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Brief Summary

Boston Whaler is reintroducing the 160 Super Sport with a new hull design, more comfortable seating, and a host of other options. Still unsinkable, simple, and safe enough to let the kids take her out alone near shore, the boat is rated for six passengers.

Key Features

  • Single Mercury 4-stroke outboard
  • Side console helm
  • European certification C
  • Foam-filled – unsinkable
  • Twin swim platforms
  • Four seating configurations to choose from
  • Specifications

    Length Overall 17' 5''
    5.31 m
    Beam 6' 10''
    2.08 m
    Dry Weight 1,060 lbs.
    481 kg
    Tested Weight 1,917 lbs.
    870 kg
    Draft 10''
    0.25 m
    - Draft Up N/A
    - Draft Down N/A
    - Air Draft N/A
    Deadrise/Transom 15-deg.
    Max Headroom open
    Bridge Clearance 6' 3''
    1.91 m (max)
    Weight Capacity 1,529 lbs.
    694 kg
    Person Capacity 6
    Fuel Capacity 13 gal.
    49 L
    Water Capacity N/A
    Length on Trailer N/A
    Height on Trailer N/A
    Trailer Weight N/A
    Total Weight
    (Trailer, Boat, & Engine)
    N/A

    Prices, features, designs, and equipment are subject to change. Please see your local dealer or visit the builder's website for the latest information available on this boat model.

    Engine Options

    Std. Power 1 x 75-hp Mercury ELPT EFI 4-stroke Black engine
    Tested Power 1 x 90-hp Mercury 4-stroke
    Opt. Power 1 x 90-hp Mercury ELPT EFI 4-stroke Black engine

    Test Results - Change Measurement Unit

    RPM MPH Knots GPH MPG NMPG Stat. Mile NM dBa
    700 2.6 2.2 0.4 6.4 5.5 75 64.9 0
    1000 3.5 3.0 0.6 5.8 5.1 68 59.3 0
    1500 6.0 5.2 1.3 4.8 4.2 56 48.8 0
    2000 7.3 6.3 1.6 4.5 3.9 53 46.1 0
    2500 8.5 7.4 2.1 4.1 3.6 49 42.2 0
    3000 13.3 11.5 2.7 4.9 4.3 57 49.9 0
    3500 22.3 19.3 3.3 6.7 5.9 79 68.6 0
    4000 26.0 22.6 4.1 6.3 5.5 74 64.5 0
    4500 30.0 26.1 5.8 5.2 4.5 61 52.6 0
    5000 32.5 28.3 7.3 4.5 3.9 52 45.3 0
    5500 37.3 32.4 8.7 4.3 3.7 50 43.8 0
    RPMNMKMKPHLPHKPLdBA
    700 64.9 121 4.20 1.51 2.72 0
    1000 59.3 109 5.60 2.27 2.47 0
    1500 48.8 90 9.70 4.92 2.04 0
    2000 46.1 85 11.70 6.06 1.91 0
    2500 42.2 79 13.70 7.95 1.74 0
    3000 49.9 92 21.40 10.22 2.08 0
    3500 68.6 127 35.90 12.49 2.85 0
    4000 64.5 119 41.80 15.52 2.68 0
    4500 52.6 98 48.30 21.96 2.21 0
    5000 45.3 84 52.30 27.63 1.91 0
    5500 43.8 80 60.00 32.93 1.83 0

    All fuel consumption numbers are the total for all engines in the boat. Speeds are measured with Stalker ProSports radar gun or GPS. Fuel consumption (gallons per hour) measured with Floscan digital fuel-flow meter or by on-board factory-installed diagnostic instruments. Range is based on 90% of published fuel capacity. Sound levels determined using Radio Shack digital decibel meter on A scale. 68 dBA is the level of normal conversation. Time to plane is measured from start of acceleration to formation of rooster tail behind boat.

    Performance Chart

    Performance Chart

    Acceleration Times & Test Conditions

    Time To Plane 3.4 sec.
    0 to 30 5.3 sec. (0to20)
    Ratio N/A
    Props 13.5 x 15 Spitfire
    Load 2 persons, full fuel, no water, 50 lbs. of gear
    Climate 65 deg., 45 humid; 15-20 mph; seas: 1' chop

    Captain's Report

    Contents of Report

    Boston Whaler 160 Super Sport hull
    The redesigned hull of the Boston Whaler 160 Super Sport with the V-hull replacing the cathedral hulls of yesteryear, rides better.

