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TOW LIKE A PRO. The new 2015 GMC Sierra 3500HD has the most standard trailering capability in its class.* Every 1-ton model is rated to tow a minimum of 13,000 lbs standard. Select models offer up to an available 19,600 lbs of class-leading conventional towing.** And with a fifth-wheel or gooseneck hitch, the available Duramax 6.6L V-8 Turbo Diesel has the power to tow up to 23,200 lbs.† Discover how capability like this makes the Sierra HD more than just a truck. It’s incredible thinking in the form of a truck.


*Before you buy a vehicle or use it for trailering, carefully review the trailering section of the Owner’s Manual. The weight of passengers, cargo and options or accessories may reduce the amount you can tow. **Requires 3500HD Crew Cab Dual Rear Wheel 4WD with available Duramax 6.6L V-8 Turbo Diesel engine. †Requires 3500HD Regular Cab Dual Rear Wheel 4WD with available Duramax 6.6L V-8 Turbo Diesel engine. Vehicle as shown, up to 22,600 lbs. ††Available OnStar 4G LTE in vehicles produced starting fall 2014. See dealer for vehicle availability. Requires compatible mobile device, active OnStar service and data plan. Visit for details and system limitations. ©2015 General Motors. All rights reserved. Denali® Duramax® GMC® OnStar® OnStar button design® Sierra® WE ARE PROFESSIONAL GRADE®


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whaler ­president’s­letter Keeping the legend growing.


Huw Bower Vice­President­of­Sales,­ Marketing­&­Customer­Service

Jeff Vaughn Manager­of­Content­&­Event­Marketing

Traci Davis



Anna Collins Marketing­Assistant

Katie Toot



Purposeful Innovation


Douglas Leik Account­Executive

Annie Brown Editorial­Director

Randy Hess Managing­Editor

There’s no denying that innovation is appealing. New capabilities and technology always add sizzle, but innovation just for innovation’s sake misses the point.

Amy Wideman Senior­Editor

Alexa Poteet Contributing­Editor

Jennifer Chesak Creative­Director

Boston Whaler employs the highest caliber boat designers and engineers in the entire boating industry, so we have lots of ideas we could put into our new models. But our guiding principle is making the right choice, selecting the ideas that fundamentally improve your experience aboard our boats. A prime example is the new 320 Vantage, a large dual-console Boston Whaler that debuted to great reviews at this year’s Miami International Boat Show (see page 32). Building upon the success of the 230 and 270 Vantage models, the 320 Vantage won a 2015 NMMA Innovation Award, the marine industry’s most prestigious honor for product excellence. e judges roundly lauded the 320 but called out the multi-function portside companion lounge as one of the boat’s signature innovations. This engineering accomplishment converts into no fewer than 11 different configurations for comfortable seating/lounging/ lying in several directions. But the telling fact is, none of those Building upon the positions is like that strange tool on your Swiss Army knife that you have no idea how to use. is is practical innovation, entirely success of the 230 and at service to your actual needs and comfort. 270 Vantage models, And in a single anecdote, it captures the long history of Boston the 320 Vantage won a Whaler breakthroughs. After all, the company was founded on a 2015 NMMA Innovation stroke of practical genius: the safe, smooth-riding, uniquely Award, the marine durable Unibond hulls that still support every offshore or nearshore Boston Whaler excursion. Check out our lineup and see if industry’s most you don’t agree that we make the right choices as we build each prestigious honor for Boston Whaler. I bet you will, and it will probably lead to you product excellence. making the right choice yourself.

Huw Bower President — Boston Whaler

Russell Duncan Digital­Creative­Director

Kraig Devenport Production­Director

Robyn Bendle Graphic­Designer

Brittany Huisenga Graphic­Designer

Arlene Waclawek 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: 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 Awesome Auckland New adventures come easily in New Zealand for seasoned boater Soren Stewart and his 230 Vantage.

24 All the Bells and Whistles For a South Padre Island frequenter, a 345 Conquest serves as the ultimate offshore fishing machine—and makes for excellent cruising as well.

32 A Bolder New View Boston Whaler’s remarkable new 320 Vantage elevates versatility to a whole new level.

36 A Formidable Fleet Guests visiting British Columbia’s rough-and-tumble waters seek salmon via Boston Whaler and enjoy R&R at two renowned fishing lodges.

42 A Bolder New View


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Navigate Updates on celebrity angler Henry Waszczuk, a mouthwatering seafood recipe, comfy new swimsuits, a clever way to share your Whaler and more.

Towing Journey to Michigan with a Boston Whaler and a reliable GMC, the best way to access the region’s many charms. Plus, tips for safe trailering.

Outrageous Fun Whether spearfishing, diving, cruising or kicking back, Matthew and Renee Chambers use their 370 Outrage to the very fullest.

on the cover: Matthew and Renee Chambers chart a course for good times aboard their 370 Outrage.

Photo by Robert Glover

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innovation, the company recently expanded its manufacturing facility by nearly 60,000 square feet. This expansion went hand-in-hand with the addition of more than 120 new employees. “We’re committed to our local community and are thrilled to be in the position to create employment opportunities,” said President Huw Bower during a ribbon-cutting ceremony in January. With the state-of-the-art facility in full swing, you can expect to see ever-more awesome boats from Whaler—like the flagship 420 Outrage (shown at right).



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boatbound : your whaler could be paying for itself Boatbound is revolutionizing boat ownership. By creating America’s largest peer-to-peer boat-rental marketplace, Boatbound connects owners directly with renters, allowing owners to offset the cost of ownership. ey have a large community of pre-screened, qualified members interested in renting Whalers just like yours. And not only are you in full control, but Boatbound also provides comprehensive insurance and liability coverage with every rental.

