a chore. Let the experts at Boater’s Choice do the work for you. Their team of knowledgeable marine underwriters have access to many A-rated carriers, so they can suggest the best price and coverage options based on your needs. Boater’s Choice will also support you throughout the life cycle of your policy, so you can focus on enjoying your Whaler. For a personalized, noobligation quote, visit



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STEADY AS YOU GO Boston Whaler’s precision-engineered hulls are designed to balance stability and softness for a remarkably comfortable ride, even when conditions get rough. Seakeeper® is driven by the same desire to provide comfort and stability while at anchor and underway. Seakeeper’s gyro stabilization technology works to eliminate boat roll, which cuts down significantly on the motion that can cause seasickness. This technology is currently available on the 350, 380 and 420 Outrage, and has been extensively tested by Whaler’s naval architects to ensure seamless integration. Going steady is a beautiful thing. Learn more at

60 Years of Quality Canvas

As the leading provider of top-quality marine replacement canvas, Great Lakes is a trusted source for Whaler owners all around the country. And this year, the company is celebrating its 60th year in business, making it one of the nation’s oldest and largest original equipment manufacturers of marine canvas covers and enclosures. If you’ve ever considered replacing your Boston Whaler’s canvas—maybe the years have started to show, or maybe you’re just in the mood for a fresh look—Great Lakes can help. For more information about the company or to shop for canvas, visit


Whether you’re traveling to the beach, the boat launch or the farmer’s market, travel in comfort and style with the 2017 GMC® Sierra® Denali® HD. Premium interior refinements include triple door seals to help block road noise, and heated and ventilated front seats. Plus, with an available 6.6L Duramax Diesel engine producing 445 hp and 910 lb-ft of torque, the Sierra Denali HD has all the muscle you need to tow like a pro. Visit for more information.



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Brand New Look.

Old Fashioned Quality.

Celebrating six decades of quality marine canvas and superior customer service.

When it’s time to replace your canvas, go directly to the company that Boston Whaler trusts. Celebrating 60 years as a leading marine canvas supplier, Great Lakes Boat Top has more than 22,000 original canvas patterns so your new canvas fits and looks as good as it did on the showroom floor. Request a no obligation quote online or call one of our canvas experts to confirm that we have your pattern available. Whether you enjoy long weekends in a secluded cove on your Boston Whaler or day trips enjoying watersports, you can count on canvas from Great Lakes Boat Top to make your boating experience more comfortable. Through June 30, 2017, Boston Whaler owners get 20% off any replacement canvas orders by using promo code: BW617. • • • •

Original canvas patterns dating back to 1993. Fast turnaround — ships within 7 - 10 business days. 100% Satisfaction Guarantee and superior customer service. Bimini tops, cockpit covers, bow/tonneau covers, full enclosures and much more. • Sturdy construction and marine hardware. • Industry-leading Sunbrella canvas with a 10-year fabric warranty.

Offer available to retail customers only. Not valid in conjunction with other promotional offers. Expires June 30, 2017.

FRESH START Springtime is a prime time to consider refinancing your Whaler. Let Essex Credit make it easy: Essex is pleased to offer incredibly low rates for Whaler owners who wish to seek refinancing. With more offerings than standard banks, including loan term options from five years to 12 years to 20 years, Essex can find the plan that best fits you and your lifestyle. Launch your season with a fresh start. Visit for more information.

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C H E C K M AT E S Smart Whaler owners know that having a functioning VHF radio onboard is a necessity. Even in the age of ubiquitous smart phones, a radio is the most reliable means of communication out at sea. Checking to be sure your radio is working should be done before every outing. In the past, this meant making a radio check request and waiting for a response, but now you can do it yourself with Sea Tow’s Automated Radio Check Service. Provided as a free public service to boating communities nationwide, Sea Tow’s innovative Automated Radio Check Service reduces the volume of non-urgent communications traffic on VHF channel 16, the international hailing and distress channel, while allowing you to perform the check and ensure that your radio is functioning properly. Just head to the “Tools & Education” menu on and select “Automated Radio Checks” to get started.



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Show the world you’ve got excellent taste in boating: Shop the Boston Whaler Apparel store for stylish and functional T-shirts and hats, outerwear and accessories, watches, tumblers and more, all featuring the familiar harpoon logo. Or choose from an array of fenders, throw cushions and dock lines to coordinate with your boat. Whether you’re seeking a great gift for the Whaler enthusiast in your life, or a new addition to your wardrobe, is your one-stop shop!

Micron : Generations of Innovation ®

The innovation continues… We are excited to introduce Micron WA as the newest addition to the Micron Technology family. Micron WA is a multi-seasonal, polishing, water-based antifouling with the unique Water Activated matrix. This novel paint technology delivers a crisp color, and premium long lasting protection for all waters! The Micron Technology family offers a range of premium products that meets your needs while delivering true and proven performance. For generations Micron Technology has been protecting boats coast to coast by improving fuel efficiencies while reducing paint build up through controlled polishing. Whatever the year, you know you’ll always have the latest and best in Micron Technology. Visit our website for more information –

Scan the code with your smartphone to watch our Micron film. 8393/0317

All trademarks mentioned are owned by, or licensed to, the AkzoNobel group of companies. © AkzoNobel 2017.

