For the past 50 years Boston Whaler’s Montauks have always been defined for their versatile nature. The 210 Montauk should appeal to consumers looking for a versatile boat that can serve multiple roles. Boston Whaler designed the 210 Montauk with options that can easily be added or removed, therein allowing her to function not only as a fishing boat, but a family boat, a space for watersports, or even an entertainment platform for friends.
As mentioned earlier, the 210 Montauk offers buyers endless options for customization and purpose. Boston Whaler has unofficially grouped these features into three primary categories: fishing, family leisure, and watersports. The Montauk series also offers optional feature packages, which ensure the buyer has most components necessary for their desired mission.
The Montauk series takes advantage of the 8’6” (2.59 m) beam carrying it virtually all the way to the bow. While many boats have an 8’6” beam, it’s usually measured amidships, and most boats taper at the bow and often somewhat at the stern as well. Boston Whaler engineers use the beam more effectively because the hull sides come up nearly vertical from the waterline. Not only does this increase stability underway, it also maximizes the beam inside the cockpit, therein offering more room for passengers and gear.
Looking at the Montauk 210 Montauk up close you’ll notice the cockpit depth is slightly lower than some might expect, coming in at 19”. With that being said, Boston Whaler recently added standard stainless steel rails that run virtually the entire span of the boat which are 35” off the deck, far exceeding ABYC standards of 24”. The high rails are an important addition because they offer passengers the classic sensation of riding on vs. above the water, while keeping everyone safely inside the boat at all times.
Hull to Deck Bonding (Unibond).
Boston Whaler hulls are unlike any other boat in its class. They take the two sections and clamp them together while still in their molds, then inject high-density foam throughout the entire assembly. The foam fills all voids and air pockets, bonding with both the hull and deck on all of their surfaces – not just at the perimeter of the boat as most builders do. This process is often termed “Unibond”.
Float Level/Swamped Capacity.
Few boat builders mention the terms “swamped capacity” or “float level” when describing their products, but Boston Whaler cites both. For any boat 20’ or smaller with a 2-hp or greater engine, by law the vessel must float level when swamped by U.S. Federal Regulations. (Boston Whaler was the first company to actually develop this concept, and eventually have it instituted by the USCG.) Today Boston Whaler continues with the float level if swamped design, making it a standard for all their models regardless of length. For our 210 Montauk, the swamped capacity is 4,200 lbs. (1,905 kg). That means that the boat will float level, filled with water and with an additional 4,200 lbs. in people and gear aboard.
Boston Whalers, especially the Montauk series, never seem to wear out. They are constantly passed down from generation to generation, sold and resold. This behavioral pattern speaks well of the quality and craftsmanship that goes into each of these boats.
Starting our inspection from the bow, we find a raised deck roughly 12” (30.5 cm) above the main deck. The deck itself is can be used for casting and creates a stable platform for easy access to the ground tackle and 8” bow cleat.
In the raised foredeck there are two compartments, one being a large fish box or a beverage cooler, and the forward being the anchor locker. The anchor locker along with all other compartments (including the bilge) is professionally finished with gel coat, making clean-up easy. The locker itself is notched at the forward section allowing for the anchor line to run from the closed locker directly to the bow cleat. Additionally, inside the locker there is a stainless steel ring that is through bolted to the stem to secure the bitter end of the anchor line. All boats should have this, but some don’t.
Fish Locker/Beverage Cooler.
Directly behind the anchor locker is a spacious fish box that runs the full beam. The hatch itself has a gasket that runs around the diameter offering insulation for added ice, as well as a buffer against rattling. The locker itself also contains an overboard drain that runs directly thru the hull eliminating any unnecessary drainage onto the deck.
Boston Whaler bow cushions are all considered additional options as configuration depends on the boat’s mission and function. Boston Whaler offers a double folding bow cushion ($733). If the one-piece cushion doesn’t offer the lounge setting you desired, the builder offers an impressive optional sun lounge package ($3014). Said lounge includes the folding cushion listed above in addition to added port and starboard facing chaise lounges. The lounge style seating also includes adjustable backrests depending on sun angle and desired riding position.
Split Bow Rail.
Having a break in the rail at the bow is a nice feature for easy access to the water. Additionally, the split configuration would lend itself well to buyers who keep their boat in a slip moored bow-to, as we often see in Northern Europe.
An optional freshwater shower ($755) with a 12 gallon (45.6 L) tank is available and a popular option to consider for those whose plan on regular watersport and swimming adventures. Said feature would also pair nicely with the popular split bow rail mentioned above.
For those buyers interested in the Montauk’s fishing capabilities, Boston Whaler added the option of a trolling motor panel directly below the bow cleat. An additional pedestal fishing seat mounted to the forward bulkhead ($450) and optional rail mounted rod holders ($654) would surely top of the wish list of any seasonal fisherman. Note that both of these features eliminate the standard wrap around bow rail.