There When You Need Them Sea Tow has been providing Boston Whaler owners extra peace of mind for more than three decades, with a fleet of captains on call 24/7 to assist on the water. The chances of

According to Boatbound CEO Aaron Hall, Boston Whaler is one of the more popular brands listed for rent. Owners from San Francisco to Miami are making money and raving about the service. One customer shared, “rough Boatbound I was able to pay 50 percent of my 2014 dry dock storage, boat washing and insurance costs for my 210 Montauk. I am considering the 230 Vantage as my next boat, and part of my calculus is the revenue I am confident I can generate through Boatbound to help offset the costs of ownership.” Imagine that—your boat could start paying for itself! Learn more about renting your Whaler at

needing a tow are slim, but it’s reassuring to know Sea Tow is there, just in case. Every new Boston Whaler comes with a standard 95-day Sea Tow Trial Membership, and yearly membership options offer a range of services including free boat towing and fuel drops. Whaler owners are also eligible to receive 14 months for the price of 12. Just use the code BWF when you visit

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LOVETHE ROAD You travel in comfort on your Whaler; shouldn’t your trip to and from the water be just as comfortable? The 2015 GMC® Acadia Denali transforms those miles on the road into something special, with all the spaciousness and functionality of a premium crossover vehicle, combined with the luxury of high-end materials and finishes. Features like Bluetooth® compatibility1 keep you connected, while accents like a heated, leather-wrapped steering wheel with mahogany wood-grain trim add distinctive style. And you can count on GMC Professional Grade Engineering for stellar performance and handling—which, if you own a Whaler, is a very familiar sensation. Visit for more on the Acadia Denali and the complete GMC lineup. 1

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Swimwear Designed with Comfort in Mind If you’ve ever suffered the lessthan-pleasant side effects of a soggy, sandy swimsuit, you’ll appreciate DryFins’ dedication to a chafe-free experience. Designed “by guys, for guys,” DryFins’ signature comfort-cut board shorts feature a super-soft outer shell and protective inner liner that keeps you cool, calm and free from irritation—for a look that truly suits you.



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MADE IN THE SHADE Long a respected name in the awning market, Sunbrella® cruised onto boaters’ radar in the 1970s with its range of fabrics for boat tops and marine upholstery. Today, Sunbrella premium-quality materials remain as durable and practical as they are beautiful. e fabric offers superior fade resistance that holds up to sun, rain and saltwater, and it’s fast drying for great mold and mildew prevention and easy care. ere’s a reason Sunbrella is the boat canvas of choice for Boston Whaler. To learn more and to shop the full selection of Sunbrella products, visit

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WHERE’S HENRY? Professional angler Henry Waszczuk marked the beginning of his 30th year on television with the season premiere of his popular show Fishing the Flats. Things got off to a memorable start with an episode featuring the notorious Sanibel goliath grouper, a monster fish and worthy opponent. Throughout the season, Henry will fish from a variety of Boston Whaler boats, including models from the Dauntless, Outrage and Conquest series. Watch him tangle with big fish and extreme situations—like maneuvering into a mere 14 inches of water with his specially rigged 270 Dauntless—with his trademark blend of wisdom and wit. Follow Boston Whaler on Twitter or Facebook to keep up with Henry all season long.

The pasT inspires the presenT e Boston Whaler legend is steeped in a history that continues to inspire the breakthroughs of the future. Similarly, legendary single malt Scotch maker Glenfiddich has found inspiration in its own past. In 1963, Glenfiddich pioneered the American single malt category, and today Malt Master Brian Kinsman has faithfully reproduced it with limited-edition Glenfiddich e Original. e result, then and now, is a spirit with playful character owing to its aging in sherry casks. One sip of e Original will have you convinced: History can be an excellent muse. Visit to learn more.



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Show Your Engine Some Love Traditional ethanol-based gasoline can wreak havoc on your engine; since E10 (10% ethanol and 90% gasoline) can hold up to 25 times more water than pure gasoline, this can cause rusting of fuel-system components. at’s why ValvTect Marine Gasoline is specially formulated to prevent the problems of ethanol gasoline, such as phase separation, moisture, poor stability and the formation of power-robbing carbon deposits. It requires no additional fuel additives to protect your engine, saving you time and money. Trust us, your engine will thank you. Visit to learn more.


CONFIDENCE Stand before a Raymarine gS Series multifunction display and you get a thrilling sensation of power, as if entire orchestras would play to your whim. Available on select Boston Whaler models, these elegant, flexible glass bridge systems represent the future of navigation. Smart and self-contained, gS Series displays feature a dual-core processor for super-fast and responsive performance. Pinch and zoom, swipe and scroll, and enjoy being in perfect harmony with the elements. Lead on, captain. Visit to learn more.


GET COVERED GET GOING Let’s face it, insurance isn’t the most glamorous topic. You’d rather be talking weekend plans than insurance plans. Boater’s Choice gets it; that’s why they’re dedicated to finding you the coverage that fits you best, quickly and easily. The representatives at Boater’s Choice will walk you through your plan options, helping you “shop” among A-rated carriers to make the decision a breeze—so that in no time, you can be out there enjoying the breeze. Visit for a competitive quote or call (800) 768-2121 to speak with a specialist.



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It takes 70 years to grow the oak trees that make our casks. Then a further stretch of time spent aging bourbon. Only then can the casks reach Glenfiddich to be rebuilt and filled, then set aside again. In the case of Glenfiddich Excellence 26 Year Old, for more than a quarter century. The result is rich, balanced and full of character. In a word, excellent.