Nature-lovers in Georgia are treated to views of (from top to bottom) the Blue Ridge Mountains, Allatoona Lake and Lake Lanier. (Right) A sophisticated GMCÂŽ vehicle and versatile Boston Whaler combine to make exploring a delight.



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Georgia on My Mind


Acquaint yourself with the lakes of northern Georgia, and experience the state’s natural beauty and history. Story by Elli Thompson Purtell | Trailering photo by Mike Calabro

From activity-filled to family-friendly to serene to historic, the Peachtree State has no shortage of beautiful lakes just begging for exploration. A Boston Whaler Outrage and a GMC® Sierra® Denali® make the perfect pair for embarking on an expedition across the northern half of Georgia. Gather up your gear, pack a picnic (with some peaches and pecan pie thrown in for good measure) and hit the road. Allatoona Lake Start your excursion 30 miles north of Atlanta on Allatoona Lake. This gorgeous body of water is surrounded by 25,000 acres of public land, including Red Top Mountain State Park, which features multiple beaches, picnic shelters, walk-in campsites, rentable cottages and plenty of marinas for launching and any service needs. (Note: Most beaches and boat launches come with a $5 daily fee.) Anglers can cast a line for striped bass, largemouth bass, bluegill, catfish and sturgeon (the last of which must be released). If you’re ready for some time on dry land, the park hosts several events each week with Americorps Rangers, such as star gazing outings and guided tours related to the area’s history of iron mining. Carters Lake Drive an hour north to the remote Carters Lake. Midway between Atlanta and Chattanooga, Tennessee, Carters Lake nestles into the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains and boasts 62 miles of undeveloped shoreline. Before hitting the water, take advantage of several hiking trails, including the Tumbling Waters Trail that leads to a 160-foot bridge with stunning views of the lake and, farther on, a series of cascading waterfalls. Launch your Whaler for free at the Doll Mountain Campground boat ramp, and head out onto the water. Fishermen can target flathead catfish, carp, striped bass, redear sunfish, largemouth bass, bluegill and more, while water-skiiers

will enjoy plenty of open water. To refuel your boat or yourself, head to Carters Lake Marina and Resort, which has an on-water gas and pump-out station and convenience store. Lake Lanier Drive an hour and a half east to the easily accessible and incredibly popular Lake Lanier, which features 38,000 acres of water for exploring. You can launch your Outrage from dozens of sites on the lake, but choose Olympic Park on the northeast end of the lake for an added dash of national pride. The Lake Lanier Olympic Park hosted the rowing, sprint canoe and kayaking events of the 1996 Centennial Olympic Games. The 26-acre park features picnic sites, a beach, a canoe/ kayaking boathouse and a free public boat launch. Once out on the lake, your activity options are endless. Fish for largemouth bass, water-ski (while being mindful of other watercraft and skiers on this busy lake) or find a quiet cove to soak up the sun. And for any service or sales needs, MarineMax Buford is an authorized Boston Whaler dealership located right by the lake. Lake Oconee Head south to Lake Oconee, a 19,050-acre reservoir in central Georgia. Get your Whaler on the water by way of one of seven public boat launches. From there you can cruise, ski or wakeboard on the bright blue water, which is fed by the Oconee River, the Appalachee River and several major creeks. If fishing is your passion, you’ve come to the right place. The Georgia Power dam creates a current similar to the ocean, where largemouth bass, catfish and crappie thrive. Stick close to the water and take advantage of several beaches and picnicking areas, or venture into historic Greensboro to see the quaint downtown and the Old Gaol, the oldest existing jail in the state, built in 1807.

Along their Great Loop route, Will and Pam took in sights including downtown Chicago (top left), St. Louis’s Gateway Arch (center right), the Tampa Bay Bridge (center left) and so much more. (Top right and bottom left) The fearless Pamala Lee, the 315 Conquest that made the journey possible.



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28 Days on a Whaler


Husband-and-wife duo Will Knudsen and Pam Dawson travel the Great Loop from Michigan to Florida on their 315 Conquest in four weeks’ time Story by Amy Wideman | Photos courtesy of Pam & Will

“There’s always a campfire story to tell.” That’s boater Will Knudsen’s good-natured way of explaining the challenges inherent in a long-distance river voyage. He would know: In 2015, Will and his wife, Pam, completed an epic 2,808.1mile Great Loop Trip on their 315 Conquest. The couple’s positive attitude and trustworthy boat combined to make for one heck of an adventure. The Great Loop is a system of waterways that encompasses much of the eastern U.S. and part of Canada. A series of both natural and manmade paths—including the Great Lakes, the Atlantic and Gulf Intracoastal Waterways, and the Mississippi and Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway—treat boaters to fascinating and varied terrain. These “Loopers,” as they call themselves, often fly a white burgee to signify their goal. Those who complete the Loop fly a gold one. This established pastime even has its own organization, the America’s Great Loop Cruisers’ Association. Out in the field, Loopers readily lend each other their support, a camaraderie Pam and Will witnessed firsthand. Will and Pam had covered portions of the eastern Loop before, including tracing the Florida panhandle up to the Alabama state line. But it wasn’t until they acquired their Boston Whaler, purchased in 2015 at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, that they felt confident enough in their boat to attempt the Mississippi River segment. Soon after taking delivery from MarineMax Fort Myers, the Conquest was shipped up to Detroit. Just two months later, on September 2, 2015, they set off on their journey, departing from Wyandotte, Michigan. “You could call it on-the-job training,” Will says. “But with the joystick piloting and satellite anchoring technology, the boat is really user-friendly.” The couple traced a path from the Great Lakes, through downtown Chicago and down the Illinois River, on to Mississippi past the St. Louis Arch, the Ohio and Tenn/ Tom waterway all the way south to Mobile Bay, Alabama. From there, they crossed east along the Gulf of Mexico to Tarpon Springs and on through Florida’s Intracoastal, until

