- Integrated aft quarter seats
- Optional bow backrest
- Deluxe leaning post option adds 30-gallon livewell and raw water washdown
- Standard galvanized trailer
|Length Overall||21' 4'' / 6.50 m|
3.37 m (max)
Acceleration Times & Conditions
|Time to Plane||3.6 sec.|
|0 to 30||11.4 sec.|
|Load||3 persons, 2/5 fuel, no water, 50 lbs. of gear|
|Climate||74.8 deg., 46 humid; wind: 15-20 mph; seas: <1|
1 x 150-hp Mercury 4-stroke
1 x 150-hp Mercury EFI 4-stroke Black engine
1 x 200-hp Mercury V6 DTS 4-stroke Black engine
1 x 200-hp Mercury V6 DTS 4-stroke White engine
Contents of Report
- Distinguishing Features
- Major Features
- The Hull Shape
- Boat Inspection
- Optional Equipment
Build a comfortable and classy sportboat for any fishing or cruising day on the water, a boat that will draw people back over and over again.
Boston Whaler’s trademark, built-in, positive flotation makes the 210 Montauk unsinkable.
- Bow locker with fiberglass cover and overboard drain
- Forward fishbox/storage with overboard drain
- Fiberglass swim platform with grab rail and telescoping stainless steel swim ladder
- Hydraulic steering
- Welded stainless steel grab rail
- Aft quarter seats with removable base cushion and integrated backrest cushion (port and starboard)
- Reversible pilot seat with locking backrest and storage underneath – includes two rod holders
A quick walk-around the 210 Montauk or the other models in the Montauk line is like meeting the brother or sister of an old friend. It’s someone new but the family resemblance produces instant comfort and familiarity.
Boston Whaler’s first center console boat, the Nauset, was released in 1961. The combination of soft chine and wide bow designed to overhang the water gave it stability and speed, not to mention interior space.
That old friend and the variations that have followed show a clear genetic connection to the Montauk line. Hull contours and amenities from nearly seven decades of innovation give the 210 Montauk its own look but the boat’s Boston Whaler heritage is on display from every angle.
The Hull Shape
She has a 16-degree deadrise at the transom, which is typical for inshore boats of this type. The deadrise warps to a fairly sharp entry and so she did not pound in the conditions we encountered.
Our 150-hp Mercury 4-stroke outboard motor spun a stainless-steel 14.7” x 16” three-blade Enertia propeller and we wound it up to 5750 rpm, hitting a top speed of 40.1 mph (64.53 kph). Best cruise came at 3500 rpm where we saw 22.3 mph (35.89 kph) and a fuel burn of 5.4 gph (20.3 lph). That translated to 4.2 mpg (1.77 KPL) and a range of 249 statute miles while holding 10 percent of the boat’s 66.5-gallon (252 L) fuel capacity in reserve.
In acceleration tests, the 210 Montauk planed in 3.6 seconds and ran through 20 mph (32.18 kph) in 7.8 seconds and through 30 mph (48.28 kph) in 11.4 seconds.
During our sea trial, we were running in a 1’ (0.30 m) chop and noticed a slight oscillation when running at higher speeds in a following sea, but by throttling back just slightly, we could run faster into the waves.
Because the steering wheel takes 5 ¼ turns of the wheel lock-to-lock, we’d like to see a spinner knob on the wheel. As is typical, the torque effect of the prop makes it harder to turn one way than the other, which is another reason to have the steering knob.
Let’s start our inspection on the forward casting deck. The 210 Montauk’s bow is the best example of the boat’s convert-ability. The casting deck is 73” (1.85 m) at its widest and 46” (1.17 m) fore to aft. The boat is offered with a choice of bowrail heights. Ours had the higher version, which is 13” (0.33 m) above the 5 ¾”-wide (0.14 m) caprail.
When it’s time for play, a cushion fills in the bow for sunning or sitting. Integrated cup holders are in each forward corner. Optional backrests quickly slip in place to create chaise-lounge-style seating.
With the backrests removed, there are two rod holders, a pair of beverage holders, and speakers in each rear corner of the bow.
Forward, the bow cleat is positioned horizontally abaft the navigation light that has an integrated chock for dock or anchor lines. Bow storage is in the anchor locker and fishbox, both of which are insulated.
On the front of the console, our test boat had the optional backrest and bench seat on top of a 94-quart (89 L) removable cooler. Bungee cords and custom brackets hold the cooler securely in place.