    Mission

    The Boston Whaler 160 Super Sport is a simple and safe, low-maintenance day boat for watersports, fishing, and exploring.

    Distinguishing Features

      • Rectangular topsides

      • Foam-filled

    Design

    Boston Whaler 160 Super Sport

    The family-friendly skiff retains some of her most notable design attributes. The topsides are still rectangular providing more room, and the side helm console and bench seat are etched into many adults’ memories from childhood. The foam-filled hull is still unsinkable. Gone is the cathedral hull design made famous by Ray Hunt, replaced by a better invention of Hunt’s, the V-hull form. With a 15-degree deadrise at the stern, the boat retains much of its former stability, but now handles better.

    Construction

    Boston Whaler’s patented Unibond construction technique involves injecting closed-cell liquid foam between the hull and liner where it expands to fill all of the voids, giving the boat her unsinkable attribute. This method also adds some sound insulation properties, and increases strength and impact resistance. The fit-and-finish is excellent.

    Comparison

    The 160 Super Sport is more expensive than similarly sized boats, but her simple and safe pedigree and solid construction help justify the cost.

    Boat Inspection

    We had two 160 Super Sports to test, each with different options and engines (90-HP vs 75-hp Mercury 4-stroke outboards) for us to contrast.

    Performance

    90-HP Performance Numbers:

    Boston Whaler 160 Super Sport
    This 160 Super Sport had colored sides, a Bimini, a split bowrail, ski arch, and a 90-hp Mercury outboard.

    The Boston Whaler 160 Super Sport has a LOA of 17’5” (5.31 m), a beam of 6’10” (2.08 m), and a draft of 10” (0.25 m) with the engine up. With an empty weight of 1,060 lbs. (481 kg), 13 gallons (49 L) of fuel onboard, plus two people with test gear, we had an estimated test weight of 1,917 lbs. (870 kg).

    With a single Mercury 90-hp gas outboard turning a 13.5” x 15” Spitfire aluminum prop, the Boston Whaler 160 Super Sport reached a top speed of 37.3 mph at 5500 rpm. The wind was blowing 15 to 20 knots, and seas were less than 1’ (0.30 m).

    When backing off to 3500 rpm and 22.3 mph, the best fuel economy with a burn rate of 3.3 gph and a range of 79 statute miles was found, all while still holding back a 10-percent reserve of the boat’s 13 gallon (49 L) total fuel capacity.

    Acceleration

      Time to plane was 3.4 seconds.

      Zero to 20 mph in 5.3 seconds.

    75-HP Performance Numbers:

    Boston Whaler 160 Super Sport
    Our 75-hp test boat had performance numbers nearly equal to the 90-hp option.

    The Boston Whaler 160 Super Sport has a LOA of 17’5” (5.31 m), a beam of 6’10” (2.08 m), and a draft of 10” (0.25 m) with the engine up. With an empty weight of 1,060 lbs. (481 kg), 13 gallons (49 L) of fuel onboard, plus two people with test gear, we had an estimated test weight of 1,918 lbs. (869.53 kg).

    With a single Mercury 75-hp gas outboard turning a 13.5” x 15” Spitfire aluminum prop, the Boston Whaler 160 Super Sport reached a top speed of 37.5 mph at 5500 rpm. The wind was blowing 15 to 20 knots, and seas were less than 1’ (0.30 m).

    When backing off to 3000 rpm and 16.5 mph, the best fuel economy with a burn rate of 2.5 gph and a range of 77 statute miles was found, all while still holding back a 10-percent reserve of the boat’s 13 gallon (49 L) total fuel capacity.

    Acceleration

      Time to plane was 3.2 seconds.

      Zero to 20 mph in 5.8 seconds

    Boston Whaler 160 Super Sport

    Engine Performance Comparison: We expected the bigger engine to have a bit more torque and get up on plane quicker as well as to show a slightly better WOT performance. However, what we did see were nearly identical numbers. The 75-hp engine took slightly longer to get up to speed and had slightly better fuel efficiency in the midrange, but the bigger engine looked to have a tiny fuel efficiency advantage at WOT, but in both cases not enough to quibble about. If the plan is to ski or tow a tube, we’d opt for the bigger engine, otherwise save the money, or put it toward some other option.

    Boston Whaler 160 Super Sport
    Boston Whaler’s own engine comparison mirrored BoatTEST’s data – not much difference. Unfortunately, we were not able to measure torque numbers.

