The Outrage Series is all about fishing. However, this model is also loaded with features that allow her to transition into a family runabout with little more than a hose down to aid that changeover. But there’s no denying the fact that with a built-in livewell, rod holders everywhere, an open cockpit for fighting, and padded bolsters, fishing is in the Outrage DNA.
The industry is no stranger to the 250 Outrage, it’s been around for years, but now we have an upgraded version that, among other things, has Boston Whaler’s new variable degree deadrise that has taken a proven offshore performer and made it even better. Add to that the completely revamped bow area and the 250 Outrage is now even more of a contender for the mid-level center console customer.
As this is undeniably a fishing boat, we’ll start our features inspection with how well she accommodates that task.
With plenty of open real estate, the cockpit presents a welcome place for anglers to bring the fight to the fish. Padded bolsters all around add to the comfort level, and the deep cockpit brings those bolsters up to a safe level for offshore work. Toe rails add a secondary level of safety allowing one to tuck a foot under the rail for a little extra support, making it that much easier to stand while the boat is rolling over the swells.
When it’s time to bring the catch aboard
, two massive, in-deck fishboxes on the cockpit deck will handle that chore. They’re finished throughout, hatches are held open by gas struts, and the opening is guttered, which, along with the gasketed hatch, keeps water out by channeling it away. One thing we’d like to see changed is the turn and lock latches being switched over to lift and lock. There’s a big difference in our book.
Boston Whaler includes a deluxe leaning post that features a 30-gallon (114 L) pressurized livewell, a bait prep area, rod holders, a freshwater sink plumbed to the 26-gallon (98 L) water tank, and plenty of tackle storage in the form of drawers on stainless steel sliders to the port side.
Nestled into those side decks are optional flip-out trolling seats ($1,907) that are surprisingly comfortable. We see them not so much as made for cruising, but definitely convenient for watching the lines while staying in close contact with the captain.Under gunwale rod storage is to both sides of the cockpit.
Boston Whaler’s most notable change in this latest iteration of the 250 Outrage has to be in the bow area. What the company did was to take the least used area with regards to fishing and gave it a shot of adrenaline for family features. The result is a premium level gathering area.
Ahead of the traditional console seat is a U-shaped aft-facing lounge that is far more practical and comfortable than the usual V-seating. This creates opposing seating for not only a casual conversational atmosphere, but with the addition of an optional bow table, it becomes an intimate al fresco dining area.
Again, with the primary duty of any Outrage being fishing, the bow cushions are optional ($746). Additionally, a filler cushion can be added ($2,164) to bridge the area between the two seats to create a doublewide lounge seat with an outstanding view of the waters ahead. This option will necessitate the purchase of the bow table ($1,231), which most will be purchasing anyway. The table has dedicated storage inside the head compartment. Forward coaming bolsters are optional ($1,134) but pretty much a must-have item. We’d consider adding the bow sunshade ($851) since shade is such a precious commodity when spending a day on the water.
While the bow may be capturing the lion’s share of the attention, the cockpit certainly was not left off the family-values chart. A flip-out transom seat serves as another area to relax in as well as a comfortable seat where one can enjoy a cruise. Nearly every boat has a flip transom seat nowadays, but some are easier to deploy than others. We’ve seen some that have to be wrestled from their storage space, others that come down but not up, and still others that need the padded bolster lifted out of the way before doing anything. Boston Whaler seems to be among the few that get the concept of the easy stow/deploy version, and it can be done with one hand.
Of course, it’s a given that on any family day, there’s going to be activity not only on the water, but also in it. At the stern, the 250 Outrage has a single or twin-engine installation with swim platforms to both sides. To starboard is a three-step reboarding ladder concealed under a hatch.
The head is the staple of any boat that transcends the line between family and fishing. Because this compartment is lockable, it makes a logical place to put the battery switches and breaker panel. The head comes standard with a Porta-Potti and a pump-out VacuFlush toilet is optional ($2,396). This is also a “wet head” with a shower mounted into one corner, making for easy cleanups after a dirty day of fishing. The head compartment is designed to channel water overboard, and, as such, a shower is included as standard equipment.
Moving on to operations, one of our favorite features that Boston Whaler exemplifies is the “pump room.” In the center of the cockpit deck is a hatch that leads to a compartment that houses all of the onboard livewell pumps, recirculating pumps, bilge pumps, steering pumps, water tank, and any other readily serviceable equipment, all within easy reach. This is a great feature and clearly shows that Boston Whaler is serious about making the ownership experience as pain free as possible. We’ve seen all this equipment tucked behind the flip transom seat on competing models, in an area where few can fit let alone perform service.
The helm is easily recognizable as being from Boston Whaler with its padded brow over a row of rocker switches, all logically grouped. Below is a panel that can house a choice of one or two, 12” (30.5 cm) displays or a single 15” (38 cm). All electronics are optional, and Raymarine is the provider of choice for factory-installed models.
Being Mercury powered, a SmartCraft display is also provided giving selectable information on the engine’s status. This completely eliminates the need for separate gauges and, therefore, goes a long way toward removing clutter from the panel. The stainless wheel is mounted to a tilt base, and Boston Whaler includes a steering knob. Trim tabs controls are directly adjacent with the DTS (Digital Throttle and Shift) control binnacle in the center of the console. Behind, Boston Whaler makes available a set of deluxe dual seats with flip-up bolsters and flip-down armrests ($2,463).
All of this is surrounded by an optional hardtop
with tempered glass windows to three sides. The hardtop is only offered with the dual engine installations, and it includes a bow and cockpit floodlight, a two color (red/white) dome light, an electronics box and lifejacket storage ($14,478). A second version is available with all of the above plus radial outriggers ($17,164). Add a spotlight for an additional $531 and windshield wiper for $366. Most notably, the hardtop supports are integrated into the console, so they take up none of the precious side deck space. With a single engine installation, choose the optional T-top ($11,194) that still includes the bow and cockpit floodlights, dual color dome light, lifejacket storage, and rod holders. An electronics box is also available ($976), as is a version with radial outriggers ($13,507).
With a single 350 Mercury Verado as standard, there’s no shortage of power with the Boston Whaler 250 Outrage. Both engines are connected with a tie bar. Standard hydraulic power steering is provided. Upgrade to the same engines in white for an additional $2,025. For twin-engine power, choose from a pair of 200 Mercury Verados ($14,746) or a pair of 225s ($21,458).
Pricing and Observations
The Boston Whaler 250 Outrage comes with a base price of $113,494 when powered with a single 350 Mercury Verado. Rigged our way, which pretty much means fully-loaded, she’ll come in at $187,048. While it’s hard not to be impressed with the 250 Outrage, we think that Boston Whaler has done its customers a service by updating this popular model with features that keep it competitive. Now, it’s not only an excellent fishing machine, but a comfortable family day cruiser as well.
Standard and Optional Features
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