Boston Whaler offers the 210 Montauk with a couple of options to provide protection from the elements including a fiberglass hardtop or the canvas T-top on our test boat. The sturdy powder-coated structure is equipped with a courtesy light.
A hatch in the starboard side of the console is ventilated, opens with a latch and a magnetic catch holds it in position. There’s storage on the inside of the hatch.
The entryway is 16” (0.41 m) wide and inside the console, there’s 4’4” (1.32 m) of headroom with 3’4” (1.016 m) of seated headroom above the Dometic pump-out toilet.
Moving to the 210 Montauk’s helm, above the dash is a high, effective acrylic windscreen. The compass is properly positioned ahead of the steering wheel on top of the soft-touch panel.
In the vertical section ahead of the wheel, our test boat had a 9” (22.86 cm) Raymarine multifunction display. To starboard, a carbon-fiber effect panel houses a multifunction gauge and a tachometer.
To starboard are the binnacle controls, dual cup holders, and the VHF radio. I would move VHF microphone higher on the dash so it can’t accidentally be hit by someone’s knee. The ignition is to port of the wheel and the emergency shutoff switch is in a good location for securing to the driver.
Down low on the console, there’s an angled footrest for seated passengers and an area for the captain to place his feet when traveling while standing.
On our test boat, the helm seat was 36” (91 cm) wide by 20” (50.8 cm) deep and its base was raised 27” (68.58 cm) off the deck. The backrest is convertible and outboard on each side are cup holders. The bottom cushion raises on hinges to reveal the livewell. Boston Whaler offers a variety of leaning posts including ones with a cooler in the base, or a livewell.
The tool holder on the back of the leaning post is a good idea, but we’d move it to the stern so there aren’t sharp tools or hooks near people sitting on the seat.
Outboard on each side of the cockpit are sturdy bowrails with rod holders incorporated into them. Just aft to port is a swim platform with the four-step boarding ladder. The rail and ladder comply with American Boat & Yacht Council standards.
Aft on each side of the cockpit are nonskid casting platforms that measure 21 1/2” (0.546 m) fore and aft and 22 ¼” (0.565 m) wide. Each platform is hinged and equipped with a lift-and-lock latch.
The bottom cushion for each aft seat is removable and underneath them are the batteries. Outboard of the starboard battery is the system switch.
Forward of the outboard motor in the deep splash well, we see the Seastar steering and at the front is the freshwater engine flush which is welcome. The fuel fill is in an excellent location to trap any accidental spills. Under the plastic, gasketed hatch is access to the bilge pump.
Go to Boston Whaler’s web page, look under specs and you will see a line that says “Swamped capacity.” That line will not be found on any other builder’s website for the simple reasons that motorboats over 20’ (6.096 m) do not have to float if swamped. Neither the USCG nor the ABYC requires any kind of flotation for boats 20’1” (6.12 m) LOA or longer. All Boston Whalers float level if swamped, and in the case of the 210 Montauk, it can hold 4,000 lbs. (1,814 kg) of crew and gear weight and still float level. This is the kind of peace of mind that most people want to have when taking their family out on the water.
While some boat buyers prefer to have every bolt-on item assembled in a package so they can just get down to the business of boating, others like setting the boat up like it was made just for them. Boston Whaler gives these buyers lots of options such as:
- Mercury engine options, 150 EFI black, 200 V6 DTS black or white
- Fiberglass hardtop
- Bow tow eye
- Electric trim tabs with indicators
- Fishing package – includes: 4 bow rod holders, 6 console-mounted rod holders, 94-quart (88.95 L) cooler, and 2 tackle drawers
- 12 gallon (45 L) freshwater shower
- Porta-Potti with deck pump-out
- Rails in various configurations
- Raw water washdown
- Stainless steel bow rod holders
- Deluxe leaning post with flip-up bolsters and 30-gallon (114 L) livewell
- Blue interior, 2 cup holders
- Raw water washdown
- Pedestal fishing seat
- Reversible pilot seat with livewell
- Sun lounge seating
- Cockpit table
- Teak boarding steps
- Teak package
- Powder-coated tow arch
- Various Raymarine electronics packages
- Various color/graphics packages
$62,000 will cover the basic boat with a few extras, but with the wide range of options Boston Whaler offers to 210 Montauk buyers, the perfect boat could go substantially higher.
There are plenty of quality, center console sportboats on the market. Boston Whaler’s big advantage is that in spite of changes in ownership and corporate structure over the decades, the company remains an icon of American boat building. The 210 Montauk can fish very effectively in the morning and pull the kids around on a tube in the afternoon. It has something for everyone.