    Engine(s)

    Our test boats’ only instrumentation was a tachometer. So how did we get performance data? Fortunately, the 4-stroke Mercury engines we tested both had VesselView Mobile. This feature allows a smartphone to connect to the engines data via Bluetooth. With the module installed on the engines, we simply downloaded the free app and configured the screen to show the numbers we were looking for. The phone’s GPS capability gave us our speeds.

    Boston Whaler 160 Super Sport vessel view
    VesselView Mobile is compatible with all SmartCraft-compatible Mercury outboards (2004 and newer, 40-hp and up).
    Boston Whaler 160 Super Sport outboards
    Mercury’s 4-stroke 75-hp and 90-hp outboards both have three-star CARB ratings.

    Handling

    Boston Whaler 160 Super Sport running
    The 160 Super Sport exhibited very little cavitation during full speed cornering.

    The Boston Whaler 160 Super Sport was fun to drive. She was responsive and had just the right cornering bite with a small amount of sliding through the corners.

    Helm

    Boston Whaler 160 Super Sport helm
    The helm console is offset to the right side of the 160 Super Sport within easy reach of the throttle/shifter. The bucket seat option, shown here, have fixed backs, but are reversible.

    The helm console is positioned on the right side of the boat. It is simple, including a five-spoke stainless steel wheel on a fixed base with a Boston Whaler logo on the hub, a tachometer, engine kill switch, a charging port, and a cup holder on the right side. In front of the cup holder is a stainless cover for the all-around navigation light. The light is stowed on the bulwark below the shifter. We’d like to see a footrest under the console.

    Boston Whaler 160 Super Sport throttle
    The side mounted throttle/shifter has the ignition key on the back, safety lanyard on the side, and engine trim on the handle. The silver bar on the deck below the throttle is the all-around running light in its stowed position.

    The console has storage on top in front of the wheel. Pull up on the lift-and- lock latch and the cover hinges forward on a single heavy-duty stainless steel hinge. The cover is gasketed and the compartment has a drain. The storage cover is lockable.

    Boston Whaler 160 Super Sport helm storage
    The helm storage compartment is big enough for a large handbag.
    Boston Whaler 160 Super Sport wheel
    One of our test boats had an optional three-spoke wrapped wheel as well as a black dash cover. Boston Whaler calls this option their dash applique.
    Boston Whaler 160 Super Sport windshield
    A smoke gray Lexan windshield is available to fit over the helm’s storage cover.

    There are four seating options available. One of our test boats had two 19” (48.26 cm) wide bucket seats 17” (43.18 cm) high off the deck. Between the seats are a couple of drink holders.

    Boston Whaler 160 Super Sport bucket seats
    Either of the bucket seats can be turned around for watching a skier or trolling over the stern.
    Boston Whaler 160 Super Sport helm seats
    This test boat shows a bench seat with fixed backs. Both the fixed-back and bucket seats have molded storage behind the seat backs. A plain bench with cushions, or seats with hinged backrests are the other two seating options.
    Boston Whaler 160 Super Sport cooler
    Next to the helm console is space for a cooler with an available cushion. This makes a good observer’s seat for watching the action behind the boat.

    The space for the removable cooler is 34” (86.36 cm) wide, so there is space next to the helm console to move forward if the cooler is not in place, or to simply step over the 17” (43.18 cm) high cooler/seat.

    Boston Whaler 160 Super Sport hand rails
    Inner handrails are standard equipment on the Boston Whaler 160 Super Sport. The optional bow rail comes in either full or split rail format.

    A handrail, inside the boat’s port side, goes from the stern to the bow.

    Bow

    An optional bow rail on top of the 4” (10.16 cm) wide caprail wraps the bow from the console forward. The bow rail is 7” (17.7 cm) high above the caprail amidships, rising to 10” (25.4 cm) high on the bow. It makes an effective safety rail since it measures 29” (73.66 cm) high above the deck.

    Boston Whaler 160 Super Sport bow
    This test boat has the optional split bow rail.

    The base boat comes standard without either bow rail option, but does include the inner rails.

    A 33” (83.82 cm) long grabrail on the inside of the boat’s starboard side extends forward of the console for anyone sitting on the bow cushion. The deck in front of the cooler and helm console is 28” L x 5’ W (71 cm by 152 cm). The cockpit depth forward is 20” H (51 cm). The slight elevation on the forward corners of the deck has a diamond non-skid pattern just like the rest of the sole. A raised padded bow seat measures 34” L x 58” W (86.35 cm x 147 cm).