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DELISH FISH For seafood lovers, spiny-finned John dory is a special treat. Quick cooking and light, it’s complemented beautifully by the citrusy-sweet pear salsa shown here. We suggest serving with a glass of Nobilo Icon marlborough Sauvignon Blanc, a crisp and well-balanced wine that’s complex but never overpowering. after all, a good fish deserves good company. Ingredients Fish Six 5-oz. John Dory fillets (or substitute firm white fish such as cod) 3 Tbsp. clarified butter Sea salt Salsa 1 pear, diced 1 lime, peeled & diced 1 small lemon, peeled & diced 1 orange, peeled & diced 1 seedless cucumber, diced 2 Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil Freshly ground white pepper Sea salt

Directions Heat oven to 350°. Season the fish fillets with salt. Melt clarified butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat until butter is foaming. Add fish, skin-side down, and cook until skin is crisp and releases easily from the pan, 3 to 4 minutes. Flip over and finish by roasting in the oven until just cooked through. Meanwhile, combine salsa ingredients in a small pot and warm gently. To serve, top fish with a scoop of salsa and finish with salt and pepper to taste.

For more recipe ideas spotlighting seafood, visit the entertaining section of

dream BIG Nothing should stand between you and the boating lifestyle of your dreams. If you’re thinking about refinancing your Whaler or considering a new one, turn to Essex Credit to help unlock the possibilities. Essex Credit offers competitive fixed rates and a convenient online loan-application process, making the experience headache-free—so those big dreams can become a brilliant reality.

For more information, visit or call (866) 377-3948.



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To truly relax and enjoy your time on the water, you need to be confident that you have the right insurance. Boater’s Choice is one of the most respected names in boat insurance, offering broad coverage at competitive rates. And you have our guarantee that should you have a claim, our professionals can be reached 24/7 to assist you with prompt, professional courteous service.

Exclusive Offer for Boston Whaler Owners Boater’s Choice is offering $10,000 worth of personal effects coverage including fishing equipment free of charge.* * Offer available only on OneBeacon Policies. Underwriting restrictions apply.

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A GMC® Yukon Denali pairs beautifully with a Boston Whaler 170 Dauntless, unlocking a world of possibility. For breathtaking sights and diversions galore—including the wine country of Traverse City (above le) and Silver Lake State Park’s dunes (right)—Western Michigan is a traveler's paradise.



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Endless Summer Enjoy the charms of Western Michigan this season with these trailering ideas from GMC. Story by Alexa Poteet | Photos by Mike Calabro

W While winter’s grip on the Midwest is long and steady, Michigan comes alive during the long days of summer. On the picturesque sunset side of “the Mitten,” wineries, summer sports, historic lighthouses and Victorian avenues provide precious memories to last all year long. Michigan is an expansive state with more than 3,000 miles of coastline and countless rivers and inland lakes to explore. e GMC® Yukon Denali and 170 Dauntless pair perfectly to enjoy the many charms of this inland coast during its most vibrant season. Rule the Road Follow these trailering tips From the experts at gmC to ensure your road trip goes smoothly. Keep in mind that saFe boating is smart boating, and towing begins beFore you even hit the doCK. (additional tips Can be Found at gmC.Com/trailering-towing.html or Consult your loCal boston whaler dealer.)

❚ Before you hit the road, ensure that all lights and systems on your vehicle are in good working order. Double check that lights and signals on the trailer function properly. ❚ Check your vehicle’s tow capacity in your owner’s manual to ensure you are well equipped to tow your Whaler with ease. ❚ Your vehicle will accelerate and brake slower than normal while hitched to a trailer. Remember to leave plenty of space for traffic when changing lanes and always practice defensive driving. ❚ Every time you pull over and stop on a long tow, do a visual inspection of the hitch, wiring and tires for extra peace of mind.

Charlevoix Begin your trailering journey in this posh lakeside town and you’ll understand why it’s known locally as “Charlevoix the Beautiful.” Filled to the brim with shops and art galleries, this little gem impresses with stunning architecture, including Earl Young’s fanciful “gnome homes,” which

highlight materials native to the area. Use your Whaler to hop along the many public beaches or boat to nearby Beaver Island, if you’re feeling adventurous, to see the picturesque Beaver Head Lighthouse, built in 1858. Inland fishing on Lake Charlevoix for perch and blue gills is a treat for little ones, or simply cruise and admire the many beautiful summer homes that dot the lake.

Traverse City Steer your Yukon Denali along US-31 S—stopping at Torch Lake or Elk Lake, if you like—to reach Traverse City. Known for its bright, ripe cherries and burgeoning wine scene, Traverse City is the foodie stop of this trailering trip with many vineyards accessible directly from Grand Traverse Bay. Enjoy the local grapes or catch the National Cherry Festival in July for some sweet treats. e east and west branches of the bay provide plenty of opportunities for boating and water sports and many public launches offer simple launch-and-park options. When you want to see town, rent a bike to explore turn-of-the-century Front Street, the heart and soul of Traverse City full of antiques and ice cream shops. Hart Hop back on US-31 S with your Yukon Denali to reach the southern end of your trailering trip in Hart. e highlight is undoubtedly Silver Lake State Park, with 2,000 acres of sweeping sand dunes so grand it’s difficult to believe you’re in the U.S. Soak up the sandy scene while tubing or cruising on your Whaler. Want sand in your shoes? Parrot’s Landing provides dune-buggy rentals and gives half-day guided tours. You can also drop a line in Silver Lake for walleye, bass and pike. Looking for a bigger bite? Head out to nearby Lake Michigan for record-breaking salmon and trout. More than 200 modern campsites allow you to extend your trip for as long as you like. With so much to explore and a dependable GMC and Boston Whaler in tow, there’s no limit to what you can discover in these coastal charmers.

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Story by Alexa M. Poteet | Photos by Mike Calabro Additional Photos by PatJo Studios

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M many cities are called

boating paradises,

but few hold as strong a claim to the title as auckland, new zealand.