they arrived home in Cape Coral. October 1, 2015, marked the conclusion of their 28-day adventure. Every evening of the trip, they pulled into a local marina and spent the night on the Conquest. They used a laptop to keep in touch with the outside world and share their experience on Facebook. “If we went too long without a post, our friends started to wonder about us…” Will says. Along the way, they often found themselves passing through heavily trafficked locks where the big barges get priority, which could mean waiting through four or five extra 45-minute cycles. “Part of the adventure is being flexible,” Will says. “Patience is part of the deal.” It helped that they were in comfortable surroundings. “The Whaler has a generator, so we had air conditioning, we had heat and light—we weren’t ‘roughing it,’ so to speak,” Will says. They graciously offered to heat water and make coffee for fellow boaters stuck alongside them in the locks. The couple says a highlight of the trip was cruising the Chicago River, passing under the skyscrapers of the Windy City. “In Illinois, we came to a railroad bridge that had been marked on the map with 12 feet of clearance. In reality, it was only about six,” Will recounts. “We made a lot of phone calls that day, looking for someone who could open the bridge!” Farther along, Will and Pam reached a section of Kentucky just outside Grand Rivers where “the internet disappears, your cell phone service disappears... it gets so remote that even the banjo music stops!” Will laughs at his Deliverance reference. “I don’t think we saw a single animal or another person for two days.” Now home safe and sound, they are contemplating future adventures. They joined Boston Whaler’s 2016 Bimini Rendezvous, adding a jaunt through the Florida Keys on their way home. Wherever they go next, they won’t be shy about racking up the miles. “We’ve put an exceptionally high number of hours on our boat, covering some 4,000 miles in two years,” Will says, adding with a smile, “I think it’s safe to say we’re getting our use out of it.”

ALL Dentists Rick and Rachel Heard and their kids head offshore nearly every weekend, using their 350 Outrage on the hunt for sailfish, wahoo, snapper, tuna and more.Â

Story by Amy Wideman | Photos by Mike Calabro


Texans Rick and Rachel Heard first met in dental school at UT Health San Antonio, where Rick was studying to become a periodontist and Rachel a general dentist, so it’s safe to say they share an appreciation for a healthy grin. These days, it’s another shared passion that has them flashing their pearly whites: boating on their 350 Outrage. Thanks to the Whaler, their weekends and spare hours are now filled with offshore fishing excursions deep into the Gulf of Mexico. And when they’re not in the mood for high-seas adventure, they opt for a leisurely cruise to Redfish Willie’s or another waterfront restaurant near their home in Port Aransas, Texas. Living with easy access to so much water opens up the full spectrum of possibilities. For Rachel, fishing the Gulf is in her blood. She vividly recalls going to the Mako Owners Tournament as a kid with her dad, a South Padre-based fishing guide. Her passion hasn’t waned one bit. “I’ve been fishing pretty much my whole life. I just love it,” she says. It didn’t take long to get her husband hooked, either. “Rick and I actually spent our one-year anniversary with my dad and his friend, fishing a tournament. Rick won first place for catching the largest wahoo!”



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(Above) Dirby cozies up to Rachel alongside Rick at the helm. (Opposite, clockwise from left) Reagan soaks up the view; the family gathers under the 350's hardtop; Richard enjoys his favorite spot in the bow; Dirby ventures up the railing.



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“Okay, so maybe it wasn’t the most romantic anniversary,” she adds with a laugh. The Heards have passed down their love of fishing to their teenage son, Richard, and daughter, Reagan. It certainly didn’t hurt that they had a Whaler to facilitate the tradition. “The ride out when we go offshore is the best,” Reagan says. “I love to look out and watch the waves. That’s pretty peaceful.” She’s also a big fan of catching snapper and mahi-mahi, and often brings friends along for the action. The parents appreciate the opportunity boating affords to bond over something besides Snapchat or Facebook. “I love that it’s a way to get the kids out of the house, into a situation with no cell service,” Rick says, “so they have to focus on nature and on us.” The Heards’ little Yorkie, Dirby, isn’t so sure about the water, but their other dog, Rusty, can’t get enough. “He absolutely loves going for rides. He’ll jump off land and try to make it onto the boat if Rick leaves him. He’s fallen into the canal so many times,” Rachel says, shaking her head. “He loves the boat so much.” With or without the pups, taking the Outrage offshore rewards the family with all the fresh seafood they can eat. They typically head about 60 miles out, though they’ve gone as far as 80 in search of fish. “That boat really hauls!” Rachel says. “We’ve caught sailfish, wahoo, tuna, mahi…even barracuda. We eat all of them! Well, except for the barracuda, and of course we release the billfish.” They then vacuum-pack and seal their catches, making sure to give some filets to any friends who helped reel them in. Another highlight has been the family’s encounters with certain adorable ocean dwellers. “These little pink-bellied dolphins will come up and swim alongside the boat, sometimes for 45 minutes at a time!” Rachel says. “Just skipping across the water, happy as can be. They’ll come all the way up and touch you. It’s incredible.” In choosing a boat for their family, the Heards knew that feeling confident onboard was a top priority. “Realizing we were going offshore to fish, I wanted the safest vessel possible to bring the family out and bring them back. And it had to be high-quality,” Rick explains. “Quality and safety—these things are best when they go hand-in-hand. That led us to Boston Whaler without hesitation.”  “Rick just read and read and read, everything he could find,” Rachel recalls. “I remember him telling me you can saw the Whaler in half and it’ll still float, that it’s one of the safest boats there is.”