Boston Whaler gives buyers the option of attaching a (94 quart) cooler to the front of the console that doubles as a bench style seat with built in back rest. The cooler itself is bungeed into place with the help of a raised deck, a typical design trait of Boston Whaler. The (94 quart) cooler is optionally part of a larger Fishing Package ($782) that adds tackle drawers into the helm the seat. While the cooler seat adds functionality, in heavier weather conditions experience suggests that the cooler slides, and the bungees are unable to hold it in place. For those who plan on using it primarily as a cooler rather than additional seating this shouldn’t be a problem.
The optional canvas T-top offers the boater added shade and security while underway. Because the rod holders are mounted well inside the optional T-Top ($5,009), Boston Whaler created opening panels at the front of the canvas to run longer rods through as necessary. Grab rails are well placed around the supports, and said supports are mounted to the deck with stainless steel hardware. Even with the T-top installed, there is 22” (55.9 cm) of horizontal clearance between the T-top supports and the bulwark. If you’re considering a T-top make sure it’s installed at the factory during the assembly process. We strongly recommend that buyers of this boat who want a T-top have it installed by the factory and not in the aftermarket. While we would apply this advice to all boats, it is particularly important with Boston Whalers due to their Unibond construction method.
The 210 Montauk is the only model in her series with the option of a portable head with deck pump out ($383). The head is located on the starboard side of the center console, and is surprisingly spacious, all things considered. Inside the head all bulkheads are finished, and there is access to the forward deck where the 12-gallon (45. 4 L) freshwater tank is mounted for the optional shower at the bow ($755).
Boston Whaler’s helm is laid out with a simplistic yet efficient set-up for the operator. The stainless steel wheel with a compass mounted directly above pairs well with two SmartCraft gauges that monitor the standard Mercury 150XL 4-stroke. Waterproof illuminated toggle switches are clearly in view with reset breakers directly below.
The electrical system
for the 210 Montauk leaves no room for error using all waterproof connectors, and high gauge commercial wiring. The 210 Montauk also comes with a standard dual battery set up including a selector switch at the stern. The Mercury digital throttle control is mounted directly to the right of the wheel and above the kill switch. There is a sizeable area to the right for mounting electronics.
As pictured above, Boston Whaler leaves the buyer with several options to consider regarding electronics at the helm station. Two primary packages are offered, the first consisting of a 5.7” (14.5 cm) combination GPS, chart plotter, fish finder combination ($1,628). The second option is a 7” (17.8 cm) combination unit ($2,605). A VHF radio is an additional option ($692). All of this equipment and more can easily be installed in the aftermarket.An optional two speaker waterproof clarion sound system with Bluetooth is available for those looking for an entertaining component ($1,200). We recommend that this upgrade be order from the factory, rather than being installed in the aftermarket.
Boston whaler’s double-wide helm seat offers ergonomic support for multiple situations due to its adjustable back. In the full aft position the helmsman operates on a slight recline ideal for those who are taller with longer arms. The second click slides the back farther forward allowing the helmsman to easily reach the wheel and throttle controls. The third click converts the bench into a leaning post for those who prefer to stand while operating. The last click brings the back fully forward converting the bench seat into an aft facing seat for watching lines or swimmers.There is ample storage under the helm seat for emergency gear and life jackets. A small tackle storage compartment is also available with the Fishing Package mentioned earlier.
The stern of the 210 Montauk comes in numerous configurations depending on the function desired--1. The first configuration is standard with two aft seats offering storage beneath. The standard seats are simple and finished in nonskid for added safety when casting or boarding. Cushions with removable backrests and foldable arms are an additional option ($1,260). A side mounted cockpit table is also offered in this particular configuration for ($719).2. The second configuration adds an optional aft livewell with blue interior ($1,542). The livewell hatch comes with an optional cushion and seatback ($804) for added functionality should seating be of importance.3. The third configuration offers an aft bench seat ($2,477) that spans the entire beam of the boat. While this configuration adds the most seating, if you’re looking for continuous access to the swim platform this may not be the best choice.
As mentioned above configuration one or two with dual quarter seats seems the most watersport friendly offering easy access in and out of the boat. For those families’ interested watersports, Boston Whaler offers an optional towing arch ($1,394) morphing the stern into a wake boarder’s configuration. The swim platform and stainless steel ladder are also placed facing away from the prop. Boston Whaler added a stainless steel boarding handle making it that much easier to get in and out of the water. The additional power of the optional Mercury 200XL DTS ($6,015) should be considered for avid slalom skiers if the boat will be loaded with guests – otherwise the 150 will be more than adequate.
The Boston Whaler 210 Montauk retails for $50,827. The base configuration comes with a Mercury 150 EFI four stroke as well as a galvanized tandem axle trailer with disk brakes. The trailer is worth a credit of (+$1,926).
The Boston Whaler Montauk Series has always been an unsinkable workhorse, which is why it has the reputation we know of today. After reviewing the new 210 Montauk we have no doubt this will be another success story for Boston Whaler. The company continues to use top-of-the-line materials, equipment and hardware, and it’s clear the engineers have designed the boat according to the needs of the everyday consumer.
Standard and Optional Features
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