One of the few cities in the world to boast two harbors on two separate bodies of water, the possibilities for boaters in this natural wonderland are virtually endless. In just an afternoon, one can head north through Waitemata Harbour to the Hauraki Gulf or through Manukau Harbour, which opens west, to the Tasmanian Sea. A mile wide at its narrowest point between the Mangere Inlet and the Tamaki River, Auckland has a waterway to challenge and amaze every boater, be your ambitions big, small or somewhere in between. Perhaps it’s no surprise then that the boating industry in New Zealand is world-class. Soren Stewart, sales manager at Sports Marine Auckland, has sold many boats in his time but recently purchased his very own Boston Whaler, a 230 Vantage, which he agreed to take for a spin with us. Ownership has been a breeze so far, and Soren is thoroughly enjoying the boat. “The supreme ride in rough conditions and flat water is my favorite feature,” he says. “The Vantage gives you the confidence to go out anywhere at any time, especially in Auckland where weather conditions can change fast. Plus, the seats are really comfortable.” (Previous pages) The Hauraki Gulf Islands guard the mouth of Waitemata Harbour. (This page) The iconic Sky Tower stands sentry over beautiful downtown Auckland, while a puffy kea parrot (center) eyes visitors inquisitively. (Far right) Soren Stewart and his faithful pup, Luna, survey the beach.



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THE VANTAGE GIVES YOU THE CONFIDENCE TO GO OUT ANYWHERE AT ANY TIME, ESPECIALLY IN AUCKLAND WHERE WEATHER CONDITIONS CAN CHANGE FAST. Soren is a seasoned boater with nearly 40 years on the water under his belt, and he has two members of his family ready to take advantage of all the Whaler has to offer: his wife, Janey, and his black Labrador Retriever, Luna. Today, he launches from Half Moon Bay, cruising past picturesque Bucklands Beach on the right. He’s just returned from several days of hiking with Janey and Luna up at Mahurangi Spit about an hour and a half north of Auckland. Some of his favorite boating in the area is around nearby Rangitoto Island, and the family spends tons of time outdoors.

New Zealand’s 2,300 miles of coastline provide ample opportunities to explore on both water and land. Soren maneuvers the Whaler with grace up to the Motuihe Island Recreation Reserve to check out the native wildlife. A stingray glides by the boat as Soren beaches it onshore. He says many people used to hunt the rays in Marlborough Sound where he grew up. His parents still have a summer house there only a few miles from Picton, and the only way to get there is by boat, which should make for some new adventures with the Vantage. There’s still a market for the rays in New Zealand, where they’re a popular local delicacy at Asian markets. New populations from Hong Kong, Korea and Taiwan in particular have added special customs and culinary delights to the local scene, which is already a diverse cultural melting pot. In fact, Auckland

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(Top) Luna faithfully keeps watch as her human dad steers the 230 Vantage through Half Moon Bay. (Opposite, top) Among New Zealand’s many spectacular sights is the Franz Josef Glacier, located on the South Island. The country gives Boston Whaler owners a lifetime’s worth of places to explore.



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has the largest Polynesian population of any city in the world. To Luna’s chagrin, dogs are not allowed on island at the Reserve to chase the local birds, so she waits patiently onboard. As we walk the pristine beaches, Soren spots some shy Kiwis and later a pair of black birds with vibrant orange feet and beaks. We pass a clutch of beautiful eggs near a walking trail before the two black birds make it known they want us to have no part of their nest. Compliantly, we move on and greet Luna back onboard. While underway, Soren shares a bit about his furry companion, who it turns out is as much of a water enthusiast as her owner. “Luna’s spent her whole life on the sea, pretty much,” Soren says. The night Soren got her as a puppy, she slipped out of the yard for some misadventures. It was then that he decided she needed to be called Luna, Spanish for the moon, to remind him of the night she’d disappeared. Their family expanded from just the two of them when Soren married Janey this March on Wiehackie Island. He drives the Whaler by, and we’re able to spot the vineyard where the nuptials took place. Janey is American, and the couple was lucky enough to enjoy some 60 visitors from the States who traveled long distances to help them celebrate.

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(Top) Artwork reflecting the traditional culture of the Maori, New Zealand’s indigenous people. (Top right) Orange-billed oystercatchers tread the sandy shoreline in search of dinner.



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A light drizzle dappled with sunlight begins, on and off, and Soren points out how well the Whaler copes with the fickle island weather. “You can’t put faith in forecasts here,” he says. “The weather changes a dozen times a day.” Soren loves his Vantage’s unique dual-console layout and says the boat’s intuitive design has been very well received in New Zealand. As if to illustrate the changing weather patterns, a wind gust takes hold of Soren’s hat, a birthday present from Janey. He spins the Vantage in a tight arc, and we catch the hat just before it sinks. Soren’s skill at the helm is enviable, and he nimbly maneuvers the Vantage to do his bidding. “I feel incredibly secure on the boat, knowing the brand’s history,” Soren says. “There’s even a video online of a classic Whaler’s bow being sawed off before it easily drove away.” A testament to the hull’s extrabuoyant foam and to Boston Whaler’s unsinkable legacy. While the Vantage is a new addition to Soren’s life, the plethora of on-water adventures Auckland offers will be a joy to explore for years to come. “We have so many places that going all around the country is easy,” he says. “We are completely surrounded by sea and the spots to boat are unlimited, with amazing scenery to match.” And with Janey, Luna and the 230 Vantage on his side, boating memories are bound to come easily.

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all the bells & whistles for a south padre island frequenter, a 345 conquest serves as the ultimate offshore fishing machine Story by Jennifer Chesak | Photos by Mike Calabro

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south padre island, texas, has long been a stomping ground for spring breakers. back in the day, max nichols used to be one of the college guys who flocked there in march to enjoy the large beaches and small bikinis. decades later as he nears pseudoretirement, max returns to south padre again and again, but now he flies there on his very own airplane, stays in his own vacation home and goes offshore fishing on his new boston whaler 345 conquest. “I made an excellent choice when I bought the Whaler,” Max says. “I wanted a fishing boat with all the bells and whistles—a nice boat. The 345 is a very capable offshore boat. It’s fast and real nimble, it rides well, and it’s solid as a rock!” Max lives in Great Bend, Kansas, but heads to his vacation home on South Padre whenever he has a long weekend or just needs to get away from it all for a few days. With his plane—a Beechcraft King Air 350i Turboprop, which he pilots himself—he can be on the Texas Gulf Coast in two and half hours. Max, who works in the oil and natural gas pipeline business, sought out his pilot’s license to make travel a little easier. “When you live in the middle of Kansas, and you work in remote locations, commercial travel really isn’t a great option. It’s truly a business tool,” he says of the Beechcraft. “But the Whaler is purely a toy.”