(Left) The family cruises out of Port Aransas. (Opposite, clockwise from top left) Brave little fluff-ball Rusty is a boat dog to the bone; Richard and Rick command the ship; the Outrage's triple Mercury® Verados; Rick and Rachel share an inside joke; Reagan drops a line.

(Above) The Heards' double entendre of a boat name. (Top row, from left) Rusty leaps into action; mom and son kick back; the 350 Outrage sidles up to the dock.



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While they suspected they might ultimately want something larger, the Heards chose to start with a 250 Outrage “to make sure it was something we were going to continue doing,” Rick says. They instantly caught the boating bug, and soon decided that more feet were, indeed, essential. “My wife is a ‘the more the merrier’ type,” Rick says. “We knew we wanted the space to bring out a lot of people at once.” “Well, we have so many friends and family who want to go!” she says.  Trading up to the 350 Outrage last summer meant even more chances to spread the fun around. They’ve wasted no time in putting hundreds of hours on the engines. “We’re going to try and wear it out as fast as possible!” Rick jokes. The decision has proven to be the right one for their family. “The 350 has really been a good fit for us,” Rick says. “I love the way it’s designed, the convenience of it, the quality. It seems like if there was anything I might have wanted in a boat, Whaler already thought of it.”  The 350 Outrage also introduced them to Mercury® Joystick Piloting. “I do like the satisfaction of being able to maneuver the boat on my own,” Rick says, “but the joystick eliminates any nerves in tight quarters. And with the triple 300 Verados, the performance is fantastic.”  The Heards credit Mike Dyson, their sales representative at Austin’s Sail & Ski Center, with making their experience such a pleasant one. “Mike has come down to the boat several times and gone out with us to show us how to use everything,” Rachel says. “He’s been great.”  “Mike and Mark Singleton, the service rep—both of them are top notch,” Rick echoes. “Sail & Ski is just fantastic.” Even when cold weather rolls into town, it’s hard to persuade the Heards to give up their beloved pastime. They’ve taken family Christmas photos on the Whaler, and they’ve even bundled up in ski gear to squeeze a few more precious hours out of the season. “We hate to winterize it,” Rick says. “It’s sad to even put it up for a month or two.” You won’t find them mourning lost opportunities very often, though, because they refuse to let a good one slip by. “We’re enjoying the boat every opportunity we can get,” Rick says, turning to Rachel and exchanging a grin.

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Colombian treasures



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As epic boating destinations go, Cartagena, Colombia, ranks high on the list. This South American port city is rich in natural beauty, ey e -c at c h in g ar c h it e c t u r e and int riguing history—and it’s surrounded by water as far as the eye can see. We tagged along with two young boaters, Cartagenans Eliecer Ortiz and Eduardo Escalon, in their Super Sport for a tour of the area’s highlights. As locals like Eliecer and Eduardo are taught in school, Cartagena owes its roots to the shipping industry, having been developed in the 16th century as a waystation for Spain in the trade of gemstones and other treasures. The dangerous nature of transporting riches helps explain the extensive fortifications found on Cartagena’s shores, including high stone walls and large cannons once used to fend off attacks. Today, the city has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage site and draws visitors from around the world. Behind those cannon-

studded colonial walls lies a maze of cobbled alleys, balconies dripping with bougainvillea, and ornate churches casting welcome shade over sun-warmed plazas. Look closely and you’ll find beauty in the details, as well; for instance, the many door knockers carved into animal shapes, from sea horses and frogs to birds and lions. That so many 500-year-old fortresses, churches and monasteries remain intact is a testament to the skillful military and civil architecture of the Spanish and, fortunately, a great number of these sites are open to the public. Around the old walled city, Cartagena has emerged as a prosperous center of trade, with a glittering modern skyline and sprawling suburbs. Prominent corporations including Dole, SABMiller and Dow Chemical conduct major operations here, and a mass transit system, Transcaribe, began operation in 2015. Still, the area’s greatest attraction—the water—remains the focal point, and the best platform by which to explore.