    Boston Whaler 160 Super Sport bow casting
    With the bow cushion removed, there is enough space for a casting deck when fishing over the bow. Of course, the non-skid continues here.

    A self-draining anchor locker is below. The anchor locker cover hinges to the side and is gelcoat-finished on the underside. It also has a rubber post to prevent damage from dropping the cover.

    Boston Whaler 160 Super Sport hard ware
    Multipurpose hardware like the bow light with grooved base acts as a fairlead or chafe-guard, while the eye in the locker could be used to secure the anchor rode or serve as a lifting eye.

    The bow has a cleat centered in front of the cushion, in line with the anchor locker.

    Aft

    Boston Whaler 160 Super Sport aft deck
    The aft deck between the transom and helm seats measures 5’5” W x 4’5” L (1.65 m x 1.35 m), enough room to stow skis or inflated towing tubes.

    A shelf with fiddle on the starboard side measures 40” (102 cm) long.

    Cockpit depth aft is 18” (46 cm). There are 8” (20 cm) cleats on the caprail on both sides in the stern. Two 6-1/2 (25 L) gallon external fuel tanks are secured below the bench seat.

    Boston Whaler 160 Super Sport fuel tank
    A larger 19 gallon (72 L) fuel tank, shown here, is an option that was supplied on one of our test boats. A 12v battery in a battery box with proper tie down straps is under the helm chair.
    Boston Whaler 160 Super Sport swim platforms
    Swim platforms with an optional faux teak pad are on each quarter. The port side has a telescoping four-step reboarding ladder to meet ABYC standards. For this setup, we’d like to see another grabhandle on top of the swim platform.

    This boat has lifting eyes on the transom and just like on the bow eye, Boston Whaler figured out how to make the inside of the hardware functional by providing cleats in the engine well.

    Boston Whaler 160 Super Sport outboard
    One of our test boats did not have the faux teak on the swim platforms, just basic diamond pattern non-skid, but it did have an optional powder-coated ski tow frame.

    The ski tow frame is placed so it could be used as a grab handle when reboarding from the swim ladder. One note about the ski tow - it is only compatible with the 90-hp engine option.

    Boston Whaler 160 Super Sport
    The single axle trailer does not require trailer brakes for a boat of this size.

    Price

    The base price is $23,831, including the trailer ($912 value) and 75-hp engine.

    Optional Equipment

      Seating

      Bench cushion ($255)

      Bench with fixed back ($978)

      Bucket seats ($802 ea)

      Hinged backrest ($230 ea)

      Cooler cushion ($155)

      Bow cushion ($440)


      Engine upgrade to 90-hp ($622)

      Colored gelcoat hull (several options to choose from)

      Graphics

      Bimini ($1,410)

      Fuel tank (19 gal.) ($481)


      Railings

      Bow ($833)

      Split ($897)


      Tow arch (requires 90-hp) ($1,263)

      Bow tie ($417)

      Stainless rub rail ($737)

      Windshield ($279)

      VesselView (Eng. module) ($395)

      Rod holders with rail mounts ($107 pr)

      Helm applique ($205)

      Padded wheel ($193)

      Faux teak pads ($513)

    Observations

    We’re not bemoaning the loss of varnished wood that was so distinctive on the consoles and bench seats of the early Super Sports. Today, we welcome the hose-and-go approach that focuses boating on fun – not maintenance.

    We would definitely opt for the fixed back seats available over the unpadded bench seat.

    We had a hard time prying the wheel out of Captain Steve’s hands as he clearly enjoyed whipping around, reliving childhood memories, and testing these boats—as we are sure any family will enjoy making their own memories.

    Test Result Highlights

    • Top speed for the Boston Whaler 160 Super Sport (2019-) is 37.3 mph (60 kph), burning 8.7 gallons per hour (gph) or 32.93 liters per hour (lph).
    • Best cruise for the Boston Whaler 160 Super Sport (2019-) is 22.3 mph (35.9 kph), and the boat gets 6.7 miles per gallon (mpg) or 2.85 kilometers per liter (kpl), giving the boat a cruising range of 79 miles (127.14 kilometers).
    • Tested power is 1 x 90-hp Mercury 4-stroke.

    Standard and Optional Features

    Systems

    Shore Power Standard

    Exterior Features

    Swim Ladder Standard

    Warranty

    Full Warranty Information on this brand coming soon!

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