When it comes to skiff models, Boston Whaler is one of the builder names that inspires jealousy among non-owners and a fair amount of nostalgia among owners and former owners. And even after 60 years the builder is striving for improvement, which its latest, the Boston Whaler 160 Super Sport, proves.
Redesigned from the keel up, the 160 Super Sport retains its Whaler unsinkable hull and durability, and it adds some features that make the skiff versatile and flexible. Foremost among the flexible features, perhaps, is the seating. A variety of configurations are available, including a cooler seat with a cushion, bench seating with cushioned backrests, and a bucket-seat option. For lounging, an optional bow cushion comes in handy.
On the versatile front, a powder-coated ski tow or ski arch is available, bringing watersports into the picture. To further facilitate behind-the-boat fun, owners can opt for a 90 hp Mercury FourStroke outboard — 75 hp is standard — and a 19-gallon fuel tank. And for protection from the wind and sun, options include a sun top and a removable windshield.
The starboard-situated helm console houses a sport wheel, a tach and two drink holders, and its front side doubles as a lockable storage compartment. Captains will feel confident even in skinny water, since the 160 Super Sport’s draft is only 10 inches, and big lakes shouldn’t be a problem for the proven Boston Whaler hull design.
Owners looking for a bit of flash with their dependable vessel can choose one of several rear-accent hull colors.
The builder tested the boat with a Mercury 75 FourStroke and reached plane in 3.6 seconds and a top speed of 37.7 mph. Fuel burn at that speed was 7.05 gph, roughly 5.35 mpg.
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