Conveniently for boaters, Boston Whaler dealership Todomar Marina is located in the tourist sector of Bocagrande, just minutes from historic downtown. The full-service facility offers repair and maintenance services, boat storage and more, all manned by a friendly staff. Eduardo points out that Todomar’s ship’s store sells hats and T-shirts, toys and snacks, electronics and fishing equipment—just about anything you might need for a Whaler adventure. Colorful and fashion-conscious, Bocagrande has often been compared to Florida’s Miami Beach. Beyond the chic art galleries and trendy boutiques, it’s home to popular restaurants serving delicious local fare. If you visit, be sure to sample a traditional bandeja paisa, a hearty platter of red beans, rice, plantains, avocado and ground meat. Naturally, there’s also an abundance of great seafood to enjoy; count on excellent ceviche and fresh red snapper. After filling up on arepas (stuffed, grilled corn-flour pockets) at nearby cafe Arepas Pues, Eliecer and Eduardo boarded their Super Sport and headed away from Todomar’s docks. A perk of boating here is that you can steer your Whaler in just about any direction and you’ll find something photo-worthy, beginning with an expanse of shimmering turquoise water. Until recently, an enormous statue of the Virgin Mary sat out in the middle of the harbor, watching over the surface and the ships that came and went. The statue was struck by lighting two years ago, shattering all but the base, but is still considered a symbol of protection for seafaring visitors.



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The walls of Cartagena’s Old City (above) have stayed intact since the 16th century. For locals like Eduardo (in red hat) and Eliecer, traveling by Boston Whaler is the best way to soak up history--not to mention rays.

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(Top left) Eliecer cools his toes in the harbor. (Above) Colorful colonial architecture in the lively Old City district. (Bottom) The gorgeous Cartagena Cathedral.

Just a hop, skip and a jump by Whaler, the beautiful Tierra Bomba Island sits at the mouth of the bay, with miles of shoreline, mango groves and the 250-year-old military forts of San Jose and San Fernando. Across the channel from Tierra Bomba, a second island, Baru, offers an idyllic contrast to the hustle-and-bustle of Cartagena. Its clean, white-sand beaches, lush vegetation and relatively affordable resorts make it an appealing getaway. With a Boston Whaler at your disposal, the San Bernardo Archipelago is another peaceful destination for weekend escapes. Cartagenans make the two-hour trip to Boquerón Island, Panda Island and others in search of the quiet beaches, crystal-clear water, extensive plant life and protected coral reefs that compose the archipelago. (Keep your eyes peeled for sea turtle sightings!) Beyond, the islands of Múcura and Tintipán mark a trail out into the vast Caribbean. To be sure, Cartagena holds ample land-based charms, from the well-preserved structures of the Old City to a growing culinary scene and even a thriving nightlife. Still, there’s no question that its biggest selling point is the same one that drew Spanish explorers so many centuries ago: When you travel by boat, Cartagena holds endless riches.



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OUR BIGGEST SMALLEST THING YET INTRODUCING THE SEAKEEPER 3 25% smaller. 30% lighter. A big change for small boats. SHIPPING SPRING 2017



THE NEW 380 OUTRAGE USES ADVANCED TECHNOLOGY AND DESIGN TO CREATE THE ULTIMATE IN USER-FRIENDLY OPERATION S t o r y b y A my W i d e m a n | P h o t o s c o u r t e s y o f B o s t o n W h a l e r

“Still waters run deep,” as the saying goes. Sure, it applies to natural phenomena, but it generally refers to people or situations that appear to be quiet and calm, yet below the surface are uniquely complex and interesting. The same could be said of Boston Whaler’s new 380 Outrage, a boat whose clean, user-friendly surface belies a tremendous sophistication. This powerful offshore performer is easy to operate, easy to navigate and easy to enjoy, precisely because of all the innovative thinking and impressive technology that have gone into it. Unveiled in February at the Miami International Boat Show, Whaler’s newest Outrage confidently navigates the full spectrum of on-water activities, empowering epic offshore fishing runs as beautifully as it hosts memorable social gatherings. It also bears a striking profile, with a sleek integrated hardtop and a spacious center console layout that anglers and pleasure boaters alike will appreciate. You’ll find ample room to maneuver; convenient storage and rod holders; and loads of comfortable seating. “Our customers expect a pinnacle experience, and that’s precisely what the new 380 Outrage provides,” said Jeff Vaughn, Boston Whaler vice president of sales, marketing and customer service, speaking just prior to the 380’s world premiere in Miami. “The boat is remarkable in how well it suits a variety of activities; it serves as an offshore fishing platform, an entertaining vessel, and a yacht tender with equal finesse.”