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It takes the waves, and It’s fast. even In four- to sIx-foot waves the bIgger boats wIll be sloggIng along… but not us.

It may be for fun, but at the same time Max is quick to point out the Whaler’s serious merits. He and his captainturned-fishing buddy, Bryan Ray, often head offshore more than 30 miles for day trips and have no issues. “That’s one of the great things about the Whaler,” Max says. “It takes the waves, and it’s fast. Even in four- to six-foot waves, the bigger boats will be slogging along, and it will take them two hours to get to a spot. But not us. We can get right out there.” The Texas Gulf Coast is a fishing mecca for both offshore and inshore anglers. Islands—like Galveston, Mustang and Padre—that protect the Lone Star State’s coastal bend create a barrier for bay and lagoon waters that are perfect for catching redfish, black drum and speckled sea trout. And offshore anglers in the area appreciate the quick access they have to open water and for heading straight out into the gulf. “We’ve got kingfish, dorado, wahoo and tuna,” Max says. “Everybody loves to catch tuna. We catch a lot of red snapper, too. That’s just a given. We’re pretty blessed down here. I don’t want to say I’m addicted to fishing,” he adds with a grin. “Let’s just say I really enjoy it.” When he’s not heading offshore, Max takes his girlfriend, Patti Locks, out on the Conquest to catch fish in the bay or to just cruise around. Patti lives in Mesa, Arizona, but South Padre proves a great spot for the couple to spend long weekends together in the sunshine when they can. Although the occasional cloudy and windy day can interfere, the area usually provides what Max calls “perfect Chamber of Commerce weather.” Pristine, white sandy beaches are the draw for the spring-break crowd. Padre Island as a whole is the longest of the Texas barrier islands, and aside from the resort town of South Padre, much of the island is undeveloped. More than 65 miles of primitive beach here are actually protected as Padre Island National Seashore, and much of that is only accessible by boat or ATV. North of Padre is Mustang Island, featuring Mustang Island State Park, with even more undeveloped beachfront and plenty of recreation opportunity.

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(Opposite, top) Fishing buddy Bryan Ray assists in securing the day’s catch. (Opposite, bottom) For Max and Patti, the Gulf Coast’s “Chamber of Commerce weather” makes for prime relaxation.

“For the type oF boat I wanted, a whaler Is as good a boat as money can buy.” e town of South Padre at the southern tip of the barrier islands, though crowded for a few weeks in the spring, is generally a laid-back destination. at’s why Max chose the Texas Gulf as his home-awayfrom-home as opposed to the Florida Gulf Coast, which he also considered. “It’s a pretty slow life,” Max says, “not as go, go, go, like it can be on the west coast of Florida. I looked and looked there for years, but I decided that was just too long of a trip to go as frequently.” e most important thing for Max in choosing a chill spot was being on the ocean. He is a Kansas native who grew up fishing for crappie, walleye and catfish, but now he says he simply prefers offshore action—although he does have a mountain home in Colorado where he still enjoys catching trout on the fly rod. When Max and Bryan head out from South Padre, they often use rod and reel to target various species, but whenever they feel like getting serious about trolling, they enlist the outriggers. In addition to fishing with Bryan, Max enjoys flying in various friends who want a shot at catching saltwater species. “Sometimes we fish, and sometimes we ride around and kill time,” he says, “but usually we fish.” Max purchased his Whaler last fall from Mike Dyson at Sail & Ski Center in San Antonio. “ey’re a good dealer with good service,” he says. “I’ve been really happy working with them.”



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e 345 is actually Max’s second Whaler. He previously owned a 305 Conquest, which he bought after checking out a friend’s Boston Whaler. “For the type of boat I wanted, a Whaler is as good a boat as money can buy,” he says, “and the Conquest fits my needs perfectly.” Max says he wanted a boat that was classified as an express because he knew he’d mostly be using it for day trips. He lauds the boat’s roomy cabin, however, with its luxury amenities like a galley and a flat screen TV, and he appreciates the top-notch navigation equipment at the helm. Fancy features mean nothing if a boat can’t perform well getting from point A to point B. “One of the other things I like about it is the Mercury® FourStroke motors on it,” Max says of his triple 300-hp Verado outboards. “ey are so quiet. e only noise is the water. You can sit and visit. And I like the speed and maneuverability.” Max admits that although the Whaler is his favorite toy, it’s not his only toy. “I’m knee-deep in collector cars,” he says, “and I have a few hobby airplanes.” Clearly Max isn’t ready to settle down any time soon. He says he’s traveling a little less for work and certainly enjoying more vacation time, but he’s pretty sure full retirement isn’t for him… although every minute he spends on his new 345 Conquest twists his arm in the right direction.

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new view boston whaler’s new 320 vantage elevates versatility to a whole new level. Story by Amy Wideman Photos courtesy of Boston Whaler

When it comes to boating, we each have our own vision of the perfect moment. The joys of being out on the water are endless, but it’s the little things that separate the good stretches from the glorious ones. Maybe it’s finding that seat under the canvas where your toes are wiggling in the sun while your face stays comfortably in the shade. Or maybe it’s chomping into a big slice of watermelon, freshly sprung from the cooler. Or perhaps it’s the sensation of cresting a wave at full throttle, eyes on the horizon, hair rustling in the breeze. When Boston Whaler’s product development and engineering team set out to design a new, larger addition to the popular Vantage family, they did so determined to maximize the number of ways a boater could achieve bliss. It all boiled down to three main factors: versatility, reliability and comfort. The resulting 320 Vantage delivers all three in spades, with an added dose of remarkability that unifies and elevates the whole package.

