With one eye looking toward the future and the other looking to the past, Boston Whaler decided to celebrate its 60th anniversary by creating modern editions of its iconic Montauk models. Introduced at the Ft. Lauderdale International Boat Show, the Montauk 170’s classic look will have boaters recalling their youth on whatever bay or lake they were fortunate enough to call home, but its modern features might steal the spotlight.
Simply laid out with a center console that has a doublewide helm seat and a cooler seat (or a pedestal fishing seat) forward of it, twin jumpseats aft (a bench is an option), and a casting deck (or sun lounge) forward, the 170 (and its 150 sibling) has new features and options packages that expand its appeal. An integrated 25-gallon fuel tank is a nice touch, as is the forward integrated fishbox that conveniently drains overboard.
Anglers can choose a Fishing Package that includes a compass, a 36- or 72-quart cooler seat, and rod holders and tackle drawers on and in the console. Raymarine electronics are available with RealVision 3D technology, for accurate underwater imaging.
If the 170 is going to be more of a family boat, owners can opt for high railings all around, a Bimini top, a sun lounge in the bow and a soccer goal–style ski tow that protects the outboard from watersports lines. For a vintage touch, the Teak Package adds teak swim ladder flooring and a teak gunwale cap on either side at amidships.
Mercury FourStroke power is available in 90 and 115 hp. Top speed is about 40 mph with the former and 46 mph with the latter.
Model-year 2018 boats will include an exclusive 60th Anniversary badge.
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