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Fundamental to the Outrage’s versatility is its ease of operation. to ensure 24/7 security and enhanced awareness of critical boat Control is highly intuitive, thanks to a host of state-of-the-art functions. The system can also be tailored to communicate directly technologies that help the 380 Outrage stand out from the pack. At with your dealership or service professional, so maintenance and the helm, dual widescreen displays feature the latest Raymarine® service are handled automatically. Whaler Watch incorporates navigational equipment and offer full control of the Bluetooth TMMercury’s Theft Deterrent System (TDS), which restricts engine compatible stereo, as well as the Mercury® propulsion. performance in the absence of a designated key fob, in effect To that end, the 380 Outrage features triple Mercury immobilizing your Whaler. FourStroke Verado® engines with hydraulic steering and Shadow Of course, the real joy to be gained from a boat is using it, not Mode Technology. The optional Joystick Piloting system makes monitoring it—and boy, is the 380 Outrage made to be used. For for effortless docking and enables turn-on-a-dime maneuvering. anglers, amenities for serious fishing include a 60-gallon transom Whaler’s precision-engineered hull works seamlessly with the livewell, large in-floor fishboxes, a well-equipped leaning post, engines to provide unsurpassed efficiency and reliability; smooth, and ample rod holders placed strategically throughout the boat. predictable handling; and a soft, safe, dry ride. Truly, the 380 An integrated hardtop offers protection from the elements, while begs to be driven. Added stability comes courtesy of the available the air-conditioned helm deck boasts seating for the captain and Seakeeper® gyro-stabilizing system, reducing boat roll by a two companions—including bolsters and fold-down arm rests—for significant margin, particularly when at rest. ergonomic comfort at rest or underway. (Opposite) Whaler’s hull design ensures A boat is an investment, so naturally boaters The 380 Outrage also accommodates an optional a soft, dry ride. (Above left) The helm crave the peace of mind that comes with knowing upper station with an array of available electronics accommodates dual 16-inch Raymarine displays and available Joystick Piloting. that investment is safe and sound. Enter Whaler including a 7-inch VesselView display, providing (Above right) The new aft-facing couch Watch, an optional package that monitors boat anglers and pleasure boaters alike with confident features a large, flip-down work surface with cup holders. systems and vessel position remotely, via satellite, command—not to mention superior views.

For entertaining friends and family, the 380 delivers first-rate comfort and convenience. The Summer Kitchen option replaces the leaning post and adds an electric grill, making it a natural hub for cookouts and docktail get-togethers. Factor in the new aft-facing couch with armrests, an optional removable table, and an optional sunshade that deploys and retracts electrically from the hardtop, and there’s no question the cockpit is a perfect gathering place. Whaler’s design ingenuity also shines in the 380 Outrage’s bow, where the coaming has been pushed out in a notched configuration to expand seating and storage. An available bow sunshade lends added sun protection, and an optional bow table with filler cushion raises and lowers electrically to suit the day’s activities. And because a fun-filled day on the water calls for an assortment of snacks and drinks, towels and extra clothes, toys and fenders, and other odds and ends, there’s also plenty of space for everyone’s gear. The 380 Outrage features Whaler’s signature bow “garage,” a cavernous compartment located beneath the bow lounge seat that accommodates dive tanks, life jackets and more.



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Additional storage throughout the boat provides out-of-the-way but at-your-fingertips access to everything you bring onboard. Whether overnighting, going for a weekend-long getaway, or just taking a break from the sun, the 380 Outrage’s spacious, airconditioned cabin will accommodate. A dining area in the V-berth converts to form a double bed, and a fully enclosed, lockable head lends added privacy. Other amenities include a vanity with vessel sink and mirror, a microwave, and extra rod storage overhead. A skylight and two opening portholes provide natural light and airflow, while LED-diffused blue courtesy lights and switchable overhead lights keep things glowing after dark. “We are pleased to offer another source of Core Confidence for boaters seeking a versatile and powerful new option,” Jeff said. “The 380 Outrage is a fitting addition to the Outrage lineup and promises to empower phenomenal boating experiences.” So whether the waters you navigate are still, shallow, far offshore or close to home, the capabilities of the 380 Outrage will prove deeply satisfying.

The 380 Outrage is loaded with features that empower social gatherings and overnight stays, including (clockwise from top) a deluxe leaning post option with sink, grill and cutting board; an inviting cabin with a settee that converts to a double berth; and a spacious bow with wraparound seating, flip-up backrests, and an optional table with cushion that raises and lowers electrically.

ITALIAN RIVER ADVENTURE An enterprising boater travels from Venice to Milan by Boston Whaler Story by Amy Wideman | Photos by Mike Calabro


“Let’s start by saying that I am a huge Boston Whaler fan. I love these boats and their hulls. In Venice, I use mine every day, whether it’s winter, summer, sunny or rainy. Boston Whaler has the best balance in terms of style, length, room and stability; you can’t find better.” So begins boater Francesco Pannoli, recounting his epic voyage from Venice, Italy, all the way to Milan—more than 160 miles up the River Po—in a beautifully maintained 1973 13-foot Sport. “I felt I had to do something memorable with my boat, since it was so cool and vintage,” Francesco explains. “And I knew this model was well-suited for an adventure because it’s comfortable and strong, with a minimal draft, so I could be sure it would handle shallow water. The moment I learned it was possible to boat from Venice to Milan, I knew that was the perfect adventure.” Venice, Italy, provided a scenic launching pad for Francesco Pannoli’s epic Whaler adventure. (Group photo, from left) Alessandro, Francesco, Stefano with Campello Marine, and Marco Viacava, managing director of Centro Nautico Tigullio, Whaler’s dealership for Liguria and the Genaova region.