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In fact, that remarkability is already wowing the critics. Upon its official debut at February’s Miami International Boat Show, the 320 Vantage was named the winner of a 2015 NMMA Innovation Award, the marine industry’s most prestigious honor for product excellence. Back when the first two boats in the Vantage series were introduced, just over two years ago, they changed the game for dual-console capability. e 270 and 230 Vantage offered a new view on the possible by expanding the definition of multi-functionality. And now, in its innovative use of space, its sophisticated design elements and its cutting-edge technology, the 320 Vantage broadens this view further. Consider, for example, the portside companion lounge. Two spacious benches convert seamlessly into an array of setups: facing forward or aft, combined to form a huge sun lounge, with or without the aft ottoman engaged, and so on. (e NMMA’s judges counted a whopping 11 configurations.) It’s an innovative feature precisely because it’s a purposeful feature, allowing boaters to adapt the Vantage to best suit their needs—whether any given day entails water-skiing, fishing, tubing, entertaining friends, or all of the above. And speaking of entertaining, the 320 Vantage is a natural. Its cockpit utility center holds everything necessary to keep your crew fed and happy: a solid-surface countertop, refrigerator and sink to facilitate snack prep; dedicated holders for drinks and trashcan; a bank of drawers to store silverware or tackle securely; an insulated cooler that doubles as a livewell and more. Overhead, the boat’s integrated hardtop is available with a retractable awning, providing extra coverage for those who prefer to relax in the shade. And because socializing shouldn’t stop at the cockpit, the bow area of the Vantage has ergonomic port and starboard lounges with back and armrests, as well as an optional bow table. It’s an ideal place to settle in with a few friends and engage in the fine art of conversation. ere’s even more to this boat than meets the eye. Slide open a lockable door in the portside console to reveal a surprisingly roomy convertible berth, great for sneaking in a quick nap or even extending your stay overnight. Over on the starboard side, a head console with a sink, shower and mirror, a flip-down bench seat, storage cabinets and skylights sees to the needs of you and your guests.



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From bow to stern, the 320 Vantage offers loads of comfort and versatility. Shown here: The handy Summer Kitchen (center), the spacious open bow (above), the eminently convertible portside lounge (opposite, top and center), and the roomy portside berth (far right). Combine these with a soft, dry ride and wow-worthy performance courtesy of twin Mercury Verados, and you've got a winner through and through.

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“Look cLoser for more evidence of WhaLer’s unrivaLed attention to detaiL, Like the dive door’s eLegant hinge.”

As far as fishing is concerned, the 320 Vantage lives up to its Whaler heritage, empowering serious anglers for offshore runs or inland action. e cockpit features Whaler’s trademark stowaway aft bench, a wide, comfy seat that flips entirely out of the way to buy extra fish-fighting real estate. With rod holders conveniently located throughout the cockpit, you’ve always got your arsenal at the ready. And that convertible portside lounge? e forward companion seat includes a flip-up bolster and is electrically actuated to hit your perfect leaning height. Or let’s say watersports are a passion of yours. An elevated tow-point on the 320’s hardtop promises thrills for wakeboarders and skiers, while a stern boarding ladder and available freshwater shower let athletes hose down at the end of their runs. You’ll find ample storage compartments to stash ropes, PFDs, dive tanks and other gear. Notably, the 320 Vantage also features a starboard dive door—a rarity in its class—with a removable ladder that makes for easy access to and reentry from the water. If you look closer, you’ll find evidence

of Whaler’s unrivaled attention to detail: the dive door’s exclusive hinge mechanism, an elegant solution to a tricky function. Of course, in order to reach boating nirvana, you have to travel there. anks to Whaler’s patented Unibond hull construction, the 320 Vantage delivers the softest, smoothest ride and most predictable handling you could ask for. Optional dynamic running surface technology automatically adjusts to keep the boat level in changing speed and sea conditions. And dual Mercury Verado® FourStroke engines provide reliable, efficient power that you’ll appreciate primarily for what they don’t provide: excess noise and vibration. Choose the optional Mercury Joystick Piloting system for even greater docking ease and confidence. Any way you slice it, the new 320 Vantage is a champion when it comes to new adventures and beloved activities. And like a true champ, it looks the part: Sidle up to any marina or waterfront restaurant knowing the 320’s stylish profile will fit right in. You know those perfect boating moments? Turns out they’re all within view.

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guests visiting british columbia’s rough-and-tumble waters seek salmon via boston whaler

• Story by Lori Pappajohn | Photos by Lisa Graham

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When Captain George Vancouver sailed through British Columbia’s Seymour Narrows back in 1792, he likely uttered a few curse words. What sea captain wouldn’t have? He called the narrows “one of the vilest stretches of water in the world.”

e renowned British explorer was quite right. In fact, Seymour Narrows is so nasty that only two other straits (one in Japan, one in Sicily) compare to it. e tides run like a wildly frothing, 16-knot river, and whirlpools 30 feet wide can appear at any moment. When the tide is running, these are waters eager to roll boats or twirl them like matchsticks. It’s not a place to toy with. e narrows is only one strait of many in this pristine wilderness area. Four times a day, billions of gallons of tidal water squeeze through a chain of hundreds of forested islands in the Discovery Islands area, located between the magnificent snowcapped mountains of mainland British Columbia and Vancouver Island. e constantly churning, raging currents bring the nutrientrich cold water up from the deep and oxygenate it, resulting in a superior environment for marine life. Discovery Passage teems with so much of this life that the Jacques Cousteau Society rates it as one of the best coldwater diving destinations in the world. And it’s perfect for salmon, which is why the nearby town of Campbell River is called the Salmon Fishing Capital of the World. Wildlife abounds in Vancouver’s Discovery Islands area. Anglers relish the teeming salmon population, and visitors are often treated to dramatic orca sightings. A Boston Whaler is a natural vantage from which to enjoy both.