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Such a trip hadn’t always been possible, though. As recently as 2009, Italian officials completed a stretch of inland canals connecting Milan’s Lake Maggiore to the River Po. The canals, originally built in the 12th century by Benedictine and Cistercian monks, had been largely abandoned in the 1930s and ’40s in favor of railroad travel. Now, after decades of neglect, the restored system makes it possible to wind past Pavia, Piacenza, Cremona and Ferrara before reaching Venice. And to Francesco, the route—traced backwards, starting from his home near Venice—proved irresistible. So in June 2015, he composed an email that made its way to Boston Whaler’s headquarters in Edgewater, Florida. Interest duly piqued, the Florida team forwarded his email to Alessandro Lorenzon, the regional sales, marketing and customer service manager for Southern Europe. “Alessandro contacted me few days later to set up a meeting and figure out what my plan was,” Francesco recalls. “He was very open to my suggestions; I could sense that my plan was sounding good to him.” “I immediately liked Francesco’s idea, his drive and commitment, and his spotless 1978 vintage Sport,” Alessandro explains. “I saw there the perfect combination of elements and a great chance to help

a fellow Whaler owner and lover to make a dream come true.” With Boston Whaler’s endorsement, Francesco set about finalizing all the details. He quickly gained the backing of Luca Martignon, managing director for Campello Marine, the official Boston Whaler dealer for Venice and the Veneto region. “Luca gave me his total support, giving me a brand-new Mercury® 20-hp engine and organizing my departure from Piazza San Marco.” Campello Marine also helped arrange for a support staff and photographers to document the journey. Ever the enterprising spirit, Francesco lined up several sponsors, then made jackets, caps and stickers with their logos that he would proudly wear and display during his voyage. He also recruited a good friend, Piero Feiffer, to follow along by car, carrying extra gas and spare parts and staying in contact via radio, just in case something went wrong. (Fortunately— spoiler alert—nothing did.) October 20, 2015, marked his departure from Venice. “That was an amazing day,” he recalls, describing the route. “When you first leave Venice, you’re in a lagoon…” Anyone who’s ever plotted a romantic Venetian getaway is familiar with the dramatic columns and ornate facades lining the brilliant blue waterway.

I wanted to spend a few days in strict contact with me, myself and nature. I really enjoyed the fact that I was completely alone on the boat. I could appreciate the silence of nature every time I stopped for a short break. I will never forget the sensation.” “After about two hours by boat, you get into the Po River, which is huge,” Francesco raves. “I really enjoyed the wild nature of it, the incredible environment.” Some obstacles did arise, however. He and his Whaler were traveling against the current, dodging poles, floating pieces of wood, plants and debris. “I had to be really careful,” Francesco says. “A few times I also hit drying-up areas, where there were maybe 10 centimeters of water. I had to get off the boat straight on the mud and push it.” But the high points more than made up for any difficulties. For one thing, Francesco says he was delighted by his encounters with locals along the way: “The people I met were just amazing—very open to help and support me. “I remember the second day I had a problem because a floodgate was closed and I couldn’t pass,” he recounts. “I headed back a few miles and reached the closest dock. I got off the boat and it seemed no one was there. I found a garage with the shutter almost closed. I popped in and there were locals having a big lunch, right in the garage! They asked me to join them and told me not to worry about the boat. After this beautiful lunch with all this amazing local food, one man put my boat in a trolley and drove me 3 miles away, bypassing the floodgate. They didn’t ask for money; they were happy to help, happy to host and happy to see me go on and achieve my goal.” The moments between human interactions were invaluable as well, and in fact were part of his motivation for the undertaking. “I wanted to spend a few days in strict contact with me, myself and nature. I really enjoyed the fact that I was completely alone on the boat,” Francesco says. “I could appreciate the silence of nature every time I stopped for a short break. I will never forget the sensation.”



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Another high point came as he approached his final destination: “When I got to the center of Milan, there I was in Naviglio River, driving alongside a tram. All the passengers were looking at me very surprised, because nobody goes by boat there. Nobody!” From start to finish, Francesco considers the adventure a success, and an inspiration for future Whaler trips. “My journey didn’t start the day I left, but rather the day I had the idea,” he says. “Every moment spent in this period was a favorite moment, big time. I enjoyed planning my route, deciding where to stop, fixing up my boat to make it look perfect and really authentic. The preparation was all rewarding.” These days, Francesco is busy studying for his MBA in France, but he says that eventually he’d like to take his Sport down the Danube River all the way to the Black Sea. That would entail crossing through ten different countries—Germany, Austria, Slovakia, Hungary, Croatia, Serbia, Bulgaria, Moldova, Ukraine and Romania—and covering some 1,700 miles. “I know it’s a huge challenge, much more ambitious than the trip to Milan,” he says with a smile. “But I think it’s fully achievable. I would do it with my Whaler—my perfect traveling companion.”

(Top) With its colorful architecture and waterways like the Naviglio River canal, Milan made for a gorgeous finish line. (Near left and opposite) Francesco poses with friends and supporters who helped make his journey possible.


A couple incorporates their Boston Whaler 170 Dauntless into their adventurous, flavorful lifestyle Story by Jennifer Chesak Photos by Mike Calabro


Carl Oreskovich and his wife, Merrilee Lindaman, live a true farm-to-table, forest-to-table and lake-to-table lifestyle—the latter with the help of their Boston Whaler 170 Dauntless. “We are serious fresh foodies,” Carl says. “And part of having a boat is the ability to get fresh fish.” The couple lives on a small farm in Spokane, Washington, where they enjoy planting and harvesting a large garden. The fruits of their labor find their way into home-cooked meals and into dishes offered at Merrilee’s restaurant, Lindaman’s. Both Carl and Merrilee also enjoy hunting in the surrounding forests, and they have quick access to a variety of rivers and lakes in the region to satisfy their appetites for fish and on-water adventure. “We trailer it,” Carl says of the Dauntless. “I like to take it all over the place.” They ply Lake Roosevelt for trout and walleye, and the Columbia River for salmon. “I grew up in Montana and was a trout fisherman,” Carl explains, “and then I discovered I had a love of fishing and a love of boats, and they just went hand-in-hand.”



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Boaters Carl Oreskovich and Merrilee Lindaman love fishing and exploring the waterways of Idaho and Eastern Washington on their 170 Dauntless. Their friendly black Lab, Tach, is more than happy to join them in savoring the fresh air.

I’ve been in lots of other boats duck hunting in the early mornings, wondering if I’m going to make it back! The Whaler feels like it can handle anything. Plus it has beautiful lines.”

Carl bought his first Whaler, a 13-footer, after a friend took him out on one. “I thought it was a neat little boat,” he says. “I bought one and then got two-foot-itis.” He was familiar with the brand and its status as the “Unsinkable Legend,” and he wanted something that could handle a variety of conditions, since he and Merrilee like to head up wild river channels and across large lakes like Idaho’s Coeur d’Alene. “Everyone knows the Boston Whaler name,” Carl says, and since that first boat proved its mettle, he didn’t hesitate to trade up for the 170 Dauntless—practically on a whim. “I took the small boat in to have a fish finder put on it, and I came out with the bigger boat,” he says with a laugh. Once again, he’s satisfied with the purchase because the boat and its quiet, reliable 90-hp Mercury® FourStroke engine increase his confidence, no matter the journey. “I feel really safe in this boat—just the way it feels,” he explains. “I’ve been in lots of other boats duck hunting in the early mornings, wondering if I’m going to make it back! The Whaler feels like it can handle anything. Plus it has beautiful lines.”

He bought the 170 Dauntless from Trudeau’s Marine in Spokane. “They are really a remarkable dealership,” he raves. “It was an easy transaction. They never pressured me, and they were pleasant and accommodating. Plus, they are really proud of their Boston Whalers.” Carl admits that he’d better stay out of Trudeau’s showroom for a while, or else he might find himself coveting another trade-up. “I’ve been thinking of getting a bigger boat since the day I bought this one,” he says with a chuckle. “I was actually looking at a 21-foot Whaler recently, another Dauntless.” Carl favors the Dauntless family’s versatility and wide-open layout. “Tach loves it,” he says of one of the couple’s Labrador retrievers. Before owning their first Whaler, Carl and Merrilee had a larger boat of a different brand with a cabin, but as day-trippers they found the below space unnecessary. They prefer being in the open air, where they can see and experience nature fully, and they like the compact size of the Whaler for its go-anywhere ability.

There’s something about a boat that is liberating, from the very moment you put it on the water.

One of the couple’s favorite journeys involves taking the 170 Dauntless up the St. Joe, a tributary of Lake Coeur d’Alene. “I feel like a character in a novel,” Carl says. “There is a lumber mill on the river and there are wild rice fields, and so it’s a journey through a lot of different spaces and activities.” They enjoy the mix of traveling through areas of complete wilderness—where they might see black bear, deer or moose—and then heading into communities like St. Maries, a quaint logging town. Part of any boating adventure for Carl and Merrilee is anchoring out and having a nice meal along with some wine. Often they catch fish and grill it right onboard, pairing it with a side dish they’ve premade and brought along. “We both love cooking,” Carl says. “We try to take all the things we harvest and make good dishes out of them.” Every summer, Merrilee grows at least a hundred heirloom tomato plants and harvests the tomatoes for use at her restaurant, which she’s had for more than three decades. Lindaman’s strives to use locally sourced and sustainable ingredients and serves made-from-scratch



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gourmet dine-in and carry-out meals. Carl has a taste for game meat, so when he’s not out on the Whaler, he’s often on the hunt for whatever’s in season—deer, quail, duck, geese and more. In the late fall and early winter, he heads to the high mountains to seek out elk. “Elk are rugged, cunning animals,” he says, “so everything about it is a challenge. Getting there is a challenge.” Merrilee has gotten into the sport, as well, and enjoys the hiking and tracking aspects of it, so it’s another adventure they get to enjoy together. “It’s just fun and it’s exciting,” Carl says. “You see all kinds of things that you wouldn’t see just sitting in your house.” While he prefers the lakes, rivers, forests, garden and the kitchen, Carl is also at home in the courtroom as a criminal defense attorney. The Boston Whaler helps balance the work-play scale. “There’s something about a boat that is liberating, from the very moment you put it on the water,” he says. “It’s exciting to get up on plane and glide down the lake, and there’s always something new to see.” And, of course, to catch and eat.

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Whaler Volume 8 Issue 01  

The lifestyle magazine for Boston Whaler enthusiasts.

Whaler Volume 8 Issue 01  

The lifestyle magazine for Boston Whaler enthusiasts.