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e troughs run every which way, like pickup sticks. Locals call it the Washing Machine.

At the docks, an inflatable boatload of soaking wet, laughing people had just returned from an ocean rapids tour through the intricate maze of islands and channels that sift the racing tides. “It’s way wilder than a river because of the depth,” explained guide Bradden Kiley. “We saw some nine-foot waves today. Some standing waves have an eight-foot drop. And on a good day, Devil’s Hole whirlpool is 50 feet wide and 20 feet deep. It’s a breathtaking sight— from a distance.” Hopping on the 25-foot water taxi to Painter’s Lodge, I got a sense of the water’s power. We were in a calm part of the passage; there were no waves, but still, we were getting kicked around. From Painter’s Lodge, an 18-foot Outrage sped us to “the Hump,” an underwater peak where salmon congregate to feed. Here the strait is as wide as a vast lake and miles from the surging narrows, but is still profoundly affected by the many narrows feeding into it. Waves run every which way. ere is no running in the troughs because the troughs run every which way as well, like pickup sticks. e locals call it the Washing Machine. Good description, we thought as we weaved through the fleet of 17-foot Whalers filled with happy guides and hopeful fishermen and women. Late that afternoon, we headed back to the dock to wait for the anglers to return. at’s when things turned serious, as everyone wanted to know: Who caught the big one? Unloading his Whaler, Bruce Aikman, one of the resort’s top guides, laughed and said: “is Whaler is my office. I’m taking people out into water that gives one pause—but we always get home. is Whaler is 28 years old, and it’s happily running. You can get three guys Guests of British Columbia’s Painter’s Lodge and April Point Resort & Spa are treated to epic views, ample relaxation and full confidence in their fishing boats. A fleet of Boston Whalers has long served the resorts’ expert guides, carrying their crews safely to and from the area’s fertile salmon-fishing grounds.

Given the fact that great fishing and often-cranky waters are hallmarks of this region, is there any doubt that Boston Whaler is the boat of choice here? Enter Painter’s Lodge and April Point Resort & Spa. Owned by the Oak Bay Marine Group, the two fishing lodges, across the strait from each other, have a fleet of two dozen Whalers that know exactly what to do with riptides, crosscurrents and any other lumpy-grumpy waters. In fact, the lodges have been depending on Boston Whalers to bring guests safely home since the 1960s when, during peak fishing years, these legendary resorts had more than 100 of the boats between them. The day I arrived at April Point Resort, the waters of Discovery Passage churned lightly, lapping along the shore while overhead the wind sighed gently through towering evergreens. At the seaside spa, women luxuriated in pedicures on the outdoor deck while being lulled by sea breezes. Sunlight danced on the ocean and glinted on the far-off snowy mountains.



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on one side and it won’t roll; you can get in trophy catch similar in size the 26.1-pounder she scored and out of tight places. It’s the best. is to in 2012. (Above) April Point’s evening was beautiful—we were in the mid- sprawling outdoor deck is the perfect spot to unwind. dle of close to a hundred harbor porpoises.” Porpoises, killer whales (up to 100 in a super pod), bears, wolves and sea lions: is magnificent wilderness teems with wildlife. You can arrange whale- or bear-watching trips, brave ocean rapids rafting, or just take in the splendor of countless bald eagles lining the shore when the salmon are spawning or the hake schooling. And if you don’t want to fish for salmon, you can snorkel beside them in nearby Campbell River. When it comes to boats, Marine Activities Manager Dwayne Mustard can’t say enough about his fleet of Whalers. “Simply put, they are indispensable,” he said. “With five species of salmon—representing millions of fish—migrating past the lodge, guests can get out on the water no matter the weather, calm or not.” No wonder celebrities since the days of Bing Crosby and Bob Hope have been coming to this famous fishing hideaway. In fact, guests hail from every corner of the globe. Back at the dock, one guest shared that he’d been coming to Painter’s Lodge for 11 years with work colleagues from across North America and Europe; another, a Denver resident, had been coming for 19 years. A guest with experience boating on the Great Lakes chimed in: “Here I was in some of the roughest water I’ve been in in my life, and I was completely comfortable because of the Whaler. At one point it got

so bad the guide turned to me and jokingly said, ‘You’d better know how to drive a boat in case I get tossed over!’” Of course, the entire crew returned safe and dry. As much as the adults were enjoying boasting about their fish, their catches were rivaled by some of the group’s youngest members: Nineyear-old Adelynn Heyes, a guest with her parents three years in a row, caught a 26.1-pounder in 2012. And Kimorie Lees and her 8-year-old daughter, Dara ompson, fought in a 40-pounder last year. With the fish weighed and the day’s tales largely told, the guests headed to the oceanfront deck to savor a delectable meal prepared by world-class chefs. As the sun set over the sea, I turned to watch darkness settle over the fleet of brave Whalers, tucked into their docks for the night—taking a much-deserved rest until dawn, when it would start all over again.

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OutrageousFun whether fishing, diving, cruising or kicking back, matthew and renee chambers use their 370 outrage to the fullest ❖❖❖❖❖❖❖❖❖❖❖❖❖❖❖❖❖❖❖❖❖❖❖❖❖❖❖❖❖❖❖❖❖❖❖❖❖❖


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at first glance, matthew and renee chamBers seem a Bit suspicious. they spend just a little too much time on the water, in the water and around the water to Be normal humans. But rest assured, they do not have hidden fins or gills; they just really love the ocean. and with two Boston whalers at their disposal for exploring, who could Blame them?

‘The fit and finish and the amenities are second to none,” Matthew says of his boats. The Chambers and their friend Captain Steve Papen, a professional kingfish fisherman and owner of Fintastic Inc. Fishing Charters, are preparing to head offshore for the day to catch some acrobatic kings on the couple’s 370 Outrage. Right next to the Outrage—at the family’s waterfront home in St. Petersburg’s Yacht Club Estates—sits their 200 Dauntless, which has the day off. Often it’s tasked with hauling the couple’s paddleboards to inshore locations, pulling one of the Chambers around on a wakeboard, serving as a taxi to waterside restaurants and even going to pick up groceries at a shoreside market across the Intracoastal. Clearly these folks never stray far from the aqua. Matthew and Steve prep the 370 while Renee plays with Tug, the couple’s Portuguese Water Dog. He’s still a pup, but he just graduated “with honors,” as Matthew likes to say, from obedience school. Tug prances around the dock wagging his tail in approval of pretty much everything—the sunshine, the boats and especially his new human parents who treat him like a king. Renee kisses Tug on the nose and proffers a treat before saying goodbye. e pup often gets to join the fun, but since the Chambers are planning a longer day of fishing offshore, Tug will have to wait to sniff out the bounty when they return.



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e fit and finish and the amenities are second to none.

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e Outrage is good for getting in and out of the water. For diving, it’s the perfect boat.

Matthew, who has been scuba certified since he was 15 years old, bought the couple’s 370 Outrage to use for spearfishing. “It’s good for getting in and out of the water,” he says. “For diving, it’s the perfect boat.” But the Whaler proved to be good for something else, as well: getting him interested in working the rod and reel. “Fishing is such a social experience,” he explains, “instead of diving and being underwater where you can’t really communicate.” anks to friends like Captain Steve, Matthew and Renee have been learning the ropes from the pros, and the sport is coming naturally. First the trio heads about 14 miles offshore from St. Petersburg to the shipping channels. ere they target the channel markers for bait like cigar minnows and Spanish sardines using a Sabiki rod. “All those little guys just hit the tiny hooks,” Matthew explains. With the livewell full in less than 20 minutes, they’re ready to get on the kingfish. Captain Steve sets a course trolling back and forth across the shipping channel, and Matthew and Renee offer up the fresh bait with lines off the stern. Within minutes a king launches out of the water like a rocket ship. In typical kingfish fashion, it’s bitten the tail off the bait. Renee knows the drill. She lets out more drag and waits for the king to come back to



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its prey before setting the hook. “ey tend to bite the tail because a boat without a rudder can’t move,” Matthew explains. “en you’ve got to wait for them to finish the deal.” After catching a few more kings and keeping two big ones to cook up back at the dock, they decide it’s time to target amberjack another 10 miles offshore. Matthew lets Captain Steve take the helm while he canoodles with Renee in the salty breeze. He’s nursing an arm injury, and doesn’t quite have the go-ahead from his doctor to be operating the boat yet. Truth be told, this couple’s collective accident proneness is what brought them together. ey actually met at physical therapy. Matthew was in therapy for his neck, and Renee had come in after tearing her meniscus downhill skiing. Matthew overheard Renee telling the tale of her knee’s demise and found the story to be very familiar. at’s when he realized he knew her father—Matthew had heard the story from him—and that he and Renee had met in passing before at a Tampa Bay Rays game. Matthew reintroduced himself, and the two injured athletes began dating. Renee smiles at her husband as he recounts the kismet. She is a speech therapist, and Matthew works in wealth management as the first vice president and senior portfolio manager for UBS

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To satisfy a love of the water as big as Matthew and Renee’s, it takes not one but two Boston Whalers. A Dauntless is their go-to for inshore excursions and watersports, while a 370 Outrage hosts offshore fishing trips with pal Captain Steve Papen (above). New pup Tug (top) happily follows the Chambers’s lead.

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“ ” With Verados you never have to worry about being offshore and your engine not starting.

Financial Services. As a true water lover, he originally majored in marine biology before switching to business, when his dad advised him not to make his hobby his job, so that he could always love his favorite pastime. To aid in the on-water lifestyle, Matthew turned to MarineMax of Clearwater and salesman Jayson Lake. “He loves Whaler,” Matthew says. “And he’s so diligent in keeping in contact with me and inviting me to getaways. He’s become a good friend.” Matthew and Renee bought a 285 Conquest first, and then they added the 200 Dauntless to their fleet before trading in the Conquest for their current Outrage. “I absolutely fell in love with the brand,” Matthew says. “It’s the unsinkability, for one, and the toughness of the boat. It’s a really steady ride. You know that if you’re on a Whaler, you are safe.” Even the name the Chambers chose for their 370 Outrage, Aquanimity, reflects the Whaler reputation. Matthew says they were out for dinner one night and began discussing the boat’s christening. He was Googling synonyms for the word “serenity” and came across the word “equanimity,” which means calm under pressure. As for the 200 Dauntless, although it doesn’t have an official name, the couple’s friends jokingly call it Little Spoon.



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Between the three Whalers the Chambers have owned, they’ve had six Mercury® Verado FourStroke outboards. On the 370 Outrage, they have triple 300-hp Mercs; on the Conquest, they had twin 285s; and on the Dauntless, they have a 200. “With Verados you never have to worry about being offshore and your engine not starting,” Matthew says. “e reliability is unbelievable, and they are so quiet you don’t even know they are running.” Once Captain Steve reaches the site of a wreck, the perfect spot for targeting amberjack, the trio tosses a bunch of live bait over the transom. “You get them swimming under the boat,” Matthew says, “and you can catch as many as you want.” After snagging a few amberjack and watching the sun dip a little lower in the sky, Renee and Matt pull out their cellphones and wistfully scroll through photos of Tug as if they’d been away from him for a year. As much of a pull as the ocean is for them, it seems the aptly named pup is an even stronger force. Captain Steve points the bow for home, and soon the Chambers are awash in slobbery kisses. e furry little guy licks the dried salt spray from their skin and, as any true Whaler dog would, he even licks